Film Camera 2022 – 1 Moskva 5 – Results

As mentioned in the preceding post I had used this camera before but the results were pretty much a disaster. So how did I do this time?

I decided to walk down to nearby Sparta Cemetery to take the pictures. Generally speaking I was satisfied with the results. I only lost one frame, the very first one on the roll. I had loaded the camera some time ago and I knew when I came to use it that I’d lost that first frame, but I can’t remember why. The other 11 frames were decently exposed despite the fact that I couldn’t remember what film I’d put in the camera. I figured that it would be either ISO 100 or ISO 400 and decided to expose at ISO 200. It turned out that it was Kodak T-Max 100 but I guess there’s enough exposure latitude that even though I was one stop off it didn’t cause much of a problem. Focusing using the small rangefinder window was difficult, but the rangefinder seemed to work well.

There were a couple of issues with the camera, however. First, there were some scratches on some of the negatives. Nothing too drastic but still…There was also a slight light leak on some of the frames. But not all, which made me wonder if it was instead flare or some kind of reflection from something I was carrying. Again nothing too serious.

The worst thing about using this camera was definitely it’s ergonomics. I find it very difficult to hold. I just didn’t know where to put my hands. The focusing rings are right at the front of the bellows requiring me to hold the camera with one hand (already difficult for me) and try to focus using the other one. I suspect that the camera was designed to be used on a tripod, where with both hands free such adjustments would have been easier. The camera has separate viewfinder and rangefinder windows, which I suppose is about par for the course in cameras from this period. The rangefinder is particularly “squinty”. It works, but it’s hardly a pleasurable experience. I found framing subjects accurately using the viewfinder to be difficult, at least in 6×6 format (although when I used the camera before in 6×9 format I don’t recall that this was a problem.

I also find that I don’t instinctively relate to the 6×6 format – at least not at the moment. Maybe with more practice I could get more comfortable with it.

So at the end of the day I don’t see me using this camera very much. I could fix or live with the scratches and the light leak/flare, but I just don’t enjoy using it. So my quest to find a medium format camera that I would really enjoy using continues.

A place name discovered

I’m interested in the origins of place names. For example near our former lake house is a road called “Pudding Street”. I’ve often wondered why it’s called that. After living there for 10 years I was never able to find out the origin of the name.

Where I live there’s a street called Holbrook Road. Why was it called that? I never knew, until now.

The house above is a little over five minutes walk from mine and while an impressive, imposing dwelling it is not itself the reason why I took the picture. I was actually more interested in what used to stand on the site of this house: Dr. Holbrook’s Military School (hence the name of the street).

According to Wikipedia:

Dr. Holbrook’s Military School was a military academy and boarding school for boys. The school was located in the town of Ossining and overlooked the Hudson River. After the 1906 annexation of Scarborough by the village of Briarcliff Manor, Holbrook’s became part of the village within Ossining.

The school was founded in 1864 as Mr. Tracy’s School. In 1866, after David A. Holbrook purchased the school, it became known as Dr. Holbrook’s Military School. The school ran until 1915, after which it was used in World War I as a field hospital and headquarters to a New York Guard regiment. From 1919 until at least 1927, the school served as the Teachers College Country Club.

I doubt that any of the original buildings remain and of course since it’s private property I couldn’t go and look.

Below a couple of pictures showing how the property looked back in the day.

House picture taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

In Manhattan. Some street photography

In Manhattan. Some street photography. Phones galore!

Above: Sneaky glance. Don’t tell the wife/girlfriend

On the phone

Cyclist. Again on the phone

Woman on phone in front of a Black Lives Matter mural

Union Square Park. More people on phones.

Couldn’t resist this one. This guy is not only not browsing on his phone, he’s actually reading a – gasp…book, a real life actual paper based book.

Union Square Park. Feeding the pigeons. Few phones in sight.

Folk music is alive in Union Square Park. I guess it’s too hard to play the guitar, sing and browse on your phone at the same time.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3, Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II and Fuji XF 18mm f2 R

UEFA Champions League Final

The other day I went into New York City to meet and old friend and former colleague for lunch and to watch the UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Real Madrid won despite Liverpool dominating the game. For example Liverpool had nine shots on goal where Madrid, I believe only had one. However, that one shot went in and regrettably none of the Liverpool attempts did. I have to admit the the Madrid goalkeeper was absolutely superb.

Taken with an iPhone SE II.

My first zine

During COVID it was not possible to travel as much as I had been doing. I therefore confined myself to walks in the immediate vicinity of my house and started a series of photographs, which with my usual lack of inspiration I decided to call “Around the Neighborhood”. I defined this as meaning anywhere that I could walk back and forth to from my house.

I intended to make a photo book out of these these photographs, but it quickly became apparent that I risked having too many pictures for a single photo book. Also there was a danger that the task of selecting appropriate pictures, processing, editing, sequencing etc. would become so overwhelming that I would become paralyzed and not produce anything at all.

For a while I had wanted to try producing a Zine and this seemed like a good time to finally get around to it. I therefore decided that instead of a single photo book I would try instead to create a series of Zines. This is the first in this series.

The subject is a single tree in a nearby woodland. I’d already taken a number of pictures of it but on this occasion I decided on the spur of the moment to attempt an exercise that I’d recently read about. This exercise consisted of taking thirty six photographs of a single subject all at once (See: A Photographic Exercise).

Quite easy at first, but after about twenty photographs increasingly more difficult. In fact at that point I almost gave up, but I stuck with it and in the end found it to be quite useful. I’m the kind of person who will walk up to a subject, take a few pictures and then move on. This exercise made me slow down and look more carefully. Indeed, towards the end I was noticing things, which I had already walked past a couple of times.