Before my son left for campus again, I forced him to give me five minutes. At the same time, I am adding one cover version that he recorded when he was about 14 years old. Today’s photos are dedicated to High key style 😉🙂🙃📷🎸
Pentacon Six TL, CZ Flektogon 50mm Zebra, Ilford HP5Plus
The weather was so nasty that I really didn’t want to do anything at all. Temperatures in the morning are already dropping to 0°C. Well, at least the rain has stopped… apparently it will start snowing very soon this year.At least it was time to search the blogs a bit and read a lot of interesting articles…👀🖥
Nikon D800, Nikkor f 1,4/50mm (anthurium shots with snap snoot and diffuser) cropp
Color film in a medium format camera is always a big unknown for me. I don’t have a grid in the viewfinder, according to which I could know for 100% that everything I want to be in the photo will be in the photo. It’s very funny. Shooting from hand-held vertically is then a real experience. I hope you will like them 🙃📷🙂
Pentacon Six TL, Flektogon Zebra 50mm, Kodak GB 200-7, Tetenal
the opening photo is a classic… 35mm film in a medium format camera. When taking the second photo, I underestimated the speed of synchronization – I still like the photo. The third picture is a classic double exposure – my wife and a cup of coffee. Either she was coffee in a past life or she will be after reincarnation. Coffee and my wife are inseparable☕🙂🙃📷
Pentacon Six TL, Flektogon 50mm, Fomapan F400, flash Metz
And one negative film left the production line, which arrived at my home after forty years. I got it at a auction for about two bucks. He waited a week for a sunny day in the camera. Such old negatives are suitable to be used either with a flash or on sunny days.The result exceeded my expectations. A friendly couple of adventurers allowed me to photograph them and their horses. I was a little worried that this 40’s old negative film would disappoint and embarrass me. Neither the film nor my old Fujica failed. It was a chance encounter and I only had a 135mm lens(yes, the Takumar with the destroyed front lens) with me. In the second camera I had a color Fujifilm C200. Although again I am comparing the incomparable, the winner is clear. 40 year old film.
Fujica ST901 Super-Takumar f 2,5/135mm, expired Fomapan N21 (1982),+1EV, & Canon EOS 500N, STM Camon 1.8/50mm, Fujicolor C200 (swith to BW)
So I finally managed to talk Jared into trying analog photography again. He is still afraid of messing it up. I told him that all he should do with the black and white photo is try to fill the area with what he is photographing. For cropping, some negative films are not suitable at all due to graininess. But otherwise let him take pictures of what he wants and how he wants. So, yesterday, at the windmill, he took analog photos for the second time in his life. I developed and scanned the film for him. The post-process in LR went quite well for him. The last photo was taken when I told him to take a picture of the landscape from a moving car with a longer shutter speed. After coloring(in Neural), it gave a hint of the photographer’s impressionism🙂🙃📷 I think he might enjoy the analog process…
I put the old Praktica BCA camera through a thorough test again. Unfortunately, a tripod is needed when shooting with longer lenses. The unknown value of the shutter speed (in the viewfinder there is only something like a traffic light, which does not take into account the used focal length of the lens) was a counterproductive step. Yes, it was not a camera for professionals… nevertheless, an uncertain result could discourage a beginner from taking further pictures. Anyway, now I know how to use this camera.
If you find that the film is completely blank after developing, it’s usually 99.9% your fault. Behind that 0.1% could be a camera shutter defect. But it always means that what you photographed will remain only in your memories. Sometimes it happens that you first pour the fixer into the developer tank (happened to me once so far). As soon as I saw that the film was empty, I thought I had poured fixer instead of developer. This would mean that I then poured the contents of the developer into the wrong containers. So I disposed of the developer and the fixer. Since I still had a few undeveloped negatives, I mixed the developers and fixer again. I just resealed the camera due to light leakage. So at that point I had no idea if I had sealed the camera well. Immediately after I mixed the new solutions, I noticed that the length of film illuminated corresponded to the length of film that had not yet been loaded in the camera. In the amount of negatives, I simply inserted the unexposed film in the developer tank. So, thanks to my own mistake, I only lost one film and two liters of chemistry. But no photo… luckily. The film I wanted to develop was still in the camera. When I finally developed him up, I was sure the seal repair had gone well. Nevertheless, I dried the empty film and kept it for teaching to those interested in the analog process🙂🙃📷
Today I read such a sad article that one era of cameras is ending. Both Nikon and Canon have announced the end of DSLR development and will continue with mirrorless only. Progress cannot be stopped. Especially when 99.9% of people take photos with their mobile phones. And the best camera is always the one you have with you. Which is indeed a mobile. I didn’t even get to really make friends with DSLRs and now I’ll be able to buy their last ever best models. Fortunately, after all these decades, I know that the photographer and the lens make the photo, Everything else in between is just a box.
Jared DSLR : Nikon D800+ MF 2/135mm Samyang, Mic SLR: Super Takumar 2,5/135mm+red filter(Fomapan F400)& Yashica 2/50mm (Fujifilm 200)
Every good photographer should be photographed… just to know what it’s like to be in front of the lens. During yesterday’s trip, it happened a couple of times that I photographed Jarda on analog and he photographed me on a DSLR in an unguarded moment. We really enjoyed yesterday. We were also there to say goodbye to the Jan Saudek exhibition, which ends this month 🤗📷 Happy Sunday for all🌞🌞🌞
Jared: Nikon D800, MF Samyang 135mm, Me: Canon EOS 500N +CZ MC Sonnar 180mm with reduction(Fomapan F400) & Contax 139Q+Yashica 2/50mm(Fujifilm200)
On the way up the stairs to the photo chamber, I noticed a blue bucket on which the sun was shining through the skylight. I went back down to get my camera and took a picture with the exposure on the midle tone , another with the exposure on the brightest spot… and finally I switched the camera to BW mode because my world is black and white.
last night my son showed me some photos on Instagram. He was very interested in how the photographer did it. So I showed him a very quick trick on how to achieve the same result. Of course, this is not a technique that can be used in documentary. It’s a technique for creative photographers. Feel free to cover the lens with your fingers, or use transparent adhesive tape, paper with several holes, grease the filter with vaseline (I use lard). The son was surprised how quickly the desired effect can be achieved without subsequent editing.Just be creative….😉📷🖼.
sometimes a not so good photo is the inspiration for a second attempt. If there is a strong wind, some of the analog camera’s capabilities are severely limited. So then I pick up my DSLR and try to make it better…
-I asked Jared (my son). He agreed. He preferred the DSLR over the analog camera offered by me. After a few shots I told him to switch the camera to black and white mode. He immediately saw a lot of places on the display that seemed boring to him before. All you had to do was pull the trigger. At home, I then showed him in the editor how easily the photos could be edited the way he wanted the photos to look. It was his third walk with a camera… the result is great.
I was wondering what technique I haven’t presented much yet. I’m not much of an expert on DSLR photography…but one of the things I really enjoy about DSLRs is photographing subjects that are behind another subject at a minimal hyperfocal distance. So you photograph an object through another object. This style is primarily intended for color photography. So I offer a view of the yellow lily through the fuchsia flowers and a view of the fuchsia through the yellow lily.
This short article is not intended for analog enthusiasts who master the perfectly “wet” path of creating black and white photography. It is intended for owners of digital SLR cameras who are just discovering the magic of black and white photos. If you still feel that your black and white photo is missing something, I can definitely recommend the Silver Efex Pro program from Nik Collection. The program can beautifully simulate the use of basic color filters. It has several basic presets in its libraries in which you will see what your black and white photo can look like. The program is comparable in price to the price of one high-quality color filter. I personally follow the only rule that my classmate’s father, Mr. Daněk, told me. The rule is: black and white photography has no rules. With one exception and that is composition. You don’t have to wait for the gold or blue hour when taking black and white photos. You just take a camera and take pictures.
Ordinary shot from DSLR Nikon D800, processed using Silver Efex Pro