Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Holga Week

My Holga Week has posed on my Fine Arts Blog.  Here is a sample:

Unfortunately I will not be participating in future Holga Weeks.  I had wanted to submit something, but could not get the link form the organizers.  After two attempts at contacting them, with no response, I'm dropping out of the process for next year..........

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Ilford Ortho Plus has Arrived

Time to get down to business.........I've read a couple of reviews on my Twitter feed that were exciting!  Yellow filtered results appealed to me the most, so I'll start there.  Can't wait to see my results.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

You will be greeted by my Cow Costume if you ring our doorbell.  My husband saw this at WalMart and decided that I needed it.  Background:  we are both Taurus and have many cow theme things in our house,

Saturday, October 19, 2019


 We get a lot of door to door soliciting....often very annoying.  We saw this sign online and bought one....

Weekends Online: Protect That Film!

I found this alarming.......New CT-Scanner based machines for examining carry on bags will DESTROY your film!  Read details here.

But alarming on two fronts:  Film destroyed without warning (because the technicians are not very knowledgeable) and the high levels of radiation that CT Scanners emit.  Do the Techs know how much more radiation they are being exposed to?  There is a reason why the use of CT Scans is limited in medicine.

So why are we exposing TSA techs and casual travelers to so much radiation? Ostensibly to shorten the scan times.........For me, that's not a very god reason.  As Cancer Survivor, I'd rather wait and have less radiation exposure.

Here is a list of the Airports currently running CT Scanners:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  • Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Monday, October 7, 2019

Last Shots for Holga Week

Just finished my second roll for Holga Week.  And oh, yeah I do have lot's of green tomatoes.  Expecting our first hard freeze in a couple of days.........

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

My Favorites from the #camerachallenge

Ilford Photo (@ilfordphoto), @jackthehatphoto and associated organizations sponsor a number of challenges and competitions on Twitter.  #filmtober will starts Today.  The posts are made by @_JasonAvery.

During the Month of October I'll be posting my favorites from the recent #camera challenge.

So let's get started!

The challenge:  there were daily posted themes that we were supposed to photograph.  Ome photo at a time and one roll of 36 exp film for the month.




Monday, September 23, 2019

SolarCan Equinox Deployment

I place my first seasonal SolarCan Today for the Fall Equinox.  I plan on watching the Sun disappear.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

SolarCan Update Part II

The SolarCan from my Mother-in-Law's Back Yard.  Looks like a good location for another  deployment?

Raw, un-manipulated negative image below:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

In the Garden with Ilford HP5: #1

Starting a single shot series of some wonderful results shooting HP5 in my Garden:

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Civic Duty: Water Testing

We were selected to collect tap water from our house for analysis.  Our City published water quality reports, but we never knew where the data came from.  Let your plumbing stand at least 6 hours without drawing water (so overnight) and draw first water in the morning:

Monday, July 22, 2019

My "Best" SolarCan

I had given up on the SolarCan after two less that great experiences.  When I contacted them I was told that some of the early versions had defective pinholes.  They sent me one replacement SolarCan.  I haven't deployed it yet.  But after this results, I will give it a try when the Equinox rolls around.

So this is my "Best" Result.  It captured both Solstices from my back yard.  I had basically left it there for 18 months and given up.  But the recent Hail storms tore it off the fence.  So I brought it in to see what I had:

Below the Raw image without inversion or contrast adjustments:

I have one more SolarCan in my mother in laws backyard to take down.  I'll compare the two and decide where to place my last SolarCan.

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.......