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A lost roll from Christmas – 50mm V4 Summicron and XP2

50mm V4 Summicron and XP2

I shot quite a few rolls over Christmas, but a few got left in cameras halfway through. In the case of this film, it got left in the Leica M7. The purchase of an Leica M3 and a few other distractions has meant I just haven’t picked up the M7, at least outside of making comparisons with it and the M3. And so the film stayed, at least until this morning when I decided I was happy to sacrifice the final 7 frames to see what on earth I had pointed it at.

I was quite happy to find it was shot over the course of a little family day me Hannah and Connie went on to some very local attractions. Firstly, Worcester Cathedral makes up part of the view from the top floor of my house, it’s probably only half a mile away, yet I rarely venture inside. This is despite the fact that it is actually a fairly major landmark. King John – as this evening’s TV has coincidentally reminded me – is entombed there.

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

Even closer to my house is the Commandery Museum , A musuem that is facinating in its layers of history, but to me, is also quite photogenic.

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50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

50mm cron and XP2

So that’s that, a few lost shots from my Christmas break, it was lovely getting them back from the D&P today a little reminder of a lovely day out with the family. And I do love the shots from the 50mm V4 Summicron and XP2, its a combo that does a lot well in my world!

Cheers for reading

Hamish

 

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    John
    January 31, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hamish,

    Not sure if it’s the camera, lens, or your development technich but those “lost” photos are very nice.

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      Hamish Gill
      January 31, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Thanks John. Hopefully a combination of all 🙂

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    Rob
    January 31, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Hamish, I absolutely LOVE these. The blacks are the best I’ve seen from you. Superb. And fine compositions too. Your child looking out the taped-up window is really special and touching: innocence surrounded by an air of violence and anxiety. Beautiful.

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      Hamish Gill
      January 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I’ve tweaked the blacks in the type writer and two hallway shots. Are those the ones you are referring to? The scans came back a little flat, so I just played with the shadows and blacks a bit in LR… I’m guessing that’s what you are seeing? It’s the most I’ve been bothered to tweak in a while, but it felt worth it

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        Hamish Gill
        January 31, 2015 at 9:18 am

        … I’ve realised I didn’t put the typewriter shot in. 🙂

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          Rob
          January 31, 2015 at 9:20 am

          Haha. I wasn’t thinking of any particular shot, just the overall tonality of the set.

          Tweaking photos. eh? Whatever next? HDR? 😉

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            Hamish Gill
            January 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

            Im pleased about that, I didn’t want the ones I’d tweaked to look different from the ones I hadn’t. They needed fixing rather than changing … If you know what I mean?

            HDR … Well, hmm, yeah, I’d say I’m a few steps away just yet 😉

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    Ehpem
    January 31, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I have just got my first roll of XP2 back and am very impressed with the results. Not sure I am getting the blacks you are, but that could be me scanning technique which is a work in progress. These are great shots – how amazing to have things like this to shoot almost out the front door.

    I have a bunch of brackets shot in the 80s of rural churches that I am very slowly scanning. I was thinking of trying HDR treatments on some of them to see if I can recover something from some of the less than perfect exposures (regardless of bracketing). Would that be some kind of sin? (It might not be possible, I think I bracketed with aperture rather than shutter speed, though have not had a close enough look to be sure yet).

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      Hamish Gill
      January 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Have you a link to the results? I’d be interested to see them!

      Regarding HDR, I didn’t even know it was I thing with digitised film?

      I have a mild distaste for digital over the top HDR that I may have voiced in Real photographers forum at some point in the past. I suspect Rob is making reference to that since we co-occupy said forum once in a while 🙂

      Nothing in photography is a sin … But poorly implemented HDR is a close as it comes for me! 😉

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        ehpem
        February 1, 2015 at 12:54 am

        Hi Hamish – I only got the roll back yesterday. I published one picture today (it is the shot with the most ideas to offer, though not perhaps the best test of the film’sability) – http://wp.me/p1R4lY-6iR. I will be publishing from this roll much of the week, and depending on what else happens with other rolls, some might end up on 52rolls.net at the end of the coming week.

        I got the idea to use this film from Gary at filmadvance.com (I think he has commented on your blog before – he does occasional posts about cameras in much the same vein as yours). He lives in the same town as I do and we have got together a few times. I put this film in an XA2 in November and have been using it up slowly. In the meantime I was very pleased to discover your photography since you so often use XP2 and it clearly is working very well for you too.

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          Hamish Gill
          February 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

          Yeah, we’ve commented on each others blogs a couple of times I think … He’s provided me some useful snippets of info over the last couple of years!

          It’s the perfect balance of really easy to shoot and results I am rarely unhappy with. It’s the default for me, and thats unlikely to change!

          I like your shot … It looks like some sort of hit and run scene!

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