Good morning, afternoon and evening everyone!
Hope all is well with you all
I have a very interesting circumstance to speak to you about
The first couple of months of this year have been a bit hectic for me
My birthday passed, i took a break from shooting film, i finally got settled in at my new home, moved some stuff around at job and worked on some things with family
And also….sold off all my digital photography gear..
My apologies on the time between posts lately as I’ve just moved to a new place and also got a quick mini-vaca in recently (more on that later) from work
As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been developing ALL my black and white film with Caffenol (specifically Caffenol CL) in place of all the chemicals I used to use
I mostly shoot Kodak Tri-X, ilford HP5 and also the Lomo Earl Gray films these days. All have been developed in Caffenol mixtures
I was very serious about being happy (also a bit shocked) about the results I was seeing
But is it really as good as I’ve been viewing it or has the romance between this developer and I finally ended?
Ladies and Gentlemen and all readers of this blog, I finally decided to do it
You’ve probably already read a previous post where I mention this very dedicated group of individuals who use Coffee to develop film (more accurately Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing Soda)
If you’d like to catch up by reading that previous post, here is the LINK
After some searching on the inter webs, I located the holy grail for all things Caffenol, http://www.caffenol-cookbook.com/index.php
It’s chock full of recipes, tips, and other great resources
Not long ago I was fortunate enough to have saved enough $$$ for something I’ve been planning on doing for a long while.
A trip down to the “Big Easy” New Orleans, Louisiana!!
Once I felt comfortable with funds 🙂 I went forward and made reservations for the flight and hotel stay
Now, this trip was not just for vacation, but also to spend some time solely dedicated to photography.
During my planning for the trip, a couple things went through my mind..
Recently I had the opportunity to purchase a used Leica M8 for a reasonable price..well…reasonable by Leica body standards, and in pretty good condition too!
I had never shot a digital rangefinder before, I mean aside from a quick tryout at a photo store I pass by frequently, so I decided to purchase this cam and add to the collection
I am very excited to put this camera through my regular “street walks exercise” that i usually do with my film cameras most of the time.
Now as many of you know, this was Leicas first attempt at delving into the digital market..so it had its fair share of issues.
Every Leica shooter (or M mount rangefinder shooter) often dreams of getting their hands on one of those Summilux or Noctilux lenses to put on their camera.
They are of the finest craftsmanship and are legendary for performance and durability. People literally spend insane amounts of money to get one, or even a couple!
Like this will all of a sudden put you in the league of Henri Cartier Bresson or Gary Winogrand or any of those Leica greats we often read about and study
I have even found myself trying to justify selling a limb or every thing I cherish to purchase one lol..
I think we’ve all been there..
You wake up with a special bounce out of bed ready to hit the streets and put in WORK
As you prepare your camera, your film (and/or batteries and SD cards) and your clothing, you look out the window and you see something that will even make some professional photographers sigh in disbelief..BAD WEATHER
Whether it’s snow, rain, hail, etc..
This can suck the wind out of your sails as far as wanting to exit the house
I mean it can also depend on if your equipment has weather sealing as well!
This is exactly what happened to me today
Recently I had the chance to try a camera system many people have been talking about since it was released to the public, the one used by the Sony A7/A7r and the latest A7s.
If you’re a photo-geek like me, i’m sure you’ve heard about it lol
Seems like some people think of it as a great crowning achievement by Sony, while others think it’s a great attempt that fell short…especially the A7r with rumors of a “shutter shake” rampant all over the interwebs.
I myself haven’t seen any evidence of this yet, but then again i haven’t had much time to fully test how all of the functions of the camera perform.
I’m not going to pretend like I’m some great photographer with this grand knowledge of how each camera should work, whether digital or film.
What I can do is tell you how I felt using it, and show you some of the results of my work and passion towards being a better photographer with each medium in my hands at the time. With that being said, i’ll now continue..
Yes you read right
Well actually it takes more than just coffee to develop the film 🙂
There’s also Vitamin C and Washing Soda..which actually kind of makes it even less believable in my opinion lol..but I assure you it’s true, although traditional Fixer is still needed to fully develop the photos.
It’s called Caffenol, and it’s seemed to have gotten a large number of people back into film photography.
So yea..this post will probably be dedicated entirely to a lens i’m very excited to finally call my own.
The Leica Summicron 50mm F2 lens Dual Range has been praised as an amazing piece of hardware for many years amongst street photographers and photographers in general for it’s great craftsmanship as well as it’s durability/performance.
Some people, notably Ken Rockwell (take with a grain of salt), state this as being the best lens Leica has ever made.
I’d like to state some of the reasons why he considers this to be the best: