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Shadows & Lines

Something I shot in the small town of Zierikzee a couple of months ago.

It is something very simple. Just three  empty cages casting shadows against a white wall.

Shadows & Lines (2016) Olympus OM-1n with 50mm f1,8 shot on Agfa Vista 200
Shadows & Lines (2016)
Olympus OM-10 with 50mm f1,8 shot on Agfa Vista 200
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Color film

I don’t do much colour photography and I don’t have a clue why. Maybe because I got used to look in black and white?
I use the Olympus OM-10, my least favorite camera, for colour photography.

Some time ago I  bought tree rolls of Agfa Vista Plus 200 and per film it is  cheaper than a roll of black and white Ilford FP Plus. But then I have to ditch also an extra 6 Euro for development.

The exposed film is send to a “professional” lab and the last roll came back with a few scratches.
They don’t cut the film though as I like strips of 6 negatives.

Maybe I’ll have to check out the local drug store but they cut the film in strips of 4 exposures. On the other hand they deliver a CD with index scans as well. All that for 7 Euro.
I’ll be able to skip a general scan as I guess I can import the index scans in Lightroom.

I scanned the film with the Minolta Scan Elite 5400 using the original software on my Windows 7 laptop. Why I am not using my iMac is something I’ll write about later on.

I love the color rendition the Agfa film delivers. I cannot compare with Kodak Portra or Fuji whatever. I have to travel to Antwerp to get those brands of (color)film.

Waterbird (2015) Olympus OM-10 with Zuiko 65-200 at 200mm and loaded with Agfa Vista 200
Waterbird (2015)
Olympus OM-10 with Zuiko 65-200 at 200mm and loaded with Agfa Vista 200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watering Trough

I don’t use the Olympus OM-10 much. It is an okay camera with Aperture Priority but you can’t control the shutter speed unless you get the Manual Adapter but I don’t find it worthwhile.
I used it a few weeks ago during a visit to the Koeheide near Leuven.

Now that I have the OM-1n and OM-2n this camera will be used solely for colour film.

Watering Trough (2015) Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Watering Trough (2015)
Olympus OM-10 with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

Walnut

Since a few years Wednesday is my free day. It breaks the week and keeps me motivated to go to work every other weekday.

I have an extensive collection of dried twigs, seedpods and so on and it seemed fun making a few studio shots.

It was an easy setup with one flash head on the right and a reflector on the left and silver paper on the table to reflect some light up.

For a moment I thought about using my Bronica ETRSi. The 50mm wide-angle and a 25mm extension tube allow me to frame quite tight. Unfortunately I am not able to make good scans from medium format film. The scans with the HP Scanjet G4050 suck big-time and I can’t wait to get a decent scanner like the Epson V8xx.

My 35mm backup camera, the Olympus OM-10, loaded with Ilford HP5 Plus was my second choice. The Vivitar 85-205mm f3,8 has a “macro position” so that came in handy.
Then it occurred to me the OM-10 has no X-sync connector so I used the pilot light from my flash head and made 8 images.

After developing them with Kodak TMax the negatives were scanned at 5400 DPI resulting in 120 Mb files.

I am not very happy with the results. Obviously a less grainier film would have been a better choice but I don’t find the lighting okay either. The lens itself does not deliver either.

I’ll order some Ilford Delta for a future studio shoot and my very old Nikkormat FT with a Sigma 180mm f3,5 macro lens. Combining this lens with a few extension tubes and a Nikon bellows make a great rig for macro photography.

Walnut Olympus OM-10 with Vivitar 85-205 mm in "macro" Ilford HP5 Plus film
Walnut
Olympus OM-10 with Vivitar 85-205 mm in “macro”
Ilford HP5 Plus film