Tag: Mamiya

The Magic of Slide Film

I think slide film has its one particular magic: holding a strip of slide film in one’s hand is like holdng a collection of little universes, with each image being a doorway into Β each world. Today’s image is from a roll of Fuji slide film I shot in England this summer using my medium format Mamiya 645 Pro TL

Grounds of Hever Castle, England

 

The grounds of Hever Castle (childhood home of Ann Boleyn

Cutty Sark 1 (Above deck)

In Greenwich, England the famous Tea shipping vessel the Cutty Sark is on display. Looking at all the ropes (I guess I should call them sheets, to be accurate) one can really get a sense of how complicated and sophisticated a sailing vessel can be. In it’s own way, very high-tech!

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(Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 55mm/2.8 lens, Tri-X film)

Beauty and the Beast, Part 1

Today’s image was shot this past weekend with a new (to me) “beast” of a camera: The Mamiya RZ67. This is a BIG camera, and shoots 6 x 7 cm negatives (10 exposures on a roll of 120 film). A mainstay of studios not so many years ago, it is really meant to be used on a tripod, so of course I used it handheld, with a 127mm lens attached. πŸ™‚

Tasha on Film

The Great Code

Canadian literary critic Northrope Frye was famous for his work The Great Code: The Bible and Literature, about the pervasiveness of biblical themes, metaphors and symbolism in Western literature, and as I worked with this image I was struck by the fact that while the model and I were not consciously trying to do so, to my mind at least we created an image that reminds of of the story of the Annunciation, with the combination of the head scarf, the lighting, and the model’s upward gaze. It’s ironic that at a time when I am at best agnostic (with atheist tendencies), I am still affected by the universality of the story.

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In the Mood For Medium Format

I’m heading out this morning to the Beaches in Toronto with my Mamiya 645 medium format film camera, so to get in the mood here’s an image I shot with my Mamiya a few weeks back on a photo-walk with a bunch of great folks in Hamilton, Ontario. I had no idea there were so many beautiful and delicate waterfalls in the Hamilton area.

Waterfall in Hamilton, Ontario

Obsolescence Rocks, Again!

Once again, I celebrate photographic “obsolescence.” I have been wanting to try medium format photography for some time, and last week a listing appeared on eBay for a Mamiya 645J with three lenses. This camera takes 120 roll film, and creates negatives 6cm x 4.5 cm in size. The seller was local to Toronto, so I could avoid shipping/customs fees, although I did have to pay tax. Still, for about $400 I got everything I need to try my hand at medium format film. To put that cost in perspective, the list price for a modern digital equivalent to this camera is well over $5,000 no lens included. I’ll be able to shoot a lot of film with this price differential πŸ™‚ .

The image below was from my first test roll, shot beside the Don River in Toronto yesterday morning.

Water on the Rocks