Tag Archives: Frugal Film Project

Frugal Fim Project: August 2020

A Trip to the top of my world. Loveland Pass is my Favorite High Mountain Pass.\:

Checkout my Frugal Film Posting for the details………

Cow Doors in the Fields……

A local farmer decided to paint their shed for the live stock and landscape…….

This was an images originally shot for my Frugal Film Project. But as always, too many options to post their…….So Shared Here Instead.

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.

Frugal Film Project: June 2020

Finally Getting to Post this.  And Yes, I am counting it as a #WednesdayWindows Also!

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Pat and Gar’s Hi-Way Bar

Now for some Lafayette, Colorado History: The Old Coke Sign from ‘Pat & Gar’s Hi-Way Bar’ was originally painted in late 1949 or early 1950. Underneath are several layers of signs and banners going back to the late 1930’s. Renovations in 1956 covered the mural with asbestos siding, which ended up preserving it.

In 2015 the Mural was uncovered by special asbestos remediation before the building was to be demolished. The rediscovered Mural, and the entire wall were removed and stored at the Lafayette Firehouse. Professional restoration experts were brought in to stabilize the mural in 2016. It was placed in the current location, at Simpson and Public Road in Downtown Lafayette, Colorado.

See the Official Frugal Film Posting…….

Garage Doors……

Some Photos I made while hunting for Frugal Film Project materials.  Lomo 800 and the Diana F+ camera.  The Best Garage Doors:

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The images above are from a double garage, as are the ones below.  But I separated the two doors above to have a clearer image of the writing……And the Flowers Below:

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These were painted as part of the Lafayette Alley Art Amazin’ Project

Inner Monet and the #CameraChallenge

I am a frequent participant in the #CameraChallenge.  The April offering included a motion challenge which fits My Inner Monet.  My strategy for ‘Motion’ was slow shutter speeds and simple motion.  I used the Diana F+ camera and Lomo 800 film, as I was photographing for the April Frugal Film Project.

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Above:  a walk in the wind, and Below: mountain drive by.

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Frugal Film Project: May 2020

The Wise Old Owl speaks for the Alley Art Amazin’ mural project in my Hometown, Lafayette, Colorado.  I started capturing these images for the Frugal Film Project and for my own interests in my Hometown’s support of the Arts.

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Coming soon will be a discussion of the Wise Old Owl.  Turns out I have photographed this mural with 4 different color films.  And they all look different.

Below, sharing a few more murals.  I may make a Murals Page on my blog…….

 

What 4 Owls Have Told Me About 4 Color Films

Continuing with the Showdown that I started a few days ago.  I’ve been using E100 over a year. I’m midway in a film showdown between Kodak E100 vs Fuji Velvia 50.  I had always preferred Kodak in the past, however, after some 35 mm experiences last year I had doubts.  I had always used E100GX, a warm toned film of the old generation.  The new film was based on a colder version E100G.  But to be fair, I decided to do some formal color test comparison.  This is Part,  I am comparing four images of the Owl Mural made with four different films: E100, Velvia 50, Portra 400 and Lomo 800.  For the direct comparison of the E-6 films I used my Mamiya-7’s; the Portra was exposed using a Mamiya-6; and the Lomo 800 was exposed using a Diana F+, for the Frugal Film Project.

First I’ll show them in pairs, then break down my critique of each one.  Naturally I have selected my personal favorite for the Header image above.

Left: Lomo 800; Right: Portra 400.  I made no adjustments for tone or contrast; only cropping to make them comparable in size. All of the image were exposed on overcast days. The first comment I can make is that both C-41 films are truer to the actual mural colors.  The Portra 400 has a richer color tone which I would expect for the lower ISO film.  But you have to admit that the Lomo 800 is very good, especially since it was exposed using a plastic camera.  The winner here is Kodak Portra 400:

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Portra 400

Now for the main event, E100 (left) vs Velvia 50 (right):

As one would expect, the E-6 films have a more saturated color.  Not quite a natural representation.  But in my lifetime experience with film (going back to childhood)  I’ve mostly shot E-6.  As a field scientist back in the pre-PowerPoint days, I needed to show my information in slide presentations.  So that meant E-6 films.  In my earlier professional days I used ECN films.  When that was discontinued I switched to Kodak E100GX.

If you read my earlier experiences with E100, you’ll be able to decide which one I prefer.  I simply find the E100 too cold. So the Winner here is, Fuji Velvia 50.  I enjoy the richer and brighter blues and purples……

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Fuji Velvia 50

So these are my two favorites.  I can accept either one depending on what I am trying to demonstrate.  Which one do you prefer?

Stay tuned, right now I am continuing the side-by-side testing of these films as my Mamiya 645’s take a tour of my flower and vegetable gardens.  I’m going to give E100 every possible chance to show me something that I’ll like.

And I may do a follow-up Road-Trip landscape comparison.  In that case, I’ll see if a warming filter makes me feel better about the new Kodak E100.

My Inner Monet: Valentine Flowers One Month Later

It had been more than a month.  But I did make these images in March as I watched my Valentine Roses change, but not ‘fade away’.  They simply revealed new aspects of My Inner Monet:

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I had though about submitting these for the March Frugal Film Project, but decided not to.  But what I might do is find a 5th image that that works and submit it to a 5-Frames…..

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So we end the month with these Roses as a prepare a Photo Safari to my friend’s Rose Garden…..

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