Unexpected places

Colour Film,Photographica,Photographs — Jordan on November 10, 2008


You can sometimes find photography in unexpected places. On Saturday, while leafing through a profile of Groupe Aeroplan CEO Rupert Duschene in Report on Business magazine, I learned that the man at the helm of the country’s largest reward points program prefers to spend his time doing street and travel photography — he uses a Leica M8 (a very expensive digital rangefinder) but was making his own B&W prints until recently, it seems. Then on Sunday, when out on a walk with the family, I found a “free to a good home” box of darkroom chemicals sitting at the edge of the road — I claimed about $25 worth of fresh film chemistry. My thanks to the former photographer at the corner of Belsize and Forman for spreading the wealth!

This photo was taken with the Rolleiflex 3.5E on recently expired Fuji 160C and was scanned at the lab.

Depth of Field

Colour Film,Photographs — Jordan on November 8, 2008

I recently picked up a few rolls of colour film that I had put through the Rolleiflex (pretty much the only film camera I’m interested in using these days).

I’m always shocked at how shallow the depth of field is at wide apertures with the Rolleiflex — a function of the long focal length of its “normal” 75mm lens. At a shooting distance of 1 m and an aperture of f/5.6, the range of acceptable focus is only about 11 cm. By comparison, the range with a “normal” lens on a 35mm SLR is about 14 cm, for a DSLR it’s around 20 cm, and for a P&S digital camera it’s over 30 cm. Those extra centimetres make a big difference.

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