Leica M2 + Rye Beach on Film

Last winter, I purchased my Leica M2 with a Summicron 2/50 for a project with Johnny Patience. My first weekend with the camera, I decided to take it out to Rye, NH for a walk on the deserted beach to learn how to use the camera and lens. Coming off the Leica M-E, it was more about getting a feel for metering and so on. Surprisingly, I've only posted a handful of images from that first test roll, but looking back over those images tonight, I realize there really is something special here. A few of these images have been highlighted in various posts, but never together like this. These are straight scans from Richard Photo Lab - no crop, no straightening, no post work-  not even a Color PAC file. This roll of film pushed through the Leica M2 is what made me fall in love with film and what put me on the path of giving up my digital bodies. As I look back at this roll, I am still truly moved by the beauty that only film posses. The tones set a mood that's hard to describe - but something I definitely feel.

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People (quite often) ask why I bother with film. Now, I can point them to this post and say, "this is why."

Leica M2 + Portra 400
Leica M2 + Portra 400
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