Saturday, January 28, 2017

Fuji GA645Zi Camera Test: Part IV & Week 2:52

The Test roll posted this past week, constitutes Week 2:52 for the 52 Rolls Project.

Some Final Scenes from the Neighborhood and the Park.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fuji GA645Zi Camera Test: Part III

More Winter Scenes from the Park.  I find the prevailing wind pattern 
evident in the growth of the shrubs interesting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fuji GA645Zi: Camera Test Part II

The photos above and below show the zoom feature 50-90mm, which gives you a wide angle to normal lens range.  Both are 90mm.

Her above and below:  The Boat House.

 The Lake is again partial drained for the Winter.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A New Camera Joins the Family: Fuji GA645Zi

So Why with all My Mamiyas did I buy another medium format camera?  This one has the features of being auto focus and auto advance.  It shoot 16 images instead of the M-7 '10 shots' or M-6 '12 shots'.  These features make it my potential medium format Street Photography Choice.  I also read a very encouraging review here.

But One Caveat:  all of the camera controls require a fully functioning LCD (in the interest of finalizing this post, I'll show LCD in a later post).  I had to return one that had a LCD that was beginning to fail.  Without the LCD you can only see and change your setting by looking through the viewfinder.  Not a realistic option for my intended 'on the go' photography.

This week we will visit again my favorite camera test site:

52 Rolls Project Readers, scroll through the next few entries...........coming later this week.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Back in the Saddle Again for 2017!

This year will start of with equipment and film tests. and more links to posts in the 52 rolls 2017 Project.

Today a little of both.  We retest a camera and start our new 52 rolls saga.  Looking back in Week 49 I tested a Canonet QL-17 that we had purchased online from Goodwill.  What the heck for ~$30 if the camera doesn't work it's really no great loss.

No lines or scratches evident.  To view the complete 52 Rolls, post Click Here.

Coming up next, another 'new' old camera joins the family.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Best of 52 Rolls 2016

A flash from the past:  Spring breaks out in 2016

And My 52 Rolls 2017 Goals.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

More than a 'Make My Day' Moment!

Oh Yeah, Kodak you have made my YEAR! Even though I have to wait until late Fall 2017, my favorite film makes a comeback in 35 mm format:

Lately I've been 90% medium format.  But I have Minolta X-700 and XD-11 cameras that need some love.  So I'll be using them more once this film rolls out......

And now a Kodak E100GX Blast from the Past Favorite from our trip to Patagonia:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Photography Goals for 2017

Last year I did a complete rewind of 2015, because I hadn't really fufillled those goals.......
  1. Spending More Time in the Darkroom
  2. Finally learning how to make good digital negatives (got a book for Christmas)
  3. Building a LED-UV light box for Alternative processes
  4. Solargram in the Front yard (Missed the Winter Solstice, but I'll try for the Spring Equinox)
None of these goals really happened (again).  Although I did try the solargrams, but the pinholes really need to be attached to the second story of the house to get a good sun angle.  And I did get  a bit of a jumpstart with the Montana Printing Workshop.  I realized that Print technique is really a major part of my artistic style and I need to get focussed on that again.  And I'm not rolling them over for 2017. Instead.........

What DID work for me was The 52 Rolls 2016 Project posted on EMULSIVE was a great success!  Got me out shooting almost every week.  And I'm ending the year only a week behind.  So I'm trying this again.  Last year I started out with Holga postings and made it through 6 months before I burned out and had to move on to other cameras.  This year I'll pursue a more balanced approach that includes some printing........and I'm going to mix it up with the cameras used for the project; Probably focussing on a camera for a month or two and moving on.

So my Photography Goals for 2017 are simple:
  1. 52 Rolls Project 2017 (always stick with something that works)
  2. More Darkroom Time ( I'm committing to 1 print per month; 12 prints this year.  I think putting a real number on it will help to make it happen)
  3. Moab Photo Symposium (This Year focussing on B&W)
  4. Photographing the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Western Nebraska