Boldly Going – Black and White

Shooting film is a blast.

For starters, it’s hard. It’s hard because, you have this moment right when you press the shutter of your camera, that is hard to describe. It’s a little bit of “how did that turn out,” and “did I move,” or “was my camera set up right for the light?” A film photographers digital compatriot may have this fear, but I suspect they don’t. They take the image, look at the screen, press a couple buttons, and try again. They take three or four of the same image and go “I’ll check it on my computer later.”

For a film photographer, “later” is after a lab has developed your film. So the next hard thing a film photographer encounters is the need for patience. First, we have to finish a roll of film. That’s 24 or 36 exposures when working with 35mm, 12 on average with 120 film, and for the rest… That’s a territory I haven’t explored. So we must first finish a roll of film, then take it to a lab. My lab sends it away, and it comes back. Roughly 5 days later. Eargh! The waiting kills me, and I have a lot of patience.

And then there is the difference of color and black and white. For many digital cameras, this is a press of a button. For my two Nikons, this is a choice of rolls of film. And once loaded, you have a camera dedicated to color or black and white for 24 or 36 shots. And we also need a filter for black and white. Digital cameras can wait for photoshop, they don’t HAVE to have a filter. We do.

So with that in mind, I went online and bought a 52mm yellow filter for my Nikon Series “E” 50mm lens which only works with my Nikon EM. In case you haven’t read my other pages, I love my Nikon EM. I own two cameras, and the EM holds now, and will always hold a special place in my heart. My N65 may come and go. The camera I really want, a Nikon F4, may come and go, but my EM will always be here.

With that love in mind, I trusted my EM to explore with me a new world of photography. Black and White film. And even though my EM has an occasional light leak issue, I am more comfortable behind her viewfinder than I am my N65’s. (Again. Your what kind of camera you have doesn’t really matter. It does, however, matter if you like the camera you have. Like a car, bicycle, television, you name it, you have to like it. Often times, loving the thing you have is the only thing that will motivate you to use it. My EM is that for me. For you, it could be a Canon point and shoot digital, or an old Russian Soviet era camera, if you love it, that’s all that matters.)

Now, here it is. A foray into black and white. All images were taken with my Nikon EM, using a Nikon Series “E” 50mm fixed lens, a Tiffen #8 Yellow filter, and Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

A happy accident. Shot #1 of my first black and white film. No light meter, no clue what was going on. Not a perfect shot, but despite its many imperfections... I still love it.

A happy accident. Shot #1 of my first black and white film. No light meter, no clue what was going on. Not a perfect shot, but despite its many imperfections… I still love it.

A little brighter than I had hoped. Still, not allowing trucks into the TSC parking lot...

A little brighter than I had hoped. Still, not allowing trucks into the TSC parking lot…

Again, a little lighter than I hoped. This image was rushed. I am pleased, however, with the details. This is a crisp shot.

Again, a little lighter than I hoped. This image was rushed. I am pleased, however, with the details. This is a crisp shot.

And now, things start getting good. A metal yard in Wilmington, Ohio.

And now, things start getting good. A metal yard in Wilmington, Ohio.

Metal Yard, Wilmington, Ohio

Metal Yard, Wilmington, Ohio

Metal Yard and Old Building, Wilmington, Ohio

Metal Yard and Old Building, Wilmington, Ohio

A reflection through old and broken glass...

A reflection through old and broken glass…

Metal Yard, Wilmington, Ohio

Metal Yard, Wilmington, Ohio

Control box and tracks, Wilmington, Ohio

Control box and tracks, Wilmington, Ohio

Control box and tracks, Wilmington, Ohio

Control box and tracks, Wilmington, Ohio

The same, in reverse. Wilmington, Ohio

The same, in reverse. Wilmington, Ohio

Crossing tracks and an old mill, Wilmington, Ohio

Crossing tracks and an old mill, Wilmington, Ohio

Crossing tracks, a steel company, and fancy that, a Saab 9-5. A little lighter than I'd have liked. Wilmington, Ohio

Crossing tracks, a steel company, and fancy that, a Saab 9-5. A little lighter than I’d have liked. Wilmington, Ohio

Glancing down the tracks, Wilmington, Ohio

Glancing down the tracks, Wilmington, Ohio

Old mill. Interesting fact, I used to take saxophone lessons in this building. Wilmington, Ohio

Old mill. Interesting fact, I used to take saxophone lessons in this building. Wilmington, Ohio

Wood and bricks. And far too bright. Wilmington, Ohio

Wood and bricks. And far too bright. Wilmington, Ohio

A hidden barn, Wilmington, Ohio

A hidden barn, Wilmington, Ohio

 

Steel and wood, Wilmington, Ohio

Steel and wood, Wilmington, Ohio

Old door, Wilmington, Ohio

Old door, Wilmington, Ohio

Old doors. Notice the EM getting tired on this day, a little light leak down in the bottom corner. Wilmington, Ohio

Old doors. Notice the EM getting tired on this day, a little light leak down in the bottom corner. Wilmington, Ohio

262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. A little lighter than I'd have liked.

262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. A little lighter than I’d have liked.

I doubt I need to describe...

I doubt I need to describe…

Sky Galley at Lunken Airport. A little lighter than I wanted. Cincinnati, Ohio

Sky Galley at Lunken Airport. A little lighter than I wanted. Cincinnati, Ohio

I'm sorry, but you just missed Ringo, Paul, George and John... Cincinnati, Ohio

Stripes and grass, Cincinnati, Ohio

But remember, the button is just a placebo... Cincinnati, Ohio

But remember, the button is just a placebo… Cincinnati, Ohio

Entrance to Terminal, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio

Entrance to Terminal, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio

1945, or 2015? Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio

1945, or 2015? Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio

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