More from the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden……You can tell I spent a lot of time there!
Below, my wide angle view of the scene…………….
I waited with baited breath, as they say, for results from early E100 Film Testing. Always reliable, I delved into the EMULSIVE Review, which compared various exposures, by processing at EI 100, 200, 400 800. At first glance I like the EI200 images, so I started by comparing EI 100 vs EI 200. The Cameras, my nearly identical Minolta X-700 with Tamron 28-200 zoom lens, which I’ve used for a number of side by side film tests:
I took a second look at the EMULSIVE results after reviewing my own tests, and can’t believe that I didn’t see the EI 200 images were colder. Also, the example scenes were not typical subjects that I would have photographed (the exception being flowers). I had fears about the new E100 because I new that it was based on E100G, which I had always found to be too cold. I always used a warming filter with the old E100G. The long gone warm tone balanced E100GX had been my favorite.
So my results, E100 @ EI 125 (following Galen Rowell’s recommendation) on the top and EI 200 on the bottom. All of the photos are the original raw scans with no adjustments of brightness, contrast or levels and no warming filter:
The Cathedral Rocks in Arizona, I tried to get the same perspective, but there is a slight difference. Below viewed from a distance:
And zoomed in:
Note the color of the Red Rocks and the Soil. Since I frequently shoot Red Rocks, I’d like them to have the truer Red of the EI 125 images. Below I’m showing the EI 125 exposed a +1 stop. It probably offers a truer color rendition:
It’s probably time for me to test E100 with a warming Filter vs. Portra 400. I’ve found Portra 400 to be an acceptable color film for my current use. I’ve also been spoiled by the wide latitude of exposures that a C-41 film allows. Since I mostly shoot B&W now, I’m not sure that E100 has enough zip to bring me back to E-6. But I’ll wait on a final E100 choice after the 120 is available. I’ll test that vs Portra 400.
I Rang Out on Wednesday using the Solari Bell. By the time you see this I will be on my way Home:
And Yes, I am taking my ‘friend’ the Mask. More Scenes from my life over the past 2 Months:
I still have tons of images to post from my Arizona Experience. Those will appear from time to time throughout the Summer.
We spent an afternoon at Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s Urban Laboratory. They had a wonderful path that allowed me to test the pinhole range and estimate the distance. I wanted to do this because when I tried it before I was way off in my range estimates. I got exactly what I needed, and a nice image of their sign:
I plan on going back for Pinhole Day and capturing some interior photos.
Similar issues with PAN 100 as I had reported for PAN160. All images here have been significantly altered for brightness and contrast in Photoshop.
Arizona Skies have been generally more interesting than in Front Range Colorado. Back in colorado that dead blue sky that frequently shows itself is anathema to Photography.
My Emulsive Secret Santa sent me one roll each of 35 mm and 120 size film. I know about the FP4 Party on Twitter, but had never participated and never shot any of this film before. This Month I did post my best FP4 35 mm images.
So I was shooting on a drive through the mountains north of Phoenix. We ended up at Roosevelt Lake (water very low as you can see) and the Salt River Dam and Bridge:
But my real interest was the Bridge. So I did a study of it. First, a panorama made from two images using Photomerge:
Remember when making a Panorama your images must overlap by ~30%, as you can see from the parts below:
And the most wide angle I could get from a single shot using my Minolta X-700 and Tamron 28-200 zoom lens with a nice reflection:
A slightly different view, with interesting vegetation:
As my Previous Post suggested, I’ll try the 120 FP4 film that I was given, but I’m probably going to stick with Delta100 or 400 when I want lower contrast than T-MAX 400.
Yes, this is me in my Proton Beam Radiation Mask. It was custom fit and molded to my face during the Radiation Simulation Session. You literally have to be tied down. The method is so precise that any motion would cause the beam to miss the tumor and hit something inside that you might not want to zap. The lasers and pink tape are used for rough alignment. Then low-level X-rays are used to “see” the four pins in my skull for fine alignment. If it looks uncomfortable, it is! And I go in twice a day for treatment. Best thing, I get to take it home with me. I’m going to make a shadow box and display it in my Living Room…….
The pressure from the Mask caused some swelling on the left side of my head to return. Ooops! But it is better this week. It’s stretched a bit and I’ve been working with the Technical Staff to get a better fit.
So I found out the details of the GLOW Club and will be attending on Thursday. Hopefully I can see the accelerator and take picture. I’ll post an update if pics are allowed. Fun Fact: you can actually see the blue flashes of the Proton Beam as it passes within the inter-cranial fluids. Your optic nerve can detect the flashes so your brain can ‘see’ it.
The focussed beam comes through the “screen” behind my head. The screen is so big because it needs to be focussed across a wide range of angles. It moves along the metal track for positioning. Below, a longer view showing the hand grips for more stability against motion. What you cannot see is that my feet beneath the blanket are tied down to the table also.
I’m keeping my hair very short so I can moisturized my scalp to minimize burning. In the image on the right, you can see a hint of the Surgery #2 Scar.
Below, a handy dandy summary graphic taken from the Mayo Clinic Website. CLICK HERE for better viewing.