I had the chance to shoot a Rolleiflex for a few days. Just to see if I’d spend the cash I barely have on a camera I don’t really need - even if I’m eager to shoot 6*6 medium format, for portraits mainly, being deprived of street shooting for family reasons :-).
I didn’t buy the camera, too dusty to my taste, but that was a real pleasure to toy with it. It’s really easy to load, I didn’t have to check on YouTube to get how to do it. There’s no cell but I’m used to that thanks to my Pola 600SE. The only difficulty is to frame your shot, because when you pan on the left, you frame on the right and vice versa. Not a deal-breaker but something you have to work on, definitely.
I guess I’ll keep on looking for the Rolleiflex or the Hasselblad I want to enjoy true square format - one of my favourites, and one of the few I had not practiced yet..
Cats pics are generaly frowned upon by “good” photographers. Too mainstream, may be too easy, I don’t know… and personally I don’t care. Not just because I’m fond of this little furball, at home for 3 weeks now, but because I think one should shoot whatever he fancies. Regardless of the rules written and enforced by the arbiters of glamour - and photography is so full of them.
So basically it’s my cat already playing with the awesome cardboard firetruck we were trying to make up with my sister, who bought Himé (cat’s name) this gift without even knowing her, because she’s a cool sister.
Technically, shooting a pumped-up cat with a rangefinder in low light is a good focus practice. The room was so dark I could barely go for the eyes as focusing point. And Himé was overexcited, she was moving an awful lot to say the least. I was rather pleased to nail this one.
Dog in a wheel chair, Strasbourg, October 2012. For those who find the DNG of the M Monochrom a bit flat. They are flat because they are meant to be edited. If you want out of the camera contrasty pics shoot jpegs with the high contrast settings.