Zeca Bettax, 22 October 2011


Guess what…I can also use this camera at night…without a tripod! [1]

ZecaBettax CHI HP5+3200 ChicagoTheater_Night01B

ZecaBettax CHI HP5+3200 CTA-Randolf&Wabash_Night01B

ZecaBettax CHI HP5+3200 FirstNatlBankOfChicago_Night01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Ilford HP5+ EI3200 (120) [2]

The subject of the first photo is, of course, the Chicago Theater, which is located on State Street, just south of Lake. The second photo is a view of the CTA Randolph & Wabash stop seen from State and Randolph. The third photo shows part of the First National Bank of Chicago Building (completed in 1969 and designed by Perkins & Will with C. F. Murphy Associates; later the Bank One Building, and now known as the Chase Tower); you can clearly see the curving concrete base and the multi-story lobby (behind the glazing).



[1]: Of course, this was just barely possible, even using Ilford’s excellent HP5+. I had to push the film pretty well to the limit of its push capacity (Ilford publishes processing times for pushes from EI400 to EI3200). The primary issue here is that the Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar lens is a fairly slow one (f/4.5), so even with the extreme push, I still had to set the shutter a 1/30s, which is just barely suitable for handheld shooting.

[2]: As I’ve mentioned before, push processing is not without its downsides…the most substantial of which is the amount of time needed to process the film (generally, each push adds roughly 50% to the amount of time the film needs to soak in the developer – dependent on the developer, of course). It also makes the film grain much more apparent in the finished negatives – which, again, I still much prefer to digital noise – as well as substantially increasing contrast. I have another roll of HP5+ that I intend to use for more night shooting, but if I use it with this camera again, I may have to extrapolate processing time for EI6400, just to squeeze a little more out of the slow lens.


One Response to “Zeca Bettax, 22 October 2011”

  1. Mike Says:

    I’ve enjoyed all your Chicago shots, and find this night series particularly inspiring. You should consider submitting a selection to Nightdays on 591 (http://www.591photography.com/2011/10/when-night-comes.html).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: