Rollei Night Shooting

I went out last Friday night shooting with a couple of friends. We headed to the waterfront since they both wanted to get some panos of the city. I started taking a pano when my trusty D70s became less than trusty and died on me again, it seems to die a lot lately, I must think of some diabolical way to make money to finally upgrade it… Not that I can really complain since I’ve had it for about 8 years and really thrashed it (the 18-70mm lens now only works from 18-57 and no longer has a focus ring). I did take a couple of Half Frame panos but my Demi is flaky at best and I wasn’t sure how they would turn out.

Anyway, so I got bored waiting for the other two and noticed that there seemed to be some portrait thing on with about three groups of people taking portraits with speedlights… Well time for some  Rolleiflex action 🙂

I haven’t done too much of this due to the fact that in low light it is really hard to focus since the original  ground glass screen is kind of dark at the best of times (still need to upgrade it to a much brighter Hasselblad on which is 2 to 3 stops brighter) so with these I just guesstimated the distances which is a little bit hit and miss.

The second shot was a total focus miss but I really liked how creepy it feels…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


4 responses

  1. How hilarious – those were some of our Photo School students shooting in a team to get some mixed lighting shots for their flash assignment.
    The students were having a hard time finding focus in the dark too – and that’s with their new Dslrs.
    I’m sorry to hear about your D70. It’s had a hard but good life, huh? If you ever need to borrow a camera, am happy to lend.

    25/05/2011 at 13:12

    • Cheers AJ
      Small world syndrome 🙂 I was wondering what was going on 🙂
      I might take you up on that but loving film at the moment and D70 always seems to resurrect itself… Its like the Jesus of digital cameras

      26/05/2011 at 08:10

  2. Hehe, cool. If you’re not doing a pressure shoot, and you’re still enjoying it, use it til it dies properly! We certainly pay enough for the things when we get them, gotta get the best mileage possible.
    I really love that you go out and shoot with your little person with you. You inspire me to get out of my comfort zone a bit.

    26/05/2011 at 08:34

    • Feel free to come along and bring yours 🙂 We go to the playground on the way back to the car. Sam loves being out and about, although her bouncing in the backpack can make for some blurry shots 🙂

      26/05/2011 at 11:13

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