Meteora is a unique location with huge rock formations and beautiful monasteries built on them. I visit this location often and I consider it to be one of the most beautiful sceneries I have ever seen.
I have taken literally thousands of photos over the years there, but still it’s a very interesting photographic subject for me. This time I only carried my Plaubel Makina 67 loaded with Fuji Velvia 50 slide film.
The 40mm equivalent focal length of the Makina makes its a perfect travel camera. It’s not a light camera but it’s very thin when collapsed (which is the proper way to carry it in order to avoid damage to the bellows) and it fits in a very small bag). I find the 40mm focal length to be the perfect one lens setup for a travel medium camera. You can practically shoot almost anything from landscapes to architecture (from a proper distance) and due to the fact that it’s really a 80mm f2.8 lens you can also make wonderful portraits. The f2.8 aperture also is helpful for available light shooting.
At Meteora, the routes among travel sights allow you to be in a certain distance from the rock formations and monasteries, so it’s pretty easy to capture the whole scenery with a 40mm lens. There are locations where one can benefit from a wide angle, but for most sceneries a normal lens will do fine. There are also difficult to reach sights, where a telephoto lens can come in handy in order to get good photos.
Shooting a 6×7 camera with a high resolution film like Velvia can also reveal interesting surprises when zooming in at the scanned digital file. If you look at the above image, on the huge rock formation on the right there’s a person climbing, of course you can’t see it but take a look at the crop from the left side of the rock.
All images were shot handheld, if I had used a tripod the above crop would be even more clear. But the great advantage of the Makina is to be able to travel light weigh, so I rarely put it on a tripod. I have a very small tripod which is a few centimeters long and can easily fit in my pocket, it might be a good idea to start carrying it with me. It can’t support the weight of the Makina on its own, but I can always hold it steady in order to get a more clear shot especially at low shutter speeds.
I have found the optimum apertures for the Plaubel to be f8 and f11, but with a slow ISO film these apertures are not always feasible. Nevertheless, even at larger apertures, the image quality is great. Although it was a sunny day when I visited, I avoided using a polarizer filter. I have found that with Velvia it will darken the sky significantly and I don’t really like the look of it, so I only use it with Provia and Astia slide films.
That’s all for today, enjoy the rest of the images.
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