Last Sunday saw me finally finding both the time accompanied by decent weather to go exploring and try out my 3D camera.
Because I have not used this camera before I was unsure if its mechanics functioned properly and was conscious that all my invested time to date might be wasted and that I may have to rethink how to achieve my desired stereoscopic images.
The Wray Stereo Graphic Camera has five exposure settings marked Cloudy, Hazy, Bright, Brilliant and f/16. (Translated to f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 and f/16). An exposure meter can be used to calculate the correct exposure. Calculations being made on 1/50th second.
Film loaded it was now time to take some experimental exposures. To get the most out of the camera I chose to photograph scenes that had pronounced fore, middle and backgrounds. When setting up the camera it is best to use a tripod so that you can make sure that horizontal lines are not tilted. There is a very small viewfinder on the camera, so small that I didn't notice it until after I had taken my photographs.
Impatiently I waited for Monday to arrive so that I could develop my film at work. Frustratingly I was set back by having to make up a new batch of ID11. My impatience was tested again as I had to wait for the ID11 to completely cool down before I processed my film. Such was my excitement I failed and continued to process my film anyway. Even so, I was rewarded with a clean set of slightly over developed images and I am pleased to report that my camera works!