Leica M6 | Cornwall

Cornwall Leica M6 Film Photography

Last week was a bit of a rarity during the Summer season.  I had a couple of weeks with no weddings.  So, Fiona and I decided that we’d make the most of a bit of time off and headed down to Cornwall for 10 days of camping near Newquay.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to test my latest acquisition, a Leica M6 (fitted with 50mm f2 Summicron lens for those with an interest). Just before we went I had a little shopping spree at West Yorkshire Cameras in Leeds and stocked up with some film for trip, some I’ve used before, and some that I was testing, along with the camera.  My normal stock is Kodak Portra, either 160 or 400, and some Ilford XP2 for black and white. This time round though, I thought I’d try Fuji Neopan – an old friend from college days. Right, that’s enough of the technical talk.  We stayed in Holywell Bay, which was a beautiful, secluded, sandy bay with fantastic dunes and at low tide, there’s plenty of sea caves down at the far end of the beach.   Most of the holiday was spent on the beaches around northern Cornwall or checking out some of the less visited attractions. Fiona managed to find a great guide book for finding some of the more wild sites in Cornwall (if you’re prepared to do some walking) which kept us fully entertained for the week.  We finished of by calling in on some friends on the south coast and visiting Polhawn Fort and the nearby beach, so there’s a couple of shots from there too. I hope you like the photos. They’re all from the Leica and all on film of different types.  I’ll be incorporating it into some of my weddings in the future now that it’s passed it’s test…


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By Mark J Hillyer, Yorkshire Photographer