Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Still Life with Succulent Using Expired Film (Finally Developed Correctly) No. 3
I decided to get out my go-to medium format film camera - the Hasselblad 500 CM. Since it is a very old camera, the shutter speeds are way off. The shutters are way slower than it should be. So I try to compensate by speeding up the shutter speed. For instance in this image, my light meter tells me I should shoot at f/8 at 1/2 seconds. Instead I shot it at 1/8. Even then the exposure was a bit over. Fortunately film is very forgiving. Even with this expired film. It expired in 2013. But with radical tweaking with the curves in Photoshop I was able to rescue the image.
Most image would have a sharp background when shot at f/8. This one managed to have a blurry background, which what I usually wanted. It may have been because I used an extender on the 80mm lens. Next time I will try to shoot with smaller apertures to see what the image would look like. I got plenty of expired films. So I can afford to experiment.
Self-developed with Ilford Developer, Stop Bath and Fixer in the bathroom.
Hope your day is going well.