Tomorrow, after work I’m going to Gent to have my Kiev 6C serviced.
Getting rid of the difference in exposure that shows up on the right side of the image in Photoshop is not easy. At high speeds it is really very pronounced. I really hope we’ll find a solution because I already love this chunky camera. It delivers stellar results.
I promised to write about my analogue workflow so here we go.
Keep in mind that I am constantly questioning the way I work so I am sure that over time some of the things I’ve written today will be obsolete or changed.
My workflow for b&w and color film is the same except for one detail. I process my own b&w but send the color film to a lab.
I have an old Windows 7 laptop with a 24” display and a 27” iMac sitting on my desk together with the Epson V700 and Minolta Scan Elite 5400. For the V700 I prefer EpsonScan over Silverfast SE8. The Epson is connected to the laptop but I have the software also installed on my iMac. Changing scanners on computer is just plugging in another USB-cable.
When I have the film processed I scan it with the V700, even 35mm.
The Epson takes 4 strips of 6 so in two passes an entire roll of 36 exposures is scanned. I don’t scan them at 2400 DPI as I do 6×4.5 or 6×6 though.
I make sure the negatives are correctly put in the film holder so negative 1 is file 1.
I scan to the correct folder and with the designed file name.
Such a file name could be OM2n_2015-003-xxx meaning this is the third roll of film with the Olympus OM-2n shot in 2015. These go under Digifot 2015 -> Analogue -> Olympus -> OM-2n
For my digital photography I have one folder per year and then for each digital camera a sub folder. So you have Digifot 2015 and in this folder D300, D2h and so on. Under these are the events I photographed, also in folders. This would add up to Digifot 2015 -> D300 -> Zeeland-27052015 and the filename would then be D300_27052015-001 and so on.
Obviously there is no EXIF data in my scanned files so I note every shoot in my calendar. That way I can keep track of location, date and camera(s) used. The calendar app on my Android and iOS devices are synchronized with the iOS calendar as master application.
At this point in time the film is scanned and the files are in the correct folder and sub folder and properly named.
Then the folder is imported in Lightroom. I rely very much on keywords here, even more than with digital images. I also change the date of every image to the date of capture. I find it still difficult I don’t have the exact time but that is just me.
I scan medium format at 2400 dpi so these are definitive scans whereas the 35mm scans are lower resolution and nothing more than big thumbnails.
When I choose a 35mm file for being processed and printed I scan the negative again with the Minolta Scan Elite at 2700 or 5400 dpi using Silverfast SE8 and the corresponding small file is replaced with the final scan.
Disk space has become very affordable so I keep the final PSD file also in the same folder as the original scan.
Finally I finish the day by running ChronoSync in order to make a backup of the new files. Depending on how many directories and/or files have been created over a given period of a week or a month I make an extra backup on a disk I keep safely locked away at work.
One of the pleasures of a waist level finder is that it pushes you to look at your surroundings in a whole different way.
I few days ago I went for a walk on the moors of Kessel not far from where I live. It is one of the only places left where one can find sundew.
Seeing some Drosera was not my goal though. I wanted to enjoy the Kiev 6C.
It is truly a great camera and I shot two rolls of Ilford HP5 using mostly the 60mm wide angle and measuring the light with my handheld light meter.
I removed the TTL prism and switched to the waist level finder and made a few low POV images.
Working with the Kiev really slows me down. Each expensive roll of film holds only 12 shots. I noticed how at several occasions I waited for the sunlight to appear so it could paint spots of light on the scenery. I did not shoot if I did not like what I saw.
Back home I developed the films and scanned the negatives with the Epson V700 and Epson Scan.
The images are tack sharp but I have an issue with the camera though.
I had already noticed it on the image with the compass but thought/hoped it had to do with the fact the film had expired 5 years ago.
At shutter speeds lower than 1/30″ or even 1/125″ it is (almost) imperceptible but it increases and becomes apparent at 1/500″ and really a huge problem at 1/1000″.
The left side of the negative is slightly or much darker than the right side. I managed to fix one with PS but with images taken at high speeds this is not an option.
The Kiev 6C was sold in 1979 but was never used. P., the man whom sold me the camera, had tested the shutter speeds but without the right testing equipment it is very hard to detect the slight difference in speed between curtain 1 and 2.
He promised to fix it and we’ll test at the same time with film so I am not really worried.
One of the things I noticed that changed in my photography is the fact the Zuiko 28mm f3.5 has become my lens of choice. Sure, I use the 50mm too but the 135mm or zoom lenses not that often.
A few years ago, when I visited the French Opal Coast, my lens of choice was the Sigma 100-300 f4 and the 24-120mm VR. On a Nikon D2h or D300 the 24mm is in fact a 36mm and hardly worthy the name wide angle.
But now on my 35mm Olympus camera’s a 28mm is really a 28mm wide angle and I love the wideness for landscapes. It feels as if I discovered a new way of looking at the world. The 28mm is on my camera most of the time now and I have a red filter for it. With 35mm and the so called full frame camera’s lenses behave the way the were intended for. After having used a crop sensor I have forgotten how sweet the shallow depth of field of a 50mm f1,8 or f1,4 can be.
The downside to this all is that a 300mm is just a 300mm and not a 450mm anymore.
Yesterday evening, May 26th, I enjoyed an intense and wonderful evening. It was something Sweetheart had organised.
I travelled light and took with me the Olympus OM-D M-10 and the very sharp Lumix 20mm f1.7
I picked the love of my life up at 18:30 and then we drove to Leuven, well know for its university, the students and the nightlife. We had tickets for “The Cherry Garden” a play written by Anton Tsjechov. It was a cozy and old theatre and we had seats on the first balcony.
It was a great play about saying goodbye, decay, loss, love, memories and so much more. I enjoyed every single second of it.
After the play Sweetheart showed me around Leuven, a city I do not know very well but she does. We had a few drinks and we simply enjoyed walking, talking and holding hands. In one of the student cafés we enjoyed for a few moments a band playing Elvis.
We arrived back home at 00:00 precisely and even before I could shut down the engine of my car her lips were on mine while she wished me a happy birthday.
I had a memorable and intense evening with Sweetheart and she slept well in my arms. I on the other hand found it difficult to fall asleep. I had so many enjoyable stimuli so my adrenaline was still peaking. And then there are the thoughts one has when getting older. They kept me awake for the bigger part of the night. But that was okay as I felt Sweetheart’s warmth and her breath and knew all was okay.
The alarm did its thing at 6 this morning and then we got up and I drove Sweetheart to her place and then I went back to bed. She joined me an hour and a half later and we enjoyed each other and our love till we finally got up at 10:30.
Just before noon I said once again goodbye as Sweetheart had to return to her regular life. Pick up kids and her granddaughter and so on.
I stayed home and enjoyed the memories and even more the hope that one day we will be able to live together.
And love each other till the end of time.
Sweetheart and me.
The Kiev 6C is one heavy SOB and with the Jupiter lens mounted you are ready for a workout.
I could make a photograph of the camera on a bathroom scale but that would say nothing. Weight, even as an exact science, is somewhat subjective as dimensions also seem to play a subjective role.
But dimensions can be compared. So I made this simple no fuss shot on my desk comparing the Kiev 6C to my small Olympus OM-1 and I threw an AA battery in too.
The Olympus has the 50mm f1.8 Zuiko attached and the Kiev the wide angle Mir 38b 65mm f3.5 with yellow filter.
I hope I can go out shooting tomorrow as I have a day off. In the evening Sweetheart has invited me to the theater in Leuven. She got us tickets for The Cherry Orchard by Anton Checkov (no we are not Commies). Maybe a few drinks afterwards and then its back to my/our place for a good night sleep and more fun Wednesday forenoon to celebrate my 56th anniversary.
Shot on my terrace with the Mir 38b 65mm f3.5 and scanned with Epson V700. I love the tones and the sharpness.