Pan100 with Ilfosol3

bus stop

sunny days, slow films

I bought a roll of Ilford Pan100 a while back but waited some time before loading it. I wanted to save it for the right time. A nice slow black and white roll deserves something special. So I waited till the bright sunny days of summer. I got out my Canon A-1 with a handy 50mm 1:1.4 lens and loaded it up. I had a plan, ideas, and a focus. Completed the roll, drew the shades, closed the bathroom door and went to work. After developing it took over two months to finally get the negs scanned, and when I got them back, I was disappointed. Continue reading

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Gear Profile III: Ricoh 500 G

A rangefinder that I'm proud to have in my collection of gear

Stats:

  • 35mm rangefinder
  • Manual and shutter priority shooting modes
  • Hot shoe and PC sync
  • Shutter: leaf shutter, bulb, 1/8-1/500 sec
  • Lens: 40mm f/2.8 Rikenon lens
  • Meter: lens mounted CdS meter
  • Strengths: compact and light, relatively fast lens, convenient controls

Expired HP5+

stronger contrast and stronger grain from expired HP5+

Last summer I was visiting home and happened across a garage sale. My eyes were instantly drawn to the words ‘Ilford’ plastered on a package of photographic paper. At this point I hadn’t been doing much with film, had yet to try developing my own film, and didn’t quite know when I would ever need photographic paper. But I bought it anyway, it was maybe five dollars, couldn’t hurt. The pack came with two rolls of H5+, very nice. But it would still be over six months before I use them.

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Gear Profile II: Minolta x-700

My Minolta x-700

Here's my Minolta x-700

Stats:

  • 35mm SLR
  • Manual, aperture priority, and programed automatic exposure modes
  • Hot shoe
  • Exposure compensation (±2)
  • Horizontally-traveling cloth shutter, up to 1/1000sec
  • Lenses: MD Rokkor-X 45mm 1:2, Tokina 35-70mm 1:4
  • Accessories: extension tubes (12, 20, and 36mm)

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Gear Profile I: Yahsica-D

Yashica-D near St. John's Bridge

Here's my latest addition. We had an outing by St. John's Bridge in Portland, OR, to take pictures.

Stats:

  • Medium Format TLR
  • Copal leaf shutter- bulb, 1 – 1/500 sec
  • Taking lens- coated 3 element Yashikor 80mm f/3.5-22
  • Focusing lens- Yashikor 80mm f/3.5
  • Strengths: medium format, quiet operation, convenient adjustment and focusing
  • Weaknesses: no meter, heavy, largest aperture is f3.5
  • Quirks: it’s old and smells like a good used bookstore; dust, incense, and old paper
  • This Yashica-D likes taking pictures people, lonely scenes, old cars

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Thoughts on Lo-fi Photography

Lo-fi photography: expired film, toy cameras, plastic lenses, Holgas, Dianas, Lomos. The internet is riddled with lo-fi photography, and like all photography there is good and bad. My major issue with lo-fi photography is that so many people seem to be careless in taking pictures, relying on the vignetting, over-saturation, light leaks, and all the other imperfections, for all the interest in their photos. But in the same way that fashionable clothes won’t mask body odor and great presentation doesn’t make food taste any better, so low fidelity doesn’t make a photo good. Continue reading

Five Minutes from Home

The Project:

Five minutes from home

What you need:

A camera (film or digital) and a stopwatch

What to do:

Stand at the front door of your building, home, or place of work. Start your timer and walk 1min in any direction away from your building. At 1 min pause the timer and take a photo. Take your time and try to get an interesting shot. Start your timer again and head out another minute. Do this five times so that you’ve documented a five minute path from your home.

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