Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In the latest days I didn't miss any opportunity to take some pictures trying to use the equipment that I usually left out: this time it was the turn of my poor view camera.
This time the excuse was the arrival of these wonderful, antique cookiecutters: I put them on an old wooden table, I turned on a light, placed a panel to open the shadows a bit and I brought out my view camera, that was lying unused for months.
I loaded the back with some Fuji Instant film (similar to old Polaroids, but with much better colors), pulled out of a box a Schneider Symmar 180/5.6 lens, a medium tele for large format, and with a black cloth on the head I was trying to focus where I wanted.
Exposure control, set the time, charge the shutter, take out the dark slide, release the shutter, strap the film and at the end the funny thing is that, while using much different equipment, I'd have a rather similar result with my digital cameras, well... after 20 minutes of work in Photoshop (yes, film still has its advantages), but not with the same fun.
(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)
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