Category Archives: Personal Vision

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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Inspired By: Richard Knepp

The Redwoods Workshop was one of the best ever……….And I owe it to Richard Knepp.  Now passed away, but never to be forgotten by me. Most are from my Mamiya 645 with wide angle lens and a green filter.

By Far one of my Favorites, although I still have many more that I could print:

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And another favorite, this one 35 mm:

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I’ve just hung my favorites from the 2006 Workshop on my dining room wall:

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And here a collage of the others that I have printed:

 

Check out all of my Ancient Forests inspired by Rick………..

Follow this link to Rick’s work with the Mono Lake Committee.

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

Inspired By: Clyde Butcher

For classic B&W landscapes we often think of Ansel Adams.  And for more intimate landscapes, John Sexton.  But those are mostly Western Landscapes.  The East has beautiful scenes that tend to go unloved.  Even Clyde Butcher ventured west for a change-up in is photo scenes. I was supposed to go to the Everglades last Fall, and had hoped to post images from Florida for this Inspiration.  But my illness intervened.  We are still planning our visit with Clyde and stay in one of his cabins.  My photographer’s eye is looking forward to the South Florida Environs.  Check him out here.

Well,  I live where I live, so my inspiration from Clyde Butcher as acknowledged here, comes from his dramatic, sweeping landscapes and how clouds are an important feature of the landscape.  Also, the importance of masterful photography in Conservation and Historical Preservation efforts.

So my Inspiration from the Cathedral Trail Loop in Capitol Reef National Park.  Also environmentally significant because of the threat to open this Park to fracking and mining operations:

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Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.

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LACDA Opening: Sacred Datura

OK, you’ve seen this image many times before.  It’s my favorite Lomo Purple Image and I have sent it to LACDA Snap to Grid Open Exhibit.  It’s fun and they print and post all entries:

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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…….

Grosvenor Arch: Grand Staircase-Escalante

On a recent road trip back from Phoenix we stopped by the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Capitol Reef National Parks.  Both are currently under threat for oil, gas and mining exploration.  So they would be greatly reduced in size or eliminated by the current Administration.  So see it while you can…….

Here is a really spectacular triple Arch:  The Grosvenor Arch:

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Main view point from the parking lot only shows two of the Arches……

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You have to drive further up the road and Look Back to see the last Arch:

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Minolta XD-11: The Best Camera That Nobody Wanted

I came across an article on-line regarding “High Water Marks” for various camera brands. It seems to support my statement that the XD-11 was the BEST camera that nobody wanted. Making its appearance in 1977, the XD-11 was part of the late 70’s technology boom in lens development and film quality.

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Winning Features:

  • Auto Exposure with both Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority options
  • Programmable override for Shutter Speed Priority
  • Excellent viewing screen (very bright)
  • Great ergonomics
  • Leaf Shutter

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The quality of Minolta MD Rokker lenses is also vastly under-rated. This may have been due to mass marketing to amateurs with little attention to attracting the professional photographer. In turn, lack of professional exposure discouraged amateurs, etc, eventually killing the Brand, although their recent technology was purchased by Sony.

I experienced this ‘disdain’ when I returned to college after my Christmas break freshman year with a Minolta SRT-SCII, marked down to discount prices because of the new XD- models. One of my wealthier friends returned with a Canon AE-1, but since my photos were often much better than hers I didn’t let it phase me.

I had already upgraded to the X-700 in the late 1980’s.  Then I heard about this wonderful camera:  The XD-11. I have three XD-Series. My first XD-11 (Shown above) has been sent to the ‘parts’ box due an unfixable film advance problem.  The second one that I acquired is a Japan Market model that is labelled XD, but not Minolta. Number 3 & 4 are both XD-11’s with black bodies.

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Regarding the XD-model, I wondered if I had been scammed, but I took it to my local repair shop and he immediately recognized it.  Told me that for a while the Minolta Cameras left off the Japanese manufacturer’s name in hopes of improving market share.  Mine had probably been brought back to the U.S. by an American Serviceman.

Check out my recent Article in 35mmc featuring the XD-11.