As you might have read in my previous post, when i got to Vancouver, my Leica M6 had a little problem and i had to improvise a backup camera. After some fruitless attempts with my Smartphone, i stumbled upon a Ilford HP5 + disposable camera in a 7/11 store. For 15$ i got 29 frames to play with.
With a shutter speed of about 1/100th of a second and its 400 ISO it was fairly easy to shoot and good enough for almost all lighting conditions i encountered in Vancouver. For bad lighting (a.k.a. "the indoors") it had a built-in flash, i never used.
I made a few modifications, the effects of which i'm not sure about. Mainly i tried to reduce unwanted light getting in around the lens with a black marker. Attempts to fit a very oversized yellow filter to the camera failed. It couldn't secure my rather expensive filter well enough without blocking parts of the frame, so i abandoned it.
But the biggest challenge with this camera turned out to be not to block the lens with my fingers. There's a certain way i hold my camera, which caused my fingers to be very close to the lens of this particular camera. Also i have hands that need XXL-gloves, so holding this small camera was rather fiddly. At the beginning i didn't realise that i sometimes blocked the lens, which ruined some good shots.
Still i got away with a few images i liked. Although the lack of quality of the lens shows, it's not too bad, giving the photos a soft look, especially in high contrast areas.
Because of its small sitze and quiet shutter, the camera is unobtrusive and you're guaranteed to be stealthy. The lack of control regarding shutter speed, focus and aperture also means, you'll be very quick. The downsides of this on the other hand are rather obvious.
All considered, it was fun shooting the Ilford disposable camera although the results shouldn't be expected to be very good considering detail, lighting and sharpness. If you want to concentrate exclusively on composition and can forgive the shortcomings i mentioned, it is a rather good teacher.
It feels good to be back.
Last year almost exactly to this date, i felt the need to abandon my blog KlarNebel. I didn't have any fun posting there anymore and visitors dwindled to almost zero per day.
Also, as i am shooting analogue and developing and scanning normally happens at intervals of around 3 to 6 month, i ran out of interesting things to show.
But now i am back, with my own domain and a pretty damn nice looking site (thanks to SquareSpace). Apart from the Portfolios, i won't be posting stuff already known from my old blog, instead, in the next few weeks, i will talk about my Leica M6, shooting with a disposable camera in Vancouver (and why i had to) and my recent trip to Vienna.
See you on Thursday!