Thursday, June 22, 2017

More From HearseCon & Check out Week #23

Wrapping up Hearse Con this week on the 52 Rolls Project Week #23.
Link will not be active until Saturday (6/24).......

Above: Its all about the shoes and tatoos for many Hearse Girls.
Below:  An award winning Hearse. I'd tried to photograph details from this one, but as is the case with autofocus, it doesn't all ways focus on what you think is most important.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

52 Rolls Week #22: HearseCon 2017

More from HearseCon.  I'm posting the T-MAX photos here and Lomo Lady Grey 400 in the 52 Rolls Project for Weeks #22 & 23.  So you will have to visit both to see all the images.  In this posting we focus on various presentations of caskets, a favorite theme:

Above.  The Flash didn't go off so a blurred image, but it is kind of ghostly.

Below:  Example of alters to the dead.

Below: a Flag, the sponsoring business and a flaming devil casket.  
The Irony of what is America?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day @ HearseCon

And you say what IS HearseCon?  Click the link and see.  An unusual festival that we stumbled upon at another unusual festival a few years ago.

We'll Start with portraits, some intentional and some accidental:

And A Happy Father's day to Donald and all of you Guys out there following this Blog!
And to Our Fathers, some of whom have passed on.

W'ell move on the the weird stuff in the next post.

Friday, June 16, 2017

SFX-200 vs. T-MAX 400: Contrast Comparison

For both example the Top image is SFX-200 with IR 695 Filter and 43 mm lens. 
Bottom image is T-MAX 400 Orange Filter, 50 mm lens.

Above SFX-200 and Below T-MAX 400. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Perspectives on Buck Canyon

Buck Canyon at Canyonlands National Park.  Which do you prefer, Portrait or Landscape?

52 Rolls Week #21

Wrapping up the Moab Photo Symposium this week, and on 52 Rolls.  But I will be showing some experiments here  (example below) that are not posted on 52 Rolls.  Need to keep some variety, right?

So we'll start with a comprehensive wide to telephoto test at the Famous 'Balanced Rock' of Arches:

50 mm lens

80 mm lens (normal lens)

150 mm lens

210 mm lens
Featured on 52 Rolls

As I had mentioned before, I rarely carry the 210 with me.  But I think my work at the Symposium justifies carrying it, especially when I don't know how close I'll be able to get to the subject.

Monday, June 12, 2017

More Fun with IR Films...........

More fun with IR films coming soon.  This time with the Hoya R72 filter, 
which cuts out more of the visible light.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Infrared Change of Pace: Part II

More results from the Front Garden.  Here perhaps the best IR Effect:

The green foliage is clearly reflecting IR.  Again a 4 second exposure @ f/16.  Below, the Snowball Bush again with the same exposure:

And below, what the scanner saw:

I adjusted the levels in the scanner software.  Scanners can save many 
images that are unprintable by other means.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Infrared Change of Pace: Part I

We'll take a break from the Utah Desert and take a look at some recent Infrared Experiments.  This time with Rollei 400 IR Film:

Long exposures mean that there will be some motion, even with a slight wind.  I was using a B&W IR 695 filter.  But am starting to see some IR effects in the whitening of the green leaves.  Below Same exposure f/16 @ 4 seconds, but the wind had picked up during the exposure.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cropped in the Camera

For 52 Rolls, Week #18, I discussed cropping and showed a tree on the edge of a cliff.  On a later roll I found that I had actually cropped this scene in the camera using my 210 telephoto lens:

This compositions actually works much better than the other image.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Online: Lens Flares

It's been a wile since I posted comments related to an online article.......

So how do you feel about lens flares?  I never think about using a lens hood, so I get them sometimes.  I know that they can be' artistic, but I've never tried to work with that.  I usually get the annoying ones like below:

I thought this video was going to be silly and it was.  I've never thought of faking an effect like this using Photoshop.  But that just shows that I am film-centric........Let's try next time to use some of the techniques described more deliberately, and see what happens.........

Friday, June 2, 2017

52 Rolls Week #20

Here taking a new perspective by trying different telephoto ranges, 150 mm vs. 210 mm with the Mamiya 7:

Do you have a preference?  Be assured I will probably crop out the sky when I print these.

Check out the other shots from this location @ the 52 Rolls Site.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Tale of Three Crops: Part III

Final Episode for the Holiday Weekend.  FYI, I'm spending most of this weekend in the darkroom.  So you may see print comparisons soon.

Above the Crop, Below the full frame.  The original composition has way too much sky and the rocks in the upper left are not well exposed and add nothing to the image.  So get rid of them!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Tale of Three Crops: Part II

Here an asymmetrical crop.  No reason why the tree has to be in the center.  And I found somethings on the right side (Full Frame Below) that I wanted to eliminate.

The exposure here wasn't great, but I discuss those problems on the 52 Rolls Page.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Tale of Three Crops: Part I

Second day of Shooting at the Moab Photo Symposium in Hunter See more here at Week #19 of the 52 Rolls Project.

Here we are going to take a look at images not sown there.  More on Cropping, as I prepare to go into the darkroom.  Two take on Cropping.  First the 'uncropped' image:

Several distractions here, like the back pack and the small corner of sky in the upper left.  So Below, I did what you are supposed to do, 'crop in the camera' by moving in closer to the subject:

This is the one that I will print.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

52 Rolls Week #18 at the Moab Photo Symposium

First posts from the Moab Photo Symposium.  Here's the best image for photo shooting day #1, an afternoon workshop with Bruce Barnbaum.  He has a fascinating story and philosophy of photography.  So check him out!

I'm going to print this and have taken a first look at two cropping options:

Crop #1 above and Crop #2 below.

And the Full Frame Image:

Friday, May 19, 2017

M7 Panoramic Insert vs. the Horizon Perfekt

Now for the show down, which really isn't much of a contest.  The Horizon Perfekt is a swing lens panoramic camera:

All of these images were taken from the same tripod position.  The first thing you notice is the much wider field of view for the Horizon, notice my fingers got in the way (lower left):

Horizon Perfekt (above) and Mamiya 7 35mm (below):

Of course the wider field of view adds more distortion, especially if the camera i
s not perfectly leveled.

Again Horizon (above) and Mamiya (below).

Last set, showing the Flatirons:

Horizon (above) and Mamiya (below) which we saw on the first posting.

So that's my panoramic comparison.  I promise better exposures next time you see the Horizon Perfekt.  I'll just have to pull out the spot meter and use ISO 100 film for the very bright sun around here.  I have one more comparison to the Horizon to make.  Coming Soon!

Also posted as Week #18 for the 52 Rolls Project.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Redux of the Mamiya 7 Panoramic Insert

We revisit the Mamiya 7 35 mm panoramic insert.  Results not so great this time.  Way over exposed and some strange phenomena that I show later.  But first, I did remember to photograph the insert:

First the parts, which makes it fairly impractical to reload in the field, because you have to partially assemble and load the film before mounting in the camera.  So after the results of this test, you probably won't see this used again.

Here with the film mask in place (above); and with the film loaded (below):

Now we are ready to close it up and go!

But mediocre results this time.  Way over exposed!  But the grain doesn't bother me.  However there were troublesome streaks possibly from a light leak.  The way the insert is deployed, the mask doesn't fit that well.  So who knows.  As I said not worth me really fighting with this since I have a 35 mm panorama camera.

Below, one of the best from this roll:

In our next episode we will look at side by side comparison shot with the Horizon Perfekt.