|Intrepid Mk 3, lenses, film, KX2|
Later this week I'll be heading to central Texas in hopes of photographing the wildflowers that are in bloom this time of year. Mainly bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, they literally carpet pastures in blue and red.
A few months ago, I re-entered the world of upside-down photography via a view camera that shoots 4x5-inch sheet film.
Ektar, Ektachrome, Fujichrome - they still make it.
Images are composed on ground glass underneath a focusing cloth and they are presented upside-down and reversed left to right. I'm not sure it's a good thing but something about my brain likes that.
I made a blog posting late last summer about an upcoming trip to Arkansas with this camera -
|Attempts at portraiture|
Most good landscape photography takes place up to two hours after sunrise and begins again a few hours before sunset. That will leave plenty of time in between for other things, including (hopefully) a bit of radio, so I'm bringing along the KX2 even though the primary purpose of the trip will be dedicated to wavelengths significantly shorter than 10-80 meters.
For those interested in knowing about the camera, it is an Intrepid Mk 3 from the UK. Film is making a come-back among a large number of photographers who value the process of making an image, not just the instant result of digital. And this particular format offers two significant advantages over other camera types: a very large (20 sq inches) transparency or negative that, when scanned, results in a much higher resolution file than any digital camera.
But the main advantage is the ability to tilt the lens axis from the film axis, ie they do not have to be parallel to each other. This allows the focus on the lower part of the film to be at a different distance than the focus on the top part of the film. So an object quite close to the camera can be in perfect focus as can an object on the far horizon, even with the lens wide open - a condition that would result in minimum depth of field for other camera types with their film and lens planes fixed parallel to each other.
It's this aspect that is fun to experiment with, especially when a good subject is at hand. I've never been much of a landscape photographer and struggle to make decent compositions and have therefore focused (pun intended) on portraits. So this will be an exercise-in-progress, inspired by the many fantastic photographers who post their processes on YouTube.
Radio-wise: CW on 20 and 30 meters, telescoping vertical antenna.