Antarctica with a Leica M6

I have a few black and white photos taken at Casey Station, Antarctica last summer. All taken down near the wharf. All with my Leica M6, Voigtlander 35mm lens and Kodak Tri-X film. Straight off the scanner.

 

rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webres3 When you’re near the water taking photos or doing anything really, the penguins come from all over to visit you, see what your up too, hang for a while, then leave. This one came from the ocean and left, seen here on his way back for a swim.rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webres4  Some sea ice accumulated near the rocks. rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webres2 The ice/snow on the foreshore is undercut by the water movement. rgatfield_antarctica_leicaM6_summer1314_webresA small iceburg floating around the bay.

Leica M6 plus Fujicolor 400.

In this photo dump, i’m sharing a selection of photos from about 6 rolls of colour film i shot during a trip around New Zealand.

I also have 30 rolls of B&W film to develop and print, but it will take a while as i’m doing it myself at home.

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Film love

Well, a time has come for me to get ‘back’ into film. I say ‘back’ like that because i never really was seriously into photography before digital. I always had a small camera of some kind, but it was for fun and nothing of any thought. The last 4 years or so i have had a DSLR and have been learning from others and teaching myself on all kinds of YouTube tutorials and camera forum threads. Endless forums…  Lately i have felt the need to slow down my photography. To know what each shot feels like when i click that shutter. To take my time and take in the world and my surroundings. So, film rangefinders it is. I like the rangefinder because it almost is like an extension of my eye. I can look through the rangefinder and see pretty much what i see without it there. The 0.85 finder and 35mm lens is a great combination. Real life. Now, i have a few film cameras. All of which i like.

Except this one.

It is a Leica M6.

And i love it!

Leica M6 ttl with a 0.85 finder to be exact. Plus a Voigtlander 35mm ƒ/2.5 lens on it.

Don’t get me wrong, i will still love my DSLR and use it for most things, but this little beauty will be with me everywhere and be documenting my life around me more than ever. It is built so well and even though it’s over 10 years old, it’s in mint condition. It feels like something that’ll out last me and keep on going. Many thanks to Bellamy at Japancamerahunter.com for finding this for me. He’s a legend.

Now to just find some bulk film and setup a home developing studio.

Here are a handful of images i took with my 100mm macro and the 5dmkIII to show you some details of this fine camera. The last one is a shot of my bag setup when shooting film only. Ready for anything.

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