Monthly Archives: February 2014

Kodak Junior: Use 120 in your 620 camera

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Ghost Flower: still life

There were three models of this camera made between 1935 and 1939 selling for around £13.50. I’m not sure which model this is but it’s getting on for 80 years old and for it’s age it’s an amazing camera.

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Kodak Junior 620

Using this camera isn’t without it challenges. The major one is that it’s a 620 camera and 620 film is pretty much impossible to get a hold of. However, the only difference between 620 and 120 is the spool in which the film sits on; the hub of 620 spool is little narrower then a 120 film spool. Nevertheless, there are a number of pretty easy ‘hacks’ you can do to rectify this inconvenience. The method I used was introduced to me by the FilmPhotographyTube channel on YouTube which show you how to roll our own. This involves rolling your 120 film from the 120 spool onto a 620 spool [in a change bag]. This method is easier then it sounds and the dude on FilmPhotography channel explains it really well. You do however need two 620 spool and a changing bag to do this.

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Full body shot

On the day I wanted to shoot the only 120 film I had was colour negative ISO 100 which wasn’t ideal as I planned to take some Harry Callahan inspired abstract nature shots and develop the film myself with B&W chemistry. It was a bright overcast day which would raise some concerns if I was using a toy camera for example but this Kodak is surprisingly sophisticated. It’s has a choice of shutter speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, Bulb and T setting. The T setting allows you to open the shutter on the first press of the release then close it on the second. This could be used manually trigger a flash in really low light. There are also a choice of apertures 6.2 – 22 and a focus ring which can be preset depending on how far away you are from your subject. There was no doubt in my mind that I’d get a decent exposure. To make sure I metered the light once [with a mobile phone app] and then just guessed the rest.

The photograph at the top of the page is the only inside photo I took inside which explains the slight under exposure. My close proximity to the subject possibly also explains the lack of focus as well. Nevertheless, I think this only adds to it dreamy ambiguous nature.

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Framing is a challenge

Obviously I didn’t get any where close to actualising my Callahan ambitions but I still like the photo’s that the Kodak captured. I don’t regret using colour negative film either as I think sepia colour cast this sit right with the camera.

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Logs: Depth

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Pine tree; looking up

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Winter Poplar

In conclusion I really enjoyed using this camera. Like all film cameras it slows our photography down and makes you visualise or imagine your intentions before you press the shutter taking into consideration the light condition, film speed, film type, post production etc. It’s really easy to use and incredible versatile camera although you would need faster film for shooting inside and a light meter is always handy.

This camera is for sale and available here

Bob

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Colour Slide Film: X-processed

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Night Bus

Had some colour slide film [reversal film] in my Ricoh KR-10 since the summer that I finally got around to processing. What does that tell you about me? I’m lazy, I’ve got too many other cameras or I’m not taking enough photos? Maybe all of the above.

The camera was loaded with AGFA CT Precisa Colour Slide Film [100 ISO] that I decided to cross process. This means using a C41 chemistry [used for colour negative film] to process the film instead of the conventional E6 chemistry. This process tends to give that quintessential Lomo look to your photos but blowing out the high-lights, increasing contrast and de-saturating colours. Anyway, I got the scans back from the lab but with mixed results.

The above shot of the bus stop was the only shot on the roll that I planned. The bus stop is at the bottom of my drive and the green florescent light has a very Lynchian / E. Hopper look to it that I though would render well on reversal film. It’s sort of worked how I wanted it to but think I will repeat the shot and not cross process the film. I might be wrong but I think the process is a little harsh and possibly the regular E6 process might help maintain a finer finish.

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Car park

I believe the cross processing has desaturated this shot slightly as I was much more vivid from memory.

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Nephew

I think this is the look that I wanted to achieve from cross processing the film. High contrast and washed out desaturated colours.

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Nephew

So gutted that the focusing was off with this shot but in thumb nail it looks great.

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Industry 1

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Industry 2

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Industry 3

I think there’s quite a lot of drama too these images created by the moody sky, the silhouetting and high contrast process.

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Little lady

The 50mm on the Ricoh opens right up to f1.7 and copes with low light really well. However, I think I’m far to eager to leave it open and to the detriment of this shot; the depth of field is far too shallow and thus the second figure in this image just melts into the background. Well done Ricoh though for having such an awesome lens.

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Digger

I know it’s just a photo of a digger but I think the colours have come out lovely and for me the exposures just right. Slide film does seem to render oranges really well.

In conclusion, I’m not sure I will cross process much more slide film unless I’m photographing orange things. If you like that blown-out contrasty lomo look then I think this is the best and most purist way to achieve it without using photoshop or putting a filter on your images. I’, not sure what is added to my images with this process but I will hold judgement until I have processed this Film with E6.

With all the ‘creative’ cropping I’ve done one thing I’ve learned is that I can’t hold a bloody camera straight and I rush when focusing. Anyway made little note to self: must try harder next time.

The film I used was AGFA CT Precisa Colour Slide Film shamelessly available here

Bob

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