I loved this composition so much that I had to save it for its own photo post, instead of including it with the rest of the photo walk pictures.
I hadn’t busted out the Spartus Full-Vue for a good four years, so I decided to take it out for a spin around downtown this past July. This was the third roll I’d ever put through this camera, and I’d honestly forgotten how much I like it for what it is: box camera, no settings, waist-level viewfinder, quirky focus and vignetting. It did a great job, even with a couple of shots in heavy shade that I’d been sure would turn out underexposed. (more…)
On the banks of the Maumee River, on the Owens-
Illinois Corning campus, in downtown Toledo.
A child runs through a sprinkler during the Toledo Old West End Festival, 4 June 2011.
The little girl in the shot was totally unplanned, but ended up in the perfect spot in the composition. I’d waited for the sprinkler to hit the right angle, and just as I pressed the shutter, there she went. That’s serendipity right there.
This was my first run with the Spartus Full-Vue since August 2009. I had a much easier time loading and shooting with the camera this time around, and got much better results (which I will continue to post here and on Flickr in the near future).
There seems to be a minor light leak, and the in-focus “sweet spot” is relatively small and a bit off-center… but those are characteristics I find endearing, for the most part. Stay tuned to see the rest of my second test roll!
The good news is that the Spartus Full-Vue works and takes some decent photos. The bad news: a.) The long-exposure toggle is in an unfortunate spot versus the shutter release, and b.) It’s a bitch to get 120 black and white film developed anymore.