War, peace and my 1940 Leica IIIb

I was going to blog about the first two photographs anyway, but since the New Year I have been scanning my old film again. In only a few weeks I have found so many images that have sat in the ring binder, never being scanned or printed and it’s been quite a revelation. Last night I came across one photograph that I could barely remember and yet it has become one of my all time favourites. For that reason alone, I am dusting off my old Leica, which hasn’t been used since I won the Sony A700 nearly six years ago.

Cameras of this age aren’t easy to use. You have to cut the film leader, otherwise you quickly run into trouble loading the film. I remember my first attempts in Canterbury Cathedral when the film wasn’t winding on and we kept having to find dark corners so I could open up the back and try again. This time I have saved all my out of date colour film and over the coming days and weeks I am going to practice until I have a 100% success rate. There are no light meters either and I use a cheap Russian model that I bought some 35 years ago. It lacks all the bells and whistles of newer meters, but most of the time it works well enough for me.

Back to the pictures though. The featured image and the one below were taken at a local War and Peace show a few years ago. I believe it was one of the largest in the country, but sadly it moved on recently. I have little interest in such things, it must be said, but I went along for the sake of my husband. Then I had the idea to take my recent purchase from a well-known auction site. These were taken with a 105mm Komura lens that also comes with a fascinating little gadget that aids framing with a rangefinder camera.


The image below is the one I scanned last night and was taken on an incredibly windy day at Dungeness. The Leica IIIb was the first camera to have a shutter speed of 1/1000th second, although for the life of me I can’t recall the settings for this shot. The lens used was my 1938 5cm Summar.

The Seagull and the Waves

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