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Iceland

I’m going to keep this fairly short and let the images below do the speaking. My wife Nic and I have wanted to visit Iceland for a long time and over the Christmas break decided we should book our trip. We were both really keen to go during the winter with the hope of seeing the northern lights. (Which did not disappoint). 

We used Reykjavik as a base, which allowed us to take a couple of day trips to explore the Golden circle as well as some of the beautiful south coast as far as Vik. We also took a break from the road on our last day and spent the afternoon relaxing at the Blue lagoon which is a must for anyone visiting.

Reykjavik is a great city. It's perfectly sized to be able to wander and explore easily. There are loads of great restaurants and bars to dive into and escape the cold. Everyone we met on our trip was so friendly and keen to share their knowledge of the country. 

Anyone who has been to Iceland will know just how beautiful and unique it is. Anyone who hasn’t been or is thinking about it, you really need to get there. Everywhere we visited was truly breathtaking and I hope my photos go some of the way to convey the incredible beauty we saw on our trip. Hopefully we will get to return one day and explore more of this incredible country. 

All images below were either taken with the Hasselblad 500CM and the Carl Zeiss Planar CF 2.8/80 or with the Leica M6 and the Summicron 2/50 on Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji 400H. All images scanned and processed by UK Filmlab.

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.

Shooting Square

I recently acquired a Yashica Mat 124G medium format TLR camera. This weekend was the first time I got out and spent a couple of hours shooting with it. It was definitely a very different experience to me normally snapping away with my X-pro1. It made me slow down and think much more about each shot and if it was worth taking. Below are a few from an ok bunch. They are not the most exciting shots but it was more of an experiment to check the camera worked and to try the scanning myself. I shot them with Kodak Portra 400 and scanned them on an Epson v600. I plan to do more medium format shooting in the next few months as i think it will teach me to become a better photographer.