I have been shooting a lot more than posting in this project (although I am definately behind on the one roll a week goal). Here are three rolls I took this summer while working in Washington D.C.
Roll 24: Kodak TMAX 400, pushed to 1600
This is one of my last rolls of a big TMAX purchase at the beginning of the year. I don’t think I will be going back to it anytime soon, mostly because I don’ t like how it pushes. That said, I decided to lean into the grain with this roll, pushing it to 1600 and stand developing it in Rodinal. There are some pleasing shots here.
Roll 25: Kodak Ektar 100 (120 Format) in the Ondu 6×12 Multi-format Pinhole Camera
This roll was taken on my pinhole camera in the panoramic configuration. Very long exposures, but I really like the results. I think Ektar is the definitely the color film for this camera.
Roll 26: Portra 400 (Half in DC / Half at Home)
Portra is my go-to, and I think it really captures my aesthetic the best. This roll was partly taken in D.C., but I finished it off at a my son’s birthday party in Santa Cruz. A nice sum-up of my summer.
Expect a lot of posts as I catch-up.
In my recent antique store haul I picked up an East German Praktica Super TL camera, and three M42 mount lenses. The camera was fun to take out for a spin, and I really like the lenses, but I think it is destined for eBay. The main drawback for me was a rather dim viewfinder that made focusing really difficult.
That said, I like the results of the shots I could focus. The film is Ilford Delta 100, stand developed in Rodinal 1:100.
This roll was taken on my old Himatic 7s during two different trips to local Santa Cruz beaches, Seabright State Beach and Scott Creek.
Seabright SB is a large beach in the city proper, nestled between the San Lorenzo river and the Santa Cruz small craft harbor. The main feature is a jetty composed of strange concrete “quadrapods”which apparently can shift in high seas or earthquakes.
Scott Creek beach is quite a bit north of town on Highway 1. It offers a more remote and less populated option in the crowded summer months.
I have written before of the slow, sad death of my Canon AE-1, and my need for a new metered SLR for those times when I don’t want to shoot my Canon P rangefinder and use the sunny 16 method. As luck would have it, I was at a local antique store and was able to score a not one but three bodies and seven lenses. Two of the cameras were Minoltas (an X-700 and and XG-1) with four lenses, and an East German Praktica, with three M42 mount prime lenses, which ran me about $60 bucks all together. All-in-all a nice day.
This was my first roll through the X-700, which is a lovely camera to use. Most of it was taken with a Vivitar Series 1, 28-105mm, which is a handy all around lens, but the few shots I took with the Minolta 50mm f/1.8 really got me excited.
I am starting to re-approach Kodak Ektar 100, which I had previously found unsatisfying. The colors on this roll make me think there is more to it than I had given it credit for.
For my twentieth roll in this project, I went back to the basics and shot a roll of my favorite roll of film, Portra 400, in my main standby camera, the Canon P. This combo always pleases me.
These four rolls represent my first attempts at using the ONDU MK2 pinhole camera I received recently after backing on Kickstarter last year. I will write up a full review in the future, but so far I am really excited by it. It is made of gorgeous wood with strong magnets to hold it together. The version I backed shoots 120 film in 6×6, 6×9, and 6×12 formats. I like the results I have been getting, although I have been struggling a bit with the shutter. Since the camera is made completely of wood, it has a tendency to expand and contract which means the shutter has to be adjusted before you load the film so that it will stay open, and return to the closed position with a minimum of fuss and camera shake. I think I am getting better at it, but in the meantime I think the results are slightly less sharp than they could be.
Roll 16 – Fujifilm Neopan ACROS 100 – 6×9 Format
This first roll had a steep learning curve (that could have probably been avoided by reading the instructions). I had a bit of a problem getting the tension right on the film as I advanced it, resulting in a loosely wound roll of film that wasn’t perfectly light tight when I took it out of the camera. I also ended up making an offset double exposure at the end of the roll. That aside, I really liked the result of stand developed ACROS in the pinhole.
Roll 17 – Kodak Ektar 100 – 6×12 Panoramic Format
For color film I usually shoot Portra, but I think Ektar works really well with this camera. The shadow in the upper right hand corner of the second shot is from the shutter slipping down mid exposure and casting a shadow on the pinhole. This panoramic format works really well in the pinhole camera, but the angle is very wide, so in future I will have to get right up close to the subjects of my landscapes.
Roll 18 – Kodak Portra 400 – 6×6 Format
I love Portra, but using 400 speed film in bright daylight meant very quick exposures, which actually results in a less sharp picture because you have to touch the camera for most of the exposure.
Roll 19 – ACROS 6×9 Again
For this last roll I used ACROS 100 again, and shot for a slight underexposure. This showed off a pretty significant vignette, which I think looks really nice.
This was a nice little roll of T-Max 400 that documented my walks around Santa Cruz, both in the residential neighborhoods near where I work downtown, and on lovely West Cliff Drive, overlook the Monterey Bay.
This is also the last roll before I officially gave up on my lovely Canon AE-1. The shutter is just not responsive about half the time, and so I can’t really justify putting any more film in it. I will eventually get it overhauled, as it was my mother’s and it has sentimental value, but in the meantime it is less expensive to get another SLR to fulfill that niche in my camera arsenal.
It was also probably the last time I will be using D-76 for a little while. It gets rather hot in the mountains, and I have a lot of trouble controlling temperature in the summer, so I will be shooting a lot of 100 speed film and stand developing in Rodinal until the weather cools down. This is becoming my standard way of processing these days anyway.