The Excess of Joy Was as Hard to Bear

There are a few drawbacks to waste-level view finders, like that on the Mamiya 645. For one, shooting any way but “from the hip” is nearly impossible.

For this shot – clearly not taken from the hip – I held the camera over my head and looked up, framing the shot best I could.

My shadow makes a not-so-rare appearance in the bottom right corner of the frame. You can see the camera held aloft. This wasn’t intentional, and you probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

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‘The Excess of Joy Was as Hard to Bear’

Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975)
Film: Macophot ORT25C (x-09/2004)
Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min

Helper, Utah

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One thought on “The Excess of Joy Was as Hard to Bear

  1. You are using the “j” model (i.e. no mirror lock-up). I have the M645 1000s with a 55mm. I too am missing the 80mm that typically comes with these cameras. I’m just going to have to fork out some savings. I have not yet seen one show up on the Swedish Tradera (an eBay company) and I’ve been watching the last year and a half.

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