Just found out that the Leica M7 has been discontinued. This is a camera that I had a lot of fun shooting until relatively recently, when I found that my street photography style [and eyesight!) was changing and more suited to a digital workflow. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I do actually miss that little camera…
For anyone who likes film street photography, the M7 is a very quick and accurate camera to use. The only real issue with the camera (apart from price, but hey it’s a Leica what do you expect?) is the somewhat shaky electronics. For me, as much as the Leica MP gets more of the plaudits, the M7 is actually better to use in practice.
Here are a couple of images that I took with the M7:
Below is one image that I actually took before the red project I have been doing this month. But, it sort of fits as a bridge for this month’s one project and what I intend to do next month.
In April, I am going to do a project called ‘presence’. The aim is for it to be about the presence of people, but without people actually being in the photos. Therefore, it’s going to be shots of objects and places. I am going to shoot on a Canon AE-1 with a 28mm lens on Fuji Acros 100. I am really enjoying shooting colour at the moment, but it’s good to shoot some black and white for a change and mix things up.
I am struggling to get the epub format up on WordPress. I have a couple of e-books to post up (one of which will be the red project of this month). However, once I have worked it out I will post up a link. I might set up a new page titled ‘eBooks’ to make it clearer.
These are some of the photographs from last night’s run out with Cinestill. The first roll I put through was not very successful. This time, I downrated the film to 500 ISO (instead of 800) and did some more post processing with Lightroom after scanning the image. The details are improved and there is a little less digital noise in the colours. I scanned with an Epson v850 scanner, but it only has the standard software. I also have a Plustek 8200Ai scanner (out on loan to a friend) with Silverfast HDR, which has much better hardware / software for scanning such dense negatives. I will rescan some of the images at a later date to see if I can improve them. At the moment though, I think I will pop another roll into a camera!
I like that the older gentleman is looking toward the young chap in this shot. The red car in the background is a little distracting, but I don’t like cropping shots too much – I prefer to try and compose in camera as much as I can. One day in the distant future, when I have the time, I might try to scan the images with the film rebate showing. I have always liked that look…