I recently bought a Mamiya 645 Pro TL with a lens, grip, viewfinder, and film back. It’s a medium format camera. To test out that all parts were working as advertised, I put a roll of film in it and went to work. I tested the auto-exposure and manual exposure. The film advance in the grip, too. Everything worked. Focus was on the little lamp, leaving the flowers outside the field of focus. In post, I used Negative Lab Pro to process the images, but turned them to black and white in LR. Altogether, I am happy with my purchase. And I managed to get a few pictures that were decent out of all that play!
Part of my container garden this summer in the Dog Free Zone. I grew hot chilis, herbs, flowers, and, in particular, milkweed. You can see the milkweed seed pods have opened, and the seeds are waiting to blown away by the wind. The milkweed is food that is important to Monarch butterflies, but I have heard that the milkweed with colored flowers is not good for the butterflies. I want to do a bit of research on this – what if all is for naught?
Once more, this is a photo using my 1937 Welta Weltur and Ilford XP Super 400 film. The Xenar lens is stunning, with lovely detail and softness at the same time. I really like what it can do.
Today went out to shoot some Ilford FP4 125 film. Black and white film, orange filter, 50mm lens, OM-1n. This is a continuation of the FujiColor 200 roll, and more Naked Ladies. Why do I mention this? I am shooting B&W with an orange filter because I want to see how it sets up the contrast between colors . . . and I took more pictures of the Naked Ladies! Back to B&W tomorrow, but today, more luscious pink flowers!
I’m a bit behind on the BW project, but all because of working on the scanning software and getting it to process black and white. I have a Pakon scanner, which is fab for 35mm film. I spent a couple of days ironing out and learning the software, as well as applying patches which allow more than color negative and C-41 black and white film.
This is the first image I have gotten back from the developer doing something I have never done before – pushing film. Mark at If Time Stood Still made a wonderful picture of his youngest daughter, specifically the image called The Lunch Date. He shot Ilford HP5+ and pushed it.
Using his instructions, I did the same. The result is really pleasant, and seems to push contrast to level I like. Since I prefer shorter scaled B&W to longer scale in general, this is a good technique to know.
Mark processes his own film B&W, as well as color, and scans his film, too. (Altogether, I think he is an amazing photographer, especially of his family.) Go visit his site!
So, more to follow!