I‘m a hobby photographer from Munich, Bavaria (Germany), trying to find some time for (mostly) nature and landscape photography besides family and job.
I‘ve always used Minolta gear from the moment my parents unboxed a Minolta X700 on a travel to Sicily in 1983, when I was eight. I just had to restart shooting film when my parents gave me this old X700 in fall 2017, already owning a small collection of manual Minolta lenses to use on Sony mirrorless cameras. “Needing“ a second film camera in a moment of GAS last summer I got by chance a very beautiful Minolta XD-7 from a collector, which lead me to do some more film photography.
On 04 December 2019 I was actually driving to a used car dealer (needing a family van after the birth of my third child) when the light and the hoarfrost in the valley of the small river Paar near Schrobenhausen (Bavaria) made me forget about any van within a minute. I had the XD-7 loaded with my very first roll of Kodak Porta 160, the Minolta MD W.Rokkor 3.5/28mm and the Minolta MD 2/85mm and fortunately a +8 ND-Filter.
The Minolta XD-7 is a joy to handle, the viewfinder is great, the metering is reliable, so I often can use my preferred aperture priority mode and adjusting exposure for backlight is very comfortable.
All these pictures I shot within half an hour and I really love the results: The Kodak Portra, known for its colors, brings fantastic shades and structures especially in the almost colorless, sepia toned images.
The lenses, not only the high regarded MD 2/85mm (with lens hood) but also the very cheap MD W.Rokkor 3.5/28mm (without hood) show great sharpness and contrast and do quite well against the light. Some minor flares I removed with GIMP, apart from that (and resizing) I didn’t do any post processing.
All in all I got a look I could not achieve using my digital cameras. For me these image represent very well where I currently want to go with my photography: Showing the beauty of nature, not in a documentary style, but (just a little bit) alienated by classic photographic means.
The film was developed and scanned by MeinFilmLab with a Fuji SP-3000 scanner.
For more photos (mostly digital) – flickr.com/steckmatthias