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Archive for January, 2007

Like Old Friends


Arielle Lee #180, Los Angeles, 2002

Arielle Lee, October 2002
(Camera: Casio QV-4000)

I feel like the new film scanner is bringing me back in touch with photos that I took years ago. It’s like becoming reacquainted with old friends.It has even inspired me to revisit some of my digital photos, like this one, from 2002.This one was an experiment with empty space in the photo. I’m not sure how successful it is, but I do like the lighting and I like the look on her face.

For this I used the Casio QV-4000 camera, which was my first digital camera. It was a really nice 4MP point & shoot with some pretty advanced features, like an f2.0 Canon lens and a sync socket for external flash!! Try to find either of those on a point & shoot digital these days. This was lit with a couple of White Lightning strobes in shoot-through umbrellas.

By the way, I have started hosting my photos on flickr.

Mission Santa Barbara

CA-Santa Barbara-2002-03-A2-020301-21-4x6
Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
March, 2002
Canon EOS A2, Ilford HP5+

The nearest restroom is down the block

The nearest restroom is down the block

Monterey, CA, July 2005
Contax G1
Kodak Supra 800

So this blog is presumably meant for b&w photography, but I’m so fascinated with my new film scanner that I can’t help posting some color photos.This one was taken on our honeymoon while we were visiting the Monterey Aquarium. We stopped in a little shop to buy a snack, and for some reason I found the counter area interesting.I love my Contax G1 for this type of photography. It’s small, very nice to carry around, nearly as simple as a point & shoot, and the lenses are beautifully sharp.

Some notes from my first film scanning experience

Just a couple notes from my first experiences with the film scanner:

Scanning slides was much easier than scanning negatives. Partly because my negatives are more dusty & scratchy than my slides, but also because I found it more difficult to line up the negatives on the negative feeder.

I spent about 20 minutes removing dust from the color photo of Julie in Photoshop. Not fun.

Not surprisingly, color scans look better than black & white scans. I need more practice with b&w before I really feel comfortable with it.

I have to refigure my workflow now. I can probably adapt part of my digital workflow, but I have to think about naming conventions. For digital, my files are named along the lines of [Description]-[Year]-[Month]-[Camera]-[Sequence]-[Version], but for film, I probably need to add roll# and frame# in there somewhere.

I am definitely more excited about shooting some film now.

Color Negative Test


And now a color negative test.

Model: Julie Simone
Contax RX, Carl Zeiss T* 135/f2.8
Kodak Portra 160NC

Black & White Negative Test


Scan of a black & white negative, just to try it out.

17 Mile Drive, July 2005
Contax G1
Ilford Delta 100 film.

The Muses


Another slide scan from Hearst Castle.

July 2005
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 45/f2
Kodak E100G Slide Film

First Film Scan


Well, the scanner arrived much sooner than I expected. So here’s my first scan.

Hearst Castle Statue, July 2005
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 45/f2
Kodak E100G Slide Film

New Film Scanner!


I finally purchased a film scanner!

This baby you see here is a Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV.

I have wanted a film scanner for a long time. I no longer have access to a darkroom, so all my prints are made by someone else (usually a machine). And frankly, the idea of scanning machine prints and trying to make them look OK in Photoshop makes me kind of sick. I would much rather scan the negative or slide directly.

I’m hoping this will encourage me to shoot film more often.

Anyway, as soon as it arrives, I will scan some of my old negatives and post the results here for your amusement.

Morning Shower

Morning Shower

I don’t usually care for cell phone pictures, but my wife took this one the other day on her way to work, and I kinda like it.

Someone hit a fire hydrant on Ventura Blvd., and the water shot 3 or 4 stories in the air. Pretty cool.

Update: Here is my wife’s post about this photo on her blog.

Update: Jan 21 – International Shoot All the Time Day

Last week, I posted about Pop Photo’s International Shoot All the Time Day and said that I would be participating. Well, I have a dilemma…

You see, on Sunday both NFL Conference Championship games will be played, and I most definitely will not be shooting photos every 5 minutes while I watch the games. I gave this some thought and considered several options:

  1. Record the games and watch them later
  2. Forget about International Shoot All the Time Day
  3. Shoot all day on Saturday and enjoy the games on Sunday
  4. Participate in the Shoot All the Time Day but do it on a different day

So I settled on the last one and decided that I will shoot all day next weekend when there is no football to be watched. I still intend to post my 5 favorite photos from the day right here, so stay tuned.

My First SLR

My first SLR was a Canon EOS RT, purchased in 1994 or 1995 from Dodd Camera in Cleveland, Ohio. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for it, but it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $500, which included the camera, a workable ProMaster 28-80 zoom lens, and a Canon Speedlite 200E flash.

The EOS RT was a fairly remarkable little camera at the time. It was essentially an EOS 630 with a pellicle mirror. Coated with some sort of magical secret substance, the mirror was see-through and did not flip up out of the way during exposure. While it cost a little bit of light to the viewfinder (about 2/3 stop, if I remember correctly), it allowed the camera to be very fast and very quiet, and you could actually see what you were photographing during exposure.

My reasons for purchasing an RT over some other camera are a bit fuzzy for me now. I desperately wanted a “real camera.” It wasn’t a Rebel. I couldn’t afford an EOS 1n RS. It was a good deal. I had heard of Canon. The Nikons were weird and expensive.

In the years that I had it, the RT was usually the only camera I owned and I used it all the time. I mean… ALL THE TIME. It went to work with me. It went on vacation with me. I probably slept with it. It was the first camera I ever used to photograph a nude model! I took some pretty good photos with that camera. I loved that camera.

But alas, I sold it in 2001 during a period of abject poverty. It was the last thing of value that I had left to sell — aside from my adorable ass, and I wasn’t quite that hungry yet. The RT held it’s value pretty well over those years, and I got almost as much for it used as I paid for it new. Canon’s other pellicle mirror camera, the EOS 1n RS, cost thousands of dollars more, so the RT was a highly desirable camera for many people.

Since 2001, I have become what most people refer to as a gearhead. I have more cameras than I need, more than I can probably use. I even have somewhere in my collection a Canon EOS 1n RS (see here and here), which was once the dream camera so far beyond my budget and which I have never used to take photographs (it has been fondled a lot, though). I have considered many times picking up another RT for sentimental reasons, but I’ve always resisted because I know I would never use it. Like that has ever stopped me from buying any other camera. I dunno, maybe I just respect her too much for that.

Jan 21 – International Shooting All the Time Day

Popular Photography has declared Jan 21 as International Shooting All the Time Day, and they even have a contest to go with it.

I don’t know about you, but I know for certain that I don’t shoot as much as I would like. So I’m gonna give it a shot. I’ll post my 5 favorites here on my blog.