Analogue Vineyards

To me, shooting with a Leica M is already the essence of photography because it reduces the influence of technology to a bare minimum – even when shooting digitally. Shooting with film Leicas takes this experience even up a notch. As such, from time to time I like to fall back to my Leica MP, load it with film and let me surprise when I get the film back from development. Also, the post editing process is a lot more straight forward, there is no need for fancy filters or any other extensive retouching. The analogue film look in itself is the best Instagram filter anyone could hope for.

This time I loaded up my MP with a roll of Lomography XPro 200 and had it cross-developed. The subject of my taking photos was right around the corner of where I live – in the midst of vineyards. And I think the greenish tint and the very strong blue colors of the cross-developed Lomo helped the subject in this case.

Would you agree?

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