Alright, now that I’ve run a roll of film through the camera and I know that it works, time to get to some of the specifics about the gear as well as the.
First – The camera pass:
“Thou shalt take 3 shots, no more, no less. Three shall be the number of shots thou shalt shoot, and the number of shots shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that though then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then thou returnest the camera to Ed”
The idea behind this project is take your time, breathe and focus on the shots that we are going to take. With the proliferation of digital, it is nothing to take a hundred shots without thinking about it.
Take your time, focus on what your taking a picture of. Visualize what the shot is going to look like before you snap the shutter.
Everyone gets three shots, and after the roll is used, I’ll post the results and label everyone. It will be exciting to see what we get!
The Minolta X-370
The Minolta X-370 is the base model of the Minolta X series, it uses the Minolta M mount (It will accept both MC and MD lenses). The camera has full metered manual mode and an Aperture Priority mode. It is compatible with all of the X series MDS components such as the data back, the motor grip, and the flash peripheral. The limitation on this model is that it does not have a “P” mode and it does not have a depth of field preview button. So the numbers on the Aperture ring become really important!!
I’ve narrowed it down to two options, either Kodak Porta 400VC which is a very contrasty (Hence the VC designation) or Kodak Elite Chrome film. Each of them have their pros and cons.
The Porta 400VC is very poppy with its color, giving a very glam magazine type look to shots. It really accentuates bright colors even on cruddy days and it is a fast film so it is very forgiving in many light conditions. The downside to Porta is that it doesn’t register neutral colors very well like skin tones and such.
The Elite Chrome is an all around balanced color reversal (slide) film that renders great colors which are very lifelike. The downside is that it is a slower speed film and since it is slide film, it is a lot less forgiving when it comes to exposure.
I’m thinking of going with the slide film, it is different and I doubt a lot of people have shot on it since it is a bit expensive to purchase and then have processed.
That is it for now, since the one of the farther participants is going to be in town this weekend, I’m going to give it to her first for the initial 3 shots. I’ll keep everyone updated as the project moves along.