Category Archives: Personal Vision

Walker Ranch Doors

I’ve done a lot of photography at Walker Ranch.  I’ve printed and displayed some too, but never focussed on the Doors…….So Let’s Go Crazy at the Ranch for this week’s Thursday Doors!

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A close-up of the Featured Door (above) and the Featured Door (below).

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Two of my favorite Doors (above and below).

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And, below, some general shots around the Ranch, but still with doors visible….

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Publications Update July 2020

I realize that most of you NEVER click on my Publications or any of the other items listed on the left side of my Blog.  So every 6 months or so, I’m going to give you a Summary List of Publications:

 

Enjoy My Publication Bouquet of July Lilies from My Garden:

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Photos from the Kodak Art Deco Jiffy 127 Camera

Yesterday you were introduced to the Camera.  Today you meet the best 5-Frames from the very first roll of Reva 127 B&W film (ISO 100).  I was amazed at the results considering that I knew very little about the Camera, and this is my first roll.

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First a re-intro to the Camera above.  Details about the camera can be found on the Art Deco Camera Site.  Now let’s look at my camera test location: Lake Waneka.  We’ll start with a new view, looking west from the Boat House:

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Below, my usual view looking east towards the Boat House:

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Below, the beginnings of our COVID-19 Rock Monument.  There are more rocks now…….

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My Classic Boat Dock View.  Today featuring a fisherman……

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And my Classic Tree Reflection that you’ve seen in other Camera Tests:

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And certainly consistent with My Inner Monet Theme.

Fresh From the 1930’s: My Art Deco Camera

First the Grand Unboxing of my Kodak Jiffy 127 Art Deco Model, produced between  1935-1942.  I do not know the exact date of my Camera.  But let’s not waste time with that.

It came with the original Box.  Note the Eastman Kodak Camera Logo from the Art Deco Era:

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Made from Bakelite, the First Plastic, synthesized in 1907.

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And in A couple of days, the results from my first Roll using Reva ISO 100 B&W Film.

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Note that the Link at the top (and here) has a fairly comprehensive description of the camera. The condition of this camera suggests that it was a display model and never actually used.

Last Word from the Garden: Velvia 50 vs. E100

As we have seen, there’s not a great difference in the color rendition for the Flowers from my Garden. Here are the final flower examples from the last roll from my Garden.  I didn’t get to work much with the Poppies or Peonies because they were wiped out by a storm.

For all images the E100 is on the left and Velvia 50 is on the right.  In the case of the Peonies above, the E100 is actually more saturated.  And I believe that same could be said of the Iris below.  Go figure……

 

Again, no real difference in the Torch Lilies below (genus Kniphofia).

 

And for the Turkish Poppies…….one can say that the E100 has a richer color.

 

So my Garden didn’t really tell me anything.  I know from earlier Landscape work that the E100 seemed Cold. And Flowers from the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden were off color also for E100. My last roll of film comparison will be landscapes from the Snowy Range of Wyoming.  I will be using a warming filter, so we’ll see what difference that makes.  And a surprising choice for my color film going forward……

 

 

My Lomo Purple Scanning Adventure

AGH, what a fiasco.  I had this interesting image and wanted to make a print to go over my fire place mantle:

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You’ve seen this one before.  But, over time with the proofs from the drum scan changed my tastes after they showed me a different option, and I wanted to move in a different direction:

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But the Print Specialist didn’t want to work on it anymore.  My husband suggested that my order wasn’t important enough (i.e. not enough income) to make it worth their while.  I worked on the Drum scan myself a bit, but wasn’t making easy progress:

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You can see I have quite a bit to do before it looks like the professionally done image. Then I read this Scanning Article on EMULSIVE and decided to do a little experiment of my own. I mostly learned that drum scanning a 35 mm negative is a waste of time…….So I tried a hi-resolution (6500 dpi) scan with my Epson Perfection V700.

And Mike’s Camera Store in Boulder, Colorado, was willing to work with me.  Then the lockdown happened and although my order had been placed, I had to await the re-opening to get it.  Now placed over my Mantle:

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And a smaller version in my Office, which I may end up giving away……..Both wall portraits were taken with my Mamiya-7 on a tripod using Portra 400 film.

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Mike’s now has me as a permanent customer for color printing……..

What the Irises Tell Us About Velvia 50 and E100 Films

The Irises display more of a difference, being both richer is color and truer to the colors I saw. You’ll have to trust me on that.  I had intended to make Portra 400 images for all the garden shots, but that camera malfunctioned.  However, I do have some Portra 400 35 mm images.  One posted ant the end for comparison.  As before, you’ll have to make your choice based on which color balance you prefer.

We will start with Yellow Irises, since we did see a difference in the Yellow Tulips:

 

As before, the E100 is on the left and the Velvia 50 is on the right.  You can see the richer saturation in the Velvia 50.  Something that we are expecting.

 

Varying the contrast and brightness had no affect on the absolute color, which is what we are interested in here.

Now we move on to Purple, which was a color that Velvia 50 favored in previous examples:

 

As before, E100 on the left and Velvia 50 on the right…….

 

For me, the Velvia yields a more attractive color and is closer to what I saw.  Now let me tell you a little secret.  Once in a Physics experiment in college, it showed that I tend to see a little bit into the UV spectrum.  That is probably why the richer purples appeal more to me.

However, if you want truer color I think we have to get out the Portra 400 (below).  Again, I think it is an aesthetic choice…….

 

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Second Floor Door Mystery

I never did figure out exactly how this Door was used.  Found it in an alley during a night  time Denver Workshop……

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Any ideas how this door was used?

Velvia 50 vs. E100 Continues…..with Tulips

There was so much discussion after my first posting, that I’ve moved up the Film Test Series.  You seen what the Owls had to say………Now we’ll move into My Garden for the next three comparisons, and end with a road trip.

For all image sets, E100 is the first image (here the top)………Velvia 50 the second image (here the bottom).  I love these dark purple tulips…….

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I’d say these are too close to call………

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You may notice some fuzzy focus.  We’ve had a lot of wind lately.  Impossible to find a still day.

E100 on the Left……Velvia 50 on the right.

So theTulips didn’t prove to be much of a test. Only the red and yellow Tulips show a definite difference.  Next we’ll see what the Irises have to say…….

Prelim Discussion of IR-Sensitive B&W Films Part II: Washi-Z ISO 400

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Washi-Z 400, above with a dark red filter.  I start with that statement because for some reason I didn’t shoot the first few images with dark red.  Instead I had used an orange filter for some reason:

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Washi-Films were never intended for use in still cameras.  They were specialty films and most were developed for recording some type of motion, including a sound version.But nowadays these specialty films are creeping into the revitalized 35 mm film market.

And finally, two images from the Tonto Natural Bridge in Arizona.  Representing some of the early orange filter exposures.

So now what?  I’ve ordered more Washi-Z 400, and because the IR effect did not seem that strong, even with the red filter.  I’m going to try it with the IR-695 filter.  Watch for new results coming soon……

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