I’ve been shooting with Leica gear for about a year now, I enjoy the format, small lenses and style of photography. I’ve done commercial shoots, weddings and lots of personal work with it. I am comfortable using a range finder for most of my photography (not good for quick action sports) and even shot a few at a Formula 1 race.
I wanted to compare the style of a rangefinder vs a wasitlevel finder on a Hasselblad 500 series. The results I get on the Leica system are more satisfactory to me. Here are two samples:
Without looking at the data of the files, can you spot at first gaze which one is from what system?
The Hasselblad was shot with the 80mm at f/2.8 and the Leica was shoot with a 50mm at f/2
and while in Austin, as we walk into Precision Camera I see this chrome version. Just didn’t want to leave it lonely there behind that window, it came home.
Many have migrated from film to digital. The era of microchips started decades ago and has gotten to a point where you can almost replicate any look by shooting DNG (RAW) files and processing in Lightroom or Alienskin. You can almost simulate films like Kodak Portra and Fuji 400H. I have been shooting digital for more than a decade but lately have been using Ilford HP5+, made some comparisons and maybe I am not a colorist ( I’m not) but no matter how much I try, I simply cannot replicate the feel and look of film even when I spend hours or dozens of minutes in Photoshop doing masks etc. on my DNG files while on film is already there.
Properly exposed film or maybe overexposed by a stop or max of two still looks very organic. Now, digital looks good but it just feels or looks odd.
The digital workflow is here, clean almost perfect images that are noise free, perfect calibrated colors and a process proven to work, generates money and gets better every year.
But film, it is still a beautiful form of art. I Trully love the mild grain, natural sharpness and faded colors of some films. Impurities and what not you may call. This is why I just ordered more Fuji 400H film.
…and two days later here it is:
Fuji Film Pro 400H
Fuji Film Pro 400H