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Surfcasters at Sunrise

Posted in Medium format, photography, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by msogavt
Surfcasters at sunrise, Harvey Cedars LBI

Surfcasters at sunrise on the beach at Harvey Cedars, LBI, NJ, July 2017.

Voigtlander Perkeo II

This photo was shot on a Voigtlander Perkeo II medium format camera from the 1950s. Despite taking 6×6 images on 120 film, the camera fits in a coat pocket when folded up. The 80mm f3.5 lens is a basic four-element design, and the image quality declines rapidly in anything less than well lit. But I like this image with its rich, deep colors from the Fuji Pro 400H color print film that almost looks like an oil painting.



6×6 with Kowa Six Part II

Posted in Medium format, photography, Uncategorized, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2017 by msogavt
Looking toward North Beach, Burlington VT

Looking toward North Beach, Burlington VT

View back toward Burlington waterfront

View back toward Burlington waterfront

Two more winter images with the Kowa Six, this time with Kodak’s Porta 400 print film.  We didn’t really get our snow until later in the season. Just cold and bare ground. Nothing particularly interesting about either photo to me except, again, the advantages of medium-format photography when it comes to the quality of the image.

6×6 with Kowa Six Part I

Posted in Medium format, Uncategorized, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2017 by msogavt
Winter light

Burlington ferry docks lit by setting winter sun.

The Kowa Six’s 6×6 format shows off the depth of color that Fujifilm’s Velvia 100 brings to the image. This was shot with Kowa’s older camera — designed similar to the Hasselblad, but with a fixed film chamber built into the body. At 4 pounds-plus, not well suited for handheld photography on the bikepath. I love the big viewfinder, which seems brighter than my YashicaMat or Zeiss Ikoflex TLRs.

Welta Weltaflex – first time out with a TLR

Posted in Medium format, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by msogavt

Light and shadow

I like this photo, which is just our coffee table with a couple of candy dishes in the afternoon light. I tried to over expose it enough to get a strong contrast between light and dark. I like the vase of flowers almost floating in the background, and also the texture of the table accented by the shadows. Composition-wise, it’s not that interesting, so I guess this is mostly about light and shadows.

This was my first time out with a twin-lens reflex camera. I really like the whole process of looking down into the viewfinder to compose the picture. It takes time and makes you think. That’s a good thing. I used a  hand-held Sekonic L-248 light meter, another step that slows you down. With a TLR, it’s more about each shot, not taking a quick burst of shots  and choosing the best one. I consider myself lucky if I end up with even one decent photo out of a roll when I’m just shooting around town or the house to play with a camera.

Welta Weltaflex

The Weltaflex is a low-end TLR made in the former East Germany. My model has “Made in Germany, USSR Occupied” on it. There are supposed to be strips of leatherette on either side of the lens, but they peeled off. I’ve since glued them back on, but they’re still curled.

The camera  comes with a three-element lens. Still, the photos are reasonably sharp with good contrast. Using a tripod, I could shoot this easily at 1/30, and could go slower although the viewfinder goes dark in dim light making focusing difficult. The camera also has double exposure prevention. You have to advance the film before the shutter will cock. The film advance knob stops when you get to the next frame so you don’t have to mess with the red window in the back.

This was also a test for some really cheap 120 film I bought online – Shanghai GP3 100, $12 for 5 rolls including shipping. Looks like it’s more than adequate, although I’ve read other people have had trouble with the backing paper coming loose.

One thing I did have trouble with was in framing the pictures. You have to compensate for the difference between the positions of the viewing and taking lenses, which I never quite figures out on this first roll. The image being reversed left to right also takes some getting used to, especially when you have to pan to make small adjustments to the framing.

Here’s what I mean about the difference between and viewing and taking lens perspective.

Moran Plant, Burlington waterfront

The railing wasn’t in the viewing lens so I had no idea it was in the frame.  I thought I had the tripod high enough to clear the railing. Oh well.

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