February 14, 2014
I used to own a Leica M6 with a 35mm 1.4 Voigtlander lens. And when I owned this setup, I only shot Tri-X through it. I got it as I wanted something that would force me to shoot horizontally, only in BW, and 35mm. But there was something about that whole setup that just did not work for me. Loading a Leica (for someone who's never done it before) has got to be one of the most convoluted experiences as a photographer. The 1.4 35mm lens was ok, but the bokeh was not really smooth or attractive. And for some reason, I only shot Tri-X at 400, which is OK, but I love that film at say 3200 or 6400. Long story short, I grew tired of it, it was not me, in anyway, and I got rid of it.
Don't remember that time in my work? Yeah, you probably won't as it only lasted a couple months. But you can see it HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Around Christmas I picked up a Bessa R4M which is like the Leica but loads like a normal 35mm camera and has an extra stop of 1/2000th unlike the Leica (only goes to 1/1000th). I also picked up a Nokton 35mm 1.2 lens which has amazingly beautiful bokeh and razor thin depth of field when shot wide open. And this time around I've burned through over 40 rolls of Acros 100. Long story short, it just works now and I'm in love.
These images will now become our family heirlooms. And will be printed on walls and in books for our family to cherish. And as crazy as it sounds, no other camera setup I own could produce these images. It just has it's own look and feel all it's own.
I shoot a ton of my family, my life in Hauula, and of the community I live in. Why? Because it defines me as a persona and I do it constantly to practice my skill. Don't know what I'm talkin about? Take 5 minutes from your day and watch this :