The second week of my project 365 probably represents a tone that will continue for most of them. At times, I scrambled to find the time to even take one shot and on other days, I shot way more than I needed to. I was sick last Monday involving a visit to my doctor for some medicine. Work is very, very busy making it hard to focus on photography. So, I grab an opportunity whenever I can even when I'm commuting back and forth to the office. The one shot above was shot when traffic was at a standstill so nobody, including me was put at risk. These shots represent opportunities, not ground breaking images, just part of what I see every day. My purpose during this project is to learn how to use my camera and film and to find a consistent and quality producing process including developing and scanning my negatives. I may get some images that are lasting and meaningful and that's good. More importantly, I'll better understand my entire workflow.
So, what did I learn this week? I learned that underexposing with film is to be avoided at all times. I shot into some bright sun and my in camera meter wanted me to stop down. Even though I did resist the temptation, I still didn't compensate enough and trust the film to handle the light. My goal is to only use the light meter in camera. I may have avoided any problems by using my incident meter but my goal as part of this project is to be able to know how my camera works through the entire process. I want to understand how to work with it in any conditions as a standalone tool. Post processing a badly exposed image won't save it. You won't see any of those here.
I did change my commitment to my lens. I started out the project with my Zeiss Sonnar 1.5 and decided to switch over to my Leica Summicron. They're both 50mm so won't affect the consistency of the focal lengths in my images. I love the Sonnar but for some reason don't think I'm getting the sharpness and contrast I'm looking for. So, I'll stick with one camera (Leica MP), one lens (Leica Summicron) and one film (Kodak Tri-X). It's not a huge change but in the interest of full disclosure I thought it best to come clean.
I'm enjoying the project. I carry my camera everywhere and anywhere I go so I don't miss an opportunity and a few have popped up that I would have missed otherwise. The only constraint is work, I don't carry my camera when I attend meetings or meet with other staff. I just can't mix my photography with my work environment.