It was a Saturday when I booked New York City.
One of my most difficult questions before a holiday is, with what shall I take pictures now? Medium format, small format, Leica, color, Nikon, black and white … there are many ways. The more variety I have, the more difficult I find the selection. All those years had been clear to me that I will photograph NY in black and white. And of course, only on film.
After many pros and cons for digital, many pros and cons for analog, I decided at the end to take my Leica M6, the 35er Summicron ASPH., The 50s Summilux (Version 2), and a lot of Kodak Portra 160 & 800th films.
During the day I had the Portra160 in the camera; The film, however, have always exposed to 100ASA.
In the evening I took the Portra 800, I photographed quite normal with its rated sensitivity.
At the end it was a good decision because I have not had the feeling that they are missing something. We explored the city every day.
After nine days we went home.
The films, 33 in number, went to www.meinfilmlab.de. I asked Jörg, the owner of the laboratory, my films as “real” as possible to scan without any increase in the contrast or color adjustments. The colors should only come from Portra and sharpness or blur of the Leica lenses.
The results were amazing, it´s exactly what I had imagined so.
Here the link to the pictures: http://www.thomas-foto.eu/projects/new-york-city/