I finally got around to finishing off a roll of Ektar 100 using the Agfa Isolette ii rangefinder camera. Square composition is a bit difficult!
Out of the roll of Kodak Ektar 100 I used in the Welta Weltur, this one is my favorite. It has an old-fashioned look to it, which may be due to the fact it is is 1930s lens which is uncoated. I pushed the colors a bit to get the result I liked best. I scanned this with the Epson V600.
Something salvaged from a home film processing disaster. Ilford HP5+, Holga 120 GCFN, Epson V600, along with LR6, On1 Photo 10, and PS 6. Probably a few other things, but I forget . . .
Hmmm. The images I get back from the photo lab are grungy. They arrive grungy. Using the Epson V600, I find crud everywhere.
With this picture, I moved it around on the scanner to decide if it was the neg or the scanner, and the neg won.
I cleaned the image with PEC-12, and the crud disappeared – a bit.
Then different settings in Epson Scan. Final settings which produced acceptable results were 2400 dpi, 48 bit color, digital ice, and medium unsharp mask. Final clean up in On1 Photo 10 and LR. Film was Kodak Ektar 100.
Another medium format image using the Agfa Isolette iii. In reading about the 6×6 or square format for photography, the approaches recommend playing to the symmetry of the square by using circles, equal areas, and centering of the central point of the image. Didn’t do that here . . . maybe I should revisit this rather large plant?
It is a lot harder to focus – and stay focused – with this all-manual camera, too! I should have focused on the center of the stems . . .
About a week ago I took delivery of an Agfa Isolette III, refurbished and CLA’d. It came with me to Colorado, and film went through the x-ray machine a few times. I didn’t take a lot of pictures with it, but did do two rolls, one of Portra 400, and one Ektar 100. Altogether, the pictures were ok, but part of it is simply learning how to use a new camera. A few I really liked – this is not one of them – but I did like the leaves on the water and the colors which resulted. Next time, I will drop the iso 20-30% for greater saturation with negative film.