Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Trip With the T90

Well, sure, I know I'm supposed to be out and about with the Super Ikonta more, but I need to give my other cameras a wee bit of attention to. If I don't exercise the shutters, they can start to go... funny.
This time around I decided it was time to take the T90 out for a bit of an adventure, albeit not much of one.. So, loaded with some TMAX100, off I went... here are some of the images from the roll..

Of course, what roll is complete without a silly selfie in a mirror 😊 haha!

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Day 5 - Jan. 6, 2018 - FP4 at 1600!

Never to let the limitations of a camera limit me, I'll push film as much as I can get away with to allow me to use it. I haven't done much in the way of pushing or pulling with Ilford's FP4+ film, but I figured, what the heck. So I decided to spin it up as high as EI1600... That's almost a 4 stop push! Many films respond alright to a one or two stop push, but four?! Why not. How hard could it be? I mean, after all, +Kelly-Shane Fuller has done some seriously crazy pushes with film himself, plus I have done that sort of thing many years ago with Polypan F..

Why not a more robust film like FP4+..
To be honest, I really do like the results!

Not bad for a 30s rangefinder.. It was actually this roll where I noticed that there was a hole in the bellows, which accounts for the light leak I had found on my first few rolls I developed.. Fixed that issue with a piece of black Duct Tape, since it was on the side of the bellows instead of a corner.

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

All photos taken on my Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 530/2 120 6x9 Roll film Rangefinder using Ilford FP4+ ei1600 film.
All images are copyright and cannot be used without permission.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Day 4 - Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta Still Life - Take II

So this was actually my first attempt at using my smartphone to kind of show the visualization of my photo before I took the photo on my Super Ikonta. I wanted to know what sort of final image I would be working with and then working out how I really want it to look using my phone to see where the camera would get the best framing for the entire frame.

Well this first image shows basically the unfortunate limitations of using a Rangefinder for still life..
Sighting up the image and double checking and fine tuning the focus - Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

As you can see it doesn't show much promise. It's simply TOO wide to get proper framing.. I thought it would make a good shot to show a 'wider' shot of the entire scene. Almost like a behind the scenes with the primary camera.
Then basically what I saw through the finder, is almost a direct representation of what I actually got in the image as we see in the original post.

Then I think.. this isn't good.. I know I can do a lot better.. SO I reach out my Kodak Portra +2 closeup filter and want to try upping the difficulty game to very difficult.
A few test shots later....

First here with the Tomato on my Cell-Phone. I was blown away with how close I could get and focus with the phone. It gave me a lot of hope for what I wanted to try to accomplish.

Closer still, but not quite where I was intending on it going.. The framing seemed awkward and loose. I didn't like the light...
Time to try changing a few more variables... adjusting the curtains... adding a screen...

Yup.. a lot better here..
Finally another adjustment to the final image and...

Still Life - Samsung S6

 Yeah, this is what I was after..

Referring to the 'Reference Guide for Kodak Portra Closeup Filters' I set the camera where I needed it to capture this kind of framing, although it would be more square to the image...

I think I nailed it with the Super Ikonta...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Day 4 - Still Life

This time around I wanted to try something very different with the IKONTA.. Close-up Still Life. I've never really done too much with Still Life photography, so this was a big step for me. I've always wanted to, but know how hard it is and never did do it. Well that's not true, I have done some still life, but it never worked out properly... Okay, one or two images have, but I always thought it was more luck than anything..

This time around I had help.. Using my phone as a framing guide from the distance I had chosen (making corrections to match frame size between the phone and the Ikonta (wider angle lens on the phone)..

Playing with lighting, positioning and just outright moving the whole frame closer...

I got this...
Still Life - A New Approach - Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 530/2 Ilford XP2+ Super
I felt it was too far.. I couldn't get the look I was after.. I wanted tighter and closer... less ... noise.. clutter..
Well, I moved the camera closer.. The problem, however, is that my camera cannot focus closer than 1.5m (1.5 meters, learn the metric system, it's based off of parts of ten. Ten fingers ten toes)

So I had to think how I can change that.. Well sure enough I remembered... I have a close up filter!
Grabbed my Kodak Portra +2 closeup filter.. only to realize I'm going to have to hold it over the lens because I didn't have a filter holder.. Dammit!
On top of that, I didn't know the distances... So onto the internets I go.. Then I find it.. a scan of the quick guide... Set lens to INF and measure to 19 7/8".. good thing I also know the Imperial USA system as well as Metric, right? Guess what, lens is in Metric... hahah! So I have to convert.. okay, INF!

Well, a cable release in hand, filter in the other.... and ... CLICK...
Up Close and Still
Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 530/2 - Novar Anastigmat 105mm 3.5 w/Kodak Portra +2 Filter - Ilford XP2 @ EI800
I think I nailed it...

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day 3 - January 4th, 2018 - XP2 and the Ikonta

I took a few photos on my way to work one morning. Since I was running with XP2 I knew I should get something..

So here are a few of the photos I took that morning..

All photos are taken on Ilford XP2 and shot rated for 800.. However I could only do so much without a tripod for the last photo..

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Back In The Darkroom - Jan. 22 - 2018

Back in January, on the 22nd, I ducked into my Darkroom to do some printing for a print-exchange I'm a part of..

The photo I printed is this one below that I shot using my Yashica Lynx 5000 with Rollei RPX 25.. However, I'm not really sure I am going to go with this image after all. I mean, it's lovely, I know, but I'm really thinking I have a better image for the exchange..
Yashica Lynx 5000 - Yashinon 45mm 1.8 - Rollei RPX25 - Printed on Agfa MCP310 Semi-gloss RC paper
It has been quite amazing the experience of selecting the negative to use and the whole process to get that image the way you want it on paper..
So maybe it'll be the image I send off around the world, or maybe it'll be something different..

But when I was setting up to do the actual Print itself, I decided I was going to get a shot for my Zeiss Ikon Project.. Sure enough my Ikonta was loaded with a near finished roll of Portra160NC.  I had my lightmeter on my photo to get an ambient reading with my red LED light... Sure enough it read... ƒ/4 10s ... Crap that's leaving too much to chance on focus and framing being absolutely near perfect..
OKAY stop down to ƒ/5.6 for that much wider a margin for error.. Good 15s... Reciprocity plus less than ideal film colour sensitivity range... frig.. 30s I have to hold still... while depressing the shutter release cable... All the while trying to pose like I was examining a projected negative to try to determine the best framing for a print...

Darkroom Selfie
Darkroom Selfie - Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 530/2
Novar Anastigmar 105mm ƒ/3.5 @ ƒ/5.6 30s Exposure
Kodak Portra 160
So you can achieve the unlikely in one take on film.. It's the only frame I wanted to use and it worked perfectly the first time around!

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 3rd, 2018 - Day 2

Beautiful! That's about the only thing I can say about the weather ... It was cold... it was gray... but it was still beautiful! There was still a lovely filtered type of light that was going on.. But it was the afternoon when I got home that really was lovely.  I got some photos of my dog in the back yard. He actually is a great subject for pet portraits. He is extremely obedient and listens really well, but he's also his own dog, so sometime he has his moments..

Of course, you'd figure a dog named Kodak would be an awesome subject for photography.

Hockey On The Lake - Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta - Fuji Acros 100
Well one image from that day was out on Fairy Lake, which is where I went that day. There wasn't too much really to take a photo of, but there was the family out on the lake playing some hockey...

The Snow Dog - Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta - Fuji Acros 100

So until next time guys, keep those shutters firing!