When I saw this photo, I was really pleased. I never thought I could get a picture like this with film. In digital, I’ve done it a lot, but never in film. The lens I used was wide open, just to see if I could nail sharpness and blur.
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.
I am not sure if the lab is to blame or the camera, but this image was filthy when I got the scans back from the lab. Either way, for what I am doing, it is unimportant. I am just playing. At some point, I will check to see if the debris is stuck in the film. I cleaned up the worse of it in post, and then did some color correction.
This is an interesting process, looking at the images out of the Lomo LC-A. To my eye, it says poor equipment and bad images. On the other hand, I can see why it could be just fun. My persnickety side is at war with my “let’s do it and see what happens” side.
Aesthetically, I do not think grungy, dirty pictures (with debris all over them) are interesting if it was not done intentionally.
To counter the Lomo, I have a 6×6 Isoletta III rangefinder due to arrive today. Let’s see what that produces.
As a small birthday present, I got a Lomo LC-A plastic camera with a glass lens. This is one of my favorite pictures . . . SOOC, Kodak Ektar.
More from the Ricoh, 28-70mm, and UltraMax.
Another image taken with the Ricoh XR-10 and Vivitar 28-70mm lens, using Kodak UltraMax 400 shot at iso 400. The original was rather pale, so with the help of LR6 and On1, the colors were changed to my liking, and the image cropped.
A new-to-me film, recommended by one whose photography I admire: Kodak UltraMax 400. Not an expensive film. I shot the roll at the recommended iso, using the automatic exposure element in a Ricoh XR-10 camera, and a Vivitar 28-70mm lens. The guy at the photo lab suggest I shoot all 400 at 320 iso instead – longer exposure, better color. I’ve loaded another roll of the same film, in the same camera, to test it out at a lower iso.
This image was doctored a bit in LR.
An image from the roll of film I developed myself this weekend. Ilford HP5+, scanned with Pakon 135.