Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Argus Project - D-Day Conneaut 16 August 2013

This years D-Day Conneaut event to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Normandy invasion is in the books.  I was fortunate enough to spend two days there this year and even more fortunate to have a media pass to get better access to capture some images of the event.  But VERY fortunate that I have a wife that enjoys going with me to these events and fully supports me capturing these moments. 
One thing I wanted to do this year was to utilize a camera from that era to capture some images.  If you are unfamiliar with an Argus camera, this is what they look like.
It's a pretty bare-bones rangefinder camera.  There is no light meter.  No zoom.  Just a simple focus and shoot camera.  I will admit when it came to light metering, I used my modern day Canon T3i to tell me the exposure, so I may have cheated a little.  But everything else was up to this vintage workhorse.  I had to be mindful when shooting with this camera that I only had 24 exposures on the roll of film.  I had to slow down and take my time to focus because the focusing window inside the camera is very filthy and hard to see through.  It's easy for me to take 24 pictures within seconds on the digital camera.  But with this one, you have to make sure you don't double-expose a picture. That you have your aperture and shutter set properly.  All of those technical things.  Even winding the film the right way.  The second roll I had with me, I accidentally rolled back into the camera canister after two shots.  So over the course of Friday, I took some pictures with it and the results are shown below.  For those wondering, I used Kodak BW400CN film that is a C-41 process.  The images had an orange/brown hue to them, so I did run them through Lightroom to adjust the color and make then more B&W with the exception of one of them.  Here are the results. (Click on the images to bring up the full size).  More thoughts on D-Day Conneaut to come, along with many more images.

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