On my last Mission trip, I shot some Tri-X 400 (shown in previous post below) and a few Ektar 100 images. I pushed the Ektar to 200 ASA and developed accordingly. The results were interesting. Very saturated and a few color shifts during the scanning, but nice, rich colors once adjusted.
The greens and reds...
Not sure if I like the Tri-X better on this one...
After nearly 20 years, I finally got back to San Juan Bautista, this time with my RB67. My previous effort came up a bit short, with only a couple of outside shots, since the courtyard and museum were closed at that time.
This time, I paid the entrance fee and got full access to explore. A few of the TriX 400 B&W images are below. I did get a few on Ektar, but need to develop and scan. I will post a few of those in a later post.
The Old Bell, now on display in the courtyard
I am nearly half way through on my Missions Project, and I have visited almost half of the 21 California Missions. I have added it to my 2019 goals, so we'll see!
I recently found an article that struck a cord with me. "Think More, Shoot less" by Marty Knapp. As a film only shooter, I can totally relate to this mindset. Thought I would share the link below. Think-more-and-shoot-less
And check out his work. Some great stuff on his website.
Sometimes we see a bright shiny object that catches our attention, and we test the waters. We think "what if..." and dive in hoping to learn and grow, and enjoy that "bright shiny thing". This camera was one of those "weak" moments.
My last piece of camera gear to suffer the house cleaning process was this really nice 6x9 folder. A Voigtlander Bessa I. Unbelievably clean, and fully functional, this was indeed a great find.
Last year I saw this camera in a thrift store, and my daughter managed to go back and bring it home, as my Christmas present. (yes, she is so sweet!) I took it out and flexed the shutter a bit, shooting 4-5 rolls through it over the next 9 months. Definitely fun to use, and very compact for such a large negative. A bit slow for a traveling camera though. No meter, zone focusing and only a general viewfinder to line up the image.
So I hate to let it go, as it seems almost disrespectful. But comfort comes from knowing that it was sacrificed (upgraded) for another photography tool. A very nice 180mm lens for the RB67 outfit. A perfect portrait lens, which will act as a short telephoto for my landscape work as well.
So the brief journey into the past ends with a new adventure, a new medium format lens, and a new perspective. Time to go shoot!
The last piece from my past life of exploring film photography as a young man. A Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5. Such a wonderful piece of photo gear. A fully manual, extremely slow, but a very creative tool. A few rough spots, yet able to create very impressive negatives, that are so full of detail, it can amaze even the experienced photographer. Scan these negs at 1200 dpi and you have the equivalent of a 30MP digital file. Scan higher if you dare!
What did this camera teach me?
How to slow down and see the image before you raise the camera to your eye.
How to stop and enjoy the scenery, removed from the photography process.
How dedicated the photographers were 30-50 years ago (hauling these rigs around)
How to look in the corners of your frame.
What is the best aperture and shutter speed for each image.
Which film stock represents the desired goal of the image or place and time.
The hard work and inherent value of each image.
How many steps it takes to actually create art.
But, the future is bright! The new path forward includes a 6x7 negative with plenty of detail. Enough camera weight to feel like I have earned the image. And a slow process, much like the 4x5 sheet film experience. See below.
While I have been having fun testing the new RB67, I have also been quietly cleaning and selling off old gear to pay of the cost of the new RB outfit. And I have to say, it is a bit painful, or even nostalgic to say the least.
Today I sold my Canon A1, a camera I purchased in college after my AE1 got stolen. It served me well for over 30 years, and can I admit to feeling sad to let it go? This certainly was a joy to use. And it made it to some beautiful remote places, including the top of Half Dome in Yosemite NP.
The bottom line is I simply don't use it enough these days. Once you experience medium format it is very hard to go back to using such a tiny negative!
So tonight I'll pack it up, and send it off to another youthful photographer, ready to explore the joys of analog photography.
Next up... the Crown Graphic 4x5.
(Oh, the pain and agony...)