For those old enough and with memories intact, this is the format of 120/220 format film. Up to this point I had been shooting 4x3 (4:3rds), but I decided to see what it was like to 'go retro' with the aspect ratio.
I had a Mamiya C330 Pro/F in the mid 70's, and shot nothing but 220 black and white with it; primarily Tri-X (ASA 400) with some Plus-X (ASA 125). I'd purchased the body used along with a 50mm (wide angle) and 80mm (normal) lens. I got a lot of good negatives out of that rig. In the end I wound up selling it because I needed the money, a decision I have lamented to this day. With this particular camera I can go back in time as it were and relive those days. What makes it better the second time around is the ability to shoot color or black and white. Right now I'm just enjoying the color side of things.
One important feature of the body is I can lay a cross-hairs on the image as I view it. My C-330 had cross-hairs on its ground glass, so this ability to electronically superimpose them adds to the nostalgia as well as provides a good way for lining up the subject.
Notes on the Photos
Clockwise from upper left:
- A shot of a clock my oldest daughter gave me a few Christmases back. The yellow lab is in remembrance of our first yellow Lab, Rhett.
- A shot of some of the widgets that populate my office. In this case, the ubiquitous Florida flamingo is leaning dangerously as if ready to fall.
- On the way home today I had to pick up something at the drug store. I parked right behind a red 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird. I grabbed a shot of the trunk emblem on the way in. They must have thought I was nuts.
- I got a small Magnetix set back when I was working for SAIC on WARSIM. I've carried that set around with me ever since then. It was a great way to relax when I needed to stop and take a break. In this image I played with the tone curve in post processing using Olympus Master in order to get the pop-art bright colors.
Everything was shot with available light, and all images came out of the camera as Large Super-Fine (1:2.7 compression) JPEGs. I've gone back to shooting JPEGs exclusively with this body.