Macro photos with Zenit E camera

I want to take some nice film photos this summer of the different plants that grow in the urban garden my friend created next to our building. I experimented a few days ago with my Zenit E camera and close up rings.The camera was my mother’s birthday gift from my grandfather when she turned 30, in the early eighties. She used it for a while, then forgot about it when she bought a point and shoot. It was my only camera for a long time, before digital cameras existed, using it in high school and then later, as an art student, for everything: school projects, documenting my paintings, taking silly photos at birthday parties, etc. I used to take it with me everywhere, even if it’s so heavy. A good, reliable camera, even its selenium cell meter is still working.

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These close up rings were made for me when I was a teenager by one of my friend’s acquaintances. He was working in a former socialist factory (that wasn’t closed down yet) and used sometimes the machines there for his own projects. He made me these close up rings for very cheap (while I couldn’t afford to buy the “real” ones).

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It felt good and comfortable to pick up again these camera and rings that were so familiar to me some time ago. The film that I used for these plant photos is some cheap Agfa film expired in 1991. I meant to buy a fresh one for these photos, but I forgot, and then the light was so good and I had the time so I thought I’ll use the film I have. It was a 100 ASA, but I exposed it as 65. The best images are the ones that I was thinking I am overexposing, but I guess you have to take longer exposures  because you go with the lens so close to the subject and there is a much smaller amount of light getting to the film. (I’m mostly writing this down for myself, to remember later.)

Even if the film is so grainy, still I like these first experiments very much. I picked up a fresh film today and I’m planning more photos of weeds and flowers and fruits.

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