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Organ Mountains, New Mexico

I remember first seeing these Mountains 30 years ago. On a recent trip through New Mexico we decided to stop by Las Cruces to see the Organ Mountains:

I’ll have more views of the Mountains coming soon. For more information on the Ogan Mountains CLICK HERE.

IR Sensitive Films: Retro 400S

I thought about writing a summary of the origin and significance of the Retro IR Sensitive films as an aerial mapping film. But then I found an excellent history/summary by My Favorite Lens reviewing the Retro 400S. So check it out…………

Now we take up Part II of our IR Sensitive Film Tests. Here a comparison of Rollei Retro 400S and Ilford SFX-200 (My Standard). We again applied the IR 695 filter to both rolls. We know from our previous experience that this filter adds contrast to the Retro-films. So let’s jump in………

Images on the left are from SFX-200 and on the right from Retro 400S:

We ca see the obvious difference in Contrast. But it this first image it works.

Above, the contrast in the clouds for the Retro 400S makes it more interesting to me.

In the four images below,the lighter contrast (SFX-200) allows iu to see more detail.

Agai, here I think you choice my depend on personal aesthetics. There are qualities I like in both images.

S, we have determined in both cases that perhaps the Retro Films don;t really need IR-filter enhancement. So for our next test we are going bare. I’ll be comparing the Retro 80S with no filter to the SFX-200 with the IR 695.

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……

The Light and Dark of It: Exploring IR Sensitive Films

We will spend some significant time at the beginning of 2021 exploring the Infrared: IR Sensitive Films, IR Films and some digital IR from a converted camera.

And so the Light, from Ilford SFX-200

And the Dark from Rollei Retro 400S

From My Living Room Window…….

Como Doors

We made our annual trip over Boreas Pass. At the south end of the Pass is the town of Como. There are inhabited and restored buildings, such a the Train Station:

But I think many of the abandoned buildings are more interesting:

And them there are the somewhat restored and used buildings:

See More Pictures of Como and the Boreas Pass RailRoad here. Also a lot more doors!

Walker Ranch Doors

I’ve done a lot of photography at Walker Ranch.  I’ve printed and displayed some too, but never focussed on the Doors…….So Let’s Go Crazy at the Ranch for this week’s Thursday Doors!

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A close-up of the Featured Door (above) and the Featured Door (below).

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Two of my favorite Doors (above and below).

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And, below, some general shots around the Ranch, but still with doors visible….

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My Lomo Purple Scanning Adventure

AGH, what a fiasco.  I had this interesting image and wanted to make a print to go over my fire place mantle:

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You’ve seen this one before.  But, over time with the proofs from the drum scan changed my tastes after they showed me a different option, and I wanted to move in a different direction:

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But the Print Specialist didn’t want to work on it anymore.  My husband suggested that my order wasn’t important enough (i.e. not enough income) to make it worth their while.  I worked on the Drum scan myself a bit, but wasn’t making easy progress:

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You can see I have quite a bit to do before it looks like the professionally done image. Then I read this Scanning Article on EMULSIVE and decided to do a little experiment of my own. I mostly learned that drum scanning a 35 mm negative is a waste of time…….So I tried a hi-resolution (6500 dpi) scan with my Epson Perfection V700.

And Mike’s Camera Store in Boulder, Colorado, was willing to work with me.  Then the lockdown happened and although my order had been placed, I had to await the re-opening to get it.  Now placed over my Mantle:

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And a smaller version in my Office, which I may end up giving away……..Both wall portraits were taken with my Mamiya-7 on a tripod using Portra 400 film.

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Mike’s now has me as a permanent customer for color printing……..

Prelim Discussion of IR-Sensitive B&W Films Part I: SFX-200 and Retro 80S

I typically use Ilford SFX-200 as my IR-Sensitive film.  When I started, I used it with my darkest red filter:

But now I use my IR-695 filter:

 

Recently I’ve had two IR-sensitive film come my way: Rollei Retro 80S and Washi-Z.  Let’s start with the Rollei film. Because of my positive experience using the 695 filter, I tried this with the Retro 80S.  It resulted in interesting but very high contrast images:

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Compare this to T-MAX 400 with a Dark Red filter (sorry that’s the film I had in the other Mamiya-7 at the time):

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Here a direct comparison of the same scene, SFX-200 and Retro 80S, both with the IR-695 filter:

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Can you tell which is which? The Retro 80S is the upper image, the SFX-200 is the lower image.  The SFX image preserves the fine high altitude clouds better…..

I have recently read an article on the Retro 80S, where the author only used the dark red filter.    @EMULSIVEfilm also has another recent article comparing Retro 80S and Retro 400S, again both using the dark red filter.  So now I’m going to embark on a set of side by side Retro and SFX images making, using only the dark red filter.  Can’t wait to see what happens……

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Washi-Z discussion coming in Part II.