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Spring in the Garden with Leica R4s and 60mm Macro-Elmarit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2010 by yammerman

So back to the photography and all those films I have piled up in the darkroom. I developed three films today shot on Rollei 400s. I had no idea what was on them so I was throwing some mystery in to the delayed gratification equation. It is as well that I’ve started using Rodinal as its attribute of sitting on the shelf for ages is coming in very handy.

I found some very long development times on the Massive Dev database but found one at a dilution of 1:25 for this film that would take 10.5 mins @ 20 degrees. In the end, the water was at 21 degrees so, knowing I was going to scan the film, I took it down to 8 minutes. The fix and stop seeming to be holding up, despite lack of use, and the results came out pretty much as expected.

There are many random factors at work here, mostly stemming from my cavalier attitude to what, to some, is a very exact science. But, starting with my exposure calculation then chemical dilution, water temperature and agitation regime etc, I’m never going to do the same thing twice and so have come to love the happy accident and shrug at the disasters.

These seem to have come out with a pleasant grain and this first sample, if I remember correctly, is from the Spring. I have a vague recollection of getting out my Leica R4s and 60mm Macro Elmarit and spending a pleasant hour in the garden. This kind of shooting seems to suit me and that lens is a cracker and rarely disappoints. The camera is one of the lower budget SLRs that Leica once produced and a bit of clunker but, if it lets me use this lens, then I’m happy enough with it.

 Here then are the best of the bunch, scanned with Epson V700 and toned with the Antique Grayscale preset in Lightroom

Garden Macro with Leica R4s and 60mm Elmarit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by yammerman

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.