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First Light after Light Seal Replacement


If you have been following my blog, you know I had a light leak issue with my Mamiya 645 1000S. After some research, I decided to make some new seals and install them myself. I documented the steps here. In that post, I said that I was going to shoot some Ilford Delta 3200 for my first roll after the repair.  I originally planned to shoot some late evening and night scenes, but figured a better test for the new light seals would be to shoot in the daytime. Thus, I loaded a roll of Kodak Ektar 100. The other reason for choosing Ektar was the Autumn colors.

It can take me weeks or even months to finish one roll of film. If I had loaded the Delta 3200, I would have missed most of the Fall colors. On my film order form, I requested the lab to call me as soon as my film was developed to let me know the results. On a Friday afternoon, I got a call. “Film Box” was on the caller ID. I braced for bad news, but was delighted when they said that everything came out just fine. Another week would pass before the scans were ready. That is one thing I really love about shooting film. It’s like Christmas Day when you finally get your scans. Also not being able to immediately review the shot allows me to concentrate more on the craft of photography. Over the course of a month, I ventured out to the Natchez Trace Parkway, Maury County and Nashville. The images in this post are scenes from the Natchez Trace Parkway. I will be posting more images soon, so stay tuned.



View of Highyway 96 Looking Northwest from the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge – Mamiya 645 1000S, Mamiya Sekor C 55mm f2.8, Kodak Ektar 100, Developer & Scanned by the Film Box Lab in Nashville, Tennessee



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    roxann2003 November 29, 2015 at 23:03 #

    Beautiful colors that you have captured, that fog/mist is amazing. I’m happy you fixed your light leaks. I’ve had to pass up a few cameras for light issues, so now if I come across any more I will just have to run back to your blog, Thanks

    • Travis
      Travis November 30, 2015 at 13:43 #

      Thank you! The seals appear to be holding up quiet well.

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