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Absolutely Still

Absolutely Still
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Copyright: Muhammad Muhsin (mark25) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 7 N: 1012] (5621)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-05
Categories: Daily Life, Experimental, Macro, Abstract, Nocturnal, Mood
Camera: Mamiya RB 67 Pro-S
Exposure: f/16, 8 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-07 0:22
Viewed: 1447
Points: 6
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Rather Boring Author's Note: trying out my Kodak Ektar 100 film, i was left with the last frame so i decided to go ahead with a still picture.

i own a 50mm Mamiya lens for my RB 67 camera system. the lens was once dropped on the floor and i began to think that it was 'done for'...

luckily and much to my surprise, it is fine and, as you can see, it has rendered good details here. the reason for choosing that lens was its ability to focus closer, infact so close that it is in the macro territory.

THINKING: i tried different 'placement' setups, side by side, forward/backward etc.. but in the end, i kinda liked this one better :)

SHOOTING: the camera was rested on the same table as these decorative candle holders, and the meter (Gossen Lunasix Pro F) suggested a reading of 8 seconds at f/16! my camera goes as low as 1 second on the shutter, therefore, i had to deploy a useful shutter option called T mode. much like a Bulb (B) mode on other cameras... once my 8 seconds had elapsed, i placed the lens cap back on the lens and disengaged the T mode :)

the back i had installed was a 6x4.5 back, giving me an image about twice the size of a full frame 35mm image...

processing took place at a local Fuji lab and scanning took place at home, thanks to Mr Muhammad Ali Musa for lending me his Canon scanner :) works like a charm :)

all in all, nothing great, just an experimental composition and 30 minutes of sweet photographic memories :) (30 minutes because it took me that long to nail this one!)

thanks for viewing :) let s see what you think :)

muhammad muhsin

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-12-07 2:27]

Interesting note of a Boring Author, lol =P

I like that typical look of film, not digital sensor's sharpness/crispness which makes this one looks different :)

I really wonder that this decorative candle holder have mirror pieces but y there's no camera reflection/image?

a good experiment with Ektar 100 :)


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10640)
  • [2010-12-07 4:10]
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Salaam Aliakum,

Sorry to say that I'm a day dreamer, by looking at this shot my mind strated calculating the focal lenth though this lens is 50mm but in medium format as still on f/16 it has not a good depth of field that I can see the last end of the upper pot is bit out of focus.
Then I turned the pages of information that if this camera back is changed into digital then how much PIX it contain as I found this..
Mamiya introduces the ProSD adapter HX702 which allows the use of the Mamiya ZD 22 Mp Digital Back on Mamiya RB67 Pro-S and Pro-SD medium format cameras. This adapter transforms a Mamiya RB67 film camera into a 22-megapixel camera, and the rugged aluminum adapter has a revolving mechanism built-in, retaining RB67's unique feature of switching between vertical and horizontal. The interface between the ZD Digital Back and the RB67 goes through a cable plugged into the lens flash sync terminal...
You have the BIG GUN but I dream of its digital back, me wondering in big camera shops in Europ, America and Australia asking for the digital back for Mamiya RB67...when I get this back and the camera then..wow..22 mega in medium format..dreaming..
The main topic was lost to say about the shot, it is just OK..


Salam Mr.Mohsin.
As invaluable comments of my seniors are already on air so IMHO its an artistic composition captured with really still hands while the lighting is artistic too.
Best Wishes

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