Restless for Film II
A few days ago I posted about a small half-frame film camera I had picked up in a thrift store. Well, I got the first roll of film back. The camera works just fine! Good exposures, and the lens is pretty good too, operator error aside.
There is quite a lot to say, but I have spent many hours since getting home from work figuring out the best way to scan this kind of film, and working up some of the images. And it is nearly midnight. So you get this one (three?) image(s) as proof things are going to be fine, and only a few more words.
The image above is a lot bigger than this – click on it for a more detailed view if you are interested (you might need to right click and select open image in new tab). Seeing it larger will allow you to see the dust. I live in a dusty house and I could not believe how much ended up on the scanner bed and film in this one operation. I am in need of some compressed air I think.
This is one of the first shots I took, without a light meter in sight. I was using the Sunny 16 rule, but at the suggestion of the guy in the camera shop it was really the Sunny 8 rule since it is winter, the light is low on the horizon and less intense and he thought that would drop about 1 f-stop out of the picture. However, I later found that f16 works better as the base for a sunny winter day too. The shots above would have been taken, from left to right, at f8, f16 and f5.6. This exposure works pretty well for this location – there was a bit of haze in the sky at this time so f8 was a good starting place.
I really like how the camera produces pairs of images, or series of images on the negatives. They seem more like part of each other than on full frame 35mm film, and that gives me ideas about how to have fun with this camera. Diptych time, I expect. Triptychs too.
More later on my results. I tried the camera out in sun, overcast, shady areas, indoors, backlit and on people, buildings, streets and so on. So over the next few days I am going to bore you with a bunch of shots. Some of them will be paired with digital versions taken at the same time with a DSLR, just for the heck of it. It is how I tested things, and probably about 1% might be interested, which should be consistent with my average anyway.
Olympus Pen, Half Frame, Fujifilm Neopan Acros, ISO100, 1/100th, f8, f16, f5.6 left to right, Epson V700 Scanner.