Monday, October 31, 2011

The beauty of 120 film.

A little while ago, I went to Albany for a short photo walk to give my Hasselblad a little exercise and to see what a roll of 2 year expired Ilford HP5 can do. The results speak for themselves:

Rescan of Albany 21.2011
I absolutely love the endless detail, especially at this little web size (you'll have to trust me when I say it gets better when you view this photo at 100% resolution. You can read the signs at the end of the street as if they were in front of you, even with 400 ISO grain)

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The Empire State Plaza.

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My wife actually had a better capture with her iPhone and Instagram. I'll go hide in a corner now.

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Leading lines?

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I might have to use this film for portraits.

Sweet Moments Rarely Captured

I'm normally only in the wrong place at the wrong time, so I never actually capture anything worth actually photographing. Today was different in that I actually picked up my camera and pointed it at a situation I felt was worth using up a shutter click for. Maybe this can happen more often from now on?

Mama and Kiddo

Mama and Kiddo looking out the window for the afternoon delivery of kids. Kiddo didn't make it to school today (sick) so she looked for her friends from the warm house.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's been a while..

I know, I know. I've been rather busy with non-photography related stuff lately, but I haven't neglected my camera(s) completely. I managed to fill 2 more rolls on my Hasselblad (see my Flickr) and I've been shooting some macro. Firstly though, some business. I shot the following yesterday with this exact picture in my mind:


I used my flash mounted to a shoot-through umbrella at full power. I placed to the left of me, maybe half a foot away, set to wide angle for maximum light dispersion (as much as the flash is capable of anyway). Camera off to my right, manually focused at the spot I was going to be sitting in, roughly. Focus wasn't extremely important since it was going to be a hard B&W silhouette. Camera wide open, ISO 400 for maximum yin/yang between noise and light gathering abilities and click! Yeah, I did have to do 'some' processing to remove the remaining detail, but I'd say this was a success.

Best macro of the year (from my camera anyway):
Bud Unbudding

I'm rather proud of my macro. I've been following this bud since its inception right after the snow slowed down here. Make no mistake: to date, it has yet to actually stop snowing. There was still a 'flurry blizzard' just this morning. Ridiculous. Anyway... There will be many more macros of this particular Lilac over the course of the next few months.


Friday, February 18, 2011

First roll of medium format.

I'm ecstatic. My roll of HP5 was finally developed! This shot was my absolute favorite:


And then there's this:


The rest of the photos can be found here. A light leak in the spot where the dark slide goes in caused some interesting effects in some photos, others just got destroyed.

I can't wait to see what's on my roll of Provia 400.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hassy time!

Today was a great day. From here down, there will be lots of film work mixed in.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine's Day, in light.

Any day is a good day to put an idea on paper, as it were. Today, the flashlight was my victim. Here is the result:

I love you

For those looking for an idea for Valentine's Day: it's more creative than a store bought card and your date/girlfriend/wife will love it because you created it. All you need is a little camera skill, a tripod and some patience. A dark room also helps (turn off the lights at night).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A winter of Black and White.

The cold weather (sub-zero temperatures) really lends itself to stretch the post processing muscles a little. This time, instead of doing a bland "average" gradient map conversion, I actually used Adobe Camera Raw's black and white conversion tool, and played with the color sliders a little until my model's skin tones looked 'right'. It's a little more work, but I feel it was worth it.

Nancy B&W

As usually, you be the judge! I really liked the way this particular photo converted.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Macros, Because You Know You Love Them.

I'll start with admitting this wasn't entirely an original idea, although I can't for the life of me remember who I got this from. I do like the results and I'm putting it on the "to explore" list.

I don't think this needs to much explanation, I included a pullback! Yeah, don't expect it too often. I like a little mystery to my work.

50mm, ƒ/11, 1/250sec and ISO 100. OCF camera right @ 1/8 power.
Many Drops

Pullback with same settings:
Many Drops Pullback

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Light is Golden.

Everyone with a camera will eventually stumble upon that moment when they say "dang, I wish I had my camera on me, right now!". Those are the moments worth recording. Today, I was making my way to make a cup of coffee. I walked into the kitchen, making my way toward the coffee maker. I noticed a rather nice shade of sunlight out, but from this floor there's usually very little to photograph. I then looked out the window. What I saw was nothing short of stunning.


The picture doesn't do it justice. I tried my hardest at finding the perfect angle from the window I shot this from, and this is the best I could find. The crystal look of the ice in combination with the way the light fell on it and the snow on the roof stopped me dead in my tracks. The light was by any definition of the word, Golden.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Focus on Manual Focus

So in the past few days I've been playing with the thought of exclusively using manual focus for a while. So out come the macros! Yeah, portraiture might be a nudge more difficult using fly-by-wire manual focus. I'll definitely have to practice that. That said, though, I'll have to practice that anyway, seeing as my addition will be fully manual.

Naturally some samples of my plays:
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Manual Focus Resolution

That last one was hand held at 1/40sec. Kudos to Olympus for getting it right with in-camera image stabilization!