I Like A Leica #2: Construction and Dark Spaces

Welcome to “I Like a Leica.” In this second post, I offer a couple of frames from my long gone Nikon F4 alongside shots from my Leica 50mm Summicron for a bit of added flavor.

Chain Link Purgatory (Image by Chad Gayle)

New Yorkers walking through a chain link “tunnel”; Leica M6, 50 Summicron f2 FLICKR

Our first image, “Chain Link Purgatory,” suffers badly from some errors in film development (particulate matter in my old fix, mainly), but it’s an image I had to include. This was shot on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, between two chain link fences that separated parts of the ongoing construction for the long promised and still not delivered Second Avenue Subway. Done at night with a tripod at 1/30th a second and around f4, the blur of the passing figures gives this an ethereal quality that I like very much.

Waiting on a Train at Union Station (Image by Chad Gayle)

Strap hangers waiting for their trains at 14th Street; Nikon F4, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 FLICKR

Next up, an image taken with my old Nikon F4 and a basic 50mm Nikkor lens at Union Station (underground). This was done with Ilford HP5 rated at 400 (not pushed).

Figures in a Train Station (Image by Chad Gayle)

New Yorkers passing by a ghostly train; Nikon F4, Nikkor 28mm AIS f2.8 FLICKR

Another image shot with the long gone F4 and a wide angle lens. The blur here of the passing train and the people walking in the opposite direction was again intentional, although I didn’t use a tripod for this one; instead, I set the F4 on a wooden bench by the wall of the station.

Skyscraper Construction on a Rainy Day (Image by Chad Gayle)

Looking down on the construction of a skyscraper in the rain; Leica M6, 50mm Summicron f2 FLICKR

Back to the Leica and my 50mm Summicron f2: above is a nicely toned photo of the top of a skyscraper that is still under construction. This was done with Fuji Neopan Acros 100.

Worker in Cement (Image by Chad Gayle)

A construction worker appears to be stuck in the back of a cement truck; Leica M6, 50mm Summicron f2 FLICKR

Last but not least, a fun one from the streets of Midtown: a construction worker who almost looks as if he’s stuck in the trough of a cement truck.

That’s all for this time; next up, more black and white street photography with pushed Ilford HP5.