My first week completed. The waiting is hard. Very hard. But not without a lot of time to think and reflect.
This first week I shot with my EOS 3 and 645n, and while I love the Pentax, the format limits the amount I can shoot and the cost adds up. I prefer the bigger negatives, but have to really save this camera for when I know I have special moments coming. Hard to do, but again, that seems to be the theme for this project.
I also gave up on the EOS 3 as my 35mm body. While the internal meter is awesome, the autofocusing is not. I don't mind to manually focus, but I have a FM2 for that. I want something that I can rely on when it comes to focusing (and my slowly failing eyesight). Sold the body (to a fully informed buyer) and threw down for the 1V. Hoping that its autofocus is all that they say it is. Farewell EOS 3. We did make some really pretty pictures together.
My first time shooting HP5 and rated it at box speed (400). Seemed a tad flat or at least lacked the contrast I have come to love with TriX (my favorite black and white film). I still have a few rolls of the HP5 kicking around, so when the light improves, I'll play with pulling it for more contrasty results.
Portra 400 pushed to 800 tended to go a little yellow on me. I clearly shoot for highlights, too. Bright and airy . . . not so much for me. Then again, life in Massachusetts in January is anything but light and airy.
Onward . . .