Some more practicing with the Olympus. I really want to love this camera. Pocketable, very fun mechanism, but very hard for me to use...probably because I'm not very experienced with rangefinders. I hope to miss focus less as this project goes on!
(Spoiler...because this roll is like five months old, I know that I miss focus less as this project goes on...)
Also, not really a big fan of this Afga Vista. Nice cheap alternative, but the blues just don't have the punch of Portra.
Olympus XA - 35mm f2.8 - Afga Vista 400
So I shot a lot of this roll inside and at night. The learnings here are obviously that film is color balanced a particular way...Portra, for example, has a Daylight color balance. So it looks weirdly green and cold under artificial lighting. I knew this going in, but chose to ignore it for whatever reason.
In some shots, I just left it alone despite the weirdness. Others, like the warmer ones by the leather chair, actually look pretty nice. Others still were so bad that I actually just converted them to black and white digitally. I don't really like to do this with film (I'd rather just shoot in Black and White for starters), but they were really just too bad...
You may be able to tell from the foliage on the paper plates or the Lagunitas Brown Shugga that I shot this roll in the fall...oops. We'll catch up soon, I swear!
Pentax ME Super - 50mm f2 - Kodak Portra 800
In an effort to get things back on track, here is a roll taken last Spring, just before roll #5. So basically this is ACTUALLY roll #5, masquerading as roll #11. This one is special for a lot of personal reasons not worth noting here. One thing I aught to mention, though, is that every shot from this roll vanished on me for the span of a couple weeks. I searched for this roll to post it in a timely fashion (of course) and could not find a single frame. I knew I had posted one on Instagram, so I knew that I had transferred the scans to my computer at some point, but other than that I had no idea where they could have gone.
I searched through my Lightroom catalog, all of my folders, all that time knowing that this roll had a lot of very special photos on it. Not having any luck, I flipped through my archived negatives, and, to my relief, found them right away. Thankfully, I could at least re-scan if need be. I ended up never finding the scans on my computer...but I did on my phone. For some unimaginable reason I had the files on my computer, transferred them all to my phone, and then deleted them from my computer. Why? Who the heck knows, but it was a great lesson in good file management! Anyway, the end to my story is most certainly a happy one, because I am still able to present you with the whole roll - #11:
Pentax ME Super - Various Lenses - Kodak Portra 400 (probably)
I am definitely majorly out of order at this point. I've built up a couple of rolls of 120 and 35mm that are as yet unposted, but I couldn't help but share this one. This is a roll of 35mm Kodak Tri-X 400 shot by me, developed by me, scanned by me. Had some major help on the latter two items from Matt Pav that I am eternally grateful for. I know this is old news for some of you, but this is the first time I've ever taken the film process from end to end, and it is massively rewarding.
They're not perfect. There's definitely a bit of gunk on the negatives, and I've missed focus on one or two shots, but the photos capture some fun times with some good people. Major shout to Jamie for climbing like a boss while 7-months pregnant. Remember that next time you tell me you can't climb!
Without further delay...shot on Pentax ME Super 50mm f2 | Kodak Tri-X 400:
All of the included shots were shot on a digital mirrorless camera. This is every 'keeper' from the trip. I've had these bogging down my hard drive for months now, all carefully scheduled to drop on Instagram, hashtag-filled and tagged with every community page I know.
Problem is, I grew to not really enjoy it so much. I realized at some point that I was building this brand on Instagram of 'Iceland Photographer,' meanwhile having a dwindling number of Iceland photos in the bank. 20-25% of my followers came on since I started my #igersiceland bonanza, after all. What happens when I run out?
On top of this, the #iceland train was strong this year. Swimming in Iceland photos from the Instagram community genuinely made it less interesting for me to share my own. Don't get me wrong, mad congratulations to everyone who was able to make it out there. It is a wild and super photogenic place. It was just time for me to stop trying to get on community pages, hashtagging goofy and unrelated things, oversharing, and getting my personal brand all mixed up.
To force that, here's every shot. Can't share if I've already shared ;).
Pentax ME Super - 50mm 1.4 - Fuji 200
The final roll from Iceland, capturing the last couple days of my recent trip. This roll contains some photos that I am quite fond of, and several that I totally missed. Using 1.4 lenses with a split prism isn't easy!
This definitely taught me to avoid an f1.4 aperture when shooting at mid range, at all costs.
Mamiya 645 - 85mm 2.8 - Portra 400
You read that right! I finally got my first ever roll of 120, or 'medium format', developed. For those non-photo-nerds, 'medium format' is an even larger film/sensor size than the common SLRs and DSLRs you may be familiar with. 120 film covers all sorts of different image sizes/ratios, including 6x4.5 (like this Mamiya), 6x6 (Instagram goodness), and the big boy 6x7. A couple buddies of mine (@mattpav and @aaronnevin), have shot a 6x6 old school Rolleicord, a 6x7 Hasselblad, and recently a 6x4.5 Bronica ETRS, and they finally got me on the 'medium format' train.
I was hooked right away. I've always been intrigued by 'waist-level' viewfinders, and this camera has a beautiful one. Even on my digital camera, I really enjoy composing form this perspective. I'll tell you what though, with the Mamiya, it's difficult! Waist-level finders show a reversed image. Because of this, all of the adjustments you make are...backwards. Not only directionally, but rotationally as well! Tip the camera left, the image tips right. This was quite the learning experience, but that's what all this is about. Here's the first roll. As per usual, this includes ever frame with very minimal editing. Let me know what you think!
Pentax ME Super - 50mm f1.4 - Kodak Portra 400
Shot in Iceland.
Right before leaving on this trip, my travel buddy Aaron Nevin suggested I bring an extra roll of film. I planned on shooting just one. One roll, one trip. Well...I ended up shooting three. One roll of Kodak Portra 160, this one of Portra 400 gifted by Aaron, and the soon-to-come roll of Fuji 200 purchased in a small town in northern Iceland.
Almost bought a fourth...maybe next time. Enjoy!
Pentax ME Super - 50mm f1.4 - Kodak Portra 160
Shot in Iceland.
This was my second roll of Portra 160, and my second roll with the 50mm f1.4 Pentax. At this stage I clearly still have a lot to learn about this lens. In some dimmer conditions, I found myself shooting scenes at around 20-30' at f1.4. In this range, at this aperture, I struggled to keep the lens in focus. Part of my difficulty came from the focus ring jumping from 15' to infinity focus within about a tenth of a turn. This made it very difficult to be accurate anywhere in between, and with the shallow DOF of f1.4 I sometimes wasn't precise enough.
So...I missed a few. But hey, you live and you learn. That's what this is all about. Keep following for two more rolls from Iceland coming soon, including something other than Kodak Portra...wild, I know.