Nov 11, 2011

Sofia and Ricardo Got Married - September 10, 2011


My nephew Ricardo and Sofia got married last September.
I decided to take the chance and use the occasion to make some classical Leica photography: unobtrusive and intimate. The kind of stuff Leicas are good at and got famous for!
In black and white film, of course!

I chose two Leica M bodies (a M3 from 1955, - yes, that’s the year of my birth! and a M4 from 1968/69 respectively, - yes, that’s the year the first men landed on the moon!) and a couple of lenses:
 Super-Angulon 21mm f/3.4  (a really true non-retrofocus classic, designed and built by Schneider and resold by Leitz), Summicron 35mm f/2.0  (the often called “king of Bokeh, whatever people mean by that…), and the very enjoyable and small Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 (sadly in the meantime vanished from the Leica catalogue, I will forever treasure it!).
As film material, I picked up Agfa APX 100 (another true classic) and the new Kodak T-Max 400 (my concession to modern technology…).
I stuffed it all, together with a Gossen Variosix F lightmeter, in a small Leitz Kombitasche M.
 I was ready to go!

Wishing this nice couple all the best in the world, a wonderful song as food for thought:
“Congratulations” – Paul Simon

Oh, seems like you’ve done it again
And I ain’t had such misery since
Since I don’t know when,
Oh, and I don’t know when

I notice so many people
Slippin’ away
And many more waiting in the lines
In the courtrooms today
Oh, in the courtrooms today

Love is not a game
Love is not a toy
Love’s no romance
Love will do you in
And love will wash you out
And needless to say
You won’t stand a chance, and you won’t stand a chance.

I’m hungry for learning
Won’t you answer me, please?
Can a man and a woman
Live together in peace?
Oh, live together in peace

(From the album Paul Simon - 1971)

Technical Data:
Cameras - Leica M3 + Leica M4
Lenses - Super Angulon 21mm + Summicron 35mm + Tele Elmarit 90mm
Films - Agfa APX 100 + Kodak T-Max 400
Developer - Kodak D-76, diluted 1+1
Location - Setúbal, Portugal
Date - 10th of September 2011
Scanner - Epson 4990 Photo