Category Archives: Intersections

IR Sensitive Films: Retro 400S

I thought about writing a summary of the origin and significance of the Retro IR Sensitive films as an aerial mapping film. But then I found an excellent history/summary by My Favorite Lens reviewing the Retro 400S. So check it out…………

Now we take up Part II of our IR Sensitive Film Tests. Here a comparison of Rollei Retro 400S and Ilford SFX-200 (My Standard). We again applied the IR 695 filter to both rolls. We know from our previous experience that this filter adds contrast to the Retro-films. So let’s jump in………

Images on the left are from SFX-200 and on the right from Retro 400S:

We ca see the obvious difference in Contrast. But it this first image it works.

Above, the contrast in the clouds for the Retro 400S makes it more interesting to me.

In the four images below,the lighter contrast (SFX-200) allows iu to see more detail.

Agai, here I think you choice my depend on personal aesthetics. There are qualities I like in both images.

S, we have determined in both cases that perhaps the Retro Films don;t really need IR-filter enhancement. So for our next test we are going bare. I’ll be comparing the Retro 80S with no filter to the SFX-200 with the IR 695.

Agfa Isolette 6X6 Unboxing

I am continuing to introduce cameras that I intend to used for the Frugal Film Project and My Inner Monet Most of the cameras under consideration are Pre-1940. Although the Agfa Isolette first appeared in 1937, I believe my model is Post-1940. The Isolette was one of the earliest cameras to include significant plastic in the upper viewfinder housing.

The camera features a fold-down cover.

The Isolette is 6X6 Format. And we have a surprise ‘sample’ from the first roll of film:

End of a Digital Era?

These may be the last Nikon=D40 images posted here. We made a little get away trip to Pueblo, Colorado. And I thought I had captured some very interesting images. But no, the camera had malfunction. I tried to reset is but in the end only capture a few useable images. This wall art probably turned out best:

The girl appeared one her own last month as a #WednesdayWindow:

IR Sensitive Films: Retro 80S

Why not start the Year 2021 with some film tests………..

I had casually tried some Retro 80S on the drive home from Phoenix in 2019. But I wasn’t really planning on a comparative study and my image were not in pairs. So I decide to set-up a real study comparing Retro 80S AND Retro 400.S This is Part I where I will discuss Retro 80S.

The tests were conducted using 120 film and my Mamiya-7 cameras both with IR 695 filters. Ilford SFX-200 was my standard for comparison.

All of the SFX-200 imafes are on the left, and the Retro80S on the right.

In my first images from 2019, I had used a Dark Red filter for the Retro 80S. applying the IR 695 to the Retro 80S made it more contrasty than preferred. So I thin for an future use I would recommend using just a Dark Red Filter, instead of the IR 695 for the Retro 80S film.

Next up to start the year: Retro 400s……

First Doors for 2021: The Toscana

The Toscana was a ‘Snowbird resort catering mostly to Canadians and people from the northern Midwest USA. The most interesting Door at The Toscana was the Garage Door. Here from the outside, a very steep entrance. When driving in you almost feels like you’re going to hit it, mostly because the automatic door opener didn’t work very well. from the outside.

Here exiting from below…..

So I thought I would start the year with something different, In this case a joint posting of my images and my husbands. That will happen from time to time.

Below the typical Toscana Condo Entrance, crowded by parked cars:

There are several Condo Buildings, including more upscale townhouses……….

The Condos are where I stayed last year when I was at the Mayo Clinic. All in all, if I had to be sick, it was a pretty nice place to stay,

Looking Forward to 2021

I choose this image to sum up my feeling about the Year 2020:

A Word from My Inner Monet

Check here for my 202 0opes and Dreams.

What am I looking forward to for 2021?

Well, my brain tumor decided to return with a vengeance at the end of 2020, leaving me partially blind and with an uncertain future.

My Hopes? To maintain the stability of the sight that I have and retire on disability. Technically I am legally blind and cannot continue my work. But I can see well enough to continue with my photography. And there is a slim chance of visual improvement.

Right now I am waiting….Patience. As my surgeons try to decide if more surgery will help……

Hopefully Next Year will be better!

So I am going to go ahead and make plans for 2021, including photographic plans:

+Of course, continuing my own Blog

+Working with Pre-194’s cameras for My Inner Monet

+Continuing with the Frugal Film Project

+Continuing the Thursday Doors

+Continuing the Inspired By Series

+Adding more Pinhole work, consistent with My Inner Monet…..

+Occasionally entering contests; although not a high priority.

So I am Looking Forward to a Happy, Healthy and Productive 2021

1934 Agfa Billy Clack No. 74 6X9 Unboxing

This camera was such a good deal (<<$45) that I had to buy it. Shipped from England, the camera was in fabulous condition. It’s a possible 2021 Frugal Film Project participant.

So let’s get started……….

And a ‘surprise’ image from the first roll:

Christmas 2020

An interesting Experience……….Starting with a Rib Roast that was twice as large as we wanted. Ordered 6 pounds from Whole Foods and got 6-bones = 14 lbs.:

Never Fear….we cooked half and froze half for Valentine’s Day:

The rest if our Christmas was more normal, starting with our Table Setting:

And Our Christmas Tree:

Light, Space & Time: 2021 Women’s Competition

My Submission for the Light, Space & Time 2021 Women’s Competition:

Still time to enter if you like……..