Category Archives: Film Photography Projects

Interior Spaces

This image was shown in another post, but I wanted to Feature it here as a part of my exploration of Interior Spaces for My Inner Monet:

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From the Como-Boreas Pass Festival.  Follow the link to see more.

The “Accidental” Camera Collector

What happens when your friends find out that you are a Film Camera User?  They start handing off their film cameras to You!  I’ve made some introductory notes about my new camera family members in my Photo Diary.  Here we’ll discuss camera collecting and view some results.  Most of my “Active” cameras are shown here.

We’ll start with some ‘Gifted Cameras’: The Rollei TLR, Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Fujica ST 705 and my Mom’s Kodak Jiffy 620.

The Rollei TLR was our first ‘gifted’ camera, being given to us by my father-in-law.  It is great for Portraits, and we certainly don’t use it enough:

 

To tell the truth, my neighbors were moving and gave me the Fujica and the Yashica extra lenses.  But the Yashica camera had accidentally been packed.  Since I had the lenses I went on Ebay and found a beautifully refurbished Electro 35 GSN.  So I bought it!  Images are posted for the Yashica and Fujica.  I’ve loaded the Kodak Jiffy, but still need to take it out for a stroll……..

 

Now, images from my medium format Camera Favorites:  the Mamiya-7, Mamiya-6, Mamiya 645, Fuji GW690-III, Fuji and GA645Zi.  The Featured image is from my M645.  I’ve recently published more from this Camera HERE.

Mamiya-7 Favorites:

 

 

Next a couple from the Mamiya-6.  Truthfully, this is my husband’s preferred camera, but every now and then I use it:

 

 

The Mamiya 645 was my first medium format camera.  I started with the 1000S and moved on to the Pro versions for the changeable backs.  My Ancient Forests were taken with the 1000S.  The images below are from the Pro-versions:

 

Recently I did buy a beautifully refurbished 1000S which I mostly use for fisheye photos:

 

 

The Fuji GW690-III.  My best shot so far from this Camera.  Still learning my way around it:

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And how could I forget my Canonet G-III QL:

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I had another Canonet (older model) that I have given away.  The original Canonet I had inherited from my Mom because it was too complicated for her.  That one was unfortunately stolen, but I liked it enough to obtain a replacement when I had the chance.I always intended that this would be my ‘car camera’.  You know,  always in the car with me so I have a decent camera on hand and not just my cell phone.  In 2020 I will make this happen.  A favorite Canonet image from the Boreas Pass Festival:

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And Finally, the Fuji GA645Zi, which I typically use for street photography and low light interiors:

 

Now for some Pinholes:  the Holga Panorama Pinhole, Diana Pinhole, RSS 6X6F and RSS 6X9F.

First the Holga Pinhole:

 

 

And the Reality So Subtle Pinholes.  Still working with the 6X9F, but I do have quite a few from the 6X6F that have turned out well:

 

I’ll be exploring more RSS Pinholes for My Inner Monet Series. And I have done some Diana Pinhole work too.  You’ll see more featured in My Inner Monet as well:

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Some other Plastic Cameras:  Holga, Diana and my newest Debonair. I have a lot of Holga Images because I used it for the first 6 months of the 2016 52 Rolls Project.  But below are some Oldies but Goodies, from when I first met Holga in 2006:

 

 

I’ve been quite taken with the Diana Camera lately, and I will be using it for the second quarter Frugal Film Project since it has a Pinhole setting that I can use for World Wide Pinhole day in April.

 

 

I haven’t finished my first roll through the Debonair yet.  But keep a lookout for it soon…..

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Frugal Film Project 2020

Greetings…….Now I am Official.  I had been a ‘provisional’ member for the second half of 2019.   I will be using my Minolta SRT-202 for the first Quarter of 2020, where we are all going to be shooting Ilford HP5:

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Here is My Frugal Film Project Bio:

“Kate Johnson:

I am a World Traveler, Outdoors Adventurer, Research Scientist and Photographer. I have been making photographs since childhood; as an adult, mostly documenting field studies as a Geology Student and later as a full time Earth Science Researcher. My work continued to be largely documentary in style and work related, until a move to Monterey, California in 2000, where I pursued formal studies in B&W photography at Monterey Peninsula College.

After moving to Colorado 12+ years ago I’ve been doing some serious digital photography as a Satellite Imagery Analyst. OK, so my ‘camera’ is 600 km in outer space. Satisfies all digital urges so that here on Earth I am 90% film. My preferred subjects are: Landscapes and Architecture and I makes silver prints in my own home darkroom.”

I’ve given myself an assignment to shoot for January, using the Fisheye lens in the photo above.  But You’ll have to wait until February to see the results……..Read my Frugal Film Plan and see Provisional Posts from 2019 Here.

UPDATE:  Camera began to malfunction on Jan 12th.  I will finish the roll of film, but may be making an early change if it can’t be fixed easily………..

I expect to be switching the Minolta XG-A for the rest of this quarter……

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Secret Santa Superzoom: I’d like to Continue the Project

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My Gift had a story described in the Letter.  Important details below:

So now where are we?  The camera actually has a story the results of which can be viewed here:

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Here is a summary from my introductory letter pictured below:

“….This camera has a bit of a history in that it’s spent the last few month travelling the length and breadth of  of the United Kingdom (and even got to the south of France on one leg of it’s journey) as a part of a project on an online photography forum. The camera was loaded with a roll of film, the first person shot five frames, and then the camera was sent on to the next person.  The process repeated (with a half-way set of photos when a second roll of film was loaded) until it eventually got back to me……….”

So I would like to sign up maybe 6+ people to help this Camera travel across North America….We’ll follow a similar format.  I’ll load a roll of film, shoot 5 pictures, and mailed to the next person on the list.  We can start a second roll if necessary. To protect everyone’s privacy, you return the camera to me and I send it to the next person.  In the end I will post the images on a WordPress Project Page.  So what do you think?

Personal Vision: Inspired By Monet

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” The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the Source of my Inspiration” – Claude Monet

Nature and the Outdoors has always been my inspiration.  My appreciation of the Natural World started with my childhood Family Road Trips, continued through my Geological Work, and finds me now photographing my leisure travels (but always with a purpose in mind).  But I was still relentless in my pursuit of that “Classic Landscape”:

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Above: Landscape Panorama Photo Merge in Photoshop (with Tripod).

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Above: “Classic Landscape” from a Tripod.

RoadsideReflectionFuzzy Landscape………Hand Held, but very attractive.  So much so that I published an article about it.

Now I am finding myself a bit burned out on the classic perfectly focussed landscape.  No, I will not be giving up my Mamiya-7’s.  I’ll have it with me so I won’t miss that classic landscape and later regret it.  But as above with my hand-held ‘Impressionistic’ 35 mm image, I will be exploring the ‘less well focussed’ with more pinhole photography using both my RSS 6X6F and RSS 6X9F, and my Diana and Holga Pinholes.

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So has my Personal Vision Changed?  No, I just need a stylistic change to regain my motivation and inspiration.  I was very engaged by the recent Monet Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art:

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It reminded me of my love of Impressionistic Abstraction.  And how appropriate is  “The Truth of Nature”?  So in 2020 I intend to bring more of that Abstraction to my Personal Vision while seeking that Truth.  Of particular interest to me were The Late Years, the source of his Water Lilies:

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Before we move on, What IS Impressionism?

Definition: a style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.

And so I will be thinking more about Light (and Color when applicable); taking in the Impression of the Moment……..

I also intend to explore more architecture with my Fisheye lenses:

And do a bit more with Interior Spaces:

 

So in Summary 2020 will bring more adventure to my work…….This will inevitably spill over into my Frugal Film Project work.  With the Rule Change, I can do more with the camera options I’ve decided to work with.  And indulge my new found ‘love of the grain’ in Ilford HP5.

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End of Year Updates and Plans for 2020

There will be a detailed post regarding next year’s plans appearing tomorrow.  But feel free to check out my 2019 Summary and Plans for 2020 that have already posted on my Photo Diary as We sail into a Brighter, Happier and Healthier 2020!QM_From_Tour

November #CameraChallenge: Part II Shadows

Organizing my cameras again, I found two of my 35 mm cameras had been put away with partially exposed rolls of film.  So I took them out to finish the rolls for the #camerachallenge. : one Portra 400 and one HP5.  So I have both color and B&W to share:

Portra 400:

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My Arcosanti Bell

For me, Shadow often means Light!   To make a Shadow you need the Light

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View of Shadows in the same Window a few hours apart.  Shadows move and change with the Light.

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My Home has a lot of windows….so I have a lot of Shadows Indoors.

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But there are Shadows outside as well.  Above: what would I do without my satellite television.  Below:  A tree and it’s shadow on a neighbor’s house.

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November #CameraChallenge: Part IA The Second Story

I ended up recording two stories with my Reality So Subtle 6X6F Pinhole.  So here is the second story: Watching the Snow Accumulate during one (of 3 ) October Snow Storms.

I’m still hoping to capture big fluffy snow flakes with the pinhole.  But so far only the fine dry snow…..

More Scenes from my Back Yard……..

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November #CameraChallenge Part I: The Story of Waneka Lake

Still hanging out with Jason Avery and the @IlfordPhoto gang on Twitter, and during November another #camerachallenge.  For Part I we had a choice between telling a story and looking for patterns.  I chose to tell a story.  Actually two stories; this is the one that I posted for the Challenge.  Both stories were told using my Reality So Subtle 6X6F Pinhole Camera.

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So here we tell the Story of Waneka Lake.  Originally constructed in 1865 by impounding a Natural Spring.  The Waneka Family were ranchers that owned most of the land around the coal mining town of Lafayette, Colorado.  One Ranch Structure, the Granary, remains:

 

The property changed hands several times through 1900 eventually belonging to town founder and local mine owner, Mary Miller (then called Miller and Harmon Lake).  In the early 1900’s the Northern Colorado Power Company struck a deal with Mary Miller to split the cost of building an electrical power plant 50:50.  Opened in 1906 and enlarged in 1908, the Plant supplied 6000 kilowatts of power to the Boulder Area:

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The Power Plant occupied the site of the current Boat House:

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The only evidence that remains are some of the Clinkers, a stoney residue of coal burned in a furnace (husband for scale):

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Here, a Frisbee Golf site has been placed in the Clinkers:

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In the 1920’s this Power Plant was replaced by a larger one outside Boulder:

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The present day City Park is a 147 acre recreational area.  In addition to Frisbee Golf there are boat rentals during the summer months, a 1.2 mile walking/hiking trail, a migratory bird sanctuary and for a small town pretty spectacular 4th of July Fireworks.

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So here ends my Story of Waneka lake.  For more details take a stroll through the Historical Society website.

Frugal Film Project 2020: The Plan

I’ve been an provisional participant in 2019; started in June.  My Camera was a Goodwill purchased Canonet QL and the film was Kodak Color Plus 200.  A fine film, but I found that I was tired of shooting color.  Up to this point I’ve been primarily a B&W photographer.  When I want color, I use my Portra 400.  Also the camera has limitations (i.e. only one lens), so I felt constricted.  Finally the light meter died and I needed to find a ‘new’ old camera.

By Project Definition I am supposed to use the cheapest camera and film.  I did see that one of the 2019 participants was using Ilford HP5.  It’s a film I have recently become ‘friends’ with.  AND I can develop it myself, so that brings the price down considerably.  And Currently it’s selling for $4.99 per roll.  So we’ve solved the 2020 film problem: Ilford HP5.

A new change is that we can switch cameras on a quarterly basis.  So of my options below the question is which do I start with?  And am I going to change up cameras during the process?

Now, I have four inexpensive camera options.  What could be cheaper than a camera (or in this case two) that were given to me by a neighbor.  My freebie choices: the Fujica ST-705 with a normal and zoom lens; and the Yashica Electro 25 GSN, a rangefinder that has telephoto and wide angle lens add-ons (i.e. they screw on over the attached lens).

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Both cameras work and are in good condition.  Which would you choose?  But hold on, another camera has entered the Mix.  I was rearranging the storage of my 35mm cameras and found that my Minolta SRT-202 had a partially exposed roll.  So I decided to finish that roll and add the SRT-202 into the Frugal Film Mix.  Shown here with my Fisheye Lens.  And that’s the factor weighing heavily in it’s favor.  I would have the versatility of all my Minolta lens options. The actual value of the camera is borderline for the project.  But we’ll see.

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For October,and November I have posted examples from the Yashica and Minolta.   I had decided to give the Fujica away, but my husband said that he would like to try it out.  It’s a lovely camera camera, and seems like it’s going to stay in the Family.  So it may make an appearance for one quarter of Frugal Film.

Now a forth option appeared when I made a film purchase from the Film Photography Project.  There was a ‘new’ plastic camera, the Debonair, for $19.99.  At that price I had to buy it:

 

I had thought to post a survey on Twitter in November for my followers to vote on which camera to use.  But after signing on officially for 2020 and corresponding with the Frugal Film Founder Sherry,  I learned that the rules will be changing slightly.  So I would have more flexibility. I’ll post the new rules in January…….