Dear Steve and Brandon,
Thanks in large part to your site I’m now close – 2 to 3 months – to having saved enough for a long lusted after Leica M.
It feels almost like full circle as my first camera was a Russian Zorki 4 copy. It was the camera that started my life long love of photography (and gear!)
So, the 3 pictures I’ve attached in the hope that you might like them are versions of my first ever successful (well, I mean at least I like it!) photograph, taken on hands and knees as a 14 year old crawling around the garden trying to catch the light playing through leafs and flowers.
My favourite is the soft, ethereal monochrome version, done later using ‘Aviary’ on my iPad, but I like to play with pictures and see what I can get from them, so also quite like the other two, quite different takes, including the original – the 3rd image – shot on good old much missed Kodachrome.
The lens was the standard 50mm Jupiter, shot wide open to get the leafs to stand out from the foliage, cluttered as this was growing in the roots of a thick Hawthorne hedge. I’m probably still carrying some of the thorns…
If I were lucky enough to be selected and you did have the space to link my websites, I do have both of a Flickr and Crated accounts here
as I build towards retirement and have the time to develop my own website and build my catalogue of slides and negatives by moving into this exciting new world of digital imaging.
Thanks for your time and for the blog. I read it pretty much daily and have gained so much from it.