First Film Rolls of 2021

A few images from the first two rolls of film shot on the Leica M6 this year.

It’s been sometime since I’ve shot film and so thought it about time I loaded my Leica M6 with a roll of film and got out to grab some film photos.

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A plan Indeed

I love shooting film but hate waiting to finish the film/getting the film back from the lab.

The instant gratification I get from digital, spending time out pointing a camera at things and being able to see those results instantaneously is almost like a drug. I don’t want to wait, we live in a world of instant gratification for almost everything and photography is no different.

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NiSi Compact Filter System

When I first started eyeing up X100F’s again, one thing I was interested in was the ability to use a filter system with the camera.

With the built in 3 stop ND Filter, the X100 series offers a great starting point, but if you want to try out long exposure photography a filter kit of some kind is required.

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The Return of the F…

With the recent release of the X100v, the cost of F ownership has come down quite a bit and refurbished/second hand examples are starting to fall in price making them a bit of a bargain if you have the funds to consider one.

An ongoing saga that continues to thrill and exasperate.

With the recent release of the X100V, the cost of X100F ownership has come down quite a bit and refurbished/second hand examples are starting to fall in price making them a bit of a bargain if you have the funds to consider one.

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Nisi V5 Square Filter Kit – First look.

Since I’ve started to get out and about more I’ve been looking for a filter system I can pair with the Fujiflm X-H1 & 16-55mm lens.

Since I’ve started to get out and about more I’ve been looking for a filter system I can pair with the Fujiflm X-H1 & 16-55mm lens.

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All Good in the Wood

The best part of wanting to shoot more ‘outdoor’ photography is that where I live we have plenty of woodland around us and it’s the perfect way to get out and about – and to lose yourself for an hour or two.

I’m a newbie landscape and outdoor photographer.

I have no real past experience of shooting landscapes and it’s something I’ve come to quite late in my photography life. The best part of wanting to shoot more ‘outdoor’ photography is that where I live we have plenty of woodland around us and it’s the perfect way to get out and about – and to lose yourself for an hour or two.

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Summertime with the Fujifilm X100F

We’re pretty fortunate living where we do as we have plenty of woodland areas nearby offering some real nice scenery.

We’re pretty fortunate living where we do as we have plenty of woodland areas nearby offering some real nice scenery. Getting out and about nice and early means there are very few people ever around other than the odd dog walker or cyclist traversing the paths that lead around these beautiful green spaces.

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Mad Few Days

It’s been a few mad days…

Well, it’s been a mad few days hasn’t it – and that goes for the whole world, not just for us here in the UK.

I’m not going to say it doesn’t scare the shit out of me and my loved ones, especially when you take a look at the supermarkets and see the lack of supplies to hand available.

However, it’s not going to stop me – I will be careful with my ‘social distancing’ but it’s given me a great idea to finally get off my backside and start a little project.

Quite closeby, certainly in walking distance we have a wood and so to get out of the house whilst trying to avoid people as best I can, I’m going to dust off my trusty tripod and head over there maybe a couple of days a week to document it.

Now, for sure I am no landscape kind of guy, I really have no real clue when it comes to that sort of photography, but it will force me to learn a bit and think outside the box.

I’m going to shoot it all in black and white which should be interesting, but as I see better in black and white it makes sense. I’m going to stick primarily to a prime lens and I’m goi g to try and shoot it all at different times of the day.

So let’s see how we go with this little challenge

Stay safe out there people and be nice to each other, I’m sure we’ll get through this – we just need to have some patience and compassion with each other.

Vacation on Film

We’ve recently been on a desert island holiday

We’ve recently been on a desert island holiday to the Maldives, which is an amazing place. To be honest, it’s totally a photogenic wonderland with wall to wall sun and colour – but in truth the island we were on was so small, there wasn’t that much of real interest to take photographs of.

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Ricoh GR II Impresses

Having spent almost 2 weeks with the Leica M6 & M10-P what struck me was the weight I was dragging about and in truth not enjoying it that much!

Having spent almost 2 weeks with the Leica M6 & M10-P what struck me was the weight I was dragging about and in truth not enjoying it that much in spite of the pleasure shooting either camera gives me!

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Ricoh GR II Impresses

Having spent almost 2 weeks with the Leica M6 & M10-P what struck me was the weight I was dragging about and in truth not enjoying it that much!

Having spent almost 2 weeks with the Leica M6 & M10-P what struck me was the weight I was dragging about and in truth not enjoying it that much in spite of the pleasure shooting either camera gives me!

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Popping Reds on Film

New Blog Post: Popping reds with Kodak Ultramax 400 #believeinfilm #filmisnotdead

Having shot a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 a couple of weeks ago with my Leica M6, having looked at the scans in more detail, I’m super happy with the results.

What really struck me was the way Ultramax makes the reds really pop, almost Ektar-esque! I purposely shot it over exposed (ISO320) and made sure I metered for the shadows.

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Classic Cars in Black and White

I am a sucker for black and white.

I am a sucker for black and white. Digital is great for black and white, film is sublime! I love nothing more than to shoot a roll of Kodak Tri-X or similar, develop it at home and scan it in.

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Does Film Speed You Up?

New Blog Post: Does Film Speed You Up. #believeinfilm #filmisnotdead

There’s a well known saying in the film community that film slows you down. Compared to shooting with a digital camera, film makes you think more about the photograph you are making and in doing so the process slows you down.

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Leica Summicron 40mm f2

Leica Summicron 40mm f2 – perfect when you love 50mm and adore 35mm and can’t decide if you are a 50 or 35mm man!

Since buying both the M10 digital & M6 film bodies, I’ve had a bit of GAS with regards to a Summicron lens.

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Monte-Carlo Historique – Banbury

Monte-Carlo Historique in Banbury – a fun thing to do on a Thursday morning!

Banbury hosts the Rally Monte-Carlo Historique entrants with a sideshow of classic and vintage cars around the market square.

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The Case for the Fujifilm X-Pro1

Looking through the listings of a well known selling site shows just what a bargain the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera has become.

Yeah, yeah I know the X-Pro1 is somewhat yesterdays news in terms of price now but looking through the listings of a well known selling site shows just what a bargain the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera has become. And that shouldn’t put one off from buying one, it still has quite a cult-like following amongst photographers and for some good reasons.

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Gloucester Quays on Tri-X

Had a wander round the Gloucester Quays area on Sunday.

Had a wander round the Gloucester Quays area last weekend. A great opportunity for both myself and the Wife as it’s a shopping centre set in the old quay area of Gloucester. She could do some shopping and I could wander around the old buildings, camera in hand.

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The One’s That Got Away

I have a checkered past with film cameras. Since getting back into film a few years ago now I’ve bought and sold quite a few cameras that looking back I should have kept.

I have a checkered past with film cameras. Since getting back into film a few years ago now I’ve bought and sold quite a few cameras that looking back I should have kept. 

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Manual Focus

How I use my Fujifilm X-Pro1 in manual focus mode

Having gone down the route of a manual focus lens with the acquisition of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 a little while ago, I thought it would be a good idea to lay out how I use the Fujifilm X-Pro1 in manual focus mode and how I’m finding the experience.

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