Tag Archives: My Inner Monet

Abstraction

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?

Lake Waneka and my 1913 Kodak Autographic No. 1 Camera…….

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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…….

New On @EMULSIVEfilm: My 2020 Lockdown Journey………

JULY 28, 2020, @EMULSIVEfilm, MY 2020 LOCKDOWN JOURNEY: A COMPARATIVE TEST OF KODAK EKTACHROME E100 AND FUJIFILM VELVIA 50 (BONUS PORTRA/LOMOGRAPHY INCLUDED) – By Kathleen E Johnson

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A summary of all the Flowers from my Garden…and my Final Interpretation in case you missed it…………And Check out all of my Publications Here.

Publications Update July 2020

I realize that most of you NEVER click on my Publications or any of the other items listed on the left side of my Blog.  So every 6 months or so, I’m going to give you a Summary List of Publications:

 

Enjoy My Publication Bouquet of July Lilies from My Garden:

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Photos from the Kodak Art Deco Jiffy 127 Camera

Yesterday you were introduced to the Camera.  Today you meet the best 5-Frames from the very first roll of Reva 127 B&W film (ISO 100).  I was amazed at the results considering that I knew very little about the Camera, and this is my first roll.

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First a re-intro to the Camera above.  Details about the camera can be found on the Art Deco Camera Site.  Now let’s look at my camera test location: Lake Waneka.  We’ll start with a new view, looking west from the Boat House:

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Below, my usual view looking east towards the Boat House:

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Below, the beginnings of our COVID-19 Rock Monument.  There are more rocks now…….

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My Classic Boat Dock View.  Today featuring a fisherman……

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And my Classic Tree Reflection that you’ve seen in other Camera Tests:

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And certainly consistent with My Inner Monet Theme.

Last Word from the Garden: Velvia 50 vs. E100

As we have seen, there’s not a great difference in the color rendition for the Flowers from my Garden. Here are the final flower examples from the last roll from my Garden.  I didn’t get to work much with the Poppies or Peonies because they were wiped out by a storm.

For all images the E100 is on the left and Velvia 50 is on the right.  In the case of the Peonies above, the E100 is actually more saturated.  And I believe that same could be said of the Iris below.  Go figure……

 

Again, no real difference in the Torch Lilies below (genus Kniphofia).

 

And for the Turkish Poppies…….one can say that the E100 has a richer color.

 

So my Garden didn’t really tell me anything.  I know from earlier Landscape work that the E100 seemed Cold. And Flowers from the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden were off color also for E100. My last roll of film comparison will be landscapes from the Snowy Range of Wyoming.  I will be using a warming filter, so we’ll see what difference that makes.  And a surprising choice for my color film going forward……

 

 

What the Irises Tell Us About Velvia 50 and E100 Films

The Irises display more of a difference, being both richer is color and truer to the colors I saw. You’ll have to trust me on that.  I had intended to make Portra 400 images for all the garden shots, but that camera malfunctioned.  However, I do have some Portra 400 35 mm images.  One posted ant the end for comparison.  As before, you’ll have to make your choice based on which color balance you prefer.

We will start with Yellow Irises, since we did see a difference in the Yellow Tulips:

 

As before, the E100 is on the left and the Velvia 50 is on the right.  You can see the richer saturation in the Velvia 50.  Something that we are expecting.

 

Varying the contrast and brightness had no affect on the absolute color, which is what we are interested in here.

Now we move on to Purple, which was a color that Velvia 50 favored in previous examples:

 

As before, E100 on the left and Velvia 50 on the right…….

 

For me, the Velvia yields a more attractive color and is closer to what I saw.  Now let me tell you a little secret.  Once in a Physics experiment in college, it showed that I tend to see a little bit into the UV spectrum.  That is probably why the richer purples appeal more to me.

However, if you want truer color I think we have to get out the Portra 400 (below).  Again, I think it is an aesthetic choice…….

 

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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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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.