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Manchester Art Gallery

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 17 May 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Following on from yesterday, this is the first photo that I took using B&W film in a 1950s Zeiss Ikon medium format camera that I was given recently. It shoots square 6cm x 6cm negatives.

The photo is shot looking upward in the glass and steel stairwell in Manchester Art Glallery.

The photo is straight off the 6mp digital scan that was supplied on a CD with the prints I ordered. There's no post processing at all apart from minor dust removal.

The exif data will be meaningless as it will relate to the scanner. The camera info is:

Camera: Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16
Film: Ilford XP2 Super 400 C41 B&W medium format 6cm X 6cm film
Shutter speed: 1/50th
Aperture: f8


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sunstonemaria from California, United States

Oh, what an amazing photograph!!! absolutely remarkable!! fantastic combination of talent and technology!!!

17 May 2011 5:10am

@sunstonemaria: Thanks Maria!....have you tried shooting with medium format film yet?

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Superb, it seems there are no geometric distorsion and definition is good everywhere...
Have a good day, Ian.

17 May 2011 6:14am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!.....the lens is a fixed focal length and approximates the view you'd get through a standard 50mm lens on the equivalent 35mm camera so I wouldn't have expected any significant optical distortion.

I guess the thing that surprised me the most about it personally was the nice sharpness, contrast and tonality (some of that is due to the properties of the medium format film of course!). That those aspects of a 50+ year old camera can rival the best that modern digital SLRs can offer was interesting.

The big advances in camera technology during the last half a century relate more to flexibility - I can rely on my modern Nikon D700 to get the photo I want in almost any light conditions and it is equally good at action photography as it is landscapes - this Zeiss camera is much slower to use and much more restricted in the way it can be used.

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

ouf complètement vertigineux.

17 May 2011 7:28am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Beautiful and striking. It looks like the inner workings of a magnificent machine !!

17 May 2011 7:36am

guillaume from Paris, France

Fantastic frame !

17 May 2011 7:56am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Graphic and esthetic ! Love it ! Well done !

17 May 2011 9:43am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Perfect !

17 May 2011 10:21am

Siepi from Perk, Belgium

This photo is an artpiece on it's own. The B & W makes it even more arty looking.

17 May 2011 10:28am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Bel enchevêtrement d'obliques, de droites, d'horizontales dans un très beau noir et blanc

17 May 2011 11:43am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

This is great Ian!

17 May 2011 12:50pm

Stefanie from Paris, France


17 May 2011 1:07pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

17 May 2011 1:58pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is fantastic! A wonderful mix of chaos and organization!

17 May 2011 2:05pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


17 May 2011 4:06pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Largely unexpected result, Ian!!! Excellent quality! Long live Zeiss Ikon! And of course, himself Master!

17 May 2011 5:00pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

I like Tracy's description - a wonderful mix of the chaos and organization, it is!

17 May 2011 5:05pm

Stefanie from France


17 May 2011 7:47pm

Stefanie from France


17 May 2011 7:48pm

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

What a beautiful arrangement of reflections and geometrical forms.

17 May 2011 9:13pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great abstract, love the layers of geometric shapes.

17 May 2011 11:24pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

very sharp and clear shot with no distortion! seems like a perfect camera for this type of photo where you show the intricate geometrical details of the internal workings of the building... this is quite mesmerising in fact when you throw in the reflections that multiply the effect...

18 May 2011 2:01am

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

so striking with all the shapes and lines! a wonderful abstract!! awesome!!

18 May 2011 10:14am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Wonderful mess of lines and surfaces here!

18 May 2011 10:26am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Un côté Escher très moderne.

19 May 2011 4:25pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous Ian.

25 May 2011 4:30pm

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Black and White by John Jungklaus