You must think that I’m a fool
this twisted tenderness
just leaves me cool
You’ve got me in a mess
you know it’s true
out in the wilderness
here without you…
Another drift through the woods in an effort to use up the Canonet film but still a couple more to fire from it.
Set up the old darkroom equipment tonight for the first time in ages! I’ve been lacking the motivation to get out and shoot some stuff recently so decided to dig out the enlarger tonight and go through some of the negatives I’ve developed over the past few months.
It’ll look great on paper
Three hours of playing around with chemicals is always good fun especially when it involves knocking a whole bottle of methylated spirits across the kitchen floor.
The shot directly above is the negative projected on the baseboard and the shot below is of test strips to find the correct exposure time.
In the past I’ve just been happy to do a straight print from the negative but tonight I decided to give a couple of prints a bit of dodging and burning treatment. I’ve got a couple of shots still to fire from the Canonet so I might do some more prints in the near future. Scans may follow tomorrow.
Trip to the National Museum of Scotland this is a plane and around fifteen minutes later the alarms went off and we were out.
A shot from the phone, maybe someday I’ll get the film developed.
Another macro attempt from yesterday, a nice soft dreamy look to this one. I’ve noticed that photos in the WP reader look pretty poor unless you actually click on the link to the actual page, obviously a compression issue although I don’t remember it being so noticeable.
Did plan to go out and do some better shooting today but decided to hang around in the man cave instead. I did play around with the extension tubes on the DSLR and briefly searched for some insects to shoot before giving up and trying to focus on a hairbrush.
They’ve turned out pretty cool I think, like a mini terracotta army lined up for war.
I had a go at fixing the range finder on my Agfa Isolette III a couple of weeks back promptly rammed a roll of 120 through and managed to get three in focusish shots off the roll.
I assume some of the shutter speeds are maybe a bit sticky although they appear to be ok when I fire it film free. I’ve recently read that opening the bellows too quickly could cause suction against the film so maybe this can be something to look at too.
The blurred shots have a dreamy feel to them but I’m a bit gutted that it doesn’t work 100% suppose that’s what comes with some of these fifty/sixty year old cameras.
Back to the 70’s/80’s tomorrow.
The biggest selling rangefinder of all time! In the ten years between 1972/82 Canon shifted 1.2 million of these little 35mm gems. I was beaten in several ebay bids for one and priced out of the costly UK buy it nows, in the end I decided to go for one of the more reasonably priced units from Japan. It’s a cracking looking camera the Canonet QL17 lettering wouldn’t look out of place on a 70’s muscle car.
G-III standing for grade up and third and ultimately the final generation of Canonets. The QL stands for quick loading, a system that makes loading film foolproof. I’ll find out how foolproof at the weekend.
A nice 40mm f1.7 lens on the business end with a 1/500 to 1/4 shutter and bulb if needed. Looking forward to shooting some film through this at the weekend.