Peace and Meditation as we wait………
My Submission for the Light, Space & Time 2021 Women’s Competition:
Still time to enter if you like……..
I finally did a proper time test (or in this case an f-stop test) for the Kodak Autographic;
I was testing the Fuji Velvia 50. Because it is a slow film I decided to try my Velvia 50 as the color film for my pre-1940 cameras, Here are the results. The f-stop range is 4, 8, 16, 32. I took two scenes. Scene 1 is a partially shaded path in a local park: Coal Creek Park.
The f/4.0 (first image) and the f/8.0 (second image) are both acceptable. The f/32 is definitely too dark, Results are similar for the stream shot from the same park.
So for the Kodak Autographic No.1 using the Fuji Velvia 50 film, either f/4.0 or f/8.0 depending on the lighting conditions. In very bright light one might consider try f/16.
A friend recently sent me a link to a professional photographer, Jay Zukerkorn, who is dealing with the changes in his photography resulting from Parkinson’s Disease. He has tremors to deal with, but decided to work with them instead of against them.
Here are two quotes from the article that are especially pertinent to me:
“Has Parkinson’s disease changed your perspective on your art?
Absolutely. In my former career, my photos were hyper-sharp and perfectly retouched. Now I embrace these blurred imperfections.
In what other ways do your photographs speak for you?
My photos represent a new way of walking through life. I’ve had a life-altering diagnosis, which has been humbling, but it hasn’t stopped me from moving forward.”
So I no longer reject the ‘out of focus’. Especially since I am experimenting with all if these pre-1940 cameras. In this case My Kodak 1913 Autographic:
Then I found some problems with my right eye; a vitreous detachment. Luckily it won’t cause blindness and will probably even show some improvement. But oddly now each eye has its own specialist…….
So now I am moving in a different way (figuratively and literally) and seeing and experience the world differently. So check out some of My Inner Monet as well…….
I made a big mistake when I exposed this Frame with my 1913 Kodak Autographic No.1 But it grew on me and I decided that I liked the resultant Abstraction.
It is Fuji Velvia 50 Film. So can you guess what I did wrong?
This was such a different subject than the other images on roll #2 that I wanted to post it separately. Calm. Peace, Stillness………Taking a few days off for long awaited eye surgery. Update at the end of the week…….
This is the story of my second roll of film through the 1913 Kodak No.1. I roll I shot on Pinhole Day (although it was not a pinhole). I was still testing the camera so I carried it along…..You can see some results from my first roll of film here.
I mailed my second roll, Ilford Ortho Plus (ISO 80) on April 28th and waited…..and waited……and waited. By the end of May I was beginning to worry so I contacted them. Well, you can read the correspondence at the end, I want to move on to the photos. But it suffices to say that it took them 3+ months to find my film and they returned it with no acknowledgment of the problems and no apologies. So They’ve lost my business, permanently. Oh, I’ll use their film, but I won’t send it to them for processing.
Anyway, let’s move on……….Ans start with my Favorite Crucifix:
This was the original Cemetery for Denver. And it was segregated by religion and race. This was the Orthodox Section:
Another favorite Monument above……
I forget what the tree trunk symbolizes, but it is a XXXXXX
A view of the larger Cemetery Area………….above. There is another shot taken at another location. So I will show that separately in a couple of days…….
Now for the horror of my former Film Lab. Click on the image to enlarge and read:
Use Ilford Labs US at your own risk. What I really resent is the lack of an Apology or any acknowledgment of a problem when they finally did find my film.
I’ll stick with OldSchoolLabs. They do 90% of my work (we develop the other 10% ourselves) ……..I can certainly endorse them.
I recently purchased a Kodak No. 1 Autographic Junior 13340 from Etsy (Patent dates 1910-1913). What could have gone wrong with that! But low and behold , I am learning to make it work. And Conveniently this is a version that can accommodate 120 film. I was inspired by old family cameras to buy this one, but that’s another story:
And the Photos:
Still learning to focus….but I’m getting there…….next photos should be better.
And remember to check out the ‘Grand Unboxing‘.
You may ask what possessed me to buy a circa 100 year old camera and expect it to work! Especially one bought on Etsy, right? Well my next post will allow you to make that judgement for yourself. But for now, lets enjoy the ‘Grand Unboxing’:
A recent Petapixel article discusses a bit about the camera, but see the info for specs at the end. Now for our first view of the camera:
The 120 film model was produced from 1913-1927. I’m still investigating the exact age of mine, but it appears to be a 1913 model. Excellent!
Special Autographic Features. But be aware that you really can’t use this feature anymore. It required special film.