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Pure elegance

By rburnage  
There's been a bit of a vintage mechanical look to a few of my last post, so I thought I'd follow up with this one taken 2 years ago at The Pangbourne College Classic Car Show in 2017.

Taken on 120 Roll Fomapan 100ISO film on a Carl Zeiss Ikon Nettar (518/16) from the early 1950s and digitised using DSLR.

Tags: Black and white Rolls royce Vintage cars Vintage cameras Film photography 120 roll carl zeiss ikon nettar

Voters: newbe2, Philip_H, mike9005 and 14 more

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6 Jun 2019 5:46PM
Lovely depth to this wonderful mono.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2019 6:56PM
A beautiful mono
Spkr51 4 United States
7 Jun 2019 4:12AM
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 398
7 Jun 2019 9:50AM
It really hurts me to say to a fellow film photographer "There's something wrong with Mary".
Or every Mary who can focus on her nose and want to see the world blurred. Trust me, I am wearing specs and although I don't want to see the world pin sharp, I don't want to be made to feel visually impaired.
Being shot with Zeiss Ikon Netta the shape of the picture, from the distance shot would inevitably contain the number plate (which appears to be one of the two most sharp areas in the frame, with the other being the headlights). I must admit that whereas the headlights are very important part of an automobile, the number plate might not be, unless you are that Mary, I was talking about above. This, fine antique automobile happens to be a Rolls Royce. And here is the point I have my serious concerns. The badge of the automobile, a really important feature of the car, compared to its number plate, to my humble opinion deserves to be equally sharp with the headlights (and the PO Box plate). And here, it is not. Which is, even more strange as the smallest aperture of Zeiss Ikon Netta is f/6.3.

So I wonder, what has caused this? Is it the fact that the owner, who must have some change to spare to own this beauty is so tight that he/she did not spent a few pounds to have the RR engraved part filled with black paint? Who owns a Rolls Royce and wants it to look terribly humble? Or is what I see, not what is on the actual film negative or the print and the faded insignia is down to the aperture set on the digital camera?

I hope you can enlight us on this. I would also like to say that I envisioned the frame smaller (probably as if shot by a 35mm film camera, on a 3:2 aspect ratio) no number plate, with the bit of black metal above the plate within this new frame and above all of the rest of your image. Headlights pop out and the sound of the horn says "make way".

7 Jun 2019 10:13AM
pablophotographer - thanks but I think it captures my intention. Yes it's a Rolls, but it could have been any of a number of others as I wanted to capture the eyes of the beast. But because I chose the Rolls then you have that implication of luxury especially as it is out of focus. Your last sentence sums it up - "Headlights pop out and the sound of the horn says "make way", so perhaps a different title might have made my intentions clearer

From recolection the depth of field is as recorded on the negative and not affected by the digitising process
7 Jun 2019 5:25PM
pablophotographer - having just checked the Ikon Nettar has the Novar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 f=75mm lens. Not quite f6.3 but not far off

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