Analogue Photos

Enjoying Analogue Photography

Unrelated Photo of Cold Weather #1

One of the joys of analogue photography is that you rarely know what you’ve done wrong until long after the picture has been taken. No matter how rigorous your procedures, analogue always remains a bit dodgy. Film gets loaded wrong. Developer goes bad. Negatives get scratched. Etc. Etc. Etc. Of all the things that can go wrong, few of them are detectable at the moment you take the picture, leaving you free to enjoy the act of snapping the shutter.

Unrelated Photo of Cold Weather #2

This thought came to me yesterday while I was walking around in 30 MPH winds with freezing fingers and ears, practically giggling to myself as I snapped pictures of the freezing rain blowing across the fields. Work had taken me out to the far edge of campus, where all mid-western colleges turn into farm stations. The weather had turned from a sticky, foggy 60 F to a windy, nasty 30 F in just a few hours. The fog was freezing. Visibility was low. And the dirt road lined with telephones polls was suddenly a thing of beauty. So too the frosty fields and the wind itself. I couldn’t help borrowing a few minutes from the State of Illinois to quickly shoot half a roll (I’ll come in early some morning later this week to make it up to them).

Unrelated Photo of Cold Weather #3

I have no idea if the pictures are any good, and I won’t know until I get a chance to develop the roll this weekend. Until then, I’m content to believe they turned out gorgeous. Who says photography is just about results?

Hexar RF Photos

Focus Check (04390020)

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400@250, Tmax Dev

Yep, seems to be working. I had to adjust the RF on one of my Hexars recently. The vertical alignment had drifted off by bit. It’s unclear why this happens on the Hexar, as the vertical adjustment wheel is securely stuck in place with a blob of wax. They do seem to drift, although this is true of nearly any RF. Making the adjustment on the Hexar is fairly easy. Remove a couple of screws, take off one dial, pop the top and bust out your screwdrivers. Instructions – recently updated with better pictures and text from the service manual – are available on the ever helpful I seem to have hit the near focus on mine, at least with the Biogon. Infinity focus might be a bit off, but it hasn’t shown in photos, yet.

As with any complicated and fragile device, you could break yours by doing this, so do so at your own risk.


Kate Cooking in the Kitchen (04400006)

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400, Xtol 1+1