It all started with a Facebook post.
My friend Ariel was moving from Chicago to Seattle and wanted to know if anyone would be interested in her Seagull Twin Reflex Medium format camera.
I have wanted to try medium format out for a while now but just hadn’t gotten around to making it happen. That facebook post (along with some 120mm film I got for Christmas to accompany my Pentax that happens to take 35mm...premonition, Patrick?) expedited the process. A few days later, I excitedly opened the package Ariel sent and began tinkering. After thorough investigation to be sure I didn’t break my new/old toy, I loaded it up and opted to head to Union Market.
I get 12 shots from each roll. Here are the ones from my very first roll, all shot at Union Market.
Roll 1: Union Market
There’s no metering done on the camera itself, so I use the FotometerPro app on my phone. (I know, it feels strange to use something so modern in order to use something so vintage.) So far, so good with the exposures, and I’m loving the app!
I definitely put a ton more thought and effort into each of my shots. I mean, you should have seen me struggle for probably 15 seconds to get the frame to show what I envisioned, but was unable to align properly through the viewfinder. Left. No, right. Tilt. The other way. What happened?
I’m thrilled to be delving into medium format photography and look forward to continuing to learn and grow in it—and in my photography as a whole. I’m not shooting with the Seagull because medium format is better, but because I am curious and love to experiment with various approaches and ideas in photography. It’s a new challenge for me and reminds me to be more conscious of everything that goes into a photograph.
I also simply love to look at the world through that viewfinder. There’s something magical about it to me...