Since I attended the first workshop regarding shooting on film I have signed up for another one regarding black & white photographic printing.
I was originally signed up for a street photography workshop with Eric Kim here in London but unfortunately this has been cancelled so I was itching for an alternative. After the great film workshop, printing to me is the next step and the thought of spending more time in the darkroom and just create fills me with utter joy.
The workshop will be with a master printer and I will be able to bring my own negatives. I can’t wait to get going, especially as this will be related to black & white for which I have much love.
Let’s see what I can do and I will share the results with you right here and of course I am going to write a follow up blog to share how it all went.
Recently, I bought a nice rangefinder: The Yashica Electro 35. I only paid £35 for it and it is in top condition. The aperture blades are working fine, the focus mechanism works too and the only two things that I need to figure out are the electric circuit and the light seals.
The camera originally takes mercury batteries which are not around anymore, so I bought an adapter from The Yashica Guy to fit 6v batteries. I checked both the battery and the adapter out with a volt meter and both get an electric current so these are not the problem… The investigation continues but I will probably end up taking it to a repair shop. The light seals are almost gone so they need to be replaced. Once this is done, I can’t wait to use it. It is a beautiful camera, made of metal and it feels really solid and nice. It is a bit bigger than my Canonet QL17 GIII but I think the Yashica will be better for zone focussing on the street.
I am going to share some recent images with you which I have shot on film and I think I got some nice results out of them. Scanning these for online use is a bit of an art in itself as so far my images have come out a little bit too grainy for my taste. Of course, I am expecting grain but not that much, especially as I am scanning with a high enough resolution. I do the processing for these scans in Lightroom so I will spend some more time in there to make the images look good.
Amongst these images are some colour photos, shot on Kodak Portra 400 which I think is a lovely colour film. However, I do prefer black & white film over colour.
Recently, I caught myself looking at more film cameras… I don’t really need any more but a nice Hasselblad medium format camera or a Leica film camera would certainly be lovely.
I’ve never really been that interested in either brands as, to me, they are more expensive than substantial but having recently tried a Leica M6 film camera for a short moment and loving the look of Hasselblad medium formats and the fact they shoot in square format are quite luring indeed.
I will not buy any of these any time soon as, even though they are not that expensive pre-owned, they are still quite pricey. For example, if I wanted a Leica M6 camera with a 35mm Summicron lens this would easily set me back £2700 which is just too much to buy a film camera, especially, when I just bought a flawless Yashica rangefinder for £35. I just can’t afford a Leica.
Hasselblad 500 series cameras are more affordable clocking in at anything between £500 – £1000 so this may be a bit more of a viable option, also considering that I want to get much more into street portraiture.
I also think an old medium format camera would make people feel more at ease as they have this really cool retro look on them which I think is fantastic.
What are your thoughts on printing and film cameras? Do you own a Leica or Hasselblad film camera and you into printing? If yes, why not share your experiences in the comments or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I am looking forward to hear from you!