No, not a place, but a thing…a camera thing. The last camera on my list of ‘desires’ was a Leica. I finally fulfilled it with the purchase of a 2003 Leica MP that I bought at Blue Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon. My favorite camera has always been my Hasselblad 500CM. I like medium format and the detail I get from the results, but in the back of my mind I knew I wanted a Leica to use on the streets.
So this is my first roll through the camera. I used the new film from the Japan Camera Hunter, JCH 400. I was warned that it is dark, kind of film noir look. I love film noir so thought I’d go with it. I now wish I had chosen Ilford as my photos are very dark. I have more rolls of JCH 400 and I will use them, but I may increase my exposure times to get a bit more detail in the shadows.
I was also trying to use ‘zone focusing’ which I have not done before. I got mixed results. I’ll need to do a lot more work on this before I am comfortable.
For these first photos I did not spend time in post process, obviously. I left all the hairs and dust. I am not very happy with my results so can’t be bothered spending hours in front of a computer screen removing all the imperfections. It’s film after all.
My conclusion is that I love the camera and it is now constantly in my bag. I plan to try some other films before going back to the JCH 400.
These photos were taken on the streets of Portland and Seattle.