For the past few months I have been using my Leica M typ 240 as my main camera and while it produces beautiful images, I had an itch to return to film.
So for my last shoot of 2014, I decided to break out my Leica M6 TTL, pack five rolls of film, and drag Percy out for some street fashion shooting. For this adventure I ended up using the MS Optical Sonnetar 50mm f/1.1 and Leica Summicron 40mm f/2 lenses along with an assortment of color film.
We ended up in downtown San Jose for the annual Christmas in the Park event. By this time Christmas had already passed so it wasn’t as busy, but it still had a nice feel to it. Not too busy, but still people around and all of the displays were still up.
Eventually we ended up wandering around the downtown area since the Christmas in the Park area was pretty terrible for lighting. The sun was also setting pretty fast and golden hour hit around 4pm. Shooting at this time reminded me that I should upgrade my M6’s viewfinder since it whited out on me a lot. I had to use my left hand to partially shade the window so that I could see the focus patch.
As golden hour past, there was still some ambient light left. This produced some very nice colder tones. I really do enjoy shooting with Portra 160 film. It’s a bit higher contrast than I’d like it to be, but I found it to be a solid performer under a variety of lighting conditions.
Finally when the light left and the wind started to pick up strongly, we took shelter indoors. Unfortunately I didn’t pack any of my Kodak Vision3 500T film which would have been spectacular for indoor lighting. So I dug out the fastest film I had on me: Fujifilm Press 400 film. I’ve never shot with it before so I didn’t really know what to expect from it. It seems to have produced a much redder tone than I’m used to.
At the end of the day, I ended up shooting four rolls of film. A pretty good day considering that I was only expecting to shoot two rolls! I really do love the look of film and having shot it recently has only increased my desire to shoot it more!