So I went out with a group of photographers and models a while back to play a game. The game was to “find the light”; we weren’t to augment existing light in downtown Phoenix at night. As a photographer, the only real tool I have is light. Without light, the best camera in the world cannot make a photograph (“photo” means light, of course).
This is a REAL challenge, and we had a blast. April tagged along as our model, and she is just so cute and game for anything, even though it was chilly and we walked around a lot. For those of you photographers out there, most of these were shot at ISO 3200, and noise reduction was done in Lightroom after the fact.
The full set can be found here. Click on Proofsets, and then on Finding the Light. 🙂
I know that to some photographers, the F-word is “Film.” Not to me. I love old cameras and shooting film, and I know there are many out there who feel the same way. Film is FUN; I personally believe that film will never totally disappear as a photographic medium. It may become primarily a medium for art photographers, but I don’t think it will ever go away completely.
When I bought this old Contaflex at Goodwill, I was hoping that the superb cosmetic condition of the camera was indicative of its mechanical condition. So I took some throwaway Fuji 100 print film and ran it through my Contaflex when the Collings Foundation’s planes were in Glendale, and finally got around to developing it. This film was expired and hadn’t been kept refrigerated, so I was unsure as to whether it would be an accurate representation of the condition of the camera. I took the film to a local Walgreens and had a CD made for each roll along with the prints. FAR too expensive for the crappy quality of the printing and scanning, but after loading the negatives into my negative scanner and getting some decent scans, the verdict is — the Zeiss seems to be in perfect working condition. Amazing.
I’m in love with this thing. It’s beautiful to look at, it’s a joy to hold and work the controls on, and it takes great pictures. What more could a photographer want? I have three more rolls of old Kodak Portra 160 to use up, and then I think I’ll get some Ilford 125 for my bulk roller and some Microphen developer to play with. I plan to take the camera with me to Missouri week after next and have a great time with it. I think I’ve found my new walkaround camera.
I have to show off my new toy. Those of you who know me know I love old things, and old cameras in particular. I have a Speed Graphic 4×5 that I love to play with — it uses the F word (film). There’s just something wonderful about old cameras: the workmanship, the metal construction, the solid feel of a good one — these are things that make my world go ’round.
So here I was, wandering in a Goodwill store the other day and there in the locked case was a brown camera case. Normally, I discount cameras that are donated to Goodwill, but I decided to take a look at it, as it looked old. So I asked the lady to unlock the case and let me take a peek at it. Inside I discovered a true treasure — a rare Zeiss Contaflex IV camera from 1957-1959, in almost mint condition. The case itself is in beautiful shape, and the camera has barely a scratch on it. I’ve run two rolls of film through it and I’ll post images from it when I get them developed. I hope this thing works. It’s a beautiful thing.
BTW, I like Goodwill. They provide a great service to the community. I donate to them as often as I have stuff to donate, and I like to browse through their shelves on occasion. One never knows — one can get lucky. I did.