I purchased a Leica M3 from a good friend and needed to shoot a test roll to get a feel for how it shot. I live close to Hill Aerospace Museum and always look for opportunities to visit. I was impressed with how the images turned out but ended up selling the M3. It was a hard decision to make but ended up buying a M2 that allows me to use all my M lenses.
I took part in a film exchange last month for the facebook group Negative Positives Film Photography Podcast. The plan was that we would be paired up with an unknown photographer and we would share a roll of film to create double exposures. Shaun Nelson collected names and paired people up. My photo partner was Sherry Christensen from Canada. She supplied the film (Kodak Ektar 100) and shot the roll. She then mailed it to me for me to shoot and I was in charge of processing and scanning the film.
I was pleasantly surprised how well these turned out. There are a few that I really like that I have included here. This was a great way to meet photographers and get a feel for what they like to shoot. The only rule we set was we were to shoot all frames in landscape. We also tried to line up our fame lines. It didn’t quite work out but I really like the overlap. She warned me her shots would be from around the farm house so I wanted to be be sure to add some color and urban scenes. I really like the eye looking through the door of the grain bin above. As I look at this image I’m reminded of the many many hours I spent inside these grain bins shoveling grain in the hot summer heat. I wouldn’t pass growing up on a farm for anything these days.
I set out to shoot a test roll through a new to me Leica M3. This image turned out to be one of my favorites from the roll. One reason I love shooting film is the happy surprises that come when developing the roll and looking through images for the first time.