5 Frames… With Fomapan 100 Classic (EI 100 / 120 format / Yashica 635) – by Lester Flores Montejo

When someone from Saint Petersburg Russia sends you a few rolls of film, I think they have to be shot with something interesting. Thanks to my EMULSIVE Secret Santa last December 2019 (@gyrdin) for these gifts. My smile reached up to my ears when I opened up the package and saw those bunch of BW film rolls, BW prints and of course a box of chocolates. Christmas was really in the air!

I think the classic retro packaging of Fomapan 100 really caught my eye that I decided to shoot this film first. I loaded this roll on a Yashica-635 medium format TLR camera with a Yashikor 80mm f/3.5 fixed lens. This camera has been with me for a year now so I’m already familiar with all of its dials and functions including the intermittent problem at shutter speed’s 1/60 and below.

Previously, I kept metering often that makes me very slow and missed those moments in the streets. I also reviewed all of my old film shots but the keeper frame percentage is really bad in my opinion. With all of my observations, I decided to challenge myself and made it interestingly a fun day of shooting.

Here in Singapore, wet markets are really my favourite place of interest. Since this roll was intended to be shot with people, I started my day by metering the back of my palm using myLightmeter iPhone app since I still don’t have an actual light meter. I measured three lightmeter readings under different lighting scenarios – open sunlight, under the shade and I also took a light meter reading on the over-all area just in case I needed it. I kept these settings in my mind and started roaming around.

It’s a very challenging technique to experiment with since aside from compositions, I have to remember all the settings in my mind and adjusting my settings depending on how the light changes as well as my subjects. After I processed the film at home, I was very happy, surprised and satisfied with how I ended up with this film.

~ Lester

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Lester Flores Montejohttps://www.lesterfloresmontejo.com
A seriously novice photography enthusiast (digital & analog) since 2007 but I only started my film photography addiction around the year 2014. I’m shooting both 35mm and 120 medium format. My name is Lester Flores Montejo, 35 years old, and still love shooting film!

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  1. Great shots, I love the overall look of this film. I also like the way that you took your meter readings, and got that out of the way, so you could enjoy making these photographs. Good job IMO…

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