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.
Ditto on no more Film Testing………
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:
Read my FP4 Review here.
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.
As part of my Arizona Project, I am testing some films. Some completely new, like Silberra PAN 160 and PAN 100; and films new to me like Ilford FP4.
Silberra is a new Russian film that has been in development for 10+ years. I backed it in Indiegogo. Today I’m posting results from my journey around the Phoenix area: Below, Four Peaks……..
I’ve discussed on my Photo Diary, some problems that I’ve experienced with Silberra Film (and similarly with Ferrania P30). My main problem was controlling the contrast and exposure. All of the images here have been adjusted significantly in PhotoShop. I am largely a T-MAX 400 + Ilford user (especially SFX-200).
So I am posing the question here (also on Twitter as a survey): How many types of film is it possible to be an expert user? I like supporting new films, but I’m really into getting my best results that can also be printed in the darkroom without a tremendous effort in manipulation.
Print your comments here and I will include them in a future article:
I love all of the cameras described here. But it was totally unrealistic to think that I could use them all, even in three months time. So these are the ones that made the journey………
The Mamiya 7 with 45, 50, 80 and 150 mm lenses. The Minolta X-700 with 28-200 Tamron Adaptall lens and 50 mm macro lens. I’ll mostly be using the 35 mm to test my Kodak E100 film.
So as I embark on my Medical Journey in Arizona, as I am able I will be doing only Photography and Music as my therapies. Most of my cameras are shown here. But these are the ones I’m taking to AZ:
My Medium Format Favorite: Mamiya 6X7: with 43 mm, 50 mm, 150 mm and 210 mm lenses. But I mostly use the 43 an 50 mm.
Mamiya 645 for more versatility. This camera gives me all of the SLR options, including a a nice 80 mm macro:
The Fuji GA645Zi; My Medium Format Street Camera, because of the auto-focus and auto-advance. Basically a medium format point and shoot; which is why I got it.
Pinhole Cameras: Diana Multi: I’ve had a lot of fun with this camera over the past year.
The Reality So Subtle Pinhole: Still working out the Range Finding on this camera. I have the filter-option 6X6 model. I have to say this camera has the smoothest mechanism of any Pinhole I’ve ever used. So I’ll take it with me and work on the range (maybe I should watch some of the YouTube videos?)
And Finally, my “riding shotgun” always in the front seat and ready Minolta X-700: My jump out of the car and shoot camera. I have 3 of these and they are all going. I use my trusty Tamron-adaptall 28-200 zoom. A combination I have been using since the early 90’s.
OK, It occurs to me that I won’t really use all of these cameras in a 3-4 month period. Which one would you leave behind?
Wishing Us All a Better 2018. And Starting off the Year with Dignity:
Dignity of the Earth and Sky overlooks the Missouri River at Chamberlain, South Dakota. A Tribute to Native America Plains Culture. She has a FaceBook Page. And More about the Sculpture here for those not on Facebook. AND more of my photos (All Film of course) HERE.
I rarely post color here. But I really liked this last shot from my garden (before it all froze):
I have to say the digital images turned out better…… Note to Self, I should have practiced more with my equipment. But since this Page is about Film……Here you go:
I’ll be ready for 2024……. But what I did do right was actually ENJOY the eclipse and all the miraculous and wonderful sights that occur…….These are forever etched in my memory.
See more images on my Photo Diary.
Start here for the ‘Complete Journey Experience’.
Back in a couple of weeks with more posts.
Sequence for Theme #1: Stairs, A Journey Upwards
Break for next Chapter
My Personal Vision class is drawing to an interesting close. So we are going to change themes here to reflect the final project I am supposed to produce. Some Images that I might use have already been posted. But there are two major ideas that seem to repeat themselves: Light and Ascending Stairs. So for the rest of the month I will be posting the ‘final cut’ images for the project. Comments Appreciated! Or simply ‘like’ the image if you agree that it makes the final cut…….
I looked back into my photo archives to find this image from 1990. The first time I photographed an ascending staircase that has special meaning for me. I decided that this must be where it all began: