This turned out much, much better than the first roll of film. All of the shots were taken on Kodak UltraMax 400 film with a Minolta XG-SE SLR camera. I used my Rokkor 50mm 1.4 for most of the shots and finally started using the fine focusing ring that sits around the split focusing line – the results of which were immediate. I was less patient this time, mainly to not annoy my company, so I didn’t write down the settings for each shot…instead I just kept shooting!
All the shots came from a trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge with two friends from work. It was a pretty good time and I used both my point and shoot (Canon S90) and the Minolta SLR to ensure that the best shots turned out well. With the S90 I practiced balancing flash with natural light and I just kept trying to take decent pictures with the Minolta. After looking through the photos I realized that the forest was just too dark for the Minolta, even with 400 ASA film and an f1.4 lens. I need to start experimenting with the flash unit that I have for the camera to provide some extra fill-in light. Hopefully I’ll get my bounce angles right and not completely blow out my subjects.
I should thank both Bonita and Darran for being patient with me while I focused, re-focused, and re-focused again…I’m amazed at how well they can hold a smile.
Anyways, here are some shots:
Totem pole outside the gift shop.
Super shallow DOF from the f1.4 lens – she’s almost perfectly aligned with the sign…yet still out of focus.
Wondering where we head next – I used his shirt as a focusing aid.
*Images were scanned at 600dpi on a Canon CanoScan LIDE 200 flatbed scanner. They have not been altered after scanning.