Big “Oops!” with Svema MZ-3

When you’re shooting oddball films it’s always good to test before you go out and try to execute a plan. Well I didn’t and it bit me in the butt a bit. I had this plan to take some FFP Store Svema MZ-3 low iso film out to the beach, slap some filters on it and take some longer exposure images where people that are moving turn into smears or ghosts. Stuff that stays still looks fine. It’s a fun technique that I’ve dabbled in digitally. I just thought that the beach with the brightness would put an interesting spin on it. Now I had to use a few ND filters and a put a 3 stop red on it to add 3 stops of time to my longish exposure.

Svema MZ-3
Svema MZ-3

So I load my camera up and head to the beach with my oldest son and we had a great time walking around shooting pictures. He especially like trying to sneak up on seagulls and take pictures of them with my iPhone.

Loading Svema MZ-3
Loading Svema MZ-3

So I came home from the beach and while excited to see what was on the film life got in the way and it was a few months until I got to develop it. That’s when I made an unfortunate discovery about Svema MZ-3 for the purposes of this project. See MZ-3 is a blue sensitive film and I didn’t know that. Now where was that stated and I guess I took panchromatic for granted. Doh! I know this because I took the red filter off for only a couple shots and only a couple shots had anything on them. I got these two shots and everything else was blank! Oh well, I still have several more rolls of it, and I really like the look of it.

Dewey Beach
Dewey Beach


Dewey Beach
Dewey Beach

Funny thing with the sign. It had light blue warnings on it that didn’t really show up with the blue sensitive film.

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