Tag Archives: Minolta

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 II: Washi-Z ISO 400

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Washi-Z 400, above with a dark red filter.  I start with that statement because for some reason I didn’t shoot the first few images with dark red.  Instead I had used an orange filter for some reason:

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Washi-Films were never intended for use in still cameras.  They were specialty films and most were developed for recording some type of motion, including a sound version.But nowadays these specialty films are creeping into the revitalized 35 mm film market.

And finally, two images from the Tonto Natural Bridge in Arizona.  Representing some of the early orange filter exposures.

So now what?  I’ve ordered more Washi-Z 400, and because the IR effect did not seem that strong, even with the red filter.  I’m going to try it with the IR-695 filter.  Watch for new results coming soon……

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The Door at Harper Lake

A local reservoir, but I couldn’t find any information on this Building.  I’m assuming it is some type of valve and pump house.

First the Door:  I was told that the Hawk Symbol was part of a Scavenger Hunt Trail…..

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And view from across the Lake:

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Finally, an image made on Pinhole Day, but not the one I submitted……See the Submitted Photo Here.

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Frugal Film Project: March 2020

On my last roll of HP5 I found a photo to post for March:

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Above was my Sign offering for the March 2020 Frugal Film Project.  It just didn’t move me.  So I marked it as one of the ‘rejected’ images:

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I had also considered posting one of my Valentine Roses, One Month Later………  But I’m planning a separate posting with my ‘past prime’ roses.  h dried quite well.

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So more from the Roses Coming Soon………..

November #CameraChallenge: Part II Shadows

Organizing my cameras again, I found two of my 35 mm cameras had been put away with partially exposed rolls of film.  So I took them out to finish the rolls for the #camerachallenge. : one Portra 400 and one HP5.  So I have both color and B&W to share:

Portra 400:

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My Arcosanti Bell

For me, Shadow often means Light!   To make a Shadow you need the Light

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View of Shadows in the same Window a few hours apart.  Shadows move and change with the Light.

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My Home has a lot of windows….so I have a lot of Shadows Indoors.

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But there are Shadows outside as well.  Above: what would I do without my satellite television.  Below:  A tree and it’s shadow on a neighbor’s house.

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Minolta XD-11: The Best Camera That Nobody Wanted

I came across an article on-line regarding “High Water Marks” for various camera brands. It seems to support my statement that the XD-11 was the BEST camera that nobody wanted. Making its appearance in 1977, the XD-11 was part of the late 70’s technology boom in lens development and film quality.

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Winning Features:

  • Auto Exposure with both Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority options
  • Programmable override for Shutter Speed Priority
  • Excellent viewing screen (very bright)
  • Great ergonomics
  • Leaf Shutter

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The quality of Minolta MD Rokker lenses is also vastly under-rated. This may have been due to mass marketing to amateurs with little attention to attracting the professional photographer. In turn, lack of professional exposure discouraged amateurs, etc, eventually killing the Brand, although their recent technology was purchased by Sony.

I experienced this ‘disdain’ when I returned to college after my Christmas break freshman year with a Minolta SRT-SCII, marked down to discount prices because of the new XD- models. One of my wealthier friends returned with a Canon AE-1, but since my photos were often much better than hers I didn’t let it phase me.

I had already upgraded to the X-700 in the late 1980’s.  Then I heard about this wonderful camera:  The XD-11. I have three XD-Series. My first XD-11 (Shown above) has been sent to the ‘parts’ box due an unfixable film advance problem.  The second one that I acquired is a Japan Market model that is labelled XD, but not Minolta. Number 3 & 4 are both XD-11’s with black bodies.

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Regarding the XD-model, I wondered if I had been scammed, but I took it to my local repair shop and he immediately recognized it.  Told me that for a while the Minolta Cameras left off the Japanese manufacturer’s name in hopes of improving market share.  Mine had probably been brought back to the U.S. by an American Serviceman.

Check out my recent Article in 35mmc featuring the XD-11.

Lomo Purple Revisited: Lessons Learned Part II

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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.

B&W Flowers from My Garden

OK, I’m a believer.  Photographers were always raving about Ilford HP5.  But I didn’t share the fascination until this past Spring.  On my Journey to Phoenix I wanted to take 35 mm B&W film.  The only thing I had in the fridge was Ilford HP5.  So I grabbed the 5 rolls and headed out………

And I’ve finally discovered the situations where the ‘GRAIN” works for me.  Here is a summary of my HP5 Best Case (all HP5 except where noted):

 

 

(Note: the datura, upper right is T-MAX)

 

(Note:  Yuca Baccata, upper left, is digital IR)

September on my Other Blog is all about B&W in the Garden.