My girlfriend and I went east to Nova Scotia to spend a couple of weeks with her family. With my camera in for repairs after a swim, a friend lent me one of his cameras, a Miranda.
It had a little bit of a shutter issue, but some of the pictures turned out. I thought I’d share a few of them.
I picked up a Zeiss Contessa a year ago and started shooting film again. I did it because I was always taking pictures with my digital camera and just storing the images on the computer and not really looking at them again. I thought that if I was shooting film, I would have to get the pictures developed and would then have pictures to put on the wall or in albums.
I got my first rolls of film developed and have learned that it is rather expensive now to get prints made. I’ve since gotten the supplies to develop my own film and while talking about how excited I was to try it out, they asked if I wanted to use their old cameras.
I figured why not, it couldn’t hurt to play around with some other cameras. My dad had an SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) and a TLR (Twin-Lens Reflex). I wanted to get away from SLRs and so took my dad’s Supper Ricohflex. My mum had her dad’s Voigtländer Brilliant which looked in rougher shape, but I took it as well.
The lens on the Voigtländer needed a good clean and the picture counter wasn’t counting. I was able to get the lenses off the front and clean them with some cleaner and lens paper. Getting to the back lenses was a little trickier. I had to borrow a pair of surgical clamps so I could loosen the ring holding the lenses on. In a stroke of luck, it was also the ring holding the whole front mechanism to the body. I was able to give everything a once-over, it looked like the timing mechanism on the shutter was working fine.
The viewfinder lens was held in with a couple of screws and although the spring flaps don’t come off, I was able to clean the mirror and the inside of the lens.
For the picture counter, I was able to take out the false wall on the inside. It was pop-riveted on, regrettably, I thought it was friction fit on and ended up pulling the rivet through the camera body.
I wasn’t sure if I could save the counter at that point but managed to drill out the rivet and saw that an M3 screw would fit nicely in the old rivet hole and I could use a washer to go over the now larger rivet hole on the body.
The spring on the counter needed an extra wind in its coil and the numbers needed a little glue to reattach to the front of the gear. I’m just waiting on a screw of the right length and hopefully, it will be taking pictures as good as new.
Yesterday we were supposed to get a big thunderstorm pass through the city. Unfortunately, it passed well south and my girlfriend and I knew we were going to be out of luck.
Knowing that she had storm chassed a little in the past with some friends, on a whim I asked if she wanted to try and chase the storm. Her eyes light up and we grabbed our cameras and took to the road.
I had the task of suggesting where to go as she drove her car. I had little idea of what I was doing, but I could see from the radar images in Environment Canada’s app that we needed to head south and east of the city. She coached me a little on how you want to get close to a storm but not be in the rain. With her advice, I plotted a course out to the perimeter and off an access road not far from the city’s water reservoir.
We set up by a culvert and had an okay view of the storm. The last time I took my camera out was in the winter when we went meteor watching. I did get a single meteor that time, so I was hoping that I would have better luck with the lightning that afternoon.
I used a wild west technique with the intervalometer from Magic Lantern. Short, fast, continuous photos! With 50 photos in rapid succession, I was still missing the lighting bursts. The storm was moving away from us and we also ran into a bathroom and snack problem, having left the house without thinking about how long we’d be out photographing.
Thankfully, the truck stop known as Deacon’s Corner wasn’t too far and that would also put us on the Trans-Canada Highway and take us south-east again. Hopefully, we could catch up with it.
Back in the car, a short hop and a brief bathroom break we were back on the road, regrettably without snacks. I’ve begun to realize that there are few options for lactose intolerant people as quick road snacks. It’s either covered in chocolate or has lactic acid or whey powder. Our small thermoses of tea and coffee would have to sustain us.
We raced along the Trans-Canada making sure to stay in the speed limits and found ourselves passing a train. It was an odd feeling to be outpacing a leviathan of the rails. A quick turn off the highway put us on the opposite side of the tracks and beside a beautiful field of yellow canola.
As we set up, we had the odd drop of rain, but we never had more than a few drops at a time. The perfect distance from the storm. This time I just let my camera take pictures until it ran out of memory or battery, whichever occurred first. After a while, the train caught up with us and I turned my camera to have it visible off to the side. Mother nature was not kind enough to create any lighting as the train rumbled gently passed us. Can’t win them all.
After a while, my camera stopped taking pictures. My memory card was full. 6300 and some photos. I could only hope that I had captured some of the beautiful lighting strikes that we had seen. My girlfriend had a fraction of that, having stayed with taking 50 pictures at a time.
Back at home we slowly sifted through our photos, sipping on tea as we snuggled on the cough. Our eyes fixed on our respective computer screens. I realized that my lenses were incredibly dirty and in desperate need of a cleaning.
Thankfully though, there we did get some nice lighting shots. We would let out exclamations of excitement when we’d find one in our photos and the other would lean in to see.
In all, I managed to get 12 strikes, but only three really stood out. I combined two together because they were back to back in the sequence of photos and the combined photo turned out okay.
Not bad for an afternoon out and on the spur of the moment adventure. I hope we get to do it again this summer.