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The next few days I will be working on a continuing personal project. A personal project is a great way to take a break from making a living to just do a little exploring. 

Part of this personal project consists of shooting film instead of digital. I have been doing this project with a Leica M4-P but the last time I was working on it I broke the only lens I have for the Leica and have not yet replaced it. So this time I will take a Konica FT-1 and a couple of lenses. 

The above photos are part of the project and were taken with the Leica. The Leica does not have a meter built into the camera, and I therefore have to give it kind of an educated guess as to exposure. That’s why I love to shoot with it. For some reason, it’s kind of liberating. The Leica is really nothing more than a box with a shutter. It only does what you tell it to do. My Leica is pretty beat up. It has no paint on the back door and has some fuzz hanging down in the shutter box that leaves a little black spot at the top of each negative. The camera has character.

Maybe I’ll use one of my mechanical Konica bodies and take the battery out so that the meter doesn’t work. I could use one of my mechanical Konica bodies that the meter wouldn’t work even if I put a battery in it. Now that I think about it, I may not even have a fresh battery to put in it. Or maybe I’ll take a Konica POP which is a plastic point and shoot that I bought new, years ago and have never used it.  

Between now and tomorrow I’ll find something and will report back later. That’s what makes this personal project fun. I can just wing it.


Written by stevesheppardphotography

March 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Posted in Personal Projects

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