There is one portrait that came out nicely, but the rest were a bit 'meh.' They were, in fact, very 'meh,' so here they are for your viewing (dis)pleasure!
|Plants are often viewed as being colourful and therefore people think they require colour photographs to do them justice.|
Trees on the other hand...
Of course they are black and white, because I have a digital camera for the colour stuff.
That aside, as these are the low quality scans the quality will be comparable to any .jpg created by a low end digital camera, or by scans from 35mm saved as .jpg
The benefit comes when I want to get one of the negatives blown up really big like.
That's not entirely the whole story though - the feel of medium format is slightly different and, for mine, gives a slightly ethereal quality to some of the pictures. Not all of them of course, but on the occasions when you get it just right, there's a style that you can't replicate elsewhere.
|This plant seemed to be rather old and was definitely shapely enough that a decent picture should have come out of it; I just couldn't find the angle this time.|
Exactly one picture in this series has something approaching that feeling.
I'll leave it up to you to decide which one you think it is. It might well be wishful thinking on my part, and you might decide none of them have 'it.'
|The water is so featureless - it'd be an alright picture if there was a skyscraper reflected in it.|
I won't disagree if you think these aren't very inspiring, but look at them as a proof of concept. I mostly figured out how to use the camera!
|There's a title about driftwood or bare branches or something here.|
I also learned that hand holding it viable if you have decent light, and even if you don't have tons of light you can still walk away with a picture or two despite the weight of the thing.
I don't usually bother editing .jpg's because for every edit there's bound to be a loss of information in the resulting file and I'm habitually saving over old files by mistake (decades of using computers has taught me to save without thinking, which in this case is inadvisable!). But in this instance I made an exception because I wanted to emphasise the rays peaking over the top of the building.
The camera works. I figured out how to use it. There's still half a roll left in the camera waiting to be used up somewhere before I throw another roll in. That contains the rest of this load of pictures (in truth there are only 2 shots left in that enormous monster so I need to pick up some more film) and a couple of test shots I took to check the film still wound after I dropped the bloody thing (clumsy bastard).
It took a couple of weeks for the film to come back but it was nice to pick it up. It's like a Christmas present because you forget you put it in to be processed and a week later it's there to be picked up!