Robert like all of the keepers I’ve met is a really warm and friendly chap, and we enjoyed tea while talking about a range of topics surrounding beekeeping, as we waited for the best light of the day. I’m becoming totally fascinated by all of the insights surrounding beekeeping, and already can see myself getting into this hobby over the Summer. The last frames I captured were of Robert in his beautiful ‘retro’ styled home, and I’m really stoked that I hit focus. Manually focussing these cameras from 50’s and 60’s is tricky on a good day, but in a dull lit scene with the sun setting, and towards the edges of the frame, even more so.
One thing i’ve noticed is that the Yashica635 seems to focus easier for sure, or is it more true to the focussing you see looking into the ground glass? At 3.5 – 5.6 it’s also clearly sharper than the Rolleicord too, but the results when either hit focus are worth the anxiety. It’s a roller coaster of emotions that only film offers. I guess both cameras are different across multiple aspects from the aesthetics, to how the lens behaves. Hence why I aim to shoot 3 frames per scene – to increase the odds of focus on these beautiful but tricky machines!
With level 4 restrictions now hitting hard NZ wide, this project is on hold until we can freely connect with others outside our bubbles. A bit of downtime will be good though as I connect more via email with others in search of the diversity that the project deserves, and in particular more female, younger enthusiasts, and Maori beekeepers. Maybe it’s time for some still life and self portraits at home to keep me busy?! Thankfully I can still get outside to exercise though while this outbreak settles.
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