|Another really slow film.|
|an oldie low-ISO in color, no less.|
I had a project in mind, and that was to do a shoot at the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, which happens every mid- July. Over the 4 days, there are up to a half million visitors. What I wanted to do, was to try and get a ghost-like blur of people at the art fair. Of course, it's mid-summer, almost always bright and sunny. How do I do that?
1. Use a low ISO film. I tried two. The FPP store had a Svema Micrat-Ortho which is a POSITIVE ISO 1 film (or maybe 0.75), as well as a Svema MZ-3, which is a higher-contrast repro film of ISO 3. 2. Use a Neutral Density Filter to allow even less light -- I used a 3-stop ND filter.
3. Use a camera that allows me to get as close to a low ISO setting as possible. My F100 ISO dial goes to ISO 6, and I can compensate +1, +2, (and more) full stops to achieve an ISO of 3 or less.
4. Shoot at f/22 if possible. I used a Nikkor 24-120 AF zoom.
5. Of course, this means a tripod is absolutely necessary. Remote release is also handy, as well.
Roll 1 -- The Svema Micrat Ortho was developed in D76 1:1 for 7 minutes. Exposures ranged from 10-25 seconds.
Roll 2-- Svema MZ-3. Developed in Kodak Technidol LC for 15 minutes. Exposures ranged from 3-10 seconds.
Both of these films are unusual films that are not being used as the films were intended. If I were to shoot this way again, I would probably just use some of my Kodak Tech Pan with a 3 stop ND filter + a polarizer or red filter, and a cloudy day would surely help. Maybe this fall, I will do it some more down town.
If you want to see some fantastic work in this vein, look up Alexey Titarenko's photographs from Russia. Really good work.