Berlin

Going back to work after the Christmas break is never fun. We decided to book a city break so we would have something fun to look forward to in the new year. After some research and many recommendations we settled on Berlin for our destination. It is an amazing city full of history and culture. We had mixed weather but even when it was pouring with rain it didn't stop us from. Berlin is the kind of place where you walk and with every turn discover something interesting. 

There were a lot of highlights from our weekend. Some include watching the sunset from the top of the Fernsehturm tower, exploring the empty Tempelhof airport, looking for bargains at Mauerpark flea market and wandering along the wall at the east side gallery.

Having recently got my Leica M6 I was really keen to shoot with it for the weekend. I took along my Fuji Xpro-1 to shoot with at Night and as my safety net. I wanted to push myself to mainly use the Leica though. Having had some mixed results from first few rolls with the M6, mainly due to underexposure. I took along my Sekonic light meter. I followed Johnny Patience's easy to understand technique on metering for film, from his excellent blog post. This meant I took a meter reading for the shadows of the scene and then just focused on shooting rather than constantly checking the internal meter.

I shot 3 rolls of Kodak Portra 400 and half a roll of Tri-x 400. I chose to try Richard Photo Lab for developing and scanning. I had wanted to use them before but decided to wait until I was more confident with the Leica so that I would be getting back some half decent results. Im really happy with the scans i got back and will definitely be using them again for my next batch of film. 

Here are some of my favourite shots from weekend. We both loved Berlin and hope to go back soon to explore further!

All images were taken with the Leica M6 and Nokton 50mm 1.5 VM.