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?

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 rangefinderforum.com. 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.

Winter Coat

Hexar RF, 50 Hex, Delta 400@250, Tmax Dev

It’s -2° F in beautiful Champaign, IL this morning. Kate and I need to upgrade our winter coats, again.

Around the Web: (04370018)

Hexar RF, Lens Unrecorded, Delta 400, HC110 B

  • SoFoBoMo: If you’ve ever wanted to do a photo-book, the very first Solo Photo Book Month is the time to step away from the RSS reader and get it done. Find details here.
  • Fellow Stills member Guy has a new blog featuring his fascinating photos of Tokyo. Check it out here. Add this one the reader of your choice.
  • Bruce from Suburban Rambler has started posting again. Welcome back.
  • Stephen Gandy of cameraquest is apparently already taking deposits on the new CV 35 F1.4. I haven’t decided if I will be getting this one, yet, but it looks awfully tempting. Buying one would end the secret shame the author of 1pt4 feels; I currently have no F1.4 lenses!
  • In case your you don’t already subscribe to enough flickr feeds to fill the day, This Is Broken looks like fun.