These images were shot with the Konica Hexar AF and ilford FP4. This is my second “5 Frames” post for this camera – the first here.
I developed the film using the semi-stand process with Rodinal. After a trying work day, it is medicinal to drop film into this brew, spin it a few times at inception then a few more spins at 30 minutes, wash with water with customary fix and finish with photoflo. My bottle of Rodinal is quite long in the tooth (going on a year) and it still performs despite not being stored in a protected way. The process imparts nice grain and good sharpness.
The Hexanon lens has a beautiful rendering that is especially pleasing for monochrome images.
I am often drawn to subjects in shop windows. During the day, it’s fun to play with reflections and in the evening accentuating the blacks and highlights.
I have pined to shoot this lonely tree for quite a while. Sparse images of trees are another favorite subject of mine. The tree was captured during a bike ride in very harsh light and shot directly into the late afternoon sun, metering off of the sea grass at F16.
The Konica sits beautifully in the hand and is very light. The shooting experience is a bit detached, but sometimes that is a good thing. It is a great camera for street photography from having an extremely quiet shutter and good metering and focus. I love the retractable lens hood. I have a beautiful Ona handstrap on the camera and it is a perfect complement.
I have been in a black and white mood lately. Full resolution versions of these and more of my imagery can be seen on my blog here: https://victoriaslight.blog.
I hope you enjoyed the article and the imagery.
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