The first of many posts from my trip to Croatia. All images in this post taken on Ilford HP5+ film, with a Voigtlander Bessa rangefinder.
I took this portrait recently with my 1945-50 vintage Voiglander Bessa 66 folding medium format camera. There were a number of reasons why this image should not have turned out: this is a scale focus camera (meaning you have to judge the distance), and I was shooting wide open; no margin for error. I was also pushing HP5+ to EI 1600 for the first time. But what I got was one of my favourite portraits of the year!
Voigtlander Bessa 66 camera (Color-Skopar 75mm/f3.5 lens)
Ilford HP5+ @EI 1600 (developed in TMax developer 1+4)
Another image from my first roll shot in the Voigtlander Bessa 66 medium format folder. On Sunday morning the best views of Philosopher’s Walk on the U of T campus seemed to be straight into the sun, which usually results in a lot of flare. I placed the sun behind a tree branch to try to minimize it, and I do like the results.
Voigtlander Bessa 66, Rollei RPX400 film
stand-developed in Rodinal
This past Sunday was a glorious winter day: bright and clear, with a dazzling crystal light: like being inside the diamond. The sharp lines and shadows that would have made an outdoor portrait session very difficult made other kinds of images possible.
This was the first time I had shot on the Voigtlander Bessa 66 120 format folding camera, given to me by my friend David Kent. This model has the amazing Color Skopar lens, and I am very impressed with its sharpness.
Voigtlander Bessa 66 camera, Rollei RPX 400 film