Competition Secretary’s Photo Challenge

The ‘Challenge’ is to take one frame using 35mm film on an old fashioned camera. 

If you wish to have a go please sign up with me. The idea is that you will have the camera for one week to choose and capture your subject. The camera will then be passed on to the next person on the list.

When all the frames on the film have been exposed, I will have it developed, and we will present the results at a members’ evening, when the members will be able to choose their winner, who will receive a suitable reward.

The camera is loaded with Fujifilm Superia X-tra, a 400 asa print film, and has a 50mm lens.

The camera settings that are adjustable are ;-

Shutter speed. 1/30th, 1/60th, 1/125th, 1/250th and 1/500th. There is also a bulb setting for timed exposure, and a clockwork delayed shutter release. There is also a cable release if you want to use a tripod.

Aperture. f2, f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8, f11 and f16. The lens iris has a manual diaphragm. This means that you can focus at f2, but then need to STOP THE LENS DOWN MANUALLY to the f stop setting required for exposure. If you forget you will, obviously, overexpose your photograph.

If you need an exposure meter, and don’t have an old one lying around, you could use your digital camera to decide on the exposure, or there are apps available for your smart phone that will do the job. Failing that there is always the f16 rule!

Please take one, and only one exposure. When you have taken your photograph DO NOT ADVANCE THE FILM.

Pass the camera on to the next photographer on the list. He or she can then wind the film on just before they take their picture.

Any questions, let me know….. You can get in touch on 01625 820768

Happy snapping

David Hardy