A fun homage to 1960s thrillers and giallo films. Beautiful to look at in so many ways.
My first Leica was an M6 TTL. I sold it in the mid-2000s and have since gone through a number of Leica bodies, from an M3 to an M8. For the past several years I’ve used an M3 and M4. I love them, but I sometimes missed having a meter in the camera rather than on the camera.
So I bought an M6
It’s the perfect M6 for me. It is one of the last 10 “Classic” M6 bodies ever produced (1998). It has had the finder optics upgraded to the flare-free “MP” version. The only framelines displayed are 28, 35, and 50mm. This makes for a bright, beautiful, clutter-free viewfinder.
I chose the M6 “Classic” version because they are generally less expensive than the newer TTL models, with no real disadvantage. I prefer the direction of the shutter dial to be the same as my older bodies.
I’ve put one roll through it, and it’s just as smooth and solid as the M3 and M4. Don’t let the forum trolls convince you otherwise.
As handy as having a built-in meter is, I found that I spent more time obsessing over the meter’s lights than I did looking at the subject. I didn’t expect that. I also ended up with a few badly-exposed shots due to a backlit subject. I would normally have just guessed the exposure. Instead I listened to the meter. I’ll have to re-learn when to stop trusting it!
Here are a few shots from the first roll. It’s Tri-X, shot at 1250 ISO and developed in Diafine, then scanned on the Pakon.
I’m trying to better understand how Cloudflare works, and what better way to do that than move this site there?
It was a matter of adding the domain baty.net and updating the name servers to those run by Cloudflare. I’ve got SSL all the way to origin. So far so good but I’ll see if anything broke soon enough.
Now I remember why I’m back on Facebook…
Mildly interesting look into Hitchcock’s work by Truffaut.
I recently re-activated my Facebook account after a few months away. I missed seeing updates from family members and a few close friends. I also missed some of the topic-based “groups” I was part of.
I took a month or so off Twitter also, but now am back.
I’m finding that being on social media isn’t much fun anymore. I’ll stay for now, but the thrill is long gone.
Fascinating history of the people and science behind the detection of gravitational waves. Surprisingly exciting stuff.
A few of us stopped at a nearby bar that isn’t Founders for a change: The Tin Can. They sell just about every canned beer imaginable. I snapped a few photos with the Fuji X100T that I now seem to carry with me everywhere.
While many move toward carrying only an iPhone or small, mirrorless system, I’ve been thinking bigger.
A Hasselblad is big enough on its own, but add a prism finder, longer lens, and that big awkward flash unit and it becomes downright unwieldy. It’s also awesome. Most of my favorite images from recent years are from the Hasselblads. I blame the Zeiss lenses. I love the look they produce and have yet to find anything matching it.
The flash, a Hasselblad D-Flash 40, is a recent addition. With the 503CXi body, it’s fully TTL and meters directly off the film. This means getting a decent exposure every time without doing much of anything. I just set the camera to f8 and 125th second and shoot.
This is terrific for shooting indoors. I just don’t have the eye or the hands for handheld natural-light shooting indoors. I’ve always preferred natural-light photography, but using the Hasselblad handheld with an on-camera flash creates a different look, and I’m learning to enjoy it.
Smart and funny. A refreshing coming-of-age story.