|Caitlin Legault - Mamiya RB-67 Polaroid |
I own two Mamiya RB-67 medium format film cameras and two very good identical 140mm lenses for them. I also have a third Mamiya.
For years I had the idea of taking portraits in which one camera was shooting the profile while the other the face. The problem then was that there was no way of shooting both cameras at the same time while connected to a studio flash.
|Fuji X-E1 18 to 55 zoom|
The idea is still in my head but I soon learned a variation. This entailed using more than one camera and, if only with one camera, increase that idea of more than one by using multiple film backs (colour and black and white) on the Mamiya plus shoot a Polaroid.
Of course the resulting photographs were not of the exact moment. But…
I found out that if you put all your birds in one basket and shoot with one camera even if you shoot RAW with your digital no matter if you make variations of that one shot b+w, colour, etc it still is the same one shot.
|Mamiya RB-67 colour negative|
When my Rosemary and I went to Florence and Venice last year I took four cameras. I had two panoramics, the Widelux and the Horizont. This latter Russian version of the Japanese Widelux I loaded with Kodak B+W Infrared Film. I have quite a few rolls in my fridge. This film if left in your luggage will safely pass through repeated X-rays.
The other two cameras were a Fuji X-E3 and a Fuji X-E1 to which I fitted a Lens Baby. This gave me the potential of a variation of four for any situation I thought worth taking pictures of. I also enjoyed using my Galaxy 5 phone in the art galleries.
As an example of this variety idea I have these three shots of the extremely beautiful Caitlin Legault. One of the photos is a Polaroid b+w for my Mamiya. The second one is colour negative on the Mamiya. The third on what was then my brand new and first digital camera the Fuji X-E1. And I also took b+w photographs with my Mamiya and with a Nikon FM-2
I have two Minolta flash metres. To make stuff a tad more easy I used them both and set one to one ISO and the other to another ISO. But I must remember what ISO is to what camera.