Just got my roll of Portra 400 6x7 back from the camera store. Last weekend, my dad and I drove out to the Tifft Nature Reserve in Lackawanna. Tifft is a one-time garbage dump turned really-quite-lovely park in the middle of industrial South Buffalo. The light wasn't where I wanted when I took these, but I was anxious to shoot them all off and get to the Velvia 50 I brought, so here's what I got.
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.
The nonexistent rumors of my death being greatly exaggerated, I've returned to this dark corner of the internet to post my film failures. Turns out the Crown Graphic didn't have a light leak. The bright blotches popping up in my photos was a result of loading film holders and then not immediately packing them away in the darkness of a photo bag. So yeah... I learned my lesson, and they'll all look lovely from here on out. If I don't underexpose them. I shot off the rest of my Velvia and the results were disastrous. I've decided to finally bite the bullet and buy a spot meter, because Jesus Christ. Look at this garbage.
Whoops! My 40 year old light meter finally met its maker, so these were completely destroyed. 3 bucks a shot, down the drain.
These turned out a little bit better:
It's all relative though. I sort of hate them all. I'll get better. I promise!
Oh, and I bought this thing:
Mamiya RB67 6x7 medium format camera. I took this bad boy to Pittsburgh for a Premier League friendly and took some pictures. They aren't fine art, but they at least proved the camera works.
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.
Today, I got the remaining 4 negatives I had forgotten to mail last week. If you read all my updates, I'm sure you're pretty sick of this beach.
I actually sort of love this. This is essentially a straight scan, with no digital post-production. I never cease to be amazed by Portra's dynamic range. It's hard to see here, but the shadows retain detail, even in a shot that's metered for the sun. It's pretty cool.
Unfortunately, not all my photos worked out.
So I don't hate this photo, but it's obviously shot. Outside the off-center framing, I apparently caught the Crown Graphic's rail on the top of the image, while screwing with the lens tilt. This one was exposed for the sky, while the sun was still higher in the sky, and the lake turned bright gold for a minute. Rail in the photo, off-center sun, and problem with focus, but still... it's sort of nice looking. I'll try this one again. I'd love to attempt it with a split ND filter.
So I'm drinking, I'm Youtubing, I'm buying film. Today, after my daily gym tryst, I hit the local camera store to pick up some 35mm color film. They don't sell much film, because they don't sell much besides Nikon and Canon crop sensor lenses for photographing your cats, but they had Ektar 100 and Portra 160. I grabbed both to pop in the Minolta and see what we'll see.
I'll take them out, shoot some photos, develop some negatives, and post that ish on here. First, the Ektar 100.
Then the Portra 160. Then some slide film (Provia and Velvia.) I'll gave to grab that on Amazon or Adorama, most likely.
Get ready. It's gonna be a wild ride.