추석 Trip, 주산지 Rolleiflex Color, 4 Snaps

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Here are four more shots of Jusanji Pond ( 주산지 ). I took them with a Rolleiflex 3.5. Three of the shots were captured with Kodak Ektar film, one, the purplish toned one looking down the lake, was taken on Fuji Velvia 50 slide film.

After looking at the film, I noticed something funny. There’s an odd distortion, almost a barrel distortion, coming out of my Rolleiflex’s Tessar lens. You’ll note that the image’s edges are particularly out of focus, blurry. This camera always took perfectly clear photos before in the past, even when opening the aperture up to f4. Upon looking at the lens, I noticed a little bubble that seems to have sprouted from nowhere. Granted, the camera is roughly 65 years old. I guess time and heat and pressure got to it. I’m not entirely sure, but I feel that this bubble is causing the distortion and it seems that the wider the aperture, the stronger the distortion. The Velvia 50 photo was taken at f16 or 22, and the blurred edges aren’t quite so obvious. Either way, the images shouldn’t be turning out thus. I’ll do some research to find out if that bubble is really causing the issue.

What do you think of this distorted look? Is the blurriness distracting, off-putting or appealing?

Rolleiflex 3.5 / Kodak Ektar / C41 / Fuji Velvia 50 / E6

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