Well 2017 is officially here. So this is the first 'official' Monday I Am Lake Worth blog post. As I said last week I will post some news or info about the project each Monday. Today I will share a few of the first test images from the project. This batch has all been shot on medium format (120) film cameras loaded with Ilford HP5+ film which is a fast, but not too grainy B&W film. I am trying to shoot 5 people a week to get to my goal of 250 people in the project before I edited it down to the best 50 or so images. I figure roughly half of those will be shot on either 120 or 35mm film. For my test shots in December I shot on both film as well as digital. I will share here a few of the film shots. I am quite pleased with the early results but need to work a bit more on my focus. I had more out of focus shots than I wanted to start with. I have reviewed my negatives and think I have the issue sorted out. The next few shoots will tell me more as I get used to shooting the big film cameras again. The surprise dark horse of the medium format cameras was the Yashica twin lens camera. I never feel certain I have the focus right while shooting through the waist level finder, but all of the images of Jake were tack sharp. I do really like that this camera shoots square negatives. It is fun sometimes to compose portraits in the square format. I will use this camera again in the project.
Jake - Yashicamat 124G camera
The camera I expected to do best with was the Pentax 67II camera which shoots giant 6x7cm negatives and is well known for the quality of it's lenses. I struggled with sharpness a bit with the few rolls I shot with it. I think that was more a matter of slow shutter speed and depth of field. I will make some adjustments and keep trying as the shots that were sharp with this camera are just amazing. Here are two samples of shots from the 67II.
Ellen - Pentax 67II camera
Katy - Pentax 67II camera
The last 120 camera I shot with is also a Pentax, but is the 645 camera. It still uses 120 film but in the smaller 6x4.5cm format. The negative is still quite a bit larger than 35 mm negatives. The camera is lighter than the 67II camera and took some great shots as well. I plan to shoot each of these cameras again the next few weeks along with the Konica TC 35mm I mentioned last week. I should know pretty quickly which will be my go to medium format camera for the project. In the end I will pick the camera that takes the best photos and helps the project.
Constantin and Alina - Pentax 645 camera
I really like the idea of a long term project and am excited to do something that will show off Lake Worth and it's people in a great light. So check out my blog each Monday to see what's new with project and to get sneak peaks of some of the images. I'm really interested to see how much of the project ends up on film vs. digital and B&W vs. color.
I Am Lake Worth!