The Low Down:
I had an idea to run off a roll of medium format film, placing the Yashica camera on the ground for each shot. I don't know about you, but I seldom look at the world from ground level, so it was certainly different.
The film I used was Arista EDU Ultra 400, which was billed as "having a relatively fine grain with a mild contrast, wide exposure latitude, and very pleasant tones". Developing it was fairly straight forward.
Ilfotec DDX 1 + 4, for 8 minutes. Personally I think the pictures are interesting but not spectacular and the quality might be less than great, but some of that might be due to my management of the camera settings.
Whatever the answer, taking these pictures was remarkably fun. Crouching low on my knees, placing the camera on a rock, or on a path, or on the grass. In several cases I had to place the camera in way that I couldn't see the view-finder, so I had no real idea of how some of the pictures would turn out.
Sitting under the wharf was a good one, with rumbles and shaking overhead, and then the people who arrived in a dinghy looked rather surprised to see me sitting under there.
There's an old saying that comes to mind, "It takes all sorts......", well it seems I'm one of those.
These pictures were all taken around Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand.
Click in each picture to see a larger view..................
Julie Vause is a baby boomer, living in New Zealand, with a passion for photography.
To me, film photography was the first truly visual storyteller.
Photos not only showed us a reality of what was being shown, that had previously only been described, they also showed us the who and the where - the raison d'etre - the very soul of the story.
Film photography was a breathtaking intro to the visual storytelling world. Film could be black and grainy with negatives giving up a distorted or cracked version of the story being told. It was a story nevertheless and our interest was rising.
I personally find film photography a beautiful challenge. My hero, Vivian Meir, showed us a world of interesting insights - people now long gone - fashions now long gone - styles we have only read about, all long gone. A visual story being told over time.
Me? Like I said it's a beautiful challenge to me, after many years of striving
to take pristine, clear, digital images.
So what's my story?
I believe it's one of discovery and knowledge, and where better to start than with a magnificent film camera.
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