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2015 January 31

A few days ago, my Belomo Vilia took its last picture.  While getting ready to load some more film, I accidentally dropped the camera on the rug, and the focus mechanism broke.  Just like that.  Cheap camera, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.   

Review:  Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 17mm f/3.5.   A nice ultrawide prime lens for 35mm film cameras.  I have some photos of the lens, which I'll put up as soon as I get the chance.  

Just a quick scan.  Check out the review here

2015 January 27

The real snow has moved in.  Some readers are dealing with the heaviest snow of winter, which is not uncommon for late January. 

As for the photography, there are many photos and articles I've been wanting to post, but the snow removal is going to keep me busy for a little bit. 

Before the storm, I did manage to put together a quick article on carrots in the food section.  Maybe not super in-depth, but I figured broccoli needed another vegetable to keep it company.  

2015 January 20

New articleKitchen Blenders.  

A couple more food-related articles will (hopefully) be ready soon.

2015 January 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth... and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth..."

                -Acts 17:24,26

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

                -Galatians 3:28

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

            - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

            - Martin Luther King, Jr.

2015 January 14

Gotta love when you keep writing last year (2014) even when it's the new year. 

I fixed the years on the previous couple of entries.  

Here's a shot from the other night.  (Actually, it's last week now.)  I haven't finished out the 800 film roll;  this one is digital. 

Edited in JPG, because I didn't feel like messing with RAW files at the moment.

Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM @ 40mm
ISO 1600
2 seconds at f/8 (Tripod)
Temperature about 10 Fahrenheit

Speaking of which...  another cold night.  Watch when it's been cold for a long time;  you'll notice the snow gradually "evaporates" without melting.  Sublimation!

2015 January 12

I just scanned some more Ektar from the fall-foliage season, using some of the methods in the film scanning e-book.  Color profiles?  Don't need 'em.   After learning the basic methods in the book, there are two basic approaches you could use.  (A.)  Develop a specific set of color tweaks for each film stock, or (B.) simply adjust each scan uniquely, depending on what looks good at that moment.  It's similar to what I usually do with Vuescan and a flatbed:  pick whichever color negative profile looks good.  Later, maybe I would re-scan the neg with a different profile. 

One nice thing is that if you use the book methods, you won't need to do a re-scan for every different color setting. 

Color film, to me at least, is what photography is all about... even in this era of 20+ megapixel DSLR's.    

This photo reminds me... new article.  This is a fun one I'd been meaning to put up for a while.  

2015 January 7

Cold, clear nights are good for moonlight photography.   When the wind is still, the cold actually becomes somewhat tolerable... as long as you keep moving periodically.

If you really want serious photos, even with digital, this is not the time to do hand-held shots.  I did exactly that for a few, but they were sort of just playin' around.  ISO 12800, I think it was... but that's one of the strong points of digital.  

When I say "not the time to do hand-held shots", I mean you're better off using low ISO and a tripod.  That's because digital gets chroma noise and image degradation at higher ISO.  If you can't use a tripod, digital at least lets you get a shot;  if you can use a tripod... better pictures.

Actually (and a bit ironically), my "serious" shots for the night were on Superia 800 film, handheld... in bulb mode.  That, and I took several on a tripod.  When the roll is finished, I'll post something. 

New article:

A reader emailed me asking about repairing a stuck shutter on the Diana MiniHere's an article on how to do that.

2015 January 5
The Twelfth Day of Christmas

According to the song, today's gift is "twelve drummers drumming", but I think I would rather have one of these instead.   

I added some updates to the review, and also compared it with the 28-135mm IS a bit.

2015 January 3
The Tenth Day of Christmas

The new Canon 24-105 is here.  Being a full-frame lens, this will work with EOS film cameras. 

Is it sharp?  How about the corners?    Preliminary review here;  I'll be adding more as I put this lens through its paces. 

I'm looking forward to putting this on a film camera with some Velvia 50 or 100.   Also, lately I've been shooting color negative film and some black and white... I kind of like the idea of taking a "digital" lens and using it to shoot film.  It might be time for some Kodak Tri-X!

Weather:   Ice storms present good opportunities for photography, but they're probably the most dangerous form of weather for travel.  (So it's best to stay home!)   The northeastern USA is supposed to get some ice throughout the day.

The Weather Channel website lately has some stuff that's more entertainment than anything.  Fun, but sometimes you just want the weather.  (I have to say, I like some of the photo galleries.)

I still don't really care for that whole "named winter storm" idea.  To be fair, though, their site has some useful reports on there.  I like when they explain stuff clearly and in a matter-of-fact way... such as:  "High temperatures will be up to 25 degrees below average".  That is the kind of weather info that's useful... although most of us in the northern latitudes could probably do without those temperatures.

By the way, not everyone knows the difference between sleet and freezing rain.   Sleet is already-frozen particles that fall to the earth.  Both can be dangerous, but freezing rain is much worse.  It happens when liquid rain meets up with ground that's already at freezing temperature.   

Have a safe weekend and avoid the ice!  I'll be shooting some more test photos with that EF 24-105mm STM lens, so hopefully soon I'll have some updates.

A safe and happy 2015 to you!

2015 January 1
The Eighth Day of Christmas
New Year's Day

From the 31st:  my "one last review for 2014", the Lomography Fisheye 2.   Since I've mentioned this camera so often lately, I figured it should have its own page on here.

This would be a great camera to bring to a New Year's Eve party.  Add a cheap set of color gels to hold over the flash, and it's party city.

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