Participating in Don Giannatti’s Project 52 has a lot of fringe benefits in addition to the exceptional training; for example, a challenge to get out a film camera and shoot 24 Frames In May. I was happy to be able to participate this year, and also to find a clean Pentacon Six medium format camera (and some really clean lenses) on eBay.
The official challenge is to shoot 24 frames, one a day, and with a medium format camera that would mean two twelve-exposure rolls. I had to follow a different path to my 24 Frames. Since the camera was new to me, as were the lenses, I shot some tests as well to make sure everything was working. As I was using some extension tubes for some of the calla lily images, I was estimating the compensation factor, and so did some bracketing. The nature of my life and of the calla lilies I acquired for the project did not permit making only one frame a day. In the end, I exposed six rolls of 120 film over two separate days, and selected 24 from amongst the test &bracketed images, ignoring the failed test images. I used Portra 160 for the color images, and mostly Ilford HP5 (ASA 400) for the black and white (the last two you see are Ilford Pan-F — ASA 50). Lenses were mostly the 80 and 65 mm, though I also shot with a 120, 180, and 300 as well.
I went to some of my favorite subject matter: the marina area and some calla lilies in the studio. I used open sky window light for the callas. I think next up will be some portraits with the Pentacon!
The film was sent to The Find Lab, using their Fatboy scanner option. Great service and quality scans.
The only post I did was some slight levels/curves for those images where neither bracket was ‘just right’ and I needed to be somewhere in the middle. I retouched a very few hot pixels that appeared in very few of the scans, and applied a light sharpen to the images.
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