I love the Leica Monochrom. Today I shot the Monochrom along side my Leica MP with TMax 100 loaded. Of course, I am way to slow to have any film developed yet, but the Monochrom made me feel like I was looking at well scanned negatives. I was on Main Street in Rock Hill, SC about 6:45 this morning. The misty rain was hovering about and the lights were all on. If you’ve ever been in the area, about 7am this time of year all the lights shut off. This means I had a short time frame to shoot images. I love the lights wrapped around the cherry trees along Main Street. I also love the lines of street lights up and down the sidewalks. I think light of this nature tends to brighten up a black and white image (no pun intended). My favorite word when describing black and white is ‘Luminous.’ If a photograph is Luminous, then the photographer was able to capture the light. I created a slideshow below.
As the light continued increasing, the mist held, eventually turning to a light rain when I retired. The grey colors in the images from the Monochrom have so much room to move between black and white, all the while keeping the detail and grain, or noise. I used an ISO of 3200 for these images and the grain is beautiful. Probably the most fun part of using the Monochrom, apart from taking photographs, is developing them in Adobe Lightroom to get the deep blacks, silver grays and detailed highlights. Below are some images as the ‘sun’ came up.