Medium Format Update (Look Ma, I Developed it Myself!)

So I joined CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo and now have access to a fully-stocked darkroom.  I rolled on down there with my one roll of 35mm and 2 rolls of 120 and tried my hand at developing them on my own.  How'd it work?  Great (with one caveat)! First, the negative:  My 35mm was shot.  It was a mix between me removing them from the dryer prematurely and my old Minolta shortcircuiting and scratching up the negatives.  Suffice to say, I need a new 35mm.   Here are some of the shots.  I think they sort of look cool in a ruined vintage sort of way.

The 120, on the other hand, looks pretty flawless.  Any issues are exposure-based, not anything to do with the developer.

Ko Chun by Niagara Falls

KC's aunt was visiting Niagara Falls last month, so we drove up and spent an afternoon there.

The rapids near the falls.

I also shot off a roll down in South Buffalo so I'd have it ready to develop.  Kinda neat looking.

This old chestnut.

So yeah.  Overall, a success.  I'll be back for more.  Maybe I'll even try my hand at developing my own 4x5 next time.

Allentown Art Fest 35mm

Man the Allentown Art Festival is the worst.  Once a year, all the suburbanite Western New Yorkers drive their Toyota Highlanders into the big city to block my driveway and overpay for cheap tchotchkes.  My buddy Dave and I went.  He bought a coffee mug and we went to Aroma for drinks.  I took some 35mm photos on Portra 160.

Then I shot the rest of the roll at City of Night at South Buffalo's old Silo City.  That was, at least, fun.

Winter is Leaving? Mini Update

So the polar vortex decided it liked upstate New York and has rolled back in for another week or two.  In the event that winter never ends, that I die in this frozen hellhole, or that I lose interest and never post again, I felt I should offer an update on film photo land, for the 3 people who might be interested. In short, I've been holed up in my apartment, trying not to die of hypothermia, lens shopping.

In case you're interested, the Crown Graphic is currently listed on Ebay for a slightly exorbitant price:

I'm willing to move on that price.  You know what they say:  Aim for the moon.  If you fall short, you'll end up suffocating in the frozen void of outer space.

In other news, I'm considering purchasing any and all of the following:  the 16-35 L lens for the 5dmii, a Bronica or Mamiya 6x7 medium format film camera, a wooden folding 4x5 field camera from Zone VI or Wista.  Any suggestions?  Any gear to sell?  Let me know!

The 35mm Project Mark iii / Toronto Snow Bonanza

Last weekend saw me trekking up the Godforsaken QEW (because in Canada, they name everything after another nation's monarch) to Toronto to pick the lady up post Taiwan visit.  We actually had a great time.  I brought the Minolta along, because the thought of losing the 5d to theft or drunken absentmindedness was too much to bear, and I actually got some nice shots.  For what it's worth, Portra is now my favorite film.  I'm actually not sure what Ektar brings to the table that Portra doesn't.  If you know, please educate me. So we braved a mini-blizzard to eat noodles on Queen street and drink coffee at a Starbucks.  Have you ever been to one of those?  It was really good.

Mad photos of snow and KC's back.  Enjoy.

35mm and the "Film Look"

Anyone who regularly shoots film in 2014 will tell you that it has its own look, totally distinguishable from digital.  I tend to agree. Dyngus Day (google it!) at Buffalo's monolithic Central Terminal.

I spent a few months shooting my mom's old Minolta X-370, both in home-developed black and white and lab-processed color, and the results were, at the very least, interesting.

KC and the dog.  Sort of charming results from cheap Kodak Gold Max 400 film.

The images are at the mercy of my scanner (an Epson V700,) so I'm sure some of the shadow and highlight details are lost but, even so, I'm pleased with them.  I'm especially fond of the black and white work, as it seems to carry an entirely different feel than that of digital photography.  As always, the photos are mostly of that rust belt Utopia I call home, Buffalo.