Mirage (120)

When we went home for Christmas, I took the Ricohmatic 225 with me and loaded it with Kodak Portra 400 to see how it would cope with colour film.

The lighting was not great whilst we were away (it is the beginning of winter and a couple days after the winter solstice) but I have to say, I am very pleased with how the shots came out.

All the shots were in focus.  All the shots are sharp.  Each one has great colour rendition.

Mirage.  Kodak Portra 400.  120.  Ricohmatic 225

This is a familiar view of the harbour at the Barbican in Plymouth (I grew up just across the way from the harbour).

I remember on the day it was cold, I was wearing my photography gloves.  I wasn’t sure if I was holding the camera steady enough (as it’s much lighter than the Bronica) and I also forgot I had colour film loaded and thought I was shooting black and white.

I used my light meter and believe I only took one reading for several shots whilst on the Barbican.  I think I may have ended up using the sunny 16 rule (I know I need to start taking field notes!)

I am very pleased with this photograph, and others in the collection.

I will share more in time.   For now, I’d like to concentrate on this shot as the content is personal to me.  It’s also a great illustration of how the Ricohamtic 225 operates.  It works brilliantly!  The lens is sharp and the camera is more than capable of achieving great results 🙂

It appears to be great at black and white or colour film – brilliant!

I now have to stop being snap happy!  I have loaded the Ricohmatic twice and when I have gone out there is only 1 or 2 shots left.  I am so eager to use the camera I keep using up valuable shots.

I’ve done this twice now and not been in a position to replace the film on the go so have to learn this valuable (and expensive!) lesson!



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