I will show you the pictures of the mist this morning first then you can skip the camera malarkey which will follow. I spent three quarters of an hour with tingly ears and frozen fingers waiting for the sun to break through the morning mist. The dogs spent the time sniffing around for foxes and deer at least two out of the three of us were happy.
Not anything special and certainly not exciting but if I don’t go out then I’ll miss the one or two shots a month that I enjoy looking at.
Yesterday afternoon I thought I’d take advantage of the last clear night for the foreseeable future and take some star trails. I decided to use film as it it so much easier. Set the lens wide open, Shutter on ‘T’ for time and leave the camera to get on with things for as long as you want. I know there is a thing called recipricosity but I don’t know how to spell it or what it really means so I ignored that bit. I couldn’t find the ‘T’ setting on the Bronica. It doesn’t have Bulb either so I was stumped. I looked everywhere and eventually found a tiny lever on the front and underneath the lens. A cunning chap was Mr Zenza. Almost too cunning for me.
Here it is in it’s normal position with the little screw that keeps it there. ‘A’ must be the initial letter of the word normal in Japanese.
Here it is with the screw slackened and the lever pushed across to ‘T’ for timed exposure. To close the shutter you just slide the lever back and Hey Presto there is a little click as the shutter closes. The only problem I had was finding the damn thing in the dark……..I didn’t bother I screwed the lens cap on and sorted it out in the van.
The other problem with long exposures at night is condensation on the lens. I did rig up a heat bag with an elastic band but lost my nerve as I thought that the temperature generated might uncement the lens elements. I have a few old Canon FD lenses so will let one go on the bad 35mm lens and then have a look what happens.
It’s probably not worth bothering as it’s the very devil to find the little clicker to set the heating going….exothermic reaction I think it’s called.
I just this minute got four developed films back. Things look good to rubbish…..Here is a taster. I lose some…………..
And win some………………….
Have a great weekend.