Pensive.

2017, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M3, Portrait, Q&A, Teaching point, Within 200 feet of My House™

Test shot #9 from my 1957 Leica M3 DS.

Along with my subject, I’m pensive too, because I’m sending this camera for a CLA (the shutter speeds are clearly off… this image was underexposed by two stops and I had to “push” it in LR — hence the heavy grain).

And so now I’m back to contemplating the Ship of Theseus because I wonder:

Will my M3 be the same camera when it returns?  Will it continue to give me the sort of images I’ve seen from this first roll of film?

I don’t know, of course.  But I’ll keep you posted.

—Peter.

Leica M3, 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4, and Kodak Portra 800.

4 thoughts on “Pensive.

  1. Nice shot, for several reasons. One, it’s a nice shot. 😉 Two, I am beginning to like the palette of this film. Three, it evokes a bit of ’90s nostalgia (this could have been a photo from a stock catalogue from the ’90s – which is a compliment, BTW, just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about!).

    In a way, all living things are like Theseus’ ship. All of our cells are replaced at least a few times during our lives. 🙂 Those classical philosophers really knew how to think deeply, unlike many philosophers today who champion the most asinine, mediocre and meaningless ideas.

    1. Oh my goodness, Karim, you have just helped me tremendously!

      You’re correct. My cells have indeed been replaced and yet I am exactly the same idiot I’ve always been.

      So, my M3 will remain my M3.

      Existential crisis averted.

      Well done.

  2. Dont worry, camera will be the same, or even better. As for the film, I do have strange feeling for Portra 800 in 35mm format. It seems that portra 400 gives better performance compared to 800 when underexposed for one stop, and processed normally. And overall I find portra 400 more universal and forgiving stock. Film gurus tell me what advantages do you see in Portra 800 compared to 400?

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