Monday, July 15, 2019

Cameras, Lenses, Film and Contrast

Three views of the same place, two cameras and two films:

First the Fuji GW690III with Kodak T-MAX 400 (no contrast filter):


The lens for this camera is known for it's higher contrast.......especially in the rocks, but not so much for the sky. No filter used.


Now the Mamiya-7 with Ilford SFX-200:


The dark sky is a tell tales characteristic of IR-sensitive films like SFX-200.  Using a 695 IR filter to allow some visible light through..........


And a second Mamiya-7 with Kodak T-MAX 400:


Much less contrast in the rocks than the Fuji GW690III; less darkening of the sky than SFX-200; using a dark red filter.

Friday, July 12, 2019

My Lomo Purple First Roll Report

Hmmmmm......Not sure what I was expecting.  But I have 3 very different results depending on the sun light.

First shooting into a bright sky:




Next with the sun at ~90 degrees to the left:


And getting a lot of Blue with an overcast Sky:


Monday, July 8, 2019

New Camera Family Members....

When people find out that you are a film camera user.  They assume that you also collect film cameras.  Or at least that's been my recent experience as three very different cameras have recently passed into my hands...........

The first one is the Minox Spy Camera with accessories:



Not sure why the Sony rear lens body cap is in the picture.  But since I forgot to add a ruler, it does give you a sense of scale.



Given to me by a friend who thought that I'd be able to figure out how to make it work.  For such a small camera it does have a lot of features to set.  He gave up when the film disappeared, but you can get it now, and I have a brand new roll ready to go.  But it also came with and expired roll that I'm going to shoot also.


The Second new family member comes from a neighbor that is moving.  She'd gone digital a while ago and the Fujica ST 705 has been packed away for a while.  Still has film in it, which I will finish.  Also came with an exposed but undeveloped roll.  I told my Neighbor that I would deal with getting it all developed and send them prints.



The Fujica shown here with a 35-200 zoom lens and 55 mm normal lens.  There are some other lens accessories tht we will explore later.  Along with the Fujica was a Canon Sure Shot, also with a partially exposed roll of film.




Oy vey!  I'm going to be very very busy, as I've also acquired another Minolta XD-11 that I am testing and have a recently serviced one that I am testing too.  More about these when the film comes back.

So am I becoming a Camera Collector?

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hail Garden Carnage Report

I've been reporting on our garden harvests.......Last night we were hit by pea to golf ball sized hail.  Unlike last year no major damage to the house. 

First the Poppies: The White Prickly Poppies are blooming now;  the Red Flanders Poppies are just about done.  Some broken branches though.




Next the Tomatoes:  some damage, but they will recover.


A few broken branches, but mostly lost leaves.


The Collard greens were largely OK.  This one leaf shows the worst damage.



My larger Daturas are starting to bloom.  Luckily not too many open blossoms yesterday.  
The buds were OK.  Smaller plants in the back yard will recover.


Hopefully my Poblano Pepper (below) will recover.......





Friday, July 5, 2019

Garden Harvest Continues.....Collard Greens

My second harvest from the Garden features Collard greens.  A veggie that I dearly love but had never tried to grow before.  My Father's garden always had them.......a staple item.


I've also had 2 more salads since my first salad posting and have many more salads yet to harvest.  
Wonderful growing your own food!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Zoomed In with a Flag: Happy 4th of July!!

I used to post Flags on all National Patriotic Holidays.  I've fallen away a bit.  But heading back with some subtlety:




Monday, July 1, 2019

Zoomed In Here Too!

I've posted a lot of Zoomed In features on my other Blog Here.  But Now one for this blog too!



Friday, June 28, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Color or B&W?

Kodak ColorPlus 200:


I'm starting to experiment again with B&W Flowers.......Ilford HP5:


And Also a Kodak E100 white Flower (a bit cold fro my taste):



Monday, June 17, 2019

Yellow Flowers.......

We will try to wrap up the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden through the rest of June.......Today some Yellow:




Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Crazy Happy Cactus

Obviously the perfect micro environment for the Argentine Giant Echinopsis candicans:


7 total Blooms all open at the same time..............



















Sunday, June 2, 2019

Kodak Color Plus 200 Film Test for the Frugal Film Project

I'd mentioned the Frugal Film Project before.  I decided to use my Goodwill purchased Canonet and settle on Kodak Color Plus 200 as my inexpensive film. 


Since I didn't have the Canonet in Arizona at the time.  I did a preliminary film test using my Minolta X-700 and a Macro lens at the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden:




I was generally happy with the results and am awaiting the processing 
of my first roll from the Canonet.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pinhole Pairs #3

This time a comparison of the RSS Pinhole color image to a B&W Mamiya-7 image at the Roosevelt Bridge, Salt River, AZ:



Friday, May 24, 2019

Pinhole Camera Showdown

This past Pinhole Day I had a simple choice:  use my new Reality So Subtle Pinhole (RSSP).  I have the 6X6F model and recently ordered the 6X9F model.  The RSSP 6X6F really performed beautifully in the low light at Aztec Ruins, NM:



More from Aztec Ruins coming soon..........

My RSSP 6X9 has just arrived, so I will add it to the competition.  So what IS the competition?  I have a number of pinhole cameras, some of which I have never used.  My husband also has a few that he's not sure he wants to keep.  So over the next few weeks I will be testing these pinholes, some as I've said seemed like a good idea at the time, but have never been used:


First the Ilford 4X5 Camera Obscura (top).  For the most part I haven't used this because the direct positive print paper was unavailable for a long time (but I have some now).  And I also realized that the only practical way to use this camera was to carry a changing bag and extra box to place the exposed images in.  Otherwise it was a one shot deal.  For the Showdown, I'll probably restrict my shooting to my immediate neighborhood.

Second camera above, the 3D Printed Panorama Pinhole.  It may be a great camera, but I need to try it.  And sitting in my cabinet all these years has not helped me to decide if it's a keeper.


The Ondu and Zero Image adjustable 6X7 cameras.  Both cameras have exhibited a similar problem: film does not stay flat resulting in distorted images.  Also my husband had experienced a lot of scratches with the Ondu.

The FinalCompetition Entry is my newest Reality So Subtle 6X9F:



Pinholes that have Made the Cut and are Keepers: Reality so Subtle 6X6F, Holga Panorama Pinhole, Diana Multi Pinhole.  I'll show examples from the Keepers in my next post.

Non-Keepers may be given away...........