After spending my morning in a flowing river, I spent the afternoon working on more water nudes in a lake - an opportunity to try out my Nikonos underwater camera which I had bought two years earlier, but had never managed to actually use before.
The most frustrating thing about the session was that I misplaced my
swimming goggles, and had to guess at the composition of each image -
thus all the images are too tightly framed, and almost all are dismal
failures. The image to the left is the only marginal success from the
two rolls I produced - but, for all its shortcomings, I quite like it.
Next time, I hope the session will take place on a sunny afternoon, and
yield more contrast and variation to the images. For the moment, I am
happy that, at the very least, the camera works.
I used the
borrowed Pentax 67 extensively in the afternoon as well, finding it far
more functional for working in the water than the view camera (it is
quite a trick to use a tripod with only one hand - the other has to be
kept dry to manipulate the view camera and load the film-holders). While
I missed the view camera's flexibility and tripod, I was very pleased
with the results from the 6x7 colour negatives. The Pentax allowed me to
work with a speed and spontaneity usually impossible for me. The
reflections in the water would have been much more effective if I had
had a tripod (permitting me to stop down for more depth of field) but
this disadvantage was off-set by the reality that I could not have made
these images with a view camera.
Another session with new models, the afternoon yielded some good work, as well as some amusing moments. Both models had tattoos, so almost every image involved the careful arrangement of limbs in order to remove tattoos from view - occasionally sending the models sliding into the water at unexpected moments! While the morning session was plagued by bugs, the afternoon at the lake was totally bug-free - a nice change.
|6x7 cm film|
|6x7 cm film|