No I’ve not turned into an ABBA fan…..(Thank Heavens).
You may remember some time ago I told you I had a hankering to go all medium format and filmy. I’d been really enjoying using my 1950’s East German Werra rangefinder camera and trying some BIG negative film seemed the way to go..
Before she could get wind of my plan, I dashed into the labyrinthine halls of Ebay with plastic temporarily purloined from Mrs Shpics, deftly clicked a few buttons and swiftly exited with a medium format camera the size of a small house. A rather battered, but gorgeous nevertheless, Mamiya RB67 complete with a few different film-backs and a 90mm lens….Result !!
These were serious money when they were new but now cost me less than a packet of crisps..(Honestly darling, it wasn’t even a pound).
Anyway… Subterfuge aside, this was all some time ago, and it’s taken me a good few weeks to get around to developing my first film.
I shot these on a very blustery day on the Welsh coast and at a waterfall a few miles inland, and, considering it was not only the first time I’d ever used the camera but the first time I’d ever shot medium format, I’m really quite pleased with the results… Next time out I’m going to try some slower shutter speeds with a tripod and cable release, but the slight blur and chunky grain of these shots is enough to make me happy for now.
I used TMAX 100 asa roll film, with a 6×7 film back and metered using an antiquated ‘Leningrad’ light meter.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde