Back in 2017 I was in Paris with my family, for a short vacation. I had recently bought my first Leica – the M6TTL – and two Zeiss lenses. My main digital camera back then was the Fujifilm X-Pro2. I brought both cameras on the trip to Paris. I shot 3 rolls of Tri-X film with the M6, and a couple of hundred frames with the X-Pro2. I have chosen the five pictures I was most pleased with, from each camera. First out is the M6.
One thing that struck me was that the pictures from the M6 is different. Not only in a technical point – but also from a photographic. I sense that I have put more effort in each picture, compared to the X-Pro2 pictures. That is also how I remembered the shooting it self. Pressing the shutter on the M6 was much more thought trough every time.
The M6 is a camera with a built in lightmeter, which makes photography rather easy. It is not exactly point and shoot – but you wont have to think so much about getting the light measured right. The meter in a Leica M is not like the meters in modern mirrorless cameras, but still it gives you help. This has left me thinking about getting a Leica M without a lightmeter – an M3 or an M4. This would force me to think about every frame even more.
I love the Kodak Tri-X 400. I have used it since the 1980:s and it gives me the feeling of creating a picture. I suppose it origins in the work I did in the darkroom. I have found great ways to transform digital pictures to look like Tri-X – but then; why not do the real thing and shoot film? Well the simple answer is; “time”. I have got used to the direct result from the digital cameras – and at the same time I want the slow photography from the old film cameras. That doesn’t add up.
I think I will have another go with analogue cameras. I think I must consider it a totally different kind of photography. I must have a totally different mind set as I shoot film. One should think that I would know this already – and I do. But it’s another thing to do it. I must learn to think even more like I did back in the film days. To think more about each frame. I don’t always need 300 pictures – sometimes five is enough. In the next post I will choose five of the 300+ X-Pro2 pictures from the same journey.