Another Nordeast stroll with the Rolleicord IIIPosted: November 14, 2014
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.