A couple of weeks ago my wife Rebecca and I went to London for a long weekend to explore the city and meet up with a few fellow photographers for LNDNWLK, which we organized together with Mathieu and Heather from MirrorLessons.
This was our first trip to London together and we really enjoyed every minute of it. London is a very beautiful place and we both liked the feel of it a lot. It’s very open and multicultural, very modern but also has a lot of the old European traditions and charm you would expect in a city with that heritage.
It was fun meeting up with so many nice people and fellow photographers. The atmosphere during the photo walk was very relaxed and inviting. Afterwards everyone met up for a nice dinner in a local pub. I was amazed by the variety of photographers participating, the amount of friends made and the interesting conversations shared. I’m already looking forward to the next LNDNWLK which will hopefully take place in late summer this year.
This trip was also a little bit of an experiment for me. I had just sold my Fuji X-Pro1 a few weeks before and this was my first time traveling with just my film cameras. I brought both my Leicas with me and shot Portra 400 NC (expired) in my MP and Tri-X 400 in my M2. My exposures on the M2 were pure guesswork and I was really amazed by what Tri-X could handle. I exposed in a range from “-2″ to “+4″ stops and every single shot came out ok without having to push or pull.
I was a little nervous about flying through Heathrow Airport because I had heard before that the security personnel in London do not hand check photographic film (which cannot be x-rayed). I was incredibly lucky and the staff agreed to hand check all of my film, which was very kind and helpful.
All color images below were taken with the Leica MP and the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM on Kodak Portra 400 NC, all B&W images were shot with the Leica M2 and the Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: