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You have to make the best of photo opportunities when they arise, so, when I noticed a Porsche 911 pull up as I waited for my spouse to return from a shopping errand, I decided to see if I could manage a couple of images. A supermarket car park is not the easiest of places to compose a decent photograph, as backgrounds are almost invariably busy, and uninspiring, but this one didn’t come out too bad all things considered.

It was taken with my Rolleiflex 2.8C twin lens reflex which is fitted with a Schneider Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 taking lens. The reduced depth of field the medium format provides compared to smaller formats (digital or film) helped to minimise background distractions.

Recorded on Kodak TMAX 100 black and white roll film and home processed in ILFORD ID-11 developer for 17 minutes at 20 C.

The abundant detail in this medium format image is best previewed in the LARGE size


Tasmanian Brett Rogers captures landscape, cityscape, and architectural photographs in and around his home town of Hobart. He also provides quality black and white film processing services and tuition in traditional film photography.

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  • James2001
    James2001about 3 years ago

    Brett, Nice perspective on this classic. I miss my 1967 912. James

  • Thanks James. 912s are very rare in Australia (I am not sure they were ever officially imported) but we do have one (left hand drive) example in Hobart. I actually took some shots of it with a Rolleicord a while ago. I’ll have to have another look at them and see if any are good enough to upload for you. It was imported ex-USA, too.

    – Brett Rogers

  • Derwent-01
    Derwent-01about 3 years ago


  • Thanks Greg!

    – Brett Rogers

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 3 years ago

    Very good image, Brett, but strangely – although I love sports cars – Porsches have never made my blood race.

  • Yes, I’m with you Odille, they are extraordinarily competent but I don’t regard them as conventionally beautiful. Park one alongside a Ferrari Dino or an E Type, and it is immediately apparent which is the more aesthetically pleasing design. Nevertheless they have some interesting and unique lines that are fun to try and capture effectively.

    – Brett Rogers

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