A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the problems I've been having with the film transport mechanism of my beloved OM2. I'd been out taking a few landscape-type shots with a rarely used 300mm f5.6 Tamron SP lens but didn't know if the camera would be winding on properly.
Regular reader Steve Barnett commented after that post, "Oh no! It's like reading a book only to find out the last page has been ripped out! Come on, get the film shot and us out of our misery ;-)"
Well, the good news, Steve, is that the requirement for a double stroke wind-on with the OM2 doesn't seem to affect the film's transport through the camera. Above is a pic from the 300mm that I took whilst the camera was resting on the tailgate of my old Saab 900, as explained in the earlier post.
I liked the look of it when I was looking through the viewfinder so I'm pleased - and relieved - that the shots came out OK. We're often told that a wide angle lens makes a good choice for landscape work but I miss more pictures because I don't have a long enough lens on the camera.
|Another view of the barn|
I suppose it depends on the kind of landscape you're likely to encounter: I think wide angles are good for fairly flat countryside but a long tele comes in very useful in hilly land. Just 20 miles north of my home in Carnoustie are the Angus Glens, a range of hills, not too high, but quite varied and often shrouded in mists and "dreich" weather.
I've lost count of the number of times I've been driving along and spotted distant hilltops intersecting and rising from mist-filled glens. A 300mm lens or longer would be great for isolating those vignettes but it's not something I often carry. I must make a point of keeping the Tamron in the car.
It was just about the perfect focal length for the photographs above. The sun was setting and glancing off the roof of the farm building and I had a feeling there was a photograph there. I ended up chopping off the right hand corner of the barn roof because there was a tree there that was poking into the frame and ruining the composition. It was a choice of losing the tree or the end of the barn roof.
There's detail in the shadowed side of the barn and if I'd been a zone system worker I might have wanted to include it but I decided to just go with featureless black to highlight the angular nature of the building and, in keeping with the phase I'm in at the moment, reduce detail in the image.
And the 300mm SP lens? I can't say the negatives are tack sharp or anything like that but they are probably sharp enough. As usual, though, I'll need to print from them to know for sure and that's not going to happen any time soon with our house being on the market and half my darkroom stuff packed away.