For more than two days I have wondered if I should start a thread like this at all, if so, where to start it, and how to call it. Well, I have settled on the General Gallery (for you are going to see all sorts of photos). And yes, I have decided to share my pics. And I called it as you saw before you opened this thread. Why the difficulties, why the problems, why the faults? It's all about me using my Dad's Leica. And as many of you here, also I am pampered by the digital era, by zoom lenses and auto-focus or even auto-everything (which I no longer use, not even in digital, mind you). But that Leica has a fixed focus 35mm lens ... and I find that I have to get myself into a totally different mind frame whenever I use that camera. And sometimes the outcome is just ... not good. For this roll of film, I set myself the assignment "Wide Open Aperture Only", only because I am notoriously bad about taking notes on my settings (too pampered by exif data and so on). So I would at least know about my aperture. I had planned to have it at widest open (= f2) at all times, to later find out I had somehow moved the dial a bit, so now the photos are between f2, f2.8 and f4. Among other things I tried to take "given light only" portraits (or let's call them "face photos") of Sabine, only to see if a regular El-Cheapo-200-ISO-Fuji film would allow for it. I made all the mistakes one can possibly make! Composition was totally off, and once more I was proved that portraits and wide angle don't go together well! To make matters worse, my (equally El-Cheapo) scanner, which after only two years seems to be at the end of its life, it is getting worse by the day, gives me horrible scans, so I have to work on the scanned prints like crazy to make them presentable AT ALL ... well, at least so the scans would resemble the prints (which are good, that lens does take tack-sharp photos!) OK, after this long ramble that few of you will have wanted to read, some example pics - and you will see that I can make all the mistakes of a total newbie even now, after all those years! One: Original scan of Sabine at her computer: (Yes, this is what I originally get) Establishing similiarities with the print: (Wrong as the white balance may also be on the print, this being a daylight film and the light being that of lamps, it is sharp, all the same) Further edit - better composition, I think: A crop And an experiment: a conversion into B&W,... ... for that is what I think the photos I take with the Leicashould be: black and whites, but getting them developed and printed is ever so much more expensive than colour film. Oh, and I am just seeing that this is one of my playing around with the layers and desaturating the colours one by one, leaving only the green ) Yes, it will only be Part 1 and you will (if you want to) get to see other examples later.