|Fuji X-E3 f-7.1|
I have a lovely 29-year-old friend, Emily, who lives in Victoria and has a penchant for Polaroid cameras, wigs and changing her hair colour often. When she comes to Vancouver she poses for me. It is fun because not only is she beautiful but she is also intelligent and a fine photographer in her own right.
We had a session on Friday, August 20 that should have been a disaster. Consider that I decided to use four cameras. Two were Nikon FM-2 cameras, one loaded with Kodak Black and White Infrared, the other with Rollei B+W Infrared. The third camera was my medium format Mamiya RB-67 with Rollei’s Infrared in 120. The fourth camera was my Fuji X-E3 set for colour.
|Fuji X-E3 |
I used two Minolta Flash Meters. One was set to ISO 80 (the film) the other to 200 for the Fuji. That may sound straightforward.
It was not. Since I was using only one cable to connect the cameras to my studio flash on a softbox or my ringflash I had to be alert to connect and disconnect. The Nikon 35mm wide-angle lens with the deep red filter forced me to be very careful in transferring it from one Nikon to the other. In doing so I might unset the f-stop. Because the Mamiya is not too sharp if you open the lens more than f-11 I had to change the power setting of the flash unit to get more output.
|Nikon FM-2 Kodak b+w Infrared Film|
I would look through the Nikon and I could not see anything why? Because the Fuji has the viewer on the left corner and the Nikon in the middle… And of course I would pick up the Fuji and look through the middle and see nothing.
In spite of all that I believe that the photographs are very good. With the Fuji I shot in two ways. One in a conventional manner and in the other only using the modeling light with my camera set at the magical f 7.1. This setting grossly underexposes but the results when corrected produce startling (for me) effects.
|Fuji X E-3|
A gunfighter is as good as his last shootout. I think that this translates to a photographer that he/she is as good as the last shot. I believe I survived my session with Emily.