5 frames with...

5 (4 underexposed) frames with a Leica M-A and 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1

Ok, I’m cheating, this isn’t 5 frames it’s 4. But I only took 4, and they make a nice set… These were taken last summer in a bar in Waterloo at a Beers & Cameras meetup with my Leica M-A and 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1. I was quite drunk, and afterwards forgot I’d shot these. I assume my intention was to push the film, I’m not sure I did. One way or another they came out woefully underexposed. Still, with some careful scanning, and a fairly heavy dose of tweaking in Lightroom I managed to retrieve something of a picture from the very thin Ilford HP5+ negs.


A success? Perhaps not, but I’m not sure I would write them off entirely. If nothing else, they speak volumes about the ability of HP5+ to withstand even the heavy volumes of Whisky I imbibed that most enjoyable evening… The amusing thing is, two of these people are portrait photographers, one of them recently featured in BJP…









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    John Lockwood
    January 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Maybe this is why Bruce Gilden assaults people with strobe? You can trust you’ll get an image with a wide angle and hyperfocal focusing. I know, it’s a mood killer and SO not cool…😀 Did you get rid of your M4-P after getting the M-A? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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      Hamish Gill
      January 22, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      I did… but I bought another… Make of that what you will 😉
      I shall have something to say about my new one soon

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