I like to think we all take
pictures. Some to show what fun we get up too, for
memories, a dedicated record of events, or just because we like
to see if we possess an artistic side. Things have changed
in photography over the years, now the tendency is to use
digital cameras from compacts to SLR's, and as the price of
hardware and computer software continues to fall, the digital
image seems to be the way forward.
Go back approx 20 years ago and my camera system consisted of a
couple of 35 mm Pentax ME Super's and a medium format Bronica
ETRS 645 camera. Well I still have them, and I am keen to
do something with them! So a little while ago I cleaned
all the equipment, replaced the batteries and bought some
B&W Ilford FP4, chemicals and papers. Next I found a
local studio and hired it and a model for 2 hours to shoot a few
roles of film.
If it could go wrong it did! My favourite portrait lens is
the 150 mm for the Bronica , through lack of use over the past
years the lens leaf shutter was not always working. This
showed up by not triggering the flash heads, but it turned out
to be far worse then this.
More often the shutter would simply not work at all meaning an
unexposed frame on the negative. Thinking at the time it
was just the flash contacts at fault, it was decided to use the
modeling lights of the flash heads to take the pictures
by. So with a wide open f3.5 lens and around 1/30'th to
1/60'th shutter speed several rolls of film were "exposed".
These are low dpi scans of the negatives and are shown here
without any correction. I hope this will provide me with a
way to indulge my hobby, as in B&W film and development, use
a scanner to check and show the negatives and then later print
on photographic paper ones I truly like.