(Possessive, not plural).
“Be sure the fortune that you seek / is the fortune that you need.”
Like it or not, here I come.
I suppose I can officially call off my hiatus from shooting (which was really more of a period of abject laziness). On Monday, I will teach my first session of hybrid black and white, in which students will use a menagerie of 35mm SLRs (from an all-manual stop-down metering M42 mount Vivitar 400/SL to a fully-automatic autofocus Minolta Maxxum QTsi). Unfortunately, my program’s limited budget meant that eBay was the place to go for these, and this has already generated problems. When I purchased the last camera four days ago, I expected it to have arrived by now. Unfortunately, I received this message today:
FYI- YASHICA CAMERA WAS SHIPPED OUT TODAY VIA USPS.
I was instantly reminded why I hate eBay. People who don’t feel the need to bother with written English make me nervous, and people who sit around for four days before shipping something make me even more nervous. I guess we’ll see what happens on Monday.
The good news is that I have no choice but to shoot if I’m going to effectively teach this class, so there are likely some 35mm black and whites on the way.
Ironically enough, the passage that formerly appeared on ethics here has been removed. For ethical reasons. Great.
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+.