Friday, June 29, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Catch-Up Part IV #filmjune

Summary of #filmjune Days 21-25:  Remember you can follow this on Twitter #filmjune

Q21. What are you go to Film developing chemicals?
It used to be D76, but mixing the powder and getting it to fully dissolve was problematic. So we've switched to all liquid developers with Clayton F76 No. 1 in our darkroom and Ilfotec DD-X our next choice. We also use Ilford Rapid Fixer.

Q22. How do you store your film for a day out photographing?
I keep the film in the box (120 size) and put the box in my pack.  If I'm wearing my photo vest, I'll keep a roll or two in a pocket for quick access:


If I'm on the road I'll wrap the boxes in ziplocs and keep them in the cooler.

Q23.  Do you own a fantastic camera that no one hypes about?
My favorite go to 35mm that never gets any love is the Minolta X-700.  When I started photography to document my geological work, my parents could only afford one of the SRT-Series cameras.  They were marked down because the X-700 was about to debut.  So I started with Minolta and when I was ready for a new camera, saw no reason to change brands so I bought an X-700.  I now own three!  It was my stalwart reliable field geology field camera since the late 1980's.  Minolta lenses also don't get the credit due them.


Cerro Totuma, Panama.  Another place I did geological work.


Me being a Geologist on Reunion Island, Indian Ocean.




Q24. Which current photographer do you admire most and why?
I'm going to give you two:  Clyde Butcher, because I love his capture of the Florida Landscape and his recent book Inspired by Dali; Also John Sexton, because he's continuing the Monterey B&W Tradition and I love his Book, Places of Power.  Steps out of landscape mode.

Q25. Have you built or made any accessories for your camera?  Easy answer, NO!


Monday, June 25, 2018

More Reflected UV Orchids

Another Species of Cattleya:



Below:  zooming in on the rear orchid, which was in better focus:


Saturday, June 23, 2018

More Reflected UV with the Orchids.....

Genus Cattleya proved to be interesting, but my exposures were way off.  Basically the natural or lamp light exposure does not directly correlate with the UV exposure.  So we'll have to experiment with that.  We'll view the final set of results over the next few days:



Friday, June 22, 2018

Catch-up Part 4 #filmjune

16.  Have you experimented with any new formats?  Yes, I'm in the middle of testing 6X9 in my Mercury universal Camera:


17. Share a picture of your favorite camera (and yourself if you dare)?  Not a Problem:



18. What is the largest Format you have used?  I've experimented with 4X5 pinhole paper negatives.  I have an Ilford 4X5 Obscura Pinhole that I plan on experimenting with soon.....





19. What is the most creative process that you have done with film?  My Uelsmann Assignment at MPC:



20. My top three social media photography accounts followed all via Twitter:
Here are my top three photography accounts: @EMULSIVEfilm @HamishGill (35 mmc) and @Phoblographer   I'm also going to add a shout out to three photographers I communicate most often with: @donkittle @Givemeabiscuit and @cpindell1

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Reflected UV Experiments at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

We'd seen a lot online regarding Reflected UV photography of flowers.  Supposed;y it recreates what some pollinators see.  I had the opportunity to visit the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, owned by a friend of mine.  Well, OK I was visiting her, and took the opportunity to try reflected UV photography with the Orchids.  So here goes, the Phalaenopsis variety showed the best result:


Above the lamp lit yellow color; Below in reflected UV light.



I need to work a bit on the exposure.  Only about half of the images turned out well, many over exposed in UV.  Interesting..........We'll look at some more results as the week rolls on.

Friday, June 15, 2018

#filmjune Catch-Up Part 3

Questions 11-15:

11.  What made you first pick up Ilford Film and start shooting with it?



12.  Best find at a second hand or charity store:  Purchased from Goodwill online.....



13. Do you frame and hang your own work at home? Yes, but oddly I really haven't photographed my home gallery.  Just this one photo from Ash Wednesday......



14. Have you tried CineStill Film?  No, but I have some in my film fridge.  Just haven't had the interest.  When Kodak E110G makes it's return at the end of the year, I'll probably give it away!

15. Were do you buy your film stock?  Freestyle Photo Supplies in L.A.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

#filmjune Catch-up Part 2

Here posted responses to questions 6-10: 
 @Jaysargo
6. Software and Scanners: Epson V700 scanner and Photoshop CS4.  Why change what works?

7. What do you do with your film waste?  I keep the 35mm canisters and 120 film reels because they come in handy.  Sorry, I throw out the 120 paper covers.  Don't know what I would do with it.

8. Do you prefer Ilford Plus Range or Delta Range Films?  I use Delta 400.

9. My Favorite of all time was Kodak E100GX:




10.  Equipment Quality and Quantity are not mutually exclusive........

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#filmjune Catch-Up Part 1

I've been posting answers while traveling and so didn't have access to photos or my website.  So I'll add some links here where appropriate. I have paraphrased the questions. If you are on Twitter you can follow #filmjune      @Jaysargo


  1. Most Inspiring Female Photographers:  HolgaJen, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Annie Leibovitz.  Check them out.
  2. Underwater Photography: Tried it once.  Have no idea where the photos are.
  3. My Oldest working Cameras:


4. Filters and Extension tubes: I used contrast filters all the time because I mostly shoot B&W film. Link to my filter Studies.
  5. Do you use B&W or Color films for certain subjects? Yes, mostly B&W now because my favorite color film was discontinued: Kodak E100GX.  I have found some satisfaction with Kodak Portra 400.