Painting with light and the Mamiya C33

I am still rocking this camera since my last post. In fact now I have two of them. One Mamiya C33 I will be running black and white film through it and the other I will continue to run color film through it. Plus, if one ever breaks I have a back up camera! Yay!

It has been an interesting few months learning the C33 and getting used to what it can and can’t do well. I have been mostly using Kodak Portra films and having them professionally developed and scanned. The results have been amazing and very satisfying for me. It has become my go to camera when my wife and I go out and about exploring. However after seeing the results from one of our trips to the Chicago Botanic gardens, I am going to have to take what I can do with this camera way more seriously. I was able to create art! I am an artist by trade but this was the first time that I felt I had made a painting using light and film. I will be pursuing this more in the future with the C33.

The magic came from using the Mamiya lenses almost wide open, mixing it with beautiful natural light and choosing the right film to paint the colors. In this case it was Kodak Ektar film. The subject was the lily display at the gardens. In most of the area the light was strong midday lighting but in a couple of spots there was shade with some spattered lighting sneaking through. I tend to use this camera on a monopod all of the time because of it’s size and weight. It helps keep it steady for the slower shutter speeds. Very little work is done to the scans afterwards other than dust removal and maybe some curve adjustments. Everything is done in camera at the moment it clicks. I have added a couple of other photos to this post for you to see what you can do with this camera.

Happy wanderings and long live film!

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