Monday, April 8, 2019

Figuring Out My Reality So Subtle........

In time for Worldwide Pinhole Day: April 28, 2019.

I recently acquired a Reality So Subtle Pinhole 6X6F Camera from James Guerin.


Of Course, remember to take the lens cap off.  A mistake I made in an early shoot. Below, the uncapped camera with the shutter closed:



And then with the shutter open:



So now, what problem did I have? Figuring out distances and limits on the view:




I was trying to use what appeared to be the range finder on the top.  But it is not obvious how to apply it.  Of course, now that I have examined more of the online literature, I can see my mistakes, sort of.  Now I know that the view is 99 degrees.  Going forward I will try to utilized that angle of view to figure out what I am seeing.  I also experienced vignetting when I tried to use the filter.  But I attached a 62mm filter....too small.  I will try a 77mm filter for B&W next time:



I will be doing some more range finding tests in preparation for Worldwide Pinhole Day.  Also starting with Portra 160 film since I have some good time tests (see link below).  I will post what I find along the way.........

Link to 2017 Portra 160 Time Tests

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Ilford HP5 Personal Review

We pick up with HP5 where we ended with FP4, at the Natural Bridge:



I had lost track of my FP4 roll being only 24 exposures.  I had this one last shot that I wanted to take and was out of FP4.  But I had my trusty extra roll in the camera bag: HP5.  So I got the shot that I wanted.  I'll be making more trips back to the natural bridge, so I'll be re-shooting with the Mamiya-7 and T-MAX 400.

Then I made a few more images at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix Cactus Garden:


Above, a barrel cactus, but barely in view.  
Below, zooming through the 'cactus window' for a closer look.



A final image of a statue honoring the Spirit of the Native Inhabitants, given to the Clinic by a grateful patient:


I'll remake tis image with the M7 also.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019