Still trying to get the hang of the Mamiya RB67

Posted in 120 filim, Black and White film, Color film, film, Mamiya, Medium format, Uncategorized, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2022 by msogavt

I bought a Mamiya RB67 earlier this year, something I definitely did not need as I already owner several medium format cameras, mostly 6×6, but also a 6×9. Still, I was curious about the buzz and it came bundled with a Mamiya C3 and C330, so why not?

The first few rolls produced decidedly mixed results, entirely on me.

The camera his a beast to haul around and I still fumble with it every time I take it out. I like the 6×7 format and it shows promise, but I’m undecided about if I’ll keep it, mainly because I’m unsure how often I would take it out.

The 6×7 I lust after is the Fuji GF670, something I could travel with, though I’ve never even seen one in real life let alone held one.

Mamiya RB67, Mamiya Sekor 9mm f3.8, Kodak Gold 200.
Mamiya RB67, Mamiya Sekor 9mm f3.8, Kodak Gold 200.
Mamiya RB67, Mamiya Sekor 9mm f3.8, Kodak Gold 200.
Mamiya RB67, Mamiya Sekor 9mm f3.8, Kodak Gold 200.
Mamiya RB67, Mamiya Sekor 9mm f3.8, Kodak Tri-X 400 expired 1981.

Shooting expired color film

Posted in 35mm, Color film, film, Nikon, photography, SLR, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2022 by msogavt

I keep finding these rolls of expired film from I don’t know when. The first image was shot on Fujifilm Experia Extra 400 at 400, the second at 200. The last two images were shot on Kodak Gold 200 at 100. The colors are all a bit funky, but I like the look. All the images were shot on a Nikon F2AS with a Nikkor 50mm f1.2, pre-AI that had been converted to AI. Big chunky glass but I love the way it handles.

On Pine Street in Burlington, June 24, 2022.
Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark on the Burlington waterfront on June 19, 2022.
Poppies at the UVM Wheelock Farm Community Garden, South Burlington, Vt. June 5, 2022.
Make Some Music, begs a piano set outside Burlington City Arts on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vt., on June 7, 2022.

Figuring Out Lomochrome Purple

Posted in SLR, 35mm, Vermont, Nikon, Canon FD, Color film, lomography, Canon, Point and Shoot with tags , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2022 by msogavt

Like Lomochrome Metropolis, it took me a couple of tries before I began to figure out this film. My first pass, the images looked nothing like those I saw others creating. The trick was in the editing, and once that clicked, I started getting a muted hand-tinted look that I really liked.

These images come from two rolls taken on two cameras, a Canon A1 with a FD 50mm f1.2 (the cheap one), and a Fuji Discovery Mini Dual point-and-shoot.

Kalamazoo and Chicago on Cinestill 800T

Posted in 35mm, Cinestill, Color film, film, Leica, Michigan, photography, Rangefinder, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2022 by msogavt
Oak Street Beach, Chicago, April 2022.
Oak Street Beach, Chicago, April 2022. You can see the characteristic blue cast of Cinestill 800T shot in daylight.

I had to travel light on a recent trip to Chicago and Michigan, so I carried one camera and one lens, my Leica M6 and 35mm lens. I also decided to try out the Cinestill 800T for the first time and was pleasantly surprised with the moody shots I got in daylight – not the film’s strong suite.

Pedestrian tunnel, Oak Street Beach, Chicago
Pedestrian tunnel, Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Aprli 2022.
Stools stacked at a still-closed beach kiosk on Oak Street Beach in Chicago, April 2022.
In the hallway of Omni Chicago hotel, April 2022.
In the hallway of Omni Chicago hotel, April 2022.
Rosebud Italian restaurant, Rush and Superior
Rosebud Italian restaurant, Rush and Superior, Chicago. April 2022.
Raddison Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michiga
Raddison Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 2022.

Comparing Lomography’s Lomochrome Metropolis stocks

Posted in 35mm, Color film, film, lomography, Nikon with tags , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2022 by msogavt

Recently, I had the chance to shoot back-to-back the two versions of Lomography’s Lomochrome Metropolis. They were both shot on my battered Nikon F3 (the frame counter no longer works) with an old Nikkor 50mm f1.4 which as been converted to AI. But the subjects are wildly different. The day I was shooting the original formula was slightly overcast, while the 2021 formulation was shot on a bright, sunny day.

I’ve always had trouble figuring out Metropolis, though I’ve seen some brilliant images shot by others online. With the 2021 version, though, I’ve come to really like the results.

Original formula

St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont.
North Street, Burlington, Vermont.

2021 formula

Burlington Electric Department, Burlington Waterfront, Vermont.
332 Pine St., Burlington, Vermont.
332 Pine St., Burlington, Vermont.

Dead of Winter, Lake Champlain

Posted in 120 filim, Color film, film, Medium format, photography, Rangefinder, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2022 by msogavt
Perkins Pier, Burlington, VT

This was shot on Jan. 30, 2022 on my Fujica GW 690, the original one. I had loaded Lomo CN 800 expecting to find far less light, but the sun broke under the cloud cover on the way down casting this glow. This was a bitter cold day and the film in my 35mm rangefinder snapped as I was rewinding it.

Junebug in the snow

Posted in 35mm, Color film, film, Pint and shoot with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2022 by msogavt
Junebug in the snow, Wheelock Farm, South Burlington, Jan. 11, 2022.

Point-and-shoot, flash and snow.


Posted in 35mm, Canon FD, film, Leica, Nikon, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2021 by msogavt

I started the year kind of burned out on taking photos. After a year of the pandemic, I hadn’t really gone anywhere and working from home meant that there was little of the day-to-day opportunity to explore the town. So I shot very little.

Then about half way through the year, I decided to try different film stock to get myself out of the slump. I rediscovered color dabbling with Lomography‘s 400 and 800 color negative as well as their Metropolis. I also loaded up on different black and white film, including the new Acros II and film from CineStill – 800t, BWXX – though I’ve yet to get to them.

And I see lots of possibilities for the super high contrast of Japan Camera Hunter‘s Streetpan 400.

I didn’t stop shooting black and white, but shooting color in 35mm when I’d mainly used the medium for 120 gave me a new way to see a familiar landscape.

So I’ve given over a shelf in my fridge to this hoard of film – both 35mm and 120. And while winter doesn’t offer the best light, I’m eager to continue shooting in the new year. I usually shoot 120 only when I”m traveling but I think I’ve found some shots locally that I’d like to try.

I’ve also decided to get back into developing my own black and white, something I haven’t done since I was in school, and have started DSLR scanning some of the old slides in my binder, some dating back to the 70s (the colors from Kodachrome and Ektachrome are amazing and require no real adjustment once they’ve been uploaded).

I leave you with best wishes for the new year.

Here are some of the highlights – in no particular order – from another year of shooting film:

Lomo CN 400, Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Lomo CN 400, Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Ilford HP5, Leica M6 TTL, Summmicron 35
LomoChrome Metropolis, Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm f1.4
LomoChrome Metropolis, Nikon F3, Nikor 50mm f1.4
Kodak Ultramax 400, Nikon F2, Nikkor 50mm f1.4
JCH Streetpan 400, Leica M6 TTL, Summicron 35
JCH Streetpan 400, Leica M6 TTL, Summicron 50
JCH Streetpan 400, Leica M6 TTL, Summicron 50
Lomography CN 400, Canon A1, Cannon FD 50mm f1.2
Lomography CN 400, Canon A1, Cannon FD 50mm f1.2
Lomography CN 400, Canon A1, Cannon FD 50mm f1.2



Posted in 35mm, film, Nikon with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2021 by msogavt
Frost rimmed leaves, UVM Wheelock Farm, Oct. 31, 2020, South Burlington.

Nikon F3 Nikkor S 50mm f1.4, Ilform HP5

As the crow flies

Posted in 35mm, Contax, film, photography, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2021 by msogavt
Crow above the corn fields, UVM Wheelock Farm, Nov. 5, 2020, South Burlington.

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