So, I just finished my first roll of film (Kodak UltraMax 400) using my dad’s old Minolta XG-SE SLR camera. I was prepared to get a stack of really crappy photos…and…well, I got a stack of not totally terrible but still pretty crappy photos. This can be attributed to mainly one thing…they’re almost all slightly out of focus. Turns out I wasn’t using the proper focus technique. I was using only the split screen to focus the image and completely ignoring the fine focusing adjustment ring that surrounds the split screen.
Good news though, I’m pretty pumped about taking more photos on film because even though my focusing needs work, my ability to pick the right f-stop for a scene is pretty good. Only two of the pictures were not properly exposed. On top of all of this, the three lenses that I have for the camera (28mm f2.8, 45mm f2.0, and 50mm f1.4) all have exceptional bokeh. I can’t wait to get an adapter to mount them to my DSLR…all the great blur with immediate feedback.
Here are some of my favourite shots* from this first roll:Sunset at Crescent Beach. (28mm – f22 – 1/500 sec)
*Images were scanned at 600dpi on a Canon CanoScan LIDE 200 flatbed scanner. They have not been altered after scanning.