Route 66

Route 66, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 352 / 365

Thought I’d shot this window before but apparently if I did I never used it. Luckily for me.

Yashica MG-1, Fuji 400h

I’m having a strange relationship with the Yashica rangefinder. It’s great in that it is mostly aperture priority exposure, in order to compensate for exposures you can fiddle with the iso setting and force over or under exps. The lens is a fixed 45mm f2.8 which is a great focal length and I guess pretty fast, it’s fairly compact, light enough to carry around all day etc. etc. etc.
What bugs me is it isn’t the camera I want it to be. I admit that for £20 what more can I ask for right, and the camera I want it to be is about 30 times as much.
I think the other thing is that shooting digital for so long has made me pretty lazy exposure-wise. How easy is it to shoot in low light now? simple right. Just bump the iso up and fire away without a worry of camera shake. The MG-1 loaded with portra 400 (rated 100 to give a little magic) even shot wide open at f2.8 struggles. The little low speed warning light comes up more than I’d like as I brace myself against something sturdy and breathe in pre tripping the shutter.
Maybe I should just alway shoot Ilford Delta 3200 in it then I’d be bumping the other warning light of over exposure.

A Farewell to Isao (6×6 and out of focus)

Day 250 / 365

Filling the gap of Day 250 from a while ago.

Finally had time to get the first roll of Fuji Pro 400H 220 scanned from the 124G. Some pretty nice colour renditions from the Fuji but I’m always more inclined towards Kodak tones (bring on the Portra). This shot was what I’d planned to post for day 250 and I thought I had two left on the roll when I pulled the camera out the bag, it would seem that I only had one and I missed the focus. Damn it, sorry Isao. It still captures the essence of our man Isao though.
Still using it for my 365 though as sometimes the misses are just as important as the hits.
Why would I post an out of focus photograph? Well I figure that if I’m going to make mistakes (and trust me we all do) i’m darn well going to learn from them. Plus this project is my place to take risks with my work (hence the increased amount of film shots) and where If I do make a complete hash of something the only person who is affected by it is me. See it all comes back to my year of refining my vision (although I finally coming to realise that this is a lifelong pursuit where when I get to where I thought I wanted to be, my vision will have jumped ahead in the game to the next level and so the battle will start again)

Yashica 124G, Fuji Pro 400H

Club Yashica

Club Yashica, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 265 / 365
(That would be less than 100 days to go then)

Yes it’s another new addition to the collection, I know I said I was through with 35mm when it comes to film but the fact is it’s a darn sight cheaper to shoot than medium format.
So what’s the story behind this one? Well I’ve been shooting with the Lordomat rangefinder for a while now and it’s lack of built in meter is a bit of a drag a times. So I’ve been on the look out for a fixed lens 35mm rangefinder with meter to solve my needs. I’ve been trying to find a good deal for an Olympus 35SP or Canon ql17 but it seems that people really want them at the moment and are willing to pay some slightly daft pricces to get ones which are “sold as seen” or as I like to read “this camera probably won’t work”. Then as if by magic I found this little gem for a rather bargain price. Sure I’ve stepped down from an f1.7 lens to f2.8 but to be honest most of these old rangefinders have rather limited max shutter speeds so f1.7 in full sun is tricky without getting ND filters involved.

Test roll has gone through the camera already and all seems tickity boo. I might stick a fresh roll of Kodak Ektar in for the weekend (if it’s bright)

The mighty PEN 20mm ultimate combo, which is smaller than the Yashica.

Oh yeah, check out that light!

Minster View 6×6

Minster View 6×6, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 247 / 365

Another from the test roll in the Yashica. Fading light had me testing how well I could hold the thing without getting any shake. This was at 1/15 of a second so not bad considering the shutter release is a little sticky.

Yashica Mat 124G, Ilford HP5+ (rather obviously)

Steve 6×6

Steve 6×6, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 246 / 365
Playing fill the blanks with some developed film.

Had the test roll back from the Yashica Mat 124G.
Meter seems to be working, sync socket is questionable and the lens seems pretty prone to flare (maybe a lens hood is needed or it’s just plain old dirty). This here as may be obvious is frame 1.

Yashica Mat 124G Ilford HP5 PLUS

It’s Hip To Be Square, TTV

It’s Hip To Be Square, TTV, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 245 / 365

I know, I know, how many more times am I going to photograph this window during this 365. It’s just a good subject late in the evening as the light fades.
Looking into the beauty that is the focusing screen of my Yashica Mat 124G. Mmmmmmm 3D focusing goodness.

Oly PEN E-P2