Christmas Passed.

2020, 2021, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Portrait, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Voigtländer 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical, Within 200 feet of My House™


“2021 meets 2020”

As you can tell, this image was taken in December.  That’s when I started shooting this roll of film — a roll of film I just couldn’t finish off no matter how hard I tried.  Call it a lack of motivation or just a copious serving of laziness.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure how it was all going to turn out because I chanced two things here:

  1. The development chemicals.  They were mixed in August.  That’s right, they’re six months old!  I’m sure that violates the code of conduct of the C-41 Developers Guild.  In any case, it’s an affront to decency.
  2. The lens.  It’s the Voigtländer 35/1.7 Ultron.  I hadn’t used it before, so this is the first (“test”) roll with it.

I usually like to minimize the presence of variables but this time I introduced two.

Fortunately, everything looks good.


Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 35mm Ultron f/1.7, Kodak Portra 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Leica M9.

2020, Inspiration, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!)

11 years after its introduction, the Leica M9 continues to stand out.

In this video, we see it hold its own against the Hasselblad X1D, which has a larger and more modern sensor.

Imagine what would have been possible if CCD technology had continued developing?

My Open Letter to Leica ultimately fell on deaf ears (Leica never acknowledged  it, and quite a few individuals in the Leica community openly ridiculed it).  For those of you who signed it, time has proven you were on to something.  As for the rest, you can still sign it, if you’ve had a change of heart 🙂

We, the fans of the M9 sensor, may not have gotten what we wanted, but years later the camera that was introduced in 9/9/2009 continues to prove to the world why it’s so special.



October Portraits.

2020, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica M2, Leica M2-R, Photo Shoot, Portrait, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Voigtländer 40mm f/1.4 Nokton, Within 200 feet of My House™

I’ve been waiting on this roll for three weeks.  Finally developed and scanned it today.

Three different kids, three different days, three different “uniforms”.  These are just quick shots that I cajoled the kids into as they were rushing off to their various activities.

Same place (in the backyard).

But… the lighting was different each day, so the shutter speed varies between 1/60 – 1/1000 sec.

All shots @ f/1.4.


Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Portra 400, and Plustek 8200i.