Category Archives: Landscapes

THE SAGUAROS PART II

First, my banner image which is Digital IR. And an alternate view that I decided not to use:

Tell me if you agree with my choice………..

Above, two camera angles of the same Cacti…….

And an interesting rock formation……with a Saguaro, of course.

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK: IR

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………..

Wrapping up Frugal Film 2020: Kodak Tri-X 400 Film & Agfa Billy Clack No. 51

Wrapping up the Q4 2020 postings. I have the Photo selections for the 4th Quarter below.. Click here he 2020 Posting Summary.

Frugal Film October 2020: Out of Focus

Frugal Film November 2020: Curves

Frugal Film December 2020: Salt River, Arizona

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.

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……

Home Safe and Sound

We arrived home safe and sound last night. After being stopped by a storm and multiple accidents in NM the day before, with clear rods and skies we decided to make the ~600 mile drive from Galllup, NM to Boulder County last night. Had some snow on the way, but less than an inch and easily drivable.

May 2020

No, this wasn’t the snow that greeted us last night. This image is from a late snow last Spring. But still a very comforting view of Home……..

On Our Way Home……..

Spent our Anniversary in the Superstition Mountains Region…Lost Dutchman Mine State Park and environs:

Now on our way home…………

2020 End of Year Publication Update

Lots of online publications this year. But only two since July 2020. Those, summarized below. And, well, I was actually publishing one of those terrible Professional Papers linked here.

NOVEMBER 2, 2020,  5 Frames (+1)… Of beautiful B&W flowers on ILFORD HP5 PLUS (35mm Format / EI 400 / Minolta X-700 + MD 50mm f/3.5 Macro Lens) – by Kathleen E. Johnson





AUGUST 18, 2020, 35mmc,  Kodak Jiffy VP Art Deco Camera – My Pre-1940’s Camera Project – By Kate Johnson

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Through The Glass: Patience

By the time you read this we will be on our way back to the Phoenix Mayo Clinic for the next 30 days. We made arrangements to stay at the Condos we had used before.

After talking to the second neuro-surgery teleconference it was decided to run some additional tests before scheduling surgery. I will tell you that I had started the steroid therapy and there was some improvement, especially for my left eye. Undoubtably this is the source of my extended testing.

Now I have the results or a preliminary evaluation…..Surgery now or Later? The vote for surgery later (maybe). We are in a wait and see mode hoping to stabilized my vision and move forward. I wii definitely ready to hear that news.

So I am off into the Mountains for a drive today. Still testing ‘old cameras’ and ‘new’ films. Taking it easy for the rest of this year. And can I Say “Hallelujah, Amen”!