OK, so my Birthday was in May. Those of us that use film know that rolls sometimes aren’t finished in a timely fashion. But these were beautiful, sent to me by my eldest brother and his wife………….Back in May. It was my 60th Birthday, so I wanted to highlight them:
From my X-700, HP5 Film and 50 mm Minolta MD f/3.5 Macros Lens.
I’ve been living like this for more than a year. I was told that 3rd Cranial Nerve damage was always allowed a year to see how much it might recover. Monday (August 24th) was my surgery day………….
The next two images show how much progress I had made. Here my eye closed without the glasses. Imagine wondering around for a year with your eye closed….no depth perception, for example:
Waiting the year (and having the Botox treatment) did make my left eye and eyelid a bit stronger. Before the surgery I could keep my eye open, but didn’t because the eyes were not aligned………
Since the eyes were not aligned it caused double vision. Below, my immediate post op photo:
The wound continued to drain overnight, ;eaving my eyelids stuck together by morning. I had to use several hot, wet face cloths to soak my eye (instructions say NO RUBBING), Finally the eye was open:
I will still need still need special glasses to restore near normal vision, but for now I have a ‘sweet spot’ in my current glasses that allow me to see stereo vision. Each day my vision and the coordination between my eyes is better,
Now moving on to the MORE…….That more being further complications from the original tumor. Or rather, complications from the Radiation Treatments. I had very high levels of radiation with the Proton Beam, resulting in Necrosis defined as:
“The brain tissue necrosis is a delayed effect of radiation therapy and can occur several years after the radiation treatment, but it usually occurs within the first 1 to 2 years.Jul 8, 2020“
This Necrosis results in cysts growing in the Cranial Space and surrounding tissue. They started growing sometime after my 6 month check up, appearing in my May exam. The follow-up is every 8 weeks. I have that 8 week check in last week. Some cysts are smaller, some unchanged, and a few new ones have appear (but they are very small). So another MRI at the end of October and we’ll see where we are……
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……
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…….
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…….
I’d say these are too close to call………
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…….
My February Frugal Film shoot started out with an Urban Renewal Theme, but ended up with portraits from my Valentine’s Day Bouquet. The Image above will be posted on the Frugal Film Project Site. The Features image, as shown below are not the same roses and show a slightly different perspective.
Themes proposed for the first two months this year included Texture (January) and Structure (February). I missed texture for the first month because I had already planned my own theme using my fisheye lens. So I invite you now to enjoy the texture of the flower petals and the structure of the roses themselves.
Some of the roses were beginning to fade, so I have started a new series highlighting the Roses as they dry…….and below a little Inner Monet…..somewhat out of focus.
The Crocuses have made their appearance and My Gardening Season has begun………
Irises, Daffodils, Tulips and Oriental Poppies are sprouting……….
As I have started working on my 2020 Garden, I’ve remembered to Update my Flowers and Gardening from 2019, Featuring the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden. And Let’s take a final look back at the Lovely Flanders Poppies from 2019:
This Flander’s Poppy is now hangng on my Family Room Wall.
Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film. I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before. And surprisingly, I like it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions,
So this is more of a user’s guide than a film review. I’ll let you try the film and decide if you like it. FIRST: the angle of the sun with respect to your image scene is the biggest factor for a successful image. I’ve discussed in a Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film. I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before. And surprisingly, I like it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions, I have touched upon this in previous post and hope to publish a full summary review of my experiences soon. But note that the ideal sun angle is 90 to 180 degrees from the image scene. In my most recent Lomo Purple roll shown here, I was careful with the sun angle.
I have one more roll of medium format Lomo Purple being developed now. I also plan on running an exposure time test for the RSS Pinhole. AND in a few weeks I expect an @35mmc summary article of My Lomo Purple experiences to be published.