I’ve been sitting on these images for a bit too long. A few weeks back I picked up a Zeiss Sonnar 250mm ƒ5.6 lens for Hasselblad; it was very shortly after the 120mm ƒ5.6. I really wanted to see what the 250mm lens could do on my infrared converted digital Nikon.
I also took a trip to Chico and was in the Truckee river canyon near sunset. I pulled over for a shot, just inside the California state line.
Canyon with 120mm:
Ridgeline with 250mm. This shot was underexposed and looks better as black and white:
Ridge line with 250mm lens on the infrared Nikon.
I learned that it is difficult to focus in live view hand held. I was in no place to really set up a tripod, but here is a ‘what if’ shot:
Once in Chico, my brother and I repaired an automatic Land Camera 450. I shot the full moon on the back porch. I hoped for more, but this is all the 400mm equivalent lens gets me: a disc 297 pixels wide at 100% crop:
A few days later was a Wednesday; the day that I saw Saturday Night Fever on a big screen in the middle of the day. It was the last of the classic movie series. The film was much more serious that I realized. I learned it was Gene Siskel’s favorite film.
Parking lot tree with 120mm:
Then I went down to the ditch on game day, a Sunday. This was the day I posted some Polaroid shots from my land camera 450 in my last blog. Ditch with 120mm:
I have come to the conclusion that nearly every shot with the 120mm lens is more beautiful than real life.
I did some hand held stuff with the 250mm. Unfortunately, I loaded the roll incorrectly and ended up with only 8.5 frames. Here is the last 1/2:
Cattails with 250mm.
Okay, so here is where I will stop and someday soon post another instant film collection. Sometimes the final tedium of the html stuff for the blog entry gets the better of me; these images have been done for about a week. Some fun stuff coming up!
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