The house was built for the family some 35 years prior and the trees that surround the home were just saplings planted as part of the development of the land. For the last 20 or so years of his working career, Robert was involved in the funding of research across a very broad range of projects, with one project in particular involved with the improvement of pollination in Kiwifruit, and it was that project which led him to eventually keeping several hives at home. Roberts hives are mostly the design found in the UK- but with the traditional NZ hives placed inside. This design I’m assured offers better cooling and warmth year round. You could say that they are more aesthetically pleasing too.
One thing i’ve noticed is that the Yashica635 seems to focus easier for sure, or is it more true to the focussing you see looking into the ground glass? At 3.5 – 5.6 it’s also clearly sharper than the Rolleicord too, but the results when either hit focus are worth the anxiety. It’s a roller coaster of emotions that only film offers. I guess both cameras are different across multiple aspects from the aesthetics, to how the lens behaves. Hence why I aim to shoot 3 frames per scene – to increase the odds of focus on these beautiful but tricky machines!
With level 4 restrictions now hitting hard NZ wide, this project is on hold until we can freely connect with others outside our bubbles. A bit of downtime will be good though as I connect more via email with others in search of the diversity that the project deserves, and in particular more female, younger enthusiasts, and Maori beekeepers. Maybe it’s time for some still life and self portraits at home to keep me busy?! Thankfully I can still get outside to exercise though while this outbreak settles.