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From my latest blog - http://rangefinderchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/dreamy-rome.html Some street shots taken with the Leica M (T240) and Noctilux f1, most wide, or almost wide, open. Please take a look at my e-book too, Rome Cafe: http://www.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/548254-rome-cafe Nick
Around 10 years ago I decide to do not leave Rome during summer time, in particular August. For whom is not romans looks a strange sentence but since the time of the ANCIENT romans August is the worst month of the year, so hot that we love to leave the city to the tourist :-). But from a photographic point of view it is really beautiful and the well known touristic spot became more interesting. So let me share with you one picture I did with the M2 and the Tri-X develop at home in a hot day (so the negative looks not so pretty :-( ) If you have some spare time, some more here: http://blog.massimilianotiberi.com/rome-in-an-empty-summer/
Just spending a few days in Rome with my M6 TTL and C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 (one lens only). Before leaving, I checked my freezer: XP2 Super, Ektar 100, Potra 160 or Portra 400? Weather forcast was fine: sunny and warm, very warm. Colours in Rome are wonderful: marble, antique orange and pink, light blue... not those shiny full colours screaming at your eyes. I decided to take the Portra 160, too much light for the 400, too many nice colours for the Ektar, the XP2 (or some real b/w-film). Since I did not plan to take many pictures inside something (churches or antique places), ISO 160 is perfect. Even with only ISO 160, I hardly get down to f/2.8 for a somewhat blurred background on the outside. It's mostly f/8 and 1/250 to 1/500, or even f/11. Perfect for snapshots, with the camera set to hyperfocal distance, but too much for any kind of bokeh. But I shoot people and things just the Leica-way: fast and without being noticed. Last time in Rome I had the DSLR with me. Great camera, but you don't go unnoticed, not in the streets, not in places. For insides, I don't get anywhere with the 35 mm Biogon. Something like 24 mm or less would be necessary for all these wonderful places, plus film with ISO 400 or higher (or a M240, film is not perfect for anything above ISO 400 in my opinion). Ok, got to get ready for the second day. Sorry, no pictures yet, as I need to develop and scan the negs first the traditional way. Back home, that is.