Category Archives: The Story

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……

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:

Summary of the #CameraChallenge from ILFORDPhoto

I decided to summarize my participation in the @ILFORDPhoto #CameraChallenge on Twitter, and posted on my Long’s Peak Journal.

@ILFORDPhoto and @_JasonAvery sponsor Photo Challenges on Twitter……..

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#filmphotography @ILFORDPhoto

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#believeinfilm

#analogphotography

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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1934 Agfa Billy Clack No. 51 Unboxing

I looked back at my archive and found that I’ve only posted a couple of my Pre-1940’s Camera Unboxings. Well, the Agfa 645 (a.k.a. the Billy Clack No. 51) from circa 1934 is making it’s first major appearance for the Frugal Film Project Tri-X 400 year end finale. So you first must experience the ‘Grand Unboxing’.

I’ve removed identification to protect privacy. But I did want you to know that this gem came from Slovakia……

And it was very well packed:

This one happened to come with a nice case:

So let’s take a look at what’s inside………

And taking a look inside. We see that it is a Portrait-style 645 camera design:

And the Final Camera loaded and ready to go! By the way, this IS a 120 film camera and shoots 16 images.

So you will be seeing posting for Frugal Film OCt-Nov_Dec 2020 from this camera. And good ‘extra’ prints will also be posted. If you would like more details about the Billy Clack No. 51, like where the name come from, visit the link at Art Deco Cameras.