My first two rolls of 120 film have returned from the developers and I could not be happier. Not only have they both developed, but I can also see the benefits of cleaning the ETRS!
Typically my first photograph had to feature Tilly and this was purely taken to see if the camera was mechanically working.
The film that was preloaded so I didn’t know the ISO, whether it was black and white or colour etc. Turns out it was an Ilford FP4 125 BW film which wasn’t loaded correctly.
Sadly I only got 5 shots processed from the roll. Two from the previous owner and three of Tilly. I think when I accidentally opened the film back, the film might have come off the roll – but at least these were exposed.
I believe the marks on the shot above is because of the state of the mirror and the lens. When I received the camera it was filthy and I think this has translated to the film. The focus is off as well but for this shot, I am more interested in the artefacts of which there are many.
Not a bad effort for an off the cuff photo with no light metering and shot indoors!
This is the first photo I took on the Fomapan 100 I loaded into the other cassette and my first real attempt at using the camera outside with all the correct settings.
I know I set the aperture to focus on the background and am pleased with the blurring of the bottle in the foreground which gives a depth of field. I didn’t realise the man in the background was looking directly at me but it adds to the story.
It was a very bright day so the sky is blown out on most of the photos, I don’t think the light meter is at fault here, I think the ISO 100 film couldn’t cope and I probably need to invest in an ND filter for such conditions.
This was shot handheld on my lap and as my first proper medium format photograph, I am really pleased with it.
I wanted to challenge the camera as much as I could and was looking for some contrasts in the form of the unfinished mansion at Lyveden New Bield. I think this shot worked particularly well.
I think it’s pretty sharp, I like the framing and the changing light conditions have meant there is some sky definition in this shot.
Another handheld shot, it won’t win any awards but I like it.
This is the same shot I took with my Pen f of the cottage tea house on the estate.
I shot this one with the tripod and am happy with the framing and how aligned the shot is. I did struggle with a few shots to get the horizon straight (see below) as the camera and the tripod were at odds with one another. I also had some issues working with the mirror image in the viewfinder but it seems like I have cracked it here!
There’s plenty of light, shade and detail in this image and I intentionally ensured there were people in the frame for a sense of scale.
I even quite like the negative showing on the side of the frame, I could crop it out but I think it adds to the character of this photograph.
I think the Bronica did me proud with this shot.
This is a wider shot from across the moat back towards the mansion.
This was shot handheld against my waist and I remember struggling to line up the horizon when I shot it. To be honest I think it’s a fair effort and I am really pleased with the contrast and detail in this photograph.
This may have been one of the photographs where I forgot to focus the lens but at this distance, it doesn’t seem to matter for the ETRS as most of the photo is in focus – especially the mansion.
I lined up this shot for some time but sadly it got the better of me. Either the tripod wasn’t lined up or I didn’t quite see the shot when I set it up which is a shame. This photo has also illustrated to me how much of the photo from the viewfinder makes it onto the frame.
As you can see from this view I took with my phone, pretty much all of the viewfinders image is captured. I thought it may have been restricted to the crosshairs in the middle but am pleased that pretty much everything you see is recorded.
I was a little surprised and disappointed when my photos returned as I only had 20 shots but this has taught me a valuable lesson – 120 film photography is expensive and I should shoot sparingly.
Of course, I was missing 10 shots due to the incorrectly loaded film that came with the camera so I could have had more shots at my disposal.
Even so, it’s something to remember as the film and the developing are not cheap so I have to be committed and focussed on what I am taking. For now, I will forgive myself for excitedly wanting to shoot as much as I could as I was eager to learn about the camera.
I have a Kosmos BW film already loaded in one cartridge and now I know the Bronica is working, I will purchase some more film for the other. I am eager to see how it copes with colour and can’t wait to take the Bronica out again.