The LA Gallery

Normally, I only cherry-pick the images I post on this blog, because this is not a travel blog, but rather about photography itself. However, when I went through the pictures I took last year in Los Angeles, in particular the ones I had taken with the Leica MP and a roll of Kodak Portra 160, I thought although they will never win a price, they are still a good reflection of what LA feels like. So here you have it.

All images are untouched (only one is leveled, because as usual I couldn’t hold my camera straight :)).

Farmers Market #2

Farmers Market in Los Angeles has a plethora of photographic motives. So if you ever visit LA, I would highly recommend you stop by. Not only for photographs, but also to just sit down in one of the many kiosks and have a sip of ice tea and watch the sellers in their booths and the people strolling by.

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Kodak Portra 160

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Kodak Portra 160

Farmers Market

It was my last day in LA. I had already checked out of my hotel, but thought that on my way to the airport I had to stop by some more “must-dos” in LA before I head back to Germany.

Among them: Farmers Market. It’s a bunch of small kiosks thrown together, mostly offering fresh food and snacks. I loved the smell and the colors there. I also had my M Monochrom with me, but quite frankly (and no surprise, really) none of those B&W pictures cut it for me. So I had to wait almost a year until I had finished the roll of Kodak Portra 160 that was still sitting in my Leica MP to discover the color versions of the photos I took back in April 2016 in LA – which I liked a lot more than the black and white images.

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Kodak Portra 160

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Kodak Portra 160

Santa Monica

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Lomo X200

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | f/4 | 1/750s | ISO 320

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | f/4 | 1/750s | ISO 320

Joshua Tree Park (Lomo Edition)

I was playing around with the Lomo film in Joshua Tree National Park as well. But I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the results. You would have thought that color works better for landscape than black and white, but apparently not for me. This photo is the only one of about 20 shots in the park that I took in color with the Lomo film that I found at least remotely presentable. Perhaps I can’t do color photography any more. Check out the monochrome photos in my blog entry of a couple days ago.

Joshua Tree National Park | Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Lomography XPro 200 ISO

Joshua Tree National Park | Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Lomography XPro 200 ISO

Waiting (The Lomo Edition)

A good friend of mine who also happens to be a photographer and 2D/3D artist (check out his blog: https://groetzschel.wordpress.com) got me a set of Lomography slide films for my last birthday. Which by the way is almost a year ago, so shame on me for waiting so long to get the first film exposed and developed. I wasn’t really sure what would come out of it as long as the film was stuck in the camera. But no risk no fun right? On my trip to California I finally was able to finish the film.

I have to say that cross-developing is really a beast of its own. It does not work for every subject and in every lighting condition. On this particular flavor of film you need lots of light and contrast. Also since green is getting really pushed it doesn’t work with too much vegetation like trees and grass. The whole image then receives a very greenish tint which doesn’t look particularly pleasing. Blue and red on the other hand work very nicely with the “Lomography XPro 200“.

Leica MP | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | Lomography XPro 200

Leica MP | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | Lomography XPro 200

Christopher Street Day (aka Gay Pride)

Shooting something as colorful as a Christopher Street Day parade in black-and-white film sounds crazy? Yes, it certainly does. Nevertheless I thought stepping out of the boundaries of conventional thinking and photographing couldn’t hurt when making photos of an unconventional parade :).

All photos are taken with a Leica MP,  Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH., Agfa APX 100 and hand-developed in A49.

(Click on gallery to enlarge)

“Wandering” Part 2 – The Film Shots

A couple of days ago I had already posted some color images that I (and a friend of mine) had taken with my D700 on a hike in the “Elbsandsteingebirge” near Dresden. Since I of course never leave my Leicas at home, here are now a few more taken with my Leica MP and a roll of Kodak Tri-X :).

It’s interesting how black-and-white can even work in the woods as long as there is enough light for contrast. Green and brown colors are usually not rendered in high contrast on black-and-white film. In addition I had an orange filter screwed on my Summicron-M 35mm f/2 non-ASPH. which I think also helped boosting contrast a bit.

Enjoy. (Make sure you click on the gallery to see a larger view of the images.)