I recently discovered landscape photography for the “way of the soul” and with it the joys of working with film and those incredible “brick and mortar” cameras.

For my landscape work I didn’t imagine shooting on my usual “swedish square” and while I was looking for alternatives for 120 film I came across some items, gems I might say, that I simply could not let pass by.
Like this one:

Fuji GW6x9 camera
The “Big-Mac” of view-finder cameras. The Fuji GW6x9 ‘Professional’ (some say ‘Texas-Leica’ – :D)))

A crazy Goliath of a range-finder kind, the size of a pack of corn-flakes with a hard mounted 90mm lens. Looking around the internet to get a better idea I came across this line: “.. and was a kind of ‘standard‘ equipment for japanese tourist bus drivers, as this camera would allow them to take the picture of any monument with all of his 50 passengers in front of it and still have enough space for each face on the negative so people would actually be able to recognize themselves in the printed picture..” Yup, that put the hook in me. :D

I took it for a walk when I was in Rome last autumn to see if it worked properly and these are some of the resulting images.
Seeing these 56 x 85mm slides (Fuji RVP 50 Velvia) in front of you on the lightbox is breathtaking. I’m not good enough a writer to make this emotional experience available to you here, but I sure hope the slides speak for themselves:

Temple remains in front of the Teatro Marcello
My imagination flies as high as this seagull, every time I’m close to roman and greek ruins.

 

Italy and Europe (Flags)
I love the idea of the E.U. as a territory of social development based on the common cultural legacy, and the golden shine
of the surrounding buildings gives the dance of the flags this emotional warmth and kindness.

 

Fuji RVP 50 Velvia
This pathos! I could shoot an entire movie on this film stock! (Velvia 50)

It doesn’t have a light meter which you wouldn’t need anyway, either because you’re doing ‘serious stuff*’ for which you wouldn’t trust it, or because your “just shooting” (as I did here) but there you have your sunny-16-rule. This was older Velvia I had been keeping in the refrigerator so I rated it as 32 ASA. (ASA=ISO)

* It’s a pity the camera doesn’t have a ‘B’ exposure option – which is effectively preventing it from being used for most of my landscapes (there’ll be a dedicated post about the landscapes I took in France in November ’14) as I took most of those with shutter “speeds” between 4 and 16 seconds. (I was so angry when I discovered that my Pentax 67 consumes battery power just to keep the shutter open! After I had ‘exposed out’ my reserve battery I was stuck to times to under 12 seconds ;(

I will definitely take the Fuji 6×9 on my next trip – even without “B”, at least it has no battery that could break down.

The Forum Romanum
I’ve often wondered whether we would feel the same admiration for this era if it’s buildings were complete and openly accessable.

 

Ponte dei sospiri" of Rome
Shall we call this the “Ponte dei sospiri” of Rome?