Riley – Mamiya 645


My loyal hunting partner, Riley.

Mamiya 645, Kodak Ektar 100

Autumn trees – Mamiya 645


While grouse hunting in October in northern Minnesota, I created this image of birch trees against the fall foliage by purposely panning the camera vertically hand-held. I think it was about a 1/2 sec exposure with fairly fast panning. I only shot one of these and didn’t know how much blurring would occur. The resulting image has a really interesting look that is not quite what I expected, and is different than what I’ve gotten doing similar shots with a digital camera.

Shot with my Mamiya 645, of which I have not yet written a detailed review. Nice camera though. Info to come.

Shot on Kodak Ektar 100, developed and scanned by Precision Camera (see previous post). The image below is a crop of part of the same image to show the detail of the very interesting and pleasing blur. I could probably crop a whole series of interesting images from this one shot.


While I’m at it, why not crop in tighter to show you the film grain captured in the scan:


Another Nordeast stroll with the Rolleicord III

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OK, blog – I’m back.

Shot on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film with the Rolleicord III.

You’ll recognize this location if you’ve read this blog before.  It’s an area in NE Minneapolis where I sometimes have a little time to walk around while my son is in a class.  For me this is an unbeatable location for looking for interesting shapes and compositions.  A perfect way to spend an hour on a nice evening is to load up a medium format camera and walk around slowly looking for those twelve exposures to strike my eye.  Having a full hour to shoot twelve exposures is a fantastic exercise in constraint, patience and focus – though when it comes to shooting film that can actually seem like a lot of shots to allow yourself in an hour.

If I’m in the mood for shooting sharp images with a camera I’m fully comfortable with, I usually find myself reaching for the Rolleicord.  Of the cameras I own, it can’t be beat for reliability, sharp optics, solid feel – it’s a camera that builds confidence.

Developed and scanned by Precision Camera and Video in Austin, TX.  This is the first time I’ve tried Precision, and I’m pleased with the results of the scans.  The black and white scans are extremely sharp, though there are a lot of dust spots to clean up (I actually think this is good though, because I think some other shops use dust removal software that results in softer images – in many cases I’d rather do some dust spotting in Lightroom or Photoshop in exchange for the sharpest possible scan where you can really see the film grain when you zoom in).  I also had them do a couple rolls of color and my initial reaction is that they’re a great value for high resolution scans.  I’ve had some experience now with several labs for developing and scanning, and I think I’ll write a little post soon about my experiences and a bit of a comparison.