This was a roll that was fraught with problems. Not problems with the film itself, but with the camera. My beloved (and sometimes cantankerous) Kiev 4AM was having some issues with its shutter again while this roll was in itt. On various occasions, I had to let part of this roll get fogged by light so I could tinker with the shutter, therefore a lot of the frames of film weren’t usable. However, the images that DID work out are kind of wonderful. The Helios lens for the Kiev is truly a gem!
I think this is the first time I have photographed the often-featured Luv Bots in black and white
Back door view
My niece visiting my mom in the hospital a few months ago
Kiev 4AM • Helios-103 53mm f/1.8 • Ilford FP4+
I couldn’t resist loading the Diana up with Tri-X again, after the results of the last roll. I also wanted to practice doing more pinhole photos, since I really want to get a certain 3D printed pinhole camera this year.
Pre-zoo Pei Wei
Double exposure at the Memphis Zoo’s new Zambizi River Hippo Cam
Pinhole exposure, 6 seconds while taking a snack break at the zoo
FOUR HOUR pinhole exposure!
Pinhole exposure, 10 minutes
Variation of a shot I tried on Instax for my daily photo project
Double exposure in Como, Mississippi
Coin laundry in Como, Mississippi
I was worried about this roll, because when I opened the back to take the film out, the roll was “fat.” Meaning it wasn’t tightly wound onto its take-up spool, and the top and bottom of the film would probably be fogged by light. When that happens, I try to get the film into a light-tight place until I can get home, where I can go into completely dark room (usually the closet) and re-roll the film more tightly onto the spool. I don’t know if this “fat roll” of Tri-X wasn’t problematic because I had unloaded the film in light that was subdued, or if you just can’t tell it’s fogged because it’s black and white film, but I was so happy when I got my scans back and the shots weren’t ruined!
I’ll be posting more photos from Jessica and Dustin’s beautiful wedding very soon, but first I wanted to share some of the snapshots I made of their wedding with my Fuji GA645i.
The Atrium • Memphis, TN
Fuji GA645i • Kodak Portra 400 BW, expired 2003, shot at 1000 and push processed
(Pardon the graininess of the photos – I like to shoot expired film sometimes 🙂 )
In August, my mother and I took a little trip to Texas to visit my aunt. I brought along only my Fuji Instax Mini 50s (the results of which I shared on the blog already) and my Kiev 4AM. Truthfully, I was having such a good time with my Instax Mini that I barely touched the Kiev. I, in fact, only used the Kiev during our visit to the quirky Salmon Lake RV and Recreational Park in Grapeland, Texas. My mom, aunt, and I just ran around the Salmon Lake park taking pictures and had a grand ole time! I finally got my Kiev film developed and wanted to share the results with you, as a completion to the series of photos taken on my little visit to the Lone Star State.
Gear with which the below photos were taken
Kiev 4AM • Helios-103 53mm/1.8 + Y2 filter • Kodak BW400CN