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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Steel wool tricks and light painting fun.

A 9 volt battery, some steel wool and a piece of rope produced most of these shots. By lighting the steel wool and spinning it with a long exposure, the trails of light are captured on camera. I used a torch to light up the scene while it was all happening to get more detail in.

The Abandoned car makes for a great subject and we dont have to worry about the paintwork.

 

 

 

 

The last two pics were in a different area. No fires got out of control. We did it all safe. No one got hurt. Maybe just lost a bit of hair.