January 20. 1/20. 120 Day!
As mentioned earlier, I decided to shoot a roll of 20 year old Konica SRG-3200 in the Holga for 120 Day and figured I needed a safety: a fresh film and a camera with the ability to focus, set exposure, and a reasonably sharp lens. The Yashica-Mat 124 was an ideal choice (and my the only one available to me at present) for the latter, and I had the choice between some FP4+, HP5+, Acros, Pro 400H, Portra 400, Portra 160 VC, and Portra 160.
Now. I wanted to save the FP4 for a future FP4 Party. The Acros and 400H are part of my retirement fund. I love HP5, but wanted to shoot color. I haven’t shot any 160VC, but was already shooting a roll of expired film and didn’t want to chance it. I like Portra 400 and don’t much like Portra 160, but I had two rolls of 160 and just one of 400, so the 160 won. I decided to expose it at 125, just to see what would happen, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I already told the story of 120, more or less, and I pretty much shot the Yaschia-Mat and Holga side by side, so I’ll spare you the play by play.
Keller: morning sun on a warehouse; the park where Granddad and I fed the ducks.
Denton. Back down to Dad’s place, where I grabbed a quick portrait.
I need to remember the lens hood next time I go shoot the Yashica-Mat.
Then an afternoon drive to try (and fail) to clear out my fury.
Reminder to self: GET OUT OF THE CAR. You’re a photographer, James, not a taxi driver. You have legs. Pull your pants up and get out. Walk. You’re big enough that no one is going to mess with you. Rent-a-cops are easily avoided, laughed at, or sheepishly apologized to. People less fortunate than you may ask for a handout, and if so, you often have a few bucks and can easily-enough spare the change. Why do you so rarely get out of the car? Why the fear, the trepidation, the inaction?
So that was 120 day. Sunday (January 27) is 127 Day. I have the Reflex Syncro, but no 127 film for it, so probably won’t paricipate (unless I roll some 35mm into one of the spools I have… Hummm…) February 20 will mark 220 day… I have a roll of 160 VC in 220 that I could shoot. And June 20 is 620 day, though I don’t (at present) have a 620 camera and so probably won’t participate.
And, yes, I know I swore off film parties last year, but I kinda like these “shoot a roll or two in one day” things. They get me moving, and are sorta fun, even when I’m in a horrible, wretched mood. Good times.