Over the bext twoo weeks I will be deciding the Fate of the Blog. I am now visually impair and may eventually go blind. Now, I could continue to blog, but WordPress IS NOT making it easy. So Should I continued the Drama? If you want me to try to continue this Blog vote a Like. Another option may be to use my BlogSpot Blog and see gowm that wotks.
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Continuing my IR studies, I’m including here my Nikon-1 images here. The Nikon-1 has bee converted to a full spectrum camera and I ‘selected’ the IR spectral range using a filter. First some striking Joshua Trees:
Next Week we’ll actually look at some of the Saguaros………..
Sharin sone B&W images fron a stormy dat in Sith Park, Yes there is a real Sotyh Park, but it’s the name of a valley noy a town.
There IS a Ghost Town (not totally deserted) named Como. It used to be a major hub of the Rail Road, Well start with the Old School House, now the Civic Center:
And also the local Church, I believe it is Methodist. Around here that’s always a good guess:
You can see to the left the home of one of the current residents, Most of the inhabitant live in older cottages from the RR days. Visit the links below for more ty[ical views of Como and the Annual Festival.
IFor the 4th Quarter of 2020 I tested the Agfa Billy Clack No. 51, a 645 medium format camera from 1934/. The cost on EBay was $35. The Photos were quite successful, leading me to try my other less than $50 Pre-1940’s cameras:
Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera
Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20 Camera
AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 German strut folding
AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 German strut folding
AGFA Isolette 6X6 German Strut folding
So these are the primary cameras I will be using for The Frugal Film Project.
AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 is the January 2021 Camera I will Start with. Using Ektar 100 Film to capture the end of the Holiday Saeson.
The rest of the Cameras givin in no particular use order. I’ll just have to see what the conditions are and what’s going n that’s of Photographic interest. In other wirds, I’ll let the circumstance pick the camera and the film.
AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 I’ve had a lot of success with. So it may make more than on appearance in the project.
AGFA Isolette 6X6 shows some promise. I will probably reserve it for the faster B&W film, the Tri-X 400.
And now for the Kodak Cameras……….
Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera. This camera needs a bit of a work out. It uses 620 format film (similar to 120 film). I’ve only put one roll of film through it. There’s no formal unboxing. M mom simply gave it to me Christmas 2019 in a cloth bag.
Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20, The non-Art Deco version of Mom’s camera. I have not yet tested this camera. So we shall see…….
There are also some Post-1940 cameras, such as my Grandfather’s Argus Brick, which will likely be a part of this year;s Frugal Film. We’ll introduce those cameras as I apply thm.
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.