Camera: ca. 1951 Unbadged Franka Solida with Schneider 75mm f/2.9 lens.
Film: Fuji Velvia 100F
Locale: Central Maryland.
There have been times when I thought that this camera and my Zeiss Ikonta 521 were the only 6x9 folders that I would ever need, but some light leaks in recent rolls cast some concerns about my beloved Balda Pontina's ability to be completely trusted to deliver a competent image free of defects. The summer was spent with the Balda sitting with a roll of Provia loaded, but unused. Finally, with Fall upon me, and some time to explore, the loaded Balda got the call for 8 more images to see what I could muster from it. I did a nice range of images, including some landscapes in bright light and some time exposures taken in the wee hours of the morning.
1 - Thurmont, MD - f/5.6, 1/50 - Nice pictoral representation of colors, but a light leak is again evident in this shot.
2 - Graceham, MD - f/5.6, 1/100 - Another shot marred by the light creep. It doesn't help that the shot seems overexposed a bit, causing the sky color to flatten.
3 - Lewistown, MD - f/8, 1/100 - Not as bad of a light leak, but still some issue with the exposure here, as the scene portrays washed out.
4 - Frederick, MD - f/8, 1/100 - Getting better at least, though the farm which was to be a more prolific part of the scene is sadly lost amid other bland details.
5 - Frederick, MD - f/8, 12 Second Bulb - I've taken some bulb exposures on the Balda that have great portrayal of street lights, but this one doesn't quite do that, providing a scatter. It doesn't help that there is a bit of unsteadiness in the tripod evident.
6 - Buckeystown, MD - f/11, 6 Second Bulb - I should have set this for about 4 seconds instead. The result isn't bad, but a rose hued color shift is evident.
7 - Jefferson, MD - f/5.6, 1/50 - Decent, but there is not too much colorful to make this a valuable color image.
8 - Harmony, MD - f/14, 1/100 - FINALLY, this is why I love my Balda, namely when it can take a colorful scene and portray it with the beauty which I saw. I like how the elements stack in this scene, from the golden tree at left to the weeping tree, to the barn, and then the distant horizon. I need to do more such exposures.
Thoughts: Overall, not a terribly great roll from the Balda, but not a complete disaster. I definitely see where I don't want to overexpose Velvia 100F, and it is evident that I need to better troubleshoot this light leak in the camera as well.