Recalling my days shooting 6x6cm with a TLR

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W3PYF
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Recalling my days shooting 6x6cm with a TLR
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From my high school days into college, and often afterward, I shot Tri-X 120 roll film in a series of twin-lens reflexes - first a Minolta Autocord, then a Kalloflex, and finally, an interchangeable-lens Mamiya C3. While I usually used the engraved rectangles on the viewfinder ground glass to make horizontal and vertical images, the availability of the whole square was always there.

A few days ago, while shooting the rusting fishing fleet in New Bedford, MA with my Sony A7III and Voigtlander 15mm Series III super wide, I realized a composition really looked best square, to me:

And so, I decided to shoot the rest of my self-assigned photoessay on the sad fate of that once-proud Azorian-American fleet as if it was 1964, and I was using a TLR.

Here are a few of the images:

My father was recognized as a Master by the Professional Photographers of America, and I cherish his Hasselblad 500C with prism finder. I purchased bricks of 120 roll film back in 2008, and have keep it refrigerated since then. I still own the Nikor tanks, and have a camera stand and macro lens I use for copying old large-format images.

I still have all my TLRs and a few 645 bodies and lenses. Just for old times, I think I’ll order some chemicals from Amazon and shoot some film again...

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