Welcome back to Dashan Sheying, where film is reborn today.
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It’s been 40 years since I last used a 35mm film camera, i.e. c.1976 or so. Yet why today do I want to go backward? Well, I’m shifting towards “Days of Future Past c.76 (MB, not X-Men)“.
Given today’s digital progression, one could say digital has caught up with 35mm – okay maybe. Yet not to 120 Medium Format or larger unless you’re made of money for the big bucks for an MF Hasselblad, Mamiya Leaf, PhaseOne, … and the new Fuji GFX 50S coming in 1Q17.
“The Song Remains the Same (LZ)” as the appeal for me of an image shot with film is “The Look” as it is for other die-hards after all these years. I’m one of those who admires the non-homogenous grainy look and all the detail, tonality, print size…
So today I received my first processed and scanned 120 film roll of Fuji Pro 400H in 6×7 aspect ratio from The FIND Labs. Processed in LR with Mastin Labs Presets followed by the Zone System Express by Blake Rudis then finished off by a John Tuttle inspired framing scheme (still learning to find my Right Brain).
The Learning Process Again
My first five rolls experienced multiple mistakes and errors on my part, yes I make mistakes (or as they now say learning opportunities). Okay, I accept this; so stand up, shake off the dust and move on. Here’s a listing of my initial thoughts:
** Corrected Already **
** Film Usage: Watch and align the film roll arrow when loading.
** Film Usage: Watch and use the tape from the roll to seal after exposed. Had to place exposed film rolls into the original pouch. Hmmm.
– Film Usage: Bring scotch tape
** Operating: Watch out on closing with PeakDesign buttons
** Operating: Use two hands to open/extend and close lens/bellows
** Operating: Return focus to infinity prior to closing.
– Focus: Hold steady. Try a “New” grip, i.e. ThumbsUp – ordered
** Focus: Try the red soft button for ease of shutter release.
– Focus: Use a tripod, will do.
**Focus: Use of a monopod / ballhead. Tried it, much better.
– Focus: Maybe a hand strap, PeakDesign
– Focus: Get finger placed on the focusing ring – muscle memory required
** Film Holder: Free cashew tins from flying Indigo works great holding for five rolls of film
– Format: Try 6×6
– Cleaning: Blow out / dust off interior and exterior after use, changing film too. Bring blower.
** Carrying: Works fine carried inside my ONA bag without a sling/shoulder strap. Use the X-Pro2 strap when required.
** ISO: For a new roll be sure to double-verify the ISO and change it on camera. (Shoot a 100 ISO film in 400 ISO. Okay so I need to push development 2 stops. Better to overexpose film than underexpose)
– Shutter: Get a feel for the stroke and/or of click as there is absolutely no sound nor tactile feel
** Exposure: Look at the shutter speed red indicator to be < 1/500 and greater than 1/30 for a handheld shot.
– Exposure: Try manual aperture and shutter speed
– Exposure: Try spot meter in Zone 3 for shadow details for an 18% Gray manual setting then move up two stops for Z5.
Not as many keepers as I hoped for yet with the above adjustments, I’m shooting for 100% keepers.
1)Street Portraits are my first love and in South India they ask me to take their photo. Love it.
2) Blocks of ice (Rs250 each) being delivered to the Fishing Vessels as they ready themselves for sea including 500-1200 liters of diesel.
3) In the end it’s all about The Fish, i.e the smell of money for these Tamil Fishermen.