On Sunday, I spent some time in the garden in order that I had two rolls of Rollei Retro 100 to process and I used one of my favourite macro lenses the Leica 60mm Elmarit. I used it with a Leica R4s which as SLRs go is a bit clunky but if it lets me use this very fine lens I don’t mind. One of my favourite things is taking an ordinary space and, by really exploring it and looking for interesting shapes and forms, make it come to life under the close inspection of a macro lens.
I’m warming to this Rollei Retro 100 as, apart from its sharpness, its seems to have processed well in Xtol (1+1). I’ve yet to print any of the negatives in the darkroom but they seem to be scanning with some good tones. Once I took them into Lightroom I decided to play about with some of the presets and I do seem drawn to the Antique Light that is on offer. Rather a guilty pleasure as the purist in me feels this amounts to cheating. There was certainly more magic when I used the chemicals to tone some prints earlier in the year but these results are very good and without the risk that I’ll come in to contact with some noxious chemical.