Christmas is near so what’s better than getting a first taste by visiting a beautiful Christmas village. Located at Trikala, Greece its a wondeful place to visit with your family (you can find more info here).
I took with me two cameras, the Plaubel Makina 67 and the Fuji X100 (the later was used for family photos, since with digital I can take as many photos as I want to without being worried about the cost of film).
I shot two rolls of film, a Portra 160NC and a Portra 800. We arrived just before dusk so I though there was time to make some good images with a slow film. It turned out that I had to shoot the whole ISO 160 roll at available light, but it turned out that it was not a serious problem.
The image above is not perfectly clear but that was due to the fact that I was accidentally pushed. Despite that movement the image is quite good. With the f/2.8 fast lens of the Makina (fast for a 6×7 camera, that is) I could easily shoot at 1/4 speeds. The Makina is a rangefinder camera so you don’t have a mirror to cause vibrations.
At 1/4 speeds there will be blur movement but I like very much the image above.
Now, the image above is my favorite. I have printed it A4 size and it really looks like a painting. The only post process was highlights recovery (which is so easy to do with film). I am going to print this photo on canvas at A3 size and hang it on my wall for the Christmas season !! Medium format images are meant to printed, there is a certain quality that cannot be seen on the monitor screen.
During this month I have been shooting a lot under available light. To my own surprise, I didn’t need to use crazy ISO values like 3200 or 6400 to get the images I wanted. For shooting family snapshots I really appreciate the high ISO performance of my Fuji X100 or Sony NEX 5N which gives decent shutter speeds, but for own work I can shoot film under most circumstances.
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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