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!
Tag: Nikon F3HP
Well, now that I got your attention, at least from the title, here are some truly lovely flowers! These are commonly known as “naked ladies” because they flower first, lose their blooms, and then send out leaves. It’s rather odd compared to most other plants! These are also known as “amaryllis belladonna” which seems fitting as they are really beautiful flowers.
I got this roll of film back today. I used my Nikon F3HP and Fuji Color 200. The F3 was, I think, the first Nikon camera to have an autoexposure ability. I set it on that and shot the entire roll of 36. It did fine! I was actually very pleased with both the film and the camera. Scanned on a Pakon 135.
This is the other half, taken with UltraMax 400 and the Nikon F3HP and scanned on the Pakon 135. A bit of retouch in LR, but overall, there is little difference. The skin tones were important, because he has a rather ruddy complexion (not as bad as mine), and sometimes toning it down removes a lot of other qualities in an image. Above is the “retouched” and below is the untouched.
Initially, I was not especially thrilled with this film, and I hate to say it is most likely because of the packaging is yellow and blue, not colors I like together too much. Agfa Vista 200 has a decidedly more appealing more cheery packaging for me – love the red!
However, now that I have been using it a lot, I am actually rather pleased with it. I can push it in post, I can leave it be, I can mess up the exposures. It’s not too expensive. Neither the UltraMax nor the Vista have the colors of Ektar 100, but when you are using a new-to-you camera, a good length of inexpensive, reliable film for test purposes is necessary.
I admit, I love bright, impressionistic colors and strong contrast. Subtlety is not a strong suit in my preference range, but here, the delicacy of tonality and shading and contrast works to catch that magical time of day when the color fades away . . .
Nearby our house is a small local university. Every summer there is a Shakespeare festival – this summer marks the 21st anniversary. Last night we saw Julius Caesar, using a revision of this stage which was for their other production, Love’s Labours Lost. In the U.S., at least in California, Julius Caeser is required reading in 9th or 10th grade. I read it, and, oh, how I hated it. Not until I started seeing Shakespeare live did I have any appreciation for his works – I would love to see Kit Marlowe’s Faustus some day! But I digress . . .