In the south of France with Leicas
Old 09-14-2016   #1
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In the south of France with Leicas

This summer I traveled to France. The trip was planned long in advance, as these things are, but the timing of it was such that we arrived at our destination - Nice - less than a week after the Bastille Day terrorist attack. We never considered cancelling, but many others did; according to the locals we talked to, tourist numbers were way down, and the flight over was half empty. As the days passed, we did see more people - hopefully the downturn was short.

In any case, we set about our vacation. We purposely did not rent a car, preferring to stay mostly in and around Nice, using trains (and in one case, a boat) to get around when not on foot. We explored some of the neighborhoods, took day trips to Monaco and up into the mountains, and swam in the Mediterranean. We had a proper vacation, albeit one that ended a bit sooner than we would have liked, but that's not unusual.

Still, it was impossible to ignore the aftermath of the attack. Heightened police presence and soldiers patrolling the streets were unavoidable, as were the memorials, which were everywhere, large and small. Unsurprisingly, people were still on edge, and it showed - the street behind our hotel was evacuated for several hours for some reason, cordoned off by police for several blocks. We walked that street everyday, as we did the Promenade des Anglais. Our hotel was three blocks from where the attack began.

From a photographic standpoint, there was an added dimension to the subject matter at hand. Along with taking the usual sorts of photos that one might take in a place like the south of France, there was the need to document the immediate aftermath of the attack, both directly and indirectly. I had two Leica bodies with me: a IIIc with a Canon 28/2.8 and a IIIg with a Summitar 50/2; I also had a Canon 100/3.5 for occasional use. We shot a lot of pictures - 24 rolls for me, 17 of HP5+ and 7 of Portra 400. I'm still working on get them finished.

Here, then, are the first of my photos. They are grouped sort of geographically and temporally, but it's a loose organization. I'll get a few more batches up as time permits.

















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Old 09-14-2016   #2
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lovely! Looking forward to more in the series...
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Beautiful stuff! I especially like the third one (but they are all very well done).
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Good examples where BW film triumphs. Harsh sun, deep shadows... beautiful pictures!
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Thank you for sharing.

B&W rocks when done this well.

You have a very discerning 'eye'.
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We were in Nice last summer, and our hotel was located across the small street from an Israeli consulate(?) or similar, and maybe this is the street that you wanted to take to walk towards the corniche.

I like your photos!
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Thanks for the kind words, folks. Glad you've enjoyed the photos thus far.
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Add me to that list ... lovely shots indeed.
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Very nice work! Looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for posting.
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These are very nice! Thank you for sharing here.

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Very nice shots, looking forward to seeing more of these.
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Saw these on my cell phone and immediately came down and booted the computer for a better look.
Absolutely LOVE these pictures.
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very nice thanks for sharing, very cool
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The shots of Nice are nice!
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The shots of Nice are nice!

Beautiful work. Great eye for composition. All are excellent, my favorites: 5 & 8.

Keep them coming.
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You're all very kind. I really appreciate your comments. I should have the next set up over the weekend. Thanks for your patience and continued interest.
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I'm curious how often you found yourself using the Canon 100/3.5. I have that lens and it's a terrific optic, but I've found that a 50/35 or 50/28 combination covers nearly all my needs on a vacation trip. Interested in your experience.
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I'm curious how often you found yourself using the Canon 100/3.5. I have that lens and it's a terrific optic, but I've found that a 50/35 or 50/28 combination covers nearly all my needs on a vacation trip. Interested in your experience.
Not often. I probably shot fewer than 10 frames with it. Nonetheless, I like having the option. The lens is small, light, and spectacularly good.

On a related note, this was the first major trip I did with the 50/28 combo, and I think it worked out pretty well. I'm still getting used to 28, but it's becoming more instinctive.
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Yes, that is one sexy thread title.

28/50 is the best travelling combo for me.
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Very interesting description followed by really good images.
Those old cameras have a charm.
They are also quite small and light.
Looking forward to the Portra and more BW.
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OK, here we go with the next batch. These are all centered around the beach and the Promenade des Anglais, the main boulevard that runs along it. It's sort of the center of activity in Nice, with hotels and restaurants all along, and the wonderful old town down at one end. Of course, it was also the site of the Bastille Day attack. The juxtaposition of the touristic and the tragic was jarring, but it seemed as though people were making an active effort to return to something approaching normality.

I have enough photos that fall into this group that I'm going to divide them up. I'm posting the color today, and the B&W will come tomorrow. Enjoy.













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Interesting choice of composition on 6. Makes me want to get a lens and take my IIIc for a spin but my m setups are quite good.
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The first bunch of black and white photos actually makes me want to get out there again ... sporting the IIIa and a 50, of course.
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Great shots, I love No. 3, a lot of rhythm in the composition.
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Great shots, I love No. 3, a lot of rhythm in the composition.
+1. All of the color shots are pleasing but #3 really stands out. Were these taken with the Summitar?
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Thanks all. For the gear-curious, of the color shots #1 & #6 were with the Canon 28/2.8, all others with the Summitar.
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As promised, the B&W set.













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Love that first one. The little bird makes it. I took many photographs on those steps two years ago until I had the one I wanted. No sun that day. Yours is a beauty. The old city is endlessly fascinating for a photographer.
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Very nice indeed. I do not find myself saying this very often but I love the color work even better than your B&W.
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Thanks again to all for the kind words. It's taken me far too long to update this thread, but life gets in the way sometimes. In any case, here's a few more, better late than never I hope. This time it's critters. As before, everything with screwmounts Leica and either the Summitar 50/2 or the Canon 28/2.8, HP5+ or Portra 400. Enjoy.













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nice pictures ... gives me the feeling of relaxing time at south of France ... walk around which is not doing much but seeing a lot

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A truly memorable set of images.
Well done! BW can be so perfect, your color also.
Those screw Leica make such stunning images,
in the right hands and good eye.
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These are excellent pictures.
I think Minoltas were very sexy tools as well and Minolta did excellent cooperation with Leica in the days.
Yes. "In the south of France with Minoltas" would be a much sexier title indeed.


@02Pilot - wonderful series of pictures here !
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Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.
The first picture in the thread is my absolute favourite. I hope you you make a large print of it.
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