Saturday, July 26, 2014

Exploring Colorado Ghost Towns: Getting Closer

We are out today looking at more Colorado Ghost Towns.  That will be our Photography Focus for the rest of the Summer and into the Fall. 


Here we get closer to the Window on the East Portal House: 


 Both images are cropped for te Mamiya 645.  Above a tighter crop and probably the better image to print; Below I do like the grass, but perhaps there is too much going on.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exploring Colorado Ghost Towns: Moffat Tunnel East Portal

Old Union Pacific Maintenance Station at the East Portal of the Moffat Tunnel:

Cropped from Mamiya 645 image.  Over the next few postings, 
we'll get a little closer.  But not too close due to asbestos hazard.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturdays Online: Advantages of Medium Format Film Photography

According to a recent article on the REFRAME Website, if you are going Film, Go Medium Format!

If you are a new follower of My Vintage Cameras, the following Keywords all refer to my medium format photography:
  • Medium Format
  • Mamiya
  • Mamiya 6
  • Mamiya 645
  • Mamiya 7
  • Rollei TLR
  • Holga
  • Pinhole Cameras
  • Minolta Autocord
I have totally gone Medium format.   I possess all of the above, with the exception of the Minolta Autocord.  One of our followers does use and Autocord and I have a link to his Blog.  For me it boils down to this:
  • Unbeatable, Gorgeous, BIG Negatives
  • Unaffordable comparable digital medium format
  • Lighter weight and more versatile than lugging around a view camera
REFRAME mentions all of the above, and the subtle difference in the "Look" of the resulting print.

For two examples click here Monument Valley, and here for a Mamiya 6 portrait of me and the Mamiya 7.  Or just check out any of the Keywords.

Tmax 100 @ f/11

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Going Out Of Focus: B&W Edition

I finally got a decent patch of Native Prickly Poppies growing.  So Why Not Try Out Of Focus B&W:


Same Poppy below, In Focus:


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Going Out of Focus with Eli Vega

We try so hard to achieve that perfect focus.  But Recently I saw a presentation by Eli Vega, Colorado Photo Artist, that emphasized looking at the abstract.

So I thought I would try some of his, multiple exposure and going out of focus techniques.  Obviously I need more practice to get the desired result.  But What do you think of Going Out of Focus?

Eli's Technique:
  • Set your camera for multiple exposures (Mamiya 645 allows this)
  • First take a sharp in focus image
  • Second, go out of focus and take one or more additional images
 After looking at his website, I think that bright colors with lots of contrast with the background creates the best effect.  Of Course I looked at his website, after my attempts did not turn out as I wanted.


So, we'll try this one again, with brighter colors and more Contrast......

Friday, July 4, 2014

Have a 'Filmy' 4th of July

Our Friends at Lomography had a great 4th of July image:



Composed of various Lomo  & Diana Cameras!
Have a Filmy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Downtown Lifestyles

Condos along the South Platte River.
(For me personally, not the most scenic location)