Roll 107. Tilt and shift
I wanted a 50mm lens with aperture control ring for my Nikon F4. Found a Series E one on Ebay, and it came attached to a Nikon EM body. Suddenly I had a spare Nikon mount body, not a very fancy one but still. After a while I realized that it could mount the tilt-shift lens that lens hacker John Swierzbin built for my Nikon D90. Woho!
The lens is attached to the lens mount via a section of rubber hose, and can therefore be manipulated in interesting ways. With an ordinary lens the focal plane and the film plane are parallel, but when the lens is tilted against the film plane, the focal plane is also tilted.
Notice how the focus shifts across the image. On the left it lies in the reflection in the water, but on the right the focus lies in the tree line on the opposite shore. The lens was tilted somewhat to the left when the picture was taken. Neat, eh?
The lens is fixed at 40mm f4 by design. I want to keep the shutter speed up, since the lens is literally held in place by the left hand as the right hand takes the picture. It would be very easy to introduce camera shake blur in the images.
I pushed the Lucky SHD100 film to ISO 200, and developed in 35 minutes rather than the usual 25. It turned out well.