50/1.4 Summilux Leica M6 Classic, expired Fuji Superia 100 import film.
I think I took this photo in August 2011. We were on our way to Ramone's friends' house and had a few minutes to throw rocks into Lake Washington. I had just picked up the Leica and lens and was eager to try it out. This was from the first roll through. I was satisfied with the results!
Ramone is really the reason I shoot film at all, anymore. While my wife was pregnant with him, I remembered fondly how my parents were always taking pictures of my siblings and I, using their shared Nikon F camera with 50/1.8 lens. There are boxes and albums full of snapshots. My dad had a short stint of home develop and printing in our basement. I sat in on a few printing sessions and he showed me the ropes.
Got sidetracked a bit there, but I basically wanted to have piles and boxes of fun old photos to sift through when he's all grown. I hope he will enjoy it as much as I enjoy taking the photos. He's usually pretty tolerant of my lens always pointed at him.
Now, I only use digital for work documentation (non-photo related work) and garbage cell phone pics. I would love an M8 or M9 to play with, but the film is a big attraction for me. I'm slowly accumulating stuff to develop my film at home. I've been using Capitol Hill 60 Minute Photo with mostly good results.
I chose the photo for the postcard project because it's one of my favorite photos from 2011. It is probably a bit personal a subject for a typical postcard, but I took a different approach to the project. And I just love how that lens rendered the image. I did amp up the colors a little in Photoshop, but mostly just to recover some saturation lost due to the expired film. I really did not like how Vistaprint cropped the image. No matter how much I f'ed with the image size, I never got the crop just right. Oh well.
Perhaps by next year, I'll have the ability to print my own, though I'd be happy just to develop my own film. At least that way, I know who to blame for messed up negs.
I, too was concerned about the cost of the project, but in all it wasn't that bad, and I got to hand address the cards and write out each one. My hand was a little sore when finished, but I enjoy the act of writing as I have little need to on a day to day basis.
It has been so fun finding new postcards in the mail every few days. My reception of the various cards perfectly matches that of Dan's (we're both Seattleites). It will be sad when there are no more on the way.
Matus' card had me thinking "Large Format? Hmm... " and Eric hipsterdufus' postcard was a very nicely done double exposure. I thought the effect was just right. It was interesting to see the seeming balance of color to B+W photos. Thank you all for the lovely cards, many of them with friendly notes, and every last one of those fine photographs.
Thank you Rob for your enthusiasm and the work you did to help coordinate the project. Is this something that others have done over the years here at RFF? If anyone is considering participating on the next round, it is highly recommended.