Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sources of Power

I may have mentioned a new/current photographic project capturing images of the Boulder Power Plant, whose stacks are visible from many parts of the County:


But there are increasingly Alternative Power Sources appearing around town.  
So we will take a look at those too, and expand the Project to documenting alternative energy.


This particularly striking solar panel installation at Mountain View United Methodist Church, Boulder.  There are lots of solar panel installations going up, many sponsored by local government.  More on that as the Power Plant Project proceeds.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

52 Rolls Week #10

52 Rolls Project Week #10 finds us at some old and current government installations.  Traveling the backroads of Boulder County we came upon a NOAA research site:


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturdays Online: Experimental Cameras I Have Known........

Experimental Cameras include the expected offerings from Holga or Lomography.  But I'm also including unusual 'found cameras', any plastic camera and some odd little 35 mm cameras that have passed my way.  Click on the links to see example images from each camera type.

Okay, lets start with the obvious, Holga.  But there are many Holgas, and I have two types:  The standard Holga 120:




and the Holga Panorama Pinhole:








An Old School Plastic Camera, the Kodak Dualflex.  Taking a page out of the TLR family.  I had read about someone finding their grandmother's camera (with film) in a closet and developing it to find a whole new perspective on their grand mother as a young woman.  Great romantic Story, but the results of my experiments were lacking.  Seems like I never posted anything from this camera.  I'll take another look through my files.



The Kalimar Wide-X, a found camera.  Literally found in the trash.  The focussing lens had a crack, and the camera was very hard to load properly:


But it still yielded some results that were good enough to lead us to buy it's modern cousin the Lomo Horizon Swing Lens Panorama.


The Kodak Pocket Camera:


I bought this when I lived in New Orleans (Pre-Katrina).  I was afraid to walk around with a 'nice camera' and this slips neatly into the pocket.  Takes decent photos for a plastic lens camera.


And A silly little "Mini Diana" that shoot 110 ( a format I've never tried before).  It came as a bonus gift when I bought the Horizon.  So what the heck.....I'm testing it now.



The film cartridge actually forms the camera back.  
Sounds like a recipe for light leaks.




Cameras that I own as novelties but have yet to use:

Zero Image Pinhole:


This camera was part of the 3-D printing trend.  We'll try to focus on using it for Pinhole Day 2017.  And the same is true of the Ilford Camera Obscura (below).  Of course there is no reason to wait for Pinhole Day.  So we will try to use it sooner.  It is 4X5 format, probably why I haven't tried it yet.







In future weeks, We'll take a look at some Experimental Methods I have known.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boulder Creek Part II & 52 Rolls Week #9

And 52 Rolls Week #9..........

At the end of the Pipeline is:



With some recent construction:


And an out of focus view, because that's what auto focus typically does in these situations.....
I was trying to capture the birds roosting on top of the Dome.  You can see them flying away.


We've been near here before at Walden Ponds, but I usually try to avoid showing the 
Water Treatment Plant.

And Yes it is St Patrick's Day.  But I celebrated Last Weekend at the Beer Festival..


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Walk Along Boulder Creek

We've previously viewed color images from this Walk.   But I rarely just shoot one roll of film.  So this is a B&W roll from the same camera test of the Fuji GA645Zi. And you are seeing the post before the 52 Rolls Project.



The Indian Peaks from Walden Ponds.


And the very common Space Ship Clouds.



Next we'll See where this pipeline is going.........


Monday, March 13, 2017

52 Rolls Week #8

Week 8 of the 52 Rolls Project finds us taking up the Barn Project:


The best feature of this site is the Silo.  But Click on the 52 Rolls link above to see the Barn.


One feature you often see is Tress growing in abandoned Silos (above), 
because the foundations help to trap water.
We'll check back in the Spring to see if this tree is alive.




Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturdays Online: My Evolving Camera Family

Always worth revisiting this topic: Rangefinders vs. SLRs.  Read an easy to follow discussion here at The Darkroom. Fair and doesn't take sides.  In the end, your choice depends on what you are shooting and why.  Click on the links below to see example images for each camera type in my Camera Evolution.

If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that I made the switch from 35 mm to medium format 645 (largely before I started the blog).  I still use 35mm, but over time the Minolta posts have gone down and the Mamiya 645 posts have gone up.  The Mamiya 645, though, is still a single lens reflex camera (SLR), meaning basically that you view, focus and meter through the same lens.

One of my many Minoltas:



And Yes, we have His & Hers Mamiya 645's:




I had a small Canonet 35 mm Rangefinder, but never really took to it:



Then my husband read about the Mamiya 6X6 and wanted one.  So we got one.  Then it sat around for a while because he was more focussed on digital and so I started using it. Of course he then wanted it back!



I'd learned the ins and outs of Rangefinders by then and was ready to take the plunge.  I had observed photographers using the Mamiya 6X7 on workshops and field trips.  And since I prefer the landscape format to the square,  the Mamiya 7 became my rangefinder of choice.



But I found, that although a Canonet Rangefinder might serve well for street photography, the 10-shot per roll M7 didn't quite work.  So in my camera evolution (any by learning a lot about different camera options on the 52 rolls project).  I acquired the Fuji GA645 for medium format street photography.  We've already taken this on out for a spin at recent rally's.  I can't wait for Zombie Crawl 2017!


And yet, I still find uses for my 35 mm cameras, for special projects, as as my easy access ride along camera on road trips.  And now that I know more about Rangefinders, I use the Canonet more.


In a future Saturday Online offering, we'll take a look at some Experimental Cameras I Have Known.........

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Online: What Exactly IS Aged Film?

Are you kidding me?  Putting film in oak casks for 7 years to 'perfectly' age it?  Considering Age is usually bad for film unless it is stored properly;  Read More Here about Lomo's Aged Film Project.  As my husband said, it just seems silly.  And since I'm not a fan of cross processing, I'm not looking for a hybrid effect, which is what they are promoting.  But to each his own.

So here is my 'aged' image for you.  I 'found' a roll of film that I had exposed last summer, but never developed.  That's my idea of  'aging':


Had been photographing the garden and then forgot about it.
This also counts as Week 7 of my 52 Rolls Project.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My January Print Offering

And a link to a beautifully written essay on why film matters to so many of us.  Since I can't say it better, I've shared the link above.

And Now the January Silver Print:  The Alma Stamp Mill



The contrast and brightness are often hard to adjust for my prints, which tend to be high contrast.  In the actual print you do see details in the dark areas.