Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Journey to Totality: Part III

Now the wrap up show, starting with my favorite image:


"Diamond Ring" with Corona

As I mentioned, it's very hard to express the feeling of Totality.
But this book does a great job of sharing this experience.



Thanks to Spectrum Telescopes for our solar filters and glasses.



And Now the Kitch, Cudos and more Thanks.......


We stayed in Sydney, Nebraska, Cheyenne County.
The Visitor's Bureau handed out 'survival kits' the night before, 
which included safe viewing glass, a bottle of water and a bag of popcorn.
The glasses were a really classy thing to do......

Alliance, Nebraska did a great job providing links and information 
for the Optimal Eclipse Experience!

We had a Great Time at the Alliance Berean Church, which provided 
both camping and parking a big grassy field.  
We ended up parking with several groups from the 
Denver area that had driven up that morning.




And some kitch from Denny's


Thanks Nebraska, We'll Be Back!


Monday, August 28, 2017

A Journey to Totality: Part II

Part II, the digital images from the Nikon D-7100 with Tamron 150-600 mm zoom lens @ max zoom and solar filter.  If you need to be convinced to have a solar filter on hand for 2024, view this video.


Donald made these very low-res.  So this is as large as it gets.





Solar Flares were visible during Totality



Full Corona At Totality



"Diamond Ring" Effect, as Totality Passes.

Tomorrow a Farewell, Thank you's, more images and my Favorite Image.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Journey to Totality: Part I

I'm finally feeling like posting about the Solar Eclipse.  It was one of those 'once in a lifetime' events, and it's been hard to think about sharing images that can't show the 'experience'.  You just had to be there.......

We went to Alliance, Nebraska.............Staying in a town 80 miles away (Sidney, NE).  We went up a couple of days ahead to take in the lay of the land so to speak.  The locals were warm and welcoming, but many wondered what all the fuss was about.......I hope they stepped outside on August 21st, and figured it out........


The morning of the 21st was not promising, with heavy fog over western Nebraska....


But armed with our McDonalds Breakfast and Faith, we drove north towards Alliance....


By 9:30 when we were set-up in Alliance, the skies cleared...and we waited.


We setup 2 digital and one film camera.......


Of course, I was shooting film and that's being processed.......
Tomorrow, we'll look at the digital Images while we wait, 
and celebrate the one week anniversary.





Monday, August 21, 2017

Its in the Vault!


Or at least I hope so:

As we are out trying to capture the Eclipse!

This also concludes the 52 Rolls Week #31 Posting!

Approximate Mountain Time Viewing (at Alliance, NE Location):


Saturday, August 19, 2017

To The Top!

One Level above the Event Center is a spiral staircase to the Bell outside:




 Fortunately the 2.5 ton bell did not ring while we were up there.


Nothing really for scale, but the external bell clapper is the size of a cannon ball.


 And a view of the stirs from the top and going down........


Friday, August 18, 2017

Inside the Clock






From the Outside Terrace, to the Inside f the Clock Face





The Clock Face Interior Space is an Event Center, 
frequently used for Wedding Receptions.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Daniels and Fisher Tower

Over the next few days we will go inside Denver's Iconic Daniels & Fisher Tower:


Above:  From the Denver After Dark Workhop:  
Mamiya 645; T-MAX 400

Below: From Ground Level @ a recent Open House sponsored by
Doors Open Denver: Fuji GA645Zi; Ilford 3200


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spent Last Weekend Printing........

So Print Comparisons are on the Horizon:


Tried Arista.EDU for the first time.  And I may have found a new paper favorite.....
Look back at previous 'Print Comparisons'. 
Its been a while.......

Sunday, August 13, 2017

52 Rolls Weeks 29 & 30....All Infrared All the Time!

We bid farewell to this round of Infrared Film Testing....The 720 nm filter made the difference.  Also longer exposures at ~ISO 50.

Baby Eggplant:



The Mamiya 1000S testing constitutes Week #30 for the 52 Rolls Project.  But You've seen them all here.  Week #29 was a similar Rollei IR test using the Mamiya 6.  results were not as good, 
but check it out for yourself.

And the camera worked beautifully:


Friday, August 11, 2017

Mamiya 1000S 645: Infrared Experiments I

I realized that I should have used a 'normal' film for testing the camera.  But I was on an Infrared Binge, so I picked up a roll of Rollei IR 400.  I also had the 720 nm IR filter to play with....

So 3 Exposures: 1 sec, 2 sec, 4 sec:  Wild Grapes







Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Unboxing Reveal.........

The Mamiya 1000S with a waist level viewfinder was my first foray into medium format 12+ ears ago.  My first 1000S was purchased at a photo swap meet in San Jose, CA.  All the professionals were moving to digital, and there were great deals on film cameras.  My first 1000S was not in great shape like this one, but it was a rugged camera and a good stating point.  I also got n 80 mm macro lens with the camera purchase........That has proven to be a very useful lens, giving me a medium format macro option..........


I wanted to revisit the waist level viewfinder and work in a totally manual mode.......


Shortly after moving to Colorado, I traded up for a Mamiya 645 Pro because I wanted the changeable back option.  But I always regretted giving up the 1000S.  But now I have an even better one!


This must have been a display camera because it was virtually unblemished.


Friday we'll see the first images from my 'new' vintage camera........