Friday, March 15, 2019

My Ilford FP4 Personal Review......

My results are back for the Ilford FP4 Film Test and I was surprised!  I followed the exposure advice of the Phoblographer and was pleased with the results:

  • Underexposed 1 stop outdoors in bright sunlight
  • Over exposed 1 stop indoors

My Panorama of the Salt River Bridge composed of the two images below using Photomerge:

Because of sound advice from someone who had already spent the time figuring it out, I experienced none of the problems that I've had with Film Ferrania P30 or Silberra Pan 160/100.  So I won't repeat what the Phoblographer said in his review........just check it out.

Below, a few shots from the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.  You'll see more from this location coming soon.

First the view from the North Side.

And views from the South Side:

These turned out a bit over exposed still.  I had used a dark orange filter and took a filter factor of 1 instead of 2.  Next time I will not use a filter factor.  I think the FP4 35 mm is worth another spin around the block.  I do like it better than HP5.

Special view from the top of the Natural Bridge looking through a hole to the bottom:

My next FP4 posting will be the 120 film that I received from my Secret Santa.  The Phoblographer does warn that the larger format has some issues.  We'll see.

Friday, March 8, 2019

How many films is it really possible to be an expert at using?

I'll be posting a survey on Twitter, but I wanted to give my non-Twitter followers a chance at answering this question.  In the future I will write an 'article' here on my feelings and the results of my survey.

So let me state the question:

What films do you use and how many do you feel it is possible to be an expert with?  Please leave a comment or vote on Twitter @AnalogPhotoBug, and look for the future article.

The films I Typically Use.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

52 Rolls Redux: North Park Colorado

I wasn't sure I'd have anything to post.......I was experimenting with films and that means we can't count on the results.  But on closer inspection my Ilford SFX-200 experiment using an IR 695 Filter  were more successful than I had expected.  Below, Nokhu Crags (12.490 ft, 3807 m) in the Never Summer Range, above Cameron Pass:

We continued to chase Fall Across Northern Colorado along Poudre Canyon and North Park:

Tech Info:  Ilford SFX-200 (infrared sensitive) film, IR 695 Filter with a filter factor of +2 dialed in (probably need +3 next time), Mamiya 6X7 Rangefinder with 43 mm lens.  Developed and scanned by Old School Photo Labs.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Results for Silberra PAN 160 Film: Part II

We'll finish looking at Silberra PAN 160.  All images have Photoshop enhanced Levels, Contrast and Brightness.  The first three images are from the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic Nature Trail:

Below, three images from Hwy 87 approaching 4 Peaks:

Those of you that have followed me for a while, realize that T-MAX 400 is my film because I lean towards high contrast.  When I want lower contrast I use Ilford Delta 400.  In both cases I use contrast filters.

I have my favorite films and I ask myself whether it is worth the time to learn about new films?  My favorite B&W: Kodak T-MAX 400, Ilford SFX-200 and Ilford Delta 400;  I also want to spend some more tie with Ilford Delta 3200.  My Favorite Color film for now is Kodak Portra 400;  I am presently testing the new Kodak E100.  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Results for Silberra PAN 160 Film: Part I

So for part I, I'm just going to share some personal impressions.  In Part II. I'll finalize by showing more examples.

For the Silberra PAN 160 I experienced some of the same problems as I had with Ferrania P30:  apparent under exposure and very low contrast.  But this time with a totally different camera (here the X-700 and with the P30 an XD-11).  So I'm wondering if my problem is trying to use my typical T-MAX settings.  Also the raw examples I did use a dark orage filter with filter factor dialed in.

Example #1: Raw Image; to me somewhat flat......

Example #1: Levels, Contrast & Brightness enhanced in PhotoShop

Examples #2: Raw Image; to me also somewhat flat

Example #1: Levels, Contrast & Brightness enhanced in PhotoShop

Next We'll just take a look around Arizona, with all of the Silberra PAN 160 film enhanced using PhotoShop as discussed above.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Film Test: Taking Ilford FP4 Out for a Spin

My Emulsive Secret Santa gave me some Ilford FP4, a film that I've never tried.  Got some exposure tips online from the Phoblograper, and I'll post me results shortly:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Weekends Online: How Film Makes You Think, Before You Shoot!

First the Quote from Frank H. Wu on 35mmc:

"The lesson to be learned about life is that we, or at least I, do not appreciate as much what I have been given as what I have had to bargain for. I earn my film photos. I have to be able to afford it. That means repeatedly. Each and every satisfying click and whirr is a few pennies, which must be in the pocket. I am automatically averse to waste."

The conclusion is that His film photos are always personally more satisfying (and often objectively better) than His digital images.

For me, my best photos are definitely film.  One of last year's successes IS digital, but I planned and captured the image like it was film.  I saw the potential image, walked around the scene looking for the best angles, made three images; taking into consideration how I might crop the final images as well.  And THINKING like a film photographer avoids Waste.  For a digital Photographer, the "waste"  is all that time you spend in front of the computer sorting through hundreds of images that you would never use.

This is the Digital Image, Captured using Film Shooting Techniques.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Counting All My Blessings and Prayers......

Thinking of all the best wishes and prayers I have received as I go into surgery #2:

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Weekends on Line: Film Photography in Louisville, KY

My 2019 Goals stated that I was going to return to some old posting projects that somehow got lost along the way.  One item was regular postings of links to interesting photo articles o the Weekends.  So here is 2019's first installment: a growing Film Photography Community in Louisville.

Fueled somewhat by a resurgence of Film Photography for Weddings.......

I don't do weddings.  But I do always post something special for my Blogger Friends, A Holga Landscape:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Favorite New Year's Resolutions/Goals from Blogs I Follow

I've published my Goals, Now I'm taking a look at the Goals of those I follow online.  Where do we intersect and digress?  So I'm wrapping up January with what I've learned from You!

And it seems like few of the bloggers I follow actually set new goals each year.  So I'm going to post the two that I found inspiring:

Starting with It's Her Van:

My Favorites, #2 and #5........

2- I must find a comfortable camera strap that won’t wreck my neck, back, and entire day. This has become a bigger hassle than expected and now I understand why people drop a hundred bucks on a strip of cloth. I’ll keep searching and let you know what I come up with.

5- Be kinder to myself and the mistakes I make with the van. Like, it’s my van. I can screw it up if I want to.

Vulture:  33 Rules for Being An Artist from Jerry Saltz

Not really an individual's goals, but things we should all keep in mind.  They are all my Favorites, but here's a selection I can follow:

Lesson 1: Don’t Be Embarrassed

Lesson 2: “Tell your own story and you will be interesting.” — Louise Bourgeois

Lesson 4: Art Is Not About Understanding. Or Mastery; It is about doing and experience.

Lesson 10: Find Your Own Voice; Then exaggerate it.

And there's a lot more here....not specific to Photography, but we can learn from other artists Too!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Silberra Film.....

Just mailed my first roll of Silberra Film to Old School Labs.  I should have result to show by the end of the week.  Silberra was one of my 2018 Successes.

It was also a fun package to receive in the mail:

From Russia with Love...I wonder what the mail man thought of this package?

The Silberrra 160 Pan is on its way to Old School.  The Pan 100 is in the camera now.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 Photography Goals

Adding a photo and reposting.......

I had a lot of success in 2018.  OK, that depends on how you measure success.  I had a lot of recognition in 2018.  Success is more a measure of meeting Personal Goals that satisfy one's Artistic Vision.

So these were my stated goals for 2018:

  • Focus on Darkroom Printing Time Especially prints of Moab Symposium events
  • Attend THE FINAL Moab Photo Symposium in May 2018
  • Continue Experiments with IR Film
  • Practice with my newly converted digital full spectrum camera
  • Continue the Charge towards Gallery Submissions (Check My 'Fine Art' Page Here)

I did have prints for Moab and attended the Final Show.  I also submitted images for the Wrap-up Book.

I gave up on IR film and moved on to my Full Spectrum converted Nikon-1.  I use the IR filter to block the parts of the spectrum I'm not interested in.  I got the full spectrum set-up for Ghost Hunting (We'll follow-up on that later).

Still entering contests even though we have discussed why that is bad......

So what are my 2019 Goals:
  • First, Survive my latest medical complications
  • Second, more thoughtful and meditative pursuit of my photography
  • Stay Focussed
  • More Darkroom time
  • AND getting back to the Roots of This Blog; Recording my Life and Times on the Front Range.
    • Restarting Vintage Camera News and Online Weekend Features
    • Continuing the 52 Rolls Redux
    • Film and Camera Reviews
    • Travel Photography
    • Snapshots from Life