Real.

2017, Favourite, Film, Kodak Portra 800, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M3, Portrait, Q&A, Teaching point, Within 200 feet of My House™

Test shot #1 from my 1957 Leica M3 DS.

I think the shutter speeds are off as most of the images in this first roll of film appear underexposed. Yet some look fine, so I’m at a loss.

I’m using Kodak Portra 800 here, which is more grainy than Portra 400, but I have a nagging feeling…

Anyway, I’ll take a grainy film image like this over the most polished digital equivalent any day.

Something more real about it.

—Peter.

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