Saturday, March 9, 2013

Skeletons From The Closet - February Results - Super Ricohflex in Dramatic Light

As you may have seen, I've been exploring strong directional light here and there. I took the February SFTC camera, the Super Ricohflex, to DC for a day of wandering around the Smithsonian museums in DC. I found some wonderful light inside the lobby of the Smithsonian castle. I just sat and waited until people walked into that light. Here are some of the results.
Into the Light #1, by Reed A. George
Super Ricohflex Twin Lens Reflex, Kodak Tmax 400 Film
 
The design of the Ricohflex TLR allowed me to sit in the same position, looking down into my camera, rather than pointing it at face level at my subjects. At one point, someone came up behind me and asked if I was "filming." I assumed he meant videotaping, and replied that no, I wasn't. I suppose in fact that I was filming.
 
Into the Light #2, by Reed A. George
Super Ricohflex Twin Lens Reflex, Kodak Tmax 400 Film
 
I love the profile of the guy's face peaking out from the darkness at right.
 
Into the Light #3, by Reed A. George
Super Ricohflex Twin Lens Reflex, Kodak Tmax 400 Film
 
The Super Ricohflex has a relatively dim finder, as the viewing lens is f3.5. I had to prefocus, then just wait for someone to walk into the light.
 
Here's one from the entrance of the Natural History Museum. The dark interior contrasted nicely with the backlight coming from the bright daylight outside.
 
"That's One Big Elephant," by Reed A. George
Super Ricohflex Twin Lens Reflex, Kodak Tmax 400 Film
 
I'll finish the post up with a couple of other shots from DC.
 
Street View, DC, by Reed A. George
Super Ricohflex Twin Lens Reflex, Kodak Tmax 400 Film
 
I recently wrote about artist Ai Weiwei's exhibit at the Hirshhorn in DC. While I shot mostly with my M9 (see my recent Whole Lotta Leica post), I did make this shot with the Ricohflex:
 
Ai Weiwei's Zodiac, by Reed A. George

Super Ricohflex Twin Lens Reflex, Kodak Tmax 400 Film

 
I have one more roll of film from the Super Ricohflex to finish up and get processed. I've already moved onto shooting March's SFTC camera, the Zeiss Ikonta folder, but need to finish up the roll in the Ricohflex.
 
So, you'll be seeing a few more from the Ricohflex in the weeks to come.
 
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