Roll 2 from my One Camera, One Lens project found me back in my “old stomping grounds” of macro photography. Something I seemed to have inexplicably gotten away from but have been sorely missing. Last week saw me wondering what to shoot for my second roll only to come up empty handed. The weather playing a big part of my indecision. I don’t do well in cold weather, and while it has been warmer than any other time this year, it can still feel uncomfortable.
So when I woke up this morning I was determined that I would shoot the second roll of the project today, even if that meant “shooting on the fly” at whatever presented itself to me. After all, a hefty portion of the goal for this project is to learn Fomapan 100. I was no closer to deciding on what to shoot this morning that I was any of the previous mornings. Until I looked outside and saw the frost. That’s it, I told myself and loaded up the FM and headed outside.
The images below were shot with the FM/Helios 44-2 combo and the film was rated at EI 64. I have also started using home mixed D23, so I decided I would use that which would also help in getting the D23 “seasoned”, as I plan on replenishing it. The dilution used was, of course, stock.
While I couldn’t get as close to the frost as I would have liked since the Helios, even though it can focus close, is not a macro lens. Over all, I’m quite happy with the results of the Foma developed in D23. In fact, the more I use the D23 the more I like it. But that’s a subject for another blog post. The Foma performed not only as hoped for but beyond that. I think the next couple of rolls will be experiments in pushing the film.
If you shoot Fomapan 100 and have a favorite EI and developer combination, I’d love to hear it. Any hints or tips on shooting this film would be welcomed with open arms. Just share them in the comments below or shoot me an email.
God Bless and Happy Shooting!