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Riccardo
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« on: April 22, 2013, 11:44:53 AM »
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here are some of my  square photographs: every comment is welcome
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 12:00:58 PM »
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Nicely done!  Bought a roll of Delta 100 for my old double lens reflex the other day.  Reminds me what it's like to have 12 exposures instead of a 32 GB card...

Mike.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 12:03:23 PM »
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I love number 2!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 12:14:36 PM »
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These are excellent and, for me, bring back memories of "composing for the format." Many years ago I had a Rollei TLR and I enjoyed walking around looking for square photos. I felt it was an exercise for me, helping me to learn how to see (in the larger sense).
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 12:36:05 PM »
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Riccardo, you are doing this on purpose to torment me with regrets!

You really don't have to: I have them enough already.

I even thought of going around with the Nikon's screeen mentally blocked square, but it just can't be done: the temptation to fill the screen with image is just too powerful.

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013, 01:47:14 PM »
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Ricardo,

I find each of these very rewarding and in harmony with my own ethos of imagery.

The fourth image is incredibly enigmatic for me.

Rob,

I doubt that a square mask in a DSLR would give a sufficiently large view to allow thoughtful composition.

Cheers,

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 04:01:26 PM »
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Rob, you cannot compete mentally with the physical character of your camera.
If you're too lazy to grab again your 6x6 camera, you can cut a square window in a thin cardboard and paste it on the focus screen of your Nikon. Years ago I did this to transform one of my SRL 35mm into a FUJI 617 jr.
Come on Rob, give a new character to your expensive toy!
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013, 04:03:50 PM »
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Thank you very much Walter for your appreciation.
I agree that the viewfinder of an SLR is rather small for accurate composition, but a mask could serve especially to overcome the temptation to fill the 2:3 format and to force our mind to "think" in a square (or panoramic) format.
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2013, 04:08:53 PM »
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Rob, you cannot compete mentally with the physical character of your camera.
If you're too lazy to grab again your 6x6 camera, you can cut a square window in a thin cardboard and paste it on the focus screen of your Nikon. Years ago I did this to transform one of my SRL 35mm into a FUJI 617 jr.
Come on Rob, give a new character to your expensive toy!


My dear man, I no longer have my Hassies - it isn't anything to do with lazy, it's everything to do with having had a middle-age crisis back then. I wouldn't mind having one now - I'd find that quite encouraging. Either a Hassy or the crisis - either would do.

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2013, 04:15:35 PM »
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...shot square for many years ... hard for me to transcend to a newer format ..  I printed square for nearly 20 years.

Great shots  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2013, 03:36:10 AM »
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for those interested in technical informations:
# 1: Zenza Bronica SQA - 80mm lens - Kodak T-Max 100
# 2: Mamiya 6 - 50 mm - Kodak T-Max 100
# 3: Mamiya 6 - 150 mm - Kodak BW 400 CN
# 4 Zenza Bronica SQA - 110 mm - Kodak T-Max 100
# 5 Olympus OM2 SP (viewfinder modified with homemade panoramic mask) - Zuiko 24 mm - Kodak Technical Pan
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2013, 03:43:46 AM »
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My dear man, I no longer have my Hassies - it isn't anything to do with lazy, it's everything to do with having had a middle-age crisis back then. I wouldn't mind having one now - I'd find that quite encouraging. Either a Hassy or the crisis - either would do.

Rob, if I were you I'd go for the crisis, it's by far the lighter of the two.
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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2013, 06:43:52 AM »
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I hate it when someone posts more than one image because then I feel like I must choose one over the other as "best, to least best," whenas is in this situation, there really isn't a clear demarcation betwixt the lot. Love both the Mamiya and Zenza Bronica and who cannot like the 80mm/50mm lenes. I will not succumb to picking, but rather savor each as my favorite and envy those days of shooting and printing film.
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2013, 07:33:39 AM »
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I doubt that a square mask in a DSLR would give a sufficiently large view to allow thoughtful composition.

But a useful stitching of a couple of frames might work quite well.
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2013, 07:51:24 AM »
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You really don't have to: I have them enough already.

I even thought of going around with the Nikon's screeen mentally blocked square, but it just can't be done: the temptation to fill the screen with image is just too powerful.

;-)

Rob C


Rob,
For this very reason I went and bought a Canon G1X. It has a near a APS sensor and can accommodate 1:1 framing.

Peter
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2013, 08:11:37 AM »
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Love your mid-tones, Riccardo. And #2 at top is a superb shot.

Welcome aboard.
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2013, 09:43:54 PM »
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Exquisite work, Riccardo! Welcome!

Another Hasselblad fan (still owns it, but to lazy to shoot film)
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2013, 03:01:34 AM »
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It’s fun Slobodan, I use the Mamiyas because of my lazy. When I travel with my digital equipment it’s very stressing for me: too much shots and too much time wasted in controlling the shots in the monitor. When I use a film camera the approach is more simple and direct: studying the subject if it's worth it, shooting and what's done is done.
I want to thank all of you for your comments: this is the very first time that I post images in internet and submit them to a judgment “out of my doorstep”. All your comments are very important and very encouraging for me.
I'm sorry if I’ve created a sort of nostalgia-effect. Sometimes it seems as if we are “doomed” to use digital equipment against our preferences. I’m not a nostalgic: I use the Mamiya now (even if not always), because I love this camera and I like handling it (it’s like a double pleasure: the joy of photographing and the joy of handling an equipment to which I’m fond). I remember with pleasure the days of the wet darkroom, but now I make inkjet prints because I love them (not the printers, with their damned clogging): I find that the FB inkjet prints are more physical than the traditional prints.
A curiosity: has someone identified the “guardian of the garden” in the image #5? (you can see “him” even without opening the image). I had not noticed him while I was shooting, but when I printed the image the first time (wet darkroom, not photoshop), I realized that he was watching me and controlling my work.
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2013, 12:36:16 PM »
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I just see what ever the format of the camera I am using ... but prefer square ... Retired all my Rollei /Hassy / Bronica/Mamiya/Makina/ Linhof/Sinar >> I use this camera now for travel


   The last of the P&S with a viewfinder >>  28 -105 ...


Still prefer square
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2013, 01:21:28 PM »
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I love number 2!

So do I. It's definitely the best of a good bunch.

Jeremy
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