Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recent Yashica Lynx Photos

Just over a year ago, I had acquired a Yashica Lynx Rangefinder, and at the time said " it takes the best pictures of any camera that I own". Well, I haven't used it all that much since, being so busy trying out a whole bunch of other stuff. But, having recently finished a roll of Fuji something or other (I forgot to look, even when bringing it in for processing), but having found that slecting Fuji Velvia-50 from the list of G'mic Film Emulations actually changed the look of the pictures extremely little, I'll calll it that - even though I'm pretty sure it wasn't. 

This doesn't make me much of a film photographer, does it, if I pay so little attention to the film I'm using. I think in this case, it's because I'm not really a Fuji fan, and only pick some up if that's all I can find at the store. I used to find Fuji particularly unattractive back in the '70's, and found that different qualities of their formulations, even between print and Slide, tended to all look the same anyway. All of the following used a touch of "Velvia-50" emulation, which added only a slight bit more contrast to whatever film this really was. "Wait - you can actually do that - use Film Emulation Software with real film?" Sure why not?

The big, bright f1.4 Yashica 45mm lens on the Lynx is still performing true to form.

Open Sky Farm #1
^ I'm just noticing how occasionally, this lens shows a lot of barrel distortion, so we're not dealing with perfection here - notice how the horizon in the above shot is very noticeably bowed. I could've easily straightened it with software, but, as this is a continuing camera review, I decided to leave it alone, to show how this really shows up in strange ways with my Yashica Lynx. It could be a scanning anomaly, but I've not seen it before. I can't help but love the buttery smooth transitions from dark to light this camera provides.

Open Sky Farm #2
^ Again, with the bowed horizon. But the textures are magnificent.

Open Sky Farm #3
^ Seeing a bit of grain in the sky, which tells me this was probably a roll of Fuji Xperia-800 I had bought last year at Walmart, seemingly at a sell-out price.

N.B. Telephone Co. Ltd.
^ From this one, I know the distortion is not the fault of my Scanner - this is barrel distortion from the lens, now very visible in the vertical corner of the brick facing. When it happens both horizontal and vertically on a Flat-Bed Scanner (emphasis on the word "flat") you know it cannot be the Scanner.

Open Sky Farm #4
^ Beautiful textures! And the way in which this lens handles colour is a bit unlike any of my other cameras (naturally) - colours are subdued, but yet have a high impact. And check out the way in which strong light is enhanced within the deep shadow in the bottom right corner of this picture (above). Now, in this rare case where I placed the intersection of the horizontal and vertical in the very centre of the frame, there is no barrel distortion.

Open Sky Farm #5
^ I'll put in another plug for film photography, and why I think it should never go away - with a bright noon sun shining down on these bikes, and me guessing at exposure, because the battery chamber of my Lynx-14 is pitted badly, it is very hard to make a wrong exposure with modern C-41 process film done at a mini-lab.

Morning Shower
^ Here's an opposite exposure extreme - a low morning sun just breaking through the clouds after a summer shower which leaves a nice gleam on the asphalt, and a perfect recede to white where the street meets the sky. I like film in general, because of unexpected things like this - film adds a magic of it's own to reality.

Open Sky Farm #5
^ More magic - this one's over-exposed, but, all the subtle reflections (including an image of myself) are preserved in the back of the truck and yet there is still some pure black and pure white, with the highlights rolling off gracefully.

Open Sky Farm #6
^ The barrel distortion is back, but it is the window reflections that caught my eye before setting up this shot, this time with deliberate over-exposure, instead of purely accidental.

Open Sky Farm #7
^ This kind of shot is perhaps what the Yashica Lynx-14 is best for - lens distortion doesn't matter, and it becomes purely an exercise of light and texture. I'm amazed at how every subtlety of light is captured here. And although this exposure was yet another lucky guess, I've said before that I'm still terrible at guessing distance. Fortunately, with a coupled rangefinder, you don't have to guess at focus, and this shot, as well as the one below, show how helpful this can be.

Open Sky Farm #8
^ The junk-pile, with canoe. Another close-focus shot, nailed perfectly with the Lynx's coupled optical rangefinder.

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