Last weekend was the 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH. I went up north with Linda and her amazing father Jim (both of Scottish descent) to explore this wonderful festival. For gear, I packed my Leica M3 paired with the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50, my Leica M2 paired with the Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35, my Weston Master V light meter and my Ona bag loaded with Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X. In typical Scottish fashion, the weather was a balmy 49º F for most of the day with the on and off spitting of misty rain. It was perfect. We got to the mountain mid-morning to the sounds of pipes belting out traditional tunes. Though cold, your nose was immediately filled with the scents of great Scottish food - especially my favorite - the meat pie. I mean really, what's better than a pie filled up with meat? Jim was brave enough to dig into a plate of Haggis - my stomach isn't quite iron enough for Haggis though.
We watched hours of the Scottish Heavy Athletics which were made up of the Caber Toss, Braemar Stone, Clach cuid fir, Clachneart, Keg Toss, Scottish Hammer and Sheaf Toss. It was pretty exciting to have Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Mountain from Game of Thrones) there to perform the Clach cuid fir - carrying a 480 pound stone across a field. The dude and the stone were both massive.
And this was really my first trip out with the Zeiss lenses on film - so far I only have the M3 + 50mm developed - still haven't finished the B&W roll with the M2 + 35mm. I have to say, hands down my favorite lens now. I am so amazed at how this Zeiss 50 handled film. The look is absolutely brilliant - especially when Richard Photo Lab gets their hands on it.
And now, I hand you off to the 50mm images shot through the M3: