Sunday, March 27, 2011

Faith on Film: The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Salisbury

Another Church with a very long name:

Salisbury was one my favorites......featuring the tallest medieval spire in England.  But what made it a must see forme was my Art History class, which described the bowed marble piers carrying the weight of that spire:

Look closely and you can see that the Piers bend slightly inward........Since marble deforms easily it was just able to adjust without collapsing (as crossing towers and walls often did during the middle ages).

A view of the west doors.

The Cathedral Close.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More from Caffenol Test #2

Walls at the Mapleton Rehabilitation Hospital:

Decorative Concrete Wall

Timber Wall

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gloucester Cathedral Revisited: Comments on ENC-II Film

We've discussed ENC-II film before.  it is a motion picture film adapted for 35 mm still photography that was particularly popular in the 1970' and 80's.

Because some of my 'more recently' developed slides seems to have aged badly I decided to scan the negative film with some interesting results.  Compare:

First the 'aging' problem was due to improper developing. Towards the end of its popularity, ENC-II was often processed ass C-41, which was not the correct chemistry.  So the positive part of the process could go terribly wrong and warm with age.  The negatives were actually a bit colder than the original scene, which is why I rarely used them.  But on second thought, if your transparencies have aged badly, try the negative film and color correct if you like.

You may also notice that the slides seem 'soft focused'.  This is an artifact of the slide scan carrier.  There are infamous for being out of focus.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Faith On Film: Church of Saint Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity

We celebrate finding our Sendai Blogger Friend OK:

This week we visit Gloucester Cathedral, whose actually name given above, is a real mouthful!


The Church was begun during the Romanesque Era and completed after the Gothic Style became popular.  So you find a mixture of both.  The change in color vertically along the piers is due to weathering during a long pause in construction.

The change in color is very evident here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Adding Contrast to the First Caffenol Test

Caffenol Contrast Adjusted for fog:

Not bad, although I think the T-MAX produced better results for Caffenol.  Compare these to the Original Posting.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cookin' with Caffenol Test #2

Well, not cooking, just developing.  So we'll spend the rest of the week looking at my second Caffenol test.  I used the Caffenol CH formula with a few adjustments:

I think I'll be ready to move my Caffenol photography to the Rollei soon.

I don't know why it hadn't occur to me the first time I posted to raise the contrast to cover up some of the fog.  Although this image was generally dark enough (thin negative) to not show fog as much.

See a Before and After example below:

No Contrast Adjustment

With Contrast Adjustment

Of course I rarely have to do a contrast or brightness adjustment to my B&W images, because I 'adjust' my contrast in camera using filters.  I do Have Filters for my Holga, but it seems strange to use them.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Faith on Film: Church of St Peter, The Cathedral of Exeter

Sundays aren't counted during Lent, because each Sunday is a little Easter Celebration.

We continue Faith on Film with the Cathedral at Exeter, England, the Church of Saint Peter.

 And our old Friend ENC-II Film.

The crossing tower with Moons and Stars.....

 And  quiet Chapel with St Mary and St George.

 A closing thought..... One of Our Blogger Friends at Sendai Photo Blog is hopefully OK.  Prayers for our Friend and everyone caught up in the Tsunami.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Red Rocks Friday

I didn't get to make a calendar for this year.  Other things keeping me busy.  So I am starting to look at images for my 2012 Calendar.  The Theme will be ""Red Rocks of the West".  We begin with today's offering: Antelope Canyon, Navaho Nation, AZ:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

For tomorrow Lent Begins!

Our annual kick-off party for Habitat for Humanity was this past weekend.....................

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Looking for Bokeh in Mamiya Lenses.......

There are to date more than 60 postings for Mamiya 645 and Mamiya 6.  And of course, the Banner photo is a Mamiya 645. Check them out and tell me what you think of the Mamiya lenses and bokeh......

Here's one example posted a while ago..............

The key is do the out of focus parts go into a pleasant soft focus (good Bokeh) or have sharp contrasty edges................What do you think?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Aim, Focus, Shoot!

Final photos from that first Rollei Roll:

Donald in the background, taking pictures of me taking pictures................

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More from the Rollei

This was the first roll of film through the Rollei after my father in law gave it to us. The previous photo also from the same roll of C-41 B&W.  These turned out pretty well considering that I was guessing at exposures:

From the Arizona Cactus Garden at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
(Donald used to work there)