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Photography is equipment-intensive.

With access to a borrowed Minolta 35mm camera and some lenses, I couldn’t resist the urge to try out some macro work with the 80-200mm “macro” zoom (which, when combined with the included 2X teleconverter, got pretty close to macro without quotations). Some of the shots worked, some didn’t. I think this one came out quite nicely.

This is 35mm, but it isn’t black and white film. It wasn’t converted after scanning, either. It’s 400 ISO color film shot at 200 ISO (one stop overexposed) and developed in black and white chemistry. Why, you ask? That’s a good question. To be honest, I don’t really know either. Something about the challenge is enticing, and the results are unique. Something about it just works for me. This isn’t my first try with this technique (or my second), but  think I’ve found a process that produces usable negatives (my last roll was completely ruined by incorrect developing times, which is tough since you more or less have to determine them by trial and error).

Fuji Superia X-tra 400 shot at 200 in a Minolta XD5 with a third-party “macro” zoom and a 2X teleconverter, then developed in Clayton F76+.

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Filed under Black and White, Color, Film, Landscape, Self-Developed

3 responses to “Full Clip

  1. chloé

    i like how you turn every day pegs (that’s what we call them), into something intriguing
    my eyes were drawing straight to (from the top right number 3)
    i don’t know whether it’s because it has the best focus or because of the woodgrain detail & slight indents

    i would like to see this in colour
    i didn’t think macro lens put out this amount of detail(?)

  2. chloé

    i agree it’s a really neat function, they slipped in there
    i love it 🙂
    decided on what you’re doing with your camera yet(?)

  3. Thank you so much for the huge paragraph of a comment!! I was so happy that you gave me all of the advice about photography and which camera that I should go with.

    Yes, I think that I would like to go with a digital SLR, but then again, I don’t know much about which is better. I looked up what you told me to: manual 35mm SLRs. Do you think that I should go with a film camera? I just don’t know where I could get them developed these days…My local camera store is going to stop developing film soon. Digital is definitely taking over. But, then, like you said, using a manual camera will absolutely force me to understand how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed contribute to exposure. Here is a 35mm camera that i found while searching:

    http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/sc/from-froogle.asp?id=964738572&rf=froogle&dfdate=1_27_2009

    What do think about that camera? Do you have any more suggestions for me?

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