So I found another person to stand in front of my camera! This time, a young girl called Roxy, we both live in Lincoln so we headed to an empty industrial building that I had discovered previously in town. Once again using my Bronica SQ-A, some Kodak Tri-X & Portra 400 both pushed a stop, the Tri-X I developed myself at home, but with colour, that gets left with a lab as I don’t have c41 chemistry! I also shot a roll of Tri-X on my Nikon F, which there is a few mixed in with the 6×6 frames in the gallery.
Im really pleased with the colour rendition in the Portra photo’s, the film is beautiful and I cant wait to use some more, the lighting conditions inside the building were nice, but a little too dark, even for 800, I started the shoot using 125th, and had to drop to 1/60th as the sun dropped away whilst with the black and white roll of the Bronica and the Nikon.
As for shooting the SQ-A and Nikon F back to back, well that was great fun, the Bronnie is not the nicest looking camera, and it doesnt sound particularly nice, but I love using its lovely big square viewfinder, you can see everything with such clarity, but the near silent leaf shutter is overshadowed by its mirror inside, which sounds like a barn door slamming with every frame!
Switching to the Nikon with its silky smooth shutter and winding mechanism, you feel like David Bailey when swapping between portrait and landscape in quick succession! For the F, that was my first roll of film through the camera since I bought it, and I’m glad to see it works correctly, it is a beautiful camera, and I know I’m going to get a lot of use from it!
Thank you to Roxy for standing for me!