I am fairly fussy when it comes to taking photos with my Voigtander Bessa 1 folding camera. It takes medium format 120 film and there are only 8 exposures on a roll, so I try not to waste my shots.
I wanted to try using a faster film this time around. I figured it would give me a little more grain in the final finish and that also it would be a little faster for some night shots as the camera shutter locks up at about 1/25 and less. (mind you, the Bulb setting works when I am using the extension cable!)
I don't have a light meter as such; I use an iPhone app called Light Meter. It seems to work well and has not failed me yet!
I shot these using Kodak Tri-X 400 which has worked well. Thing is, it did not allow me to use a large aperture because the Voigtlanders' fastest shutter speed is only 1/250! With the night shots of the Cathedral here though, the light meter called for long exposures of 8 and 16 seconds and I used the Bulb setting and the extension cable to stop any movement from depressing the shutter button. The only adjustment I have really made digitally here is for contrast and a little Dodge and Burn here and there. I only try to use those Photoshop edits that would be used in a dark room.
I must take the camera to have the internal parts of the lens cleaned. I looked through it yesterday and there is a slight haze inside which I guess is only natural for a camera of its' age. Still, I am happy that the photos are as sharp as they are! My dad would be proud!
|Avoca Beach, NSW, Australia. Kodak Tri-X 400 f8 at 1/160|
|Newcastle Beach. Kodak Tri-X 400 f11 at 1/250|
|Newcastle Cathedral. Kodak Tri-X 400 f8 at 8 second exposure.|
|Newcastle Cathedral. Kodak Tri-X 400 f8 at 16 second exposure.|
|RAAF Memorial, Civic Park, Newcastle. Kodak Tri-X 400. I didn't record the settings for this shot.|