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More Colours, Less Bright

Posted 2009.10.27 9.55 in Hobbies, Photography

I also decided to try a roll of colour film in my home-made pinhole camera. Once again, I used reversal (slide) film, because I had read it was tempermental and you had to be very precise with your exposures. Obviously, I had to put some through the pinhole camera.

I took about half the exposures on a bright sunny day, and the rest of the exposures on a grey damp evening at dusk. The results are… interesting. I will protest that the scans do not do the slides justice – remember these aren’t 35mm, these are 6cm x 6cm slides (2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches.) There’s something like four times the area on one of these, than a 35mm slide. Lots of detail. Seeing them on a light-table is amazing.

Scanning and down-sizing them for the web and all that… they lose some of their lustre.

Nonetheless, there were some interesting shots…

Technical stuff: Fuji Astia, ISO 100, 120 format, shot with my home-made pinhole camera. Exposures were guesstimated. Processed E-6 by a professional lab.

The Colours! So Bright!

Posted 2009.10.26 17.37 in Hobbies, Photography

So a friend of mine was telling me about this exciting new trend in photography, called “colour”. Appearantly it’s the latest rage, although you can’t easily process the film at home, you have to take it out to a lab for processing.

Anyhow, I got my hands on a roll of fancy new colour-reversal (aka slide) 120-format film and my trusty Zeiss Ikon folding 6×6 Nettar camera, and struck out to find some subjects. Now I have read that the reversal / slide film is very unforgiving about exposure, so you have to be really bang-on accurate when you take the pictures. So naturally, I just winged it and used my best-guess for aperture and shutter speed.

Colour seems like it could be fun, the reversal (slide) film proved to be as touchy as I had heard, but it did provide some nice results. A couple shots had some light-blooms at the bottom, due to a problem I found with the 60-year-old Zeiss Ikon: a loose spring on the take-up spool led to loose film, which led to light-blooms when I removed the roll from the camera. I’ve since tightened up the spring.

Technical stuff: Fuji Velvia, ISO 100, 120 format, in a Zeiss Ikon Nettar, 75mm lens, exposed according to “sunny-16” rule. Processed E-6 by a professional lab.