Signs of Spring

It was a long and ugly winter here, but it seems that finally the green things are taking the place of the white stuff. I would have been remiss not to have photographed some of these (with a nod to the late Bob Ross) happy little plants as they pushed relentlessly upward out of their own particular nooks toward the sun.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

The camera in question for all of these shots was the humble Canonet QL19. Considering it is a relatively simple rangefinder that was squarely aimed at the consumer market, the results are pretty good, I think.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

Similarly modest was the film, Kodak’s old standby Gold 400. Sure, the images might have been a tiny bit better with a pro-grade emulsion, but I’m certainly not complaining about the results.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

I intentionally overexposed this last one (probably about four stops) in order to get shallow depth-of-field with the widest possible aperture and to get that dreamy, soft light effect (the latter was less a certainty than a vague hope, if I’m honest). That so much detail remains speaks to just how good modern color negative film is at handling overexposure.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

As you may have noticed, Your Humble Filmosaur is experimenting with borders. I think it helps these particular photos, though I’m not sure whether I will continue the practice. It will probably depend on my mood. I can be capricious that way.


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