Kodak Red with the backup shot

in my last blog, I mentioned how I tried to use my Krasnogorsk FT-2 “Raskolnikov” camera to create a patterned film weave with the Hamilton College Chapel. I did create that, here’s the blog that proves same.

But here’s the secret. I didn’t just bring Raskolnikov to campus.

I also took Kodak Red for the ride.

Kodak Red is a releathered 1940’s-era Kodak Medalist II camera that takes respooled 120 film (it’s respooled on thinner 620 spools), and provides eight postcard-sized exposures from a single roll. The idea was to pack Kodak Red in case my THIRD try with Raskolnikov didn’t prove successful. This is known as making sure you have backup plans.

So after I took my photos with the Soviet-era ultrawide camera, I attached Kodak Red to the tripod.

I squeezed off a few exposures, changing the filters here and there. Mostly the same shot, changing filters when I could.

As a student walked by the Chapel, I took a shot. It’s okay. Student’s facing away, no recognizable face to require a model release.

And of the eight shots that I took from Kodak Red …

This one was the best of the batch.

Off to Class. Kodak Medalist II camera, AGFA Scala 200x film with yellow filter. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Wow. This AGFA stuff works wonders when used with a yellow filter. Lots of nice wispy clouds here. I might keep this as a backup shot for a future Competition Season 2022.

See, this is why I bring more than one film camera to an event. Because although I got a great shot from Raskolnikov …

It’s nice to have a separate perspective.