Back to my hometown. My nephew Alessio plays at the park next to my parents’ house. I seize the opportunity to photograph him and try a new setting.
For these shots I have used a lens from the analogue era: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f1.9, which used to come with Kodak Retinas iv as an alternative to the Xenar f2. I have used the diaphragm wide open, between 1.9 and 2.8 to test bokeh and sharpness of the lens.
A deeply relaxed Yi Jing “poses” on the grass of Park Leopold for the test roll of our flexaret.
The film is my beloved Shangai GP3, the Ryanair of analogue photography: it’s cheap but if you have some patience, it does the job just fine.
Fyi, flexaret is the name of a series of TLR camera produced by Meopta from 1939 to 1970. There are 8 different flexaret, my is a IIIa, I know it because models III and IIIa were the only ones produced with an advancing crank instead of a nob and because the shutter on my camera goes up to 1/300s whereas the III can shoot as fast as 1/500s.
From my personal collection of portraits of famous artists, notorious super-boyband “Tarinas4”.
From left to right: former percussionist of the San Franciso African Band; Italian rapper Clementino; Italian-French dancer, author, live performer Mauro Repetto; Subsonica lead-singer Samuel Umberto Romano, aka Rallo.
Printing your own pictures can be extremely challenging and frustrating, at least in my experience. I cannot even imagine how much paper I wasted, not mentioning how many hours.
The dark room is an extremely fascinating place yet sometimes horrible if you’re not prepared to it. I didn’t receive any education on analogue printing so much of my experiments didn’t succeed. Yet I could achieve some good results although I’m not sure having produced more then 2 or 3 pictures that fully satisfy me.
For those who read the blog even occasionally, you know that Les Marolles are one of my favorite places here in Brussels. This is for two main reasons: first, because that is where I find my toys; second, because you meet beautiful people.
To take this photo I used the Mamiya C330. I must admit to not be even close to comfortable with this machine. The camera is not at all easy to handle. I am slow and I often mistake the focus, as you can see from this photo. It is certain that it is capable of great performances and “to conquer” this camera is a very exciting challenge for me.
And there it goes: the very first positive film of my life. I got it this afternoon, after waiting for one week. Apparently nowadays there are not many labs left in Italy processing these “magic cylinders”.
The results of my compositions are of course questionable (ok in my opinion) but effects given by the quality of the film and the colours are just too much over my expectations.
First look was a punch on my stomach. I was checking the film in the shop and couldn’t stop smiling with the obvious satisfaction of the owner, amazed and proud to see how films could still make (weird) people happy.
I used my beloved Minolta XD. All the pictures but one are taken with the MC Rokkor NL 21mm f/2.8 I talked about in my “Ode to the grand angle“. The other one is taken with MC Rokkor PF 58mm f/1.4 which I got almost for free and I’ll try to test with the next roll.
Full size pictures can be watched on project “BPositive“.