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...