I like making photos with my iPhone. It’s fun to just press the shutter button and not think much about exposure or post processing. The phone does a very good job of making scenes look good without me messing things up. I’ve thought about just using the iPhone for photography but the image quality isn’t quite good enough for most things yet. Adding a filter covers up a lot of problems.
Here are six photos I made the other day when I wanted to take a break from my camera woes. Despite getting rid of most of my equipment, I am back to wondering if I have the best cameras for my needs, blah blah blah. The problem lies with me, not the cameras, of course . . . .

Baskets in Winter Field
Persimmon Tree
Power Lines and Persimmon Tree
Apartment Employee’s Bicycle
Moving Day
Obligatory Cat Photo

For any iManiacs out there, the black and white filter is called Silvertone and the colour filter is called Dramatic. They come standard in Apple Photos.

I think I do best when using a square format. Is it time for a Hasselblad . . . . .? Oh, dear . . . . .

10 thoughts on “Fotography for Fun

  1. I agree with Natalie above…wonderful format and superb cameras. You won’t regret it (but your wallet might).

    I think all us photographers wonder about our choice of camera and lens at times – you’ve only got to look at how many ‘review sites’ are out there, obsessing about MTF charts and other fairly meaningless stuff. In reality the quality of our work is very rarely a reflection of our gear, as you know. That said, it’s nice to have nice stuff 😉

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    1. Yes, it’s too nice to have nice stuff. Yesterday I went through my collection of favourite photos and found that most of them (by a wide margin) had come from 35mm film cameras. Followed by 5:4 format mode on full frame digital. There were quite a few photos I liked from the APS-C mirrorless cameras, but they seemed . . . light. Hard to explain. Maybe the weight of the camera affects how I approach making a photograph?

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  2. To be honest Marcus – you’d get more mileage out of a Rolleicord. Go for a Vb. Solidly made little things, yes a steep learning curve with regard to viewing the groundglass, but the same as a Hasselblad. With regard to which, if you could afford a more modern (old) one like the 501 then fine, but if you go for a 500 C/M you will need to change the groundglass – it’s a very different proposition to say looking through a Nikon.
    If you want to dip your toe lightly in 6×6, then a Mamiya C220 – not the 330 – will do the trick and you can get wide and telephoto for them relatively reasonably. The newer ‘blue dot’ lenses are the more highly regarded ones, however the older lenses are fine too. You just need to find one that hasn’t been abused and doesn’t have holes in the bellows.
    Here endeth the first MF Sermon.

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    1. Amen.
      Thanks for the info on the Rolleicord, etc. It’s tempting to invest in a medium format system, but I sold the Contax 645 some years ago because I was tired of lugging it, the heavy lenses, and the larger tripod around. I don’t have a car, so everything is on my back. In fact, even the larger Nikons I had were a bit tiring. Getting old? The Fujifilm and the Minolta are a good size. Well, we’ll see. Anyway, I’m skint at the moment so I can’t afford any new camera system.

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  3. A Rolleicord is actually quite light and with the way you view them, all the pressure is taken by the strap around your neck so you can hold them very steadily to very low speeds indeed. If you lean against something and sort of relax I’ve been down to 1 sec and no problems, so with a bit of technique it is quite do-able.
    OK, they are a bit brick-like, but nothing like as ‘built’ as a proper Rollei.

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    1. The problem with a Rolleicord for me is that it has the twin lenses, which can result in parallax error. I had the same problem with my Zeiss rangefinder. A beautiful machine, but I couldn’t get exactly the framing I wanted.

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