Once again it was time for a spontaneous photo tour with a fixed theme. Normally I only shoot what comes to my nose. I am always very free. But that was a wonderful day, Saturday 30 May 2020.
The sun was shining and cumulus clouds were gathering in the sky. The ideal weather for cloud photography with a red filter. I know, the afternoon is not the best time for landscape photography, but today the landscape was only a decorative accessory. What is it they say? “Between ten and three, the landscape photographer has free.“ So I loaded a Rollei Superpan 200 into my beloved Rolleiflex T and planted the red filter on the bayonet.
I fell in love with the Rolleiflex T very early on. The coupling of time and aperture, for example, I find simply brillant. You set the light value and then you have all possibilities. And everything runs so silky smooth and silent, the handling is outstanding. And you photograph so nicely from the tummy, that also fits my style.
For a clear view of the clouds, I chose a mountain near me. But remember, I live in a low mountain range, and our mountains are not the kind of mountains known from the Alps. No, they’re more like hills.
On my way over the hill I also discovered some motives, which brought out the clouds very well. To my shame I have to admit that in some photos I did not wait until the clouds were right.
I am actually very enthusiastic about the film. It brought me in connection with the red filter beautiful contrasts and grey tones. Also the sharpness does not leave much to be desired, but I think the eagle eye Tessar is also to blame for that. But even without the filter I like it very much. It’s fine-grained too. And it’s suitable for infrared up to 750nm.
I was a bit sceptical at first after reading about some bad experiences with this film. But I will use this film even more often, I am very satisfied. Maybe I’m not so picky either?
I developed the film in Tetenal Ultrafin T-Plus, which I still know as Ultrafin liquid and Plus from the past, i.e. from 20 years ago. It was my standard developer back then and it is again today, after I tried some other developers after my re-entry into analog photography. I don’t know why, but Ultrafin brought me the most pleasing negatives for me.
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