Rolleiflex 3.5 F Planar and why I love medium Format Film

I bought a 1959 Rolleiflex 3.5 F Planar camera a while back. This sweet very good condition Camera had recently been CLA’d at Nippon Clinic in Manhattan where the camera had a good going over and all was made right. I started shooting the camera a while back and I was shooting with Fuji Acros 120mm black and white film. For those of you who are unaware of this amazing film, well rush out and buy it NOW! its a 100 ISO film so sorta slow but great for good day light.

What makes it so special is that it has remarkable sharpness and super long tonal range, and has the ability to capture super subtle tonal values. It’s a great film for scanning. It’s one of the best films for shooting the Zeiss Planar lens on the Rolleiflex 3.5 F.

Zeiss lens in the Rolleiflex are special indeed, and are famous for their special qualities and tack sharp capturing of images in film. The image quality in a Zeiss medium format lens like this Planar, is second to none.

I like to shoot my Rolleiflex and use the built in light meter as its calibrated to the camera and is spot on. The scans are so lush and sweet.

Taking the time to slow down and compose this camera is a wonder. it really brings you back to why I became a photographer in the first place back in 1975!

again, Film is king for certain things and shooting with this Rolleiflex and Zeiss lens is an experience second to none!

Photography in the Time Of Corona Virus…or how I learned to love my Passion.

Staring at The blank screen on my MacBook Pro, contemplating the raw energy of not seeing any wedding imagery any more on my web site. I came to a serious realization that the few weddings I was photographing over the last year or so was no longer what I enjoyed doing. So with a very serious understanding of the NEW reality that Corona Virus has set upon us as a society, I am permanently ending my Wedding Photography business.

I am returning full on with my Original and true passion as a Photographer, which is Fine Art Photography and Portraits.

I love taking stunning compelling imagery, always have. I really feel that this Covid-19 is and will allow many photographers to realign their Photographic passions.

I leap into this New Photographic Frontier willingly accepting the new challenges.

Please enjoy my work and feel free to comment and or Reach out.

my work is at https://scottwbaker.com/PORTFOLIOS/People/thumbs

Thanks

Editing Photos on an early 2015 MacBook Pro 13 inch.

I am a NYC Professional Photographer. To say I have experience is a bit of an understatement. In fact I have been a Photographer for almost 45 years!

I have photographed with almost all types of cameras. From an 8×10 wooden Deardorff film camera with an uncoated lens with no shutter! to a Hasselblad with a Zeiss 80mm lens.Of course Nikons,F-F2-F3-F4’s all the wonderful Nikons over the years. Throw in a Mamiyaflex C330 and a few others, I have defiantly enjoyed a ton of great Film cameras.

But as of 2020, I have been shooting a Digital Camera, as of now a Nikon D810, and before that some Fuji’s and Canon’s as well as a wonderful Sony A900 with a Zeis 24-90mm zoom! That was a very sweet camera indeed.

Now I work hard with my Nikon D810 and a 28-70mm Pro zoom, a 50mm Nikkor and sweet 85mm Nikkor.

What brings it all home is use of the wonderfully sweet image editor that I use on my Macbook Pro. I use Capture One Pro-20. its a rather steep learning curve but I find it superior to using Adobe Lightroom. I have never enjoyed using Lightroom. The files, raw files I get from Capture One Pro on a 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina are simply stunning! amazing sharpness and color. The finest files I have ever seen.

What bring it all home is the ease of use I get when editing on my MacBook Pro.

Smooth, no issues, just gets out of the way. Just like you would want it too!

www.scottwbaker.com has my work, so enjoy.

Shooting with Mamya RZ ll Camera and Mamiya 110mm and 50mm Lens

I have been given the opportunity to use a Mamiya RZ 11 Medium format 6x7cm Film camera with 2 lenses, for a few months. I love shooting with film cameras, as it brings me back to the original passion that drew me to Photography in the first place in the 1970’s. The Mamiya RZ is a beast of a camera weighing over 6 pounds with lens and its also sublime with the amazing 110mm lens for portraits and a Stunning 50mm wide angle lens. Shooting with it and black and white film is sublime, but also requires a contemplative approach to shooting, as every thing is slowed down, including your ability to rip of a quick succession of images. 1-2 at most. I will certainly update all with the images over the summer.

Hello world!

Hi Everyone. I’m Scott W Baker. I am a New York City Photographer. I have over 25 years of experience as a Professional Photographer. I truly love to create stunning imagery. I look forward to always seeing something unique and that catches my eye!