Usually, I burn through one or two extra shots of FP 100c before getting a decent exposure; today I nailed every one. Metering through my Canon 7D Mark ii provides a much more accurate exposure reading than the light meter inside the Mamiya's chimney finder. While this is a bit disappointing, it is hardly a setback. If anything, I will be much more likely to take a shot with my Mamiya now that I know I can simply meter with my digital camera and get an accurate exposure.
Most of our time, aside from that spent driving around, was spent on Belle Isle. The atrium was absolutely beautiful, and briefly fulfilled my desire to shoot inside of a greenhouse. One of my favorite shots of the day is the drone photo taken over the atrium with the Detroit skyline in the background.
I finally finished my 5 rolls of Illford hp 5 plus. It didn't take very long, and I'm assuming most of the shots didn't turn out. I'm hoping that the most recent roll, at least, is properly exposed. Very excited to get into the darkroom and start processing some of these negatives!
Film is an exciting medium. More so than digital, it is a blend of mechanical, technological, and organic. Actually physically manipulating the film by soaking it in various substances, exposing the film to bursts of light, and altering the chemistry involved in processing all seems very exciting, adding to and rejuvenating my interest in photography. I have soaked one roll of 35mm film in hot saltwater and lime juice, and another in Captain Morgan spiced rum. Waiting a week before shooting will be a bit painful, but I’m very excited to see the results!