Hi Brandon and Steve,
Hopefully this will be my second post since Daily Inspiration #691. About a month ago I decided to dive into the world of medium format and after a lot of research and factoring in budget, I went with the Yashica-mat 124G. So far I’ve shot with Portra 400 (13 years past it’s expiry date), and 2 Ilford HP5+ B&W rolls of film.
From what I read about film slowing you down, well in my experience so far, that is absolutely true. Knowing that each time I press down on that shutter button, roughly $3 goes down the drain, so I really have to think before my brain decides to tell my flexor digitorum profundus muscle to flex my index finger to expose that section of 120 film at the back of this black heavy metallic box.
I’ve also been reading around how you have to think differently when shooting black and white, and this is the first time I’ve ever shot with black and white film since using a pin hole camera back in high school. Keeping that in mind, I decided to mainly try to look for scenes with high contrast (ie. looking for light and strong shadows). I’m sure there is more to it than that, so I hope I can get some feedback from people on what they look for when shooting black and white.
I hope you enjoy these pictures I’ve taken so far with this very interesting camera I’ve acquired. All 3 shot on Ilford HP5+ attempting to use the Sunny 16 rule, scanned using Canon 9000f, processed in LR5. Any constructive feedback on them would be greatly appreciated as I am still learning.