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Meikai EL – week 40 results

The Meikai is a cute little camera. As toy cameras go, it was quite nice. It has a lot of metal and a relatively substantial feel to it. The flash sync actually works.

On the negative side, the viewfinder is tiny and difficult to use for framing. The counter is odd, skipping numbers and being nearly impossible to read. The cold shoe would not properly seat my flash. The shutter release sticks and requires excessive pressure to release. Once past the resistance it fires with a soft double click.

My first attempt this week involved an expired roll of Kodak Gold 400, respooled redscale. The results were disastrous. I’ve reloaded it with non-expired film and headed out again. I enjoyed shooting with it, although it wouldn’t be my choice for important photography. Did I mention the light leaks?

This was one of only 4 recognizable shots on a 24 exposure roll. I know the Meikai can do better.

 

Update: I shot a fresh roll of Portra and the results were much better. Due to a bit of silliness involving iPhoto and Time Machine they were slightly delayed but are up now.

 

Experimental photography (P366)

With #MarchofFilm completed, I need to pay attention to Project 366 again. I’ve still been doing as much film shooting as possible. This past week saw two experiments, one successful and one not so much.

 

First up was an attempt at red scale photography. Redscale is a technique where film is respooled backwards so the light passes through the film base before striking the emulsion. The resulting images show a red or orange color cast.

 

4/1 “Medic 9″

I shot my first roll in the Nikon N65. The auto DX coding made it difficult to get enough overexposure, resulting in dark, grainy images.

 

4/2 Emmett

4/2 Dover Point

4/3 Negatives!

First negatives out of the new darkroom, and the first ones at home in over a decade. Ilford HP5+ black & white.

4/4 – Beth ‘training’ with Cricket.

Voigtlander Vito B with Ektar 100.

The end of the week brought a different experiment. I attempted my first roll of cross-processed film, Fuji Velvia 100 shot in the YashicaMat LM. Cross-processing (x-pro) also involves a color shift, based on processing slide film in negative chemistry. The results vary based on the film and chemistry used. In contrast to the redscale, these came out stunning.

4/5/12, Old Town Hill with Beth & Cricket:

4/6/12 “Locust Towers”:

 

 

4/7 – Sunrise over Stetson St. Vito B/Ektar 100.

4/7 – lest you think I forgot (iPhone)

4/8 – the ambulance bay (again) Voigtlander Vito B, Kodak Ektar 100, handheld slow exposure. It’s a lucky effect but I love it.

Also 4/8. Another lucky shot.

4/9 – Newburyport waterfront. Vito B/Ektar again.

4/10 is already here.