As I had mentioned here before it’s always a nice surprise to discover the photos you had taken quite some time ago when you bring back a film from development. Also, seasons seem to become somewhat meaningless, because at least as in my case, it can take up to six months or longer until I manage to finish 36 exposures on a roll of film.
Same with today’s picture. Apparently taken in high summer (of 2018), it’s quite refreshing to see it in the middle of (allegedly) winter, lest we forget how summer feels like.
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.
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