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2014 July 30
Wednesday


The Sunset Radiant
(Film version)
Konica C35, because it was with me at the time
Fuji Superia 100
6D macro "scan"

I'll be putting together a gallery of C35 photos, hopefully in the next few days.  I've also got a box of 110 slide film that I'm eager to use.



2014 July 25
Friday


Finally got around to reviewing one of my favorite cameras. 



2014 July 21
Monday

This weekend I got out for a photo drive.  Digital was along for the ride, but as usual, anything I really liked was photographed with film.   And it got me thinking about stuff... which brings us to a new mini-article.




2014 July 17
Thursday

This newer scan looks better to me.  I like being able to go back to the original film and get more detail, better color, or even a completely different look. 

This is Kodak Ektar 100.  Yes, Kodak Alaris, we still demand film in both consumer and pro varieties.

(Pick up some Ektar in 35mm here;  120 here;  4x5 here.)


"I'm gonna find me another home
I'm gonna find it way out in the woods"



" Still I want you to know
I did the best I could
"

(Today's music, because something about the photo made me think of one of his early album covers.)



2014 July 16
Wednesday


Higher-megapixel, larger-sensor digital cameras will spoil you after a while.  The EOS 6D has "only" twenty megapixels or so, but it's an awesome camera. 

What's amazing is that digital camera advances keep revealing more detail from the same 35mm negatives.  Never underestimate how much detail a piece of film can hold.  It takes better and better digital technology to unlock that detail.   

If you shoot film with a Nikon SLR, or a Canon EOS with adapter, use the cheap Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Series E and you'll be surprised at how sharp the pictures can be.  This lens is pin-sharp anywhere from f/2.8 to f/11.   (Hint:  use f/2.8 for the best-looking bokeh and almost the best sharpness this lens has to offer.)  For macro capture of the resulting film, you'll have to use an even sharper lens (tough to find) just to be sure you're even pulling all the detail out of that film.   This article talks about using the 6D for that purpose.





2014 July 12
Saturday morning

Added a couple of photos to page 2 of the Sunsets, Skies, and Clouds gallery.

Friday evening it was homemade pizza time.   This one lasted about two minutes before we (and our guests) gobbled it up.  The crust had nice leopard spotting.  Sorry no pic of the actual pizza... it just didn't stay around long enough for a photo op.



Flour:   Gold Medal organic unbleached.

Film & Camera Settings:    This was either Kodak 400 or Superia, 400 or 800.   f/1.7 or f/2, handheld, at probably 1/60th.



2014 July 10
Thursday eve.

On the 7th I updated the update for that day... but then I didn't upload it.  (Fixed.)   If you want to jump in on International Kodak Film Photgraphy Day, the link to the Flickr group is now in the July 7 update. I don't really use Flickr anymore because I feel they turned the place into a photo log-jam;  but it still has some good film groups.

If you didn't have time to order some Kodak film, many Kmart and CVS stores carry 35mm Kodak color negative film.  It's the consumer stuff, either Kodak Gold or Kodak Ultramax.  But it's plenty good. 

Oh, and by the way, here's a Kodak Ektar scan (macro cap) I'd been meaning to post on here.


Kodak Ektar 100 (6x6 cm)
Yashica MAT
Macro captured with a Canon Rebel T3



2014 July 7
Monday

Here's hoping you all had a great weekend, and hoping my friends in the USA all had a safe and happy Independence Day celebration. 

The Fireworks on Film article has several shots, but I figured I'd post another...


Kodak Elite Chrome 100
Nikon 6006
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Series E

If Kodak were to bring back one type of 35mm film, my choice would actually be Elite Chrome 100.  Not Ektachrome, not E100VS, not even Kodachrome.  All were great films, but I'd choose ordinary Elite Chrome 100.  I love this film.  If it were possible I would have truckloads of it.  

Speaking of Kodak:  film photographers, get ready for July 12 and 13th, 2014.  This is the weekend to celebrate International Kodak Film Photography Day (IKFPD).   Join the Flickr group here.   I should have posted this earlier, but that's what happens when you get distracted with these digital cameras. 

If you want to jump in on IKFPD, there might still be time to order some Kodak Portra or Ektar.  Let's not forget the classic Tri-X in the black & white category.  And then there's the consumer-grade color film, Kodak Ultramax 400, which has a nice warm color palette when scanned properly. 

I notice some stores locally are carrying the Kodak Ultramax and also the Kodak disposable cameras, so there's always that, if you can't get your film by mail in time.  If your store is still cool, you could even get the film developed that weekend so you could scan it immediately.

Our local CVS used to carry Kodak Tri-X and I think Tmax, but a lot of people were expecting to be able to get it developed at the CVS.  (You can do that with Kodak BW400CN if your store still processes film.  And if not, use a pro lab.)

For IKFPD, I'll probably be using the Kodak Portra 400 roll (120 size) that's in my TLR right now.   If I get the chance I'll post (here) some Kodak film scans from previous shoots.  Or maybe I'll just post 'em whenever.





2014 July 3
Thursday

Many readers in the States are gearing up for the 4th of July holiday.  Pick a spot, lay out your blanket, and get ready for the "Fourth" display.


Fireworks Festival Crowd
Yashica Electro 35
Fuji Superia film

Here's an article called "Fireworks on Film".  I hope you enjoy it!



2014 July 1
Tuesday

In the June 27th update I mentioned waiting for film.  Actually, most of the wait happens because I take my time using up the rest of the film.  When I do shoots for customers, the film gets developed very quickly.  Pro labs have fast turnaround time.

When it has to be fast, I don't think film is really that much slower than the digital workflow.

One reason is that digital has its own slow steps.  Good event photographers don't just dump all their photos onto a CD without first going through them, sorting, cropping, adjusting the brightness, etc.  With digital, the ability to take 500 photos also slows you down in another way.  There's just so much to go through.  My digital backlog is just as big as the film one.  It would be even bigger, but I try not to take 500 digital photos each time I'm out in the field.

Speaking of cropping, here's a square crop from the Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80, which I mentioned in the "Getting Started With Film" article.  This was a test shot to see if my $2 yard-sale camera was working.



This reminds me.  With a DSLR you can increase the saturation before you take the picture, but in some situations it just looks all wrong.  I like the way film handles it.  Whether it's slide film or neg film, it just looks more right from the start.  When a DSLR gets the colors right, it looks awesome.  Problem is, when it gets 'em wrong... well, that's one reason why sometimes, even a cheap film camera is the better tool for the job.

Here's another quick shot from the Stylus Epic Zoom 80.   Straight from the Noritsu scanner;  no adjustments.   I think this was Superia 400 film.  I like Kodak Portra and Fuji Pro 400H, but I'm not going to waste these testing yard sale cameras.  Next roll, maybe.


Rice Noodle Stir Fry
Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80

Background blurring with a $2 pocket 35mm camera.  Try that with a $100 pocket digicam... with no macro.

Some food doesn't photograph that well, which is why some of the most appetizing food photographs are actually of fake food.  But I don't care here;  this was just a camera test.










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