Three Medium Format Landscapes

Discussion in 'Landscape and Architecture' started by Rob MacKillop, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I'm afraid I forgot to bring my light meter for this trip, but am pleased that the shots weren't totally useless. All of them came out, but all of them could have been exposed better. But I've done worse in the past, so I'll be thankful.

    HP5 film through a Bronica SQAi with the 40mm wide-angle lens.

    1. Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

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    2. The Black Isle from the beach at Kinghorn, Fife.

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    3. Trees in the botanics. This one would have been better in colour, as the leaves on the smaller tree, centre frame, were golden with sunlight.


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  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Nice set, Rob with the Black Isle being my favourite. A bit 'dull' for HP5 though and could probably do with a tweak of the contrast, but I like the murkiness around the island.
     
  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Agreed, Pete. Not my best, but I had A Grand Day Out, and that's more important. :)
     
  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Or is it?...
     
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  6. Shaun Haselden

    Shaun Haselden Active Member

    Lovin' the shot of the trees. I just love the way medium format and larger reproduces such incredible detail.
     
  7. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, Shaun. Agreed re MF detail. The negs look great in themselves.
     
  8. Shaun Haselden

    Shaun Haselden Active Member

    Yes Rob possibly another skill that will be lost over time. It is amazing looking at a roll of negs straight out of the fixer and know which ones are going to print perfectly.
     
  9. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner Member

    Not too shabby without a meter Rob, I normally use a Sekonic L758D but I also have a free App on my smartphone which is pretty accurate if I ever forget my meter.
     
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  10. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cheers, Paul. Since taking the above shots I've downloaded the "Light Meter" app to my android phone, and it works perfectly. But I also have a Minolta IV.
     
  11. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner Member

    I used to use a Minolta when Film was all there was it was an Autometer 4 F mainly because I used to shoot portraits so flash was important. That meter died long ago and I no longer shoot portraits. I went for the Sekonic for the spot metering which I think is important for good negs and particularly good transparencies. I do have and use with my film Leica (M2) an old Sekonic Studio Deluxe which serves well.
     
  12. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Can't beat a good spot meter, but unfortunately they can be very expensive, and I don't have one. But, surprisingly, the Light Meter app has a spot meter mode, and while not as accurate as a real one, does pretty well. I think if you use the same thing all the time, you learn to get the best out of it.
     
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  13. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner Member

    Very true.
     
  14. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner Member

    Hi Rob, I can now confirm that my new kit is working fine so I thought I'd share my first shot here if you don't mind.

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    Had to tweak the contrast from the original scan and correct verticals but otherwise straight shot with the 80mm.
     
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  15. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Nothing wrong with that, is there? All the tones are present. Fun shot, composed well. What film did you use, Paul?
     

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