A couple of weeks ago I wrote about picking up a new (to me) old medium format film camera; a Pocket Ensign. Today I picked up my first roll of developed film. Knowing that the camera was close to a century old, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was prepared for a complete blank loss and hoping for something. Anything. I was pleased to see that despite several “learning opportunities” during my first roll of film, there were a number of reasonable images.
With the day being a sunny break from an otherwise rainy week, I decided to head out for a walk along the Ogden Point Breakwater and of course I had to bring my camera along. The breakwater is a favourite of many locals and tourists alike, even on a windy February day.
A while ago I wrote about how I took an online photography course to help develop my creative side. It was a great experience and I want to keep doing things to challenge myself and explore more creative options, so I took another leap. This time I bought what is technically a Medium Format, antique camera. I say technically because it is certainly not what first comes to mind when I hear medium format (ie. Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax… Or one of many others with interchangeable backs and lenses…). It is a Pocket Ensign No. 28 camera (made in England), that is somewhere near a century old and I have been assured it works. It’s by no means in mint condition, but that’s part of the charm.