Jetsetting with the Belair X 6-12: My First Three Rolls

I was so excited to receive my new Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter that I dove right into shooting! Now that I have my first photos back from the lab I'd love to share them with you. Read ahead to find out how it went and what I learned!

Happy to have my new Belair Jetsetter!

I excitedly and carefully opened the box of my Belair Jetsetter the morning of November 23rd, and although I should have been getting ready to head out of the house and start my day, I absolutely had to take some time to marvel at the beauty of my new camera. I was overwhelmed with a rush of creative ideas and knew that I would be thinking about my Jetsetter all day at work.

Once I got home it was time to start shooting: I quickly loaded my Belair with some Ilford HP5, put in the 6×6 mask, and took it to dinner with me. My boyfriend and I went to our favorite wings bar, but by the time we got there only one thing was on my mind: I had already lost the lens cap to my 58 mm lens! I spent a good 10 minutes searching the restaurant and our path from the car to the door, but no luck. When I got home I couldn’t find the cap there, either. That’s how I leaned my first lesson: the Belair lens cap is somewhat reminiscent of the Diana caps in that they’re not very secure. I switched to my 90 mm lens, and put a little black electrical tape around the inner rim of the cap and that problem was easily solved.

My first two photos taken with the Belair!

My best friend came to town that evening and we spent a little while admiring the Belair before I made him pose for a couple of shots. I wanted to test the auto exposure in the dark with some ambient light, so we did one shot with sparklers and one with some string lights. I chose not to put the camera in bulb mode just out of curiosity. The next day I shot with my Belair on a lomowalk in downtown Austin, finishing off the Ilford HP5 and also using some Lomography 100 color negative film. Later that night I switched to the 6×9 mask and used some Ektar 100 with the colorsplash flash.

A few of my favorite shots from my first full day of shooting with the Belair.

My biggest lessons came when I picked up my processing from the lab. Looking at my rolls I realized a couple of things. First, I noticed I was having a little trouble framing my shots, but know that I know how to compensate, I’m hoping I won’t chop off all of my friend’s heads in the future! I guess I was so excited to shoot I reverted to “newbie lomographer mode” kind of like when I first began shooting with the Diana, and I did not pay much attention to framing.

I have a bad habit…I chop my friends’ heads off.

Secondly, I learned was to pay more attention to my light surroundings and consider how much my hands will shake during longer exposures, such as when I was out on my lomowalk and shooting in the shadows. I noticed was that I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have to focusing, as well. I used the f8 aperture setting a lot and could have been more careful to consider focusing, DoF, etc. Duly noted!

Some blurry shots that could have used a little more focus.

Overall I really love my new camera, and everyone around me seemed to love it, too! I received many complements on the Belair Jetsetter. I feel more confident that I’ve learned a few things about my shooting habits with the Belair. Now that I’ve tested it out and know what works best, I’m looking forward to shooting some 6×12 photos and really making the most of using my lovely AE camera!

written by megzeazez on 2012-12-05 in #lifestyle #new #6x9 #6x6 #megzeazez #jetsetter #medium-format #belair-x-6-12

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