52 Cameras: Week 47 part 1 — Lomo Fisheye

Google being Google. Evil. While Youtube chewed on the video, I opened another tab to check mail. Gmail made me authenticate again on the same account. I read some email and logged out. The Youtube page gave me a dialog that I logged out in another window but it kept uploading. I opened a new tab, logged in again and the video showed processing, finished processing, and let me publish. Now, I can link to the video, watch the video, the page says it’s on the 52 Cameras channel, the video manager shows it as still processing, and it doesn’t show up in the chronological list of videos on my channel and the view count doesn’t increment. WTF? I ended up deleting it and re-uploading. If it’s one session, don’t make me authenticate twice. If it’s two sessions, don’t kill my Youtube session because I logged out of Gmail.

52 Cameras: Week 46 part 2 — Kodak Brownie Holiday Flash

I’m amazed at how well this camera did. The 1965 film, with a lot of help from the brilliant folks at Visions Photo Lab, turned out some nice images. The wobbly borders are from suspending the 127 film in the scanner’s 120 film holder. I like how the image overlaps the “Kodak Safety Film” edges. The images are oriented correctly — I have no idea why the edge markings are mirror-image.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Dancing on the plaza in Santa Fe.

Dancing on the plaza in Santa Fe.

Detail from the above photo before de-fuzz work in Photoshop.  Cats love to help you scan.

Detail from the above photo before de-fuzz work in Photoshop. Cats love to help you scan.

Have to have music to dance.

Have to have music to dance.

Crumbling adobe at Otowi Crossing.

Crumbling adobe at Otowi Crossing.

52 Cameras: Week 45 part 2 – Olympus OM-1(n)

Ha! When I’m loaded with film, I usually don’t actually take a picture of the video camera. Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

The film was a pleasant surprise. It’s black and white. I searched around and the best guesses seem to be that it’s an Ilford clone or actual Ilford taken out of single use cameras. I lean toward the latter since most disposables get 27 shots. They’re loaded in the dark so no frames are lost to the leader.

Mystery film.

Mystery film.

The backwards frame numbering is another clue that it’s film from a disposable camera. Since a rewind mechanism isn’t needed, most disposables reel the film into the canister as you advance.

Edge marking just says "ISO 400" and the frame numbers are backwards.

Edge marking just says “ISO 400″ and the frame numbers are backwards.

I think the sticker was reused to get the DX code.

I think the sticker was reused to get the DX code.

Mixed reviews on line but the roll I got is beautiful. There are magenta and slate tints; easy enough to correct but I like them the way they are.

Even after mentioning it in the video, I had the camera set to ISO 100 for the photo at the co-op. I checked photos of film on my phone, looked at the one I used last week, and shot the rest with the camera at ISO 200. Whatever the film is, it’s pretty forgiving.

Enough about that. On to the camera!

F/5.6 at 1/1000-ish. I set the aperture and rotated the shutter dial until the meter said it was a hair under. I really need to be better about writing this stuff down.

In the summer, there's always great music at La Montañita Co-op in Santa Fe.

In the summer, there’s always great music at La Montañita Co-op in Santa Fe.

Magenta flamingo.  I used the 35mm at f/2.8.  Probably 1/1000 since it was hazy but bright.

Magenta flamingo. I used the 35mm at f/2.8. Probably 1/1000 since it was hazy but bright.

Close up of my friend's kinetic sculpture.  35mm at f/2.8.  1/1000-ish.

Close up of my friend’s kinetic sculpture. 35mm at f/2.8. 1/1000-ish.

Is reflected depth, depth, or a flat plane of light near the camera? I couldn’t remember for sure but guessed the latter.

Back to the 50mm.  I took a chance and used f/1.8.

Back to the 50mm. I took a chance and used f/1.8.

Update: Of course, I guessed wrong. You can tell by the OoF background. It’s a better picture for not having done what I was trying to do. Dumb luck — I’ll take it!

The Physics Classroom is a nice refresher for those of us who had Physics 101 a long time ago.

Zoe the usurper.  F/1.8.

Zoe the usurper. F/1.8.

52 Cameras: Week 44 part 2 – Minolta Maxxum 7000

Another extraordinary camera. I really need to stop falling in love or I’ll need another house just for cameras. Life intruded, as life does, so I’ve only shot one roll though it.

“Return to SAM’S CLUB for Quality Film Developing” Fujicolor SUPER HQ 200. I got it in the film can with no packaging so I have no idea of its expiration. Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

Zoe, using the 4000 AF flash.  Program autoexposure.

Zoe, using the 4000 AF flash. Program autoexposure.

In the shade under an orange-ish tarp.  Program autoexposure.

In the shade under an orange-ish tarp. Program autoexposure.

The orange hue and a slight miss with the autofocus actually makes this picture better.  Program AE.

The orange hue and a slight miss with the autofocus actually makes this picture better. Program AE.

When you select "macro" on the lens, you focus with the zoom ring.  Program AE.

When you select “macro” on the lens, you focus with the zoom ring. Program AE.

I really want to get the 50mm f/1.7 lens and shoot some more. Because it works with modern Sony Alpha cameras, the 50 is in demand and priced accordingly, although not exorbitantly so.

52 Cameras: Week 43 part 2 – Canon SX10 IS

You know how sometimes you don’t remember how much you like something until you start telling someone else about it? I hadn’t used this camera for more than auto-everything snapshots in quite a while. I was getting reacquainted with an old pal so this is a longish post.

From the oddly specific files: There is a Flickr group dedicated to “display of your macro/supermacro photos taken with the new Canon SX10 PowerShot IS”.

Super Macro only works at 5mm (28mm equivalent).

The dreaded CHROMATIC ABERRATION (100% crop) -- ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/20 sec.

The dreaded CHROMATIC ABERRATION (100% crop) — ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/20 sec.

I had the coin on a bright white background and the lens was about 1cm away. Once that was set up I realized it was almost impossible to light it. Just because you can put something right up against the lens doesn’t mean you should. I used a camping headlamp with three super-bright LEDs shining in from the side. With that kind of contrast, from dark to completely blown-out, and a wide open lens, I pretty much set it up to fail. It is crisp enough to show me the coin is really dusty.

A nice tutorial on cleaning up CA using Photoshop Elements (or CS*) is here.

Still a lousy photo but a little better.

Still a lousy photo but a little better.

Nice soft light and backing off a little makes all the difference -- ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

Nice soft light and backing off a little makes all the difference — ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

I boosted the ISO to 400 since this is hand held (100% crop).

I boosted the ISO to 400 since this is hand held (100% crop).

Super Macro Zoe just because she held still long enough for me to do it -- ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/15 sec.

Super Macro Zoe just because she held still long enough for me to do it — ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/15 sec.

After macro-fest, I installed CHDK on the SX10′s SD card. It has huge number of features but two I’m already using are live histogram and RAW. I’ll do a separate post after I play with it some more.

This one is for all the people whining about the plastic bag ban in Santa Fe -- ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 sec.

This one is for all the people whining about the plastic bag ban in Santa Fe — ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 sec.

Whatever your politics, it's a beautiful design -- ISO 200, f/8, 1/640 sec.

Whatever your politics, it’s a beautiful design — ISO 200, f/8, 1/640 sec.

52 Cameras: Week 42 part 2 – Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1

Sorry this is late. We had to replace M’s grandmother’s refrigerator. No biggie except the ice maker is a kit with instructions so generic that they make no sense in the context of actually installing it into a physical-reality-in-front-of-you refrigerator. Nothing matched the drawings and we quadruple-checked that we had the right kit. Think of the most complex Ikea thing you’ve assembled and add plumbing and wiring.

Any way, on to the camera.

This is an awesome camera. I saw what I thought was hyperbole on the Impossible Project pages. Really? Yes really. It’s a freaking folding, instant film, SLR! I may not be able to revisit this camera within the time constraints of the 52 Cameras project but there is a lot of potential using 600 film and ND filters to have much finer control over exposure.

Using a GE Flashbar II (~ 30 years old) with no exposure compensation or Photoshop adjustments.

This is craptastically overexposed but I wanted to include one with the borders.

This is craptastically overexposed but I wanted to include one with the borders.

Used the same flash bar. The bulb going off melts the plastic a little.

Reduced magenta and cat hair but no other adjustments.

Reduced magenta and cat hair but no other adjustments.

The perils of using a camera for one pack (or roll) — you don’t get used to the film format or the quirks of a particular camera.

I forgot the images are square and held the camera sideways.

I forgot the images are square and held the camera sideways.

Cranked the camera all the way "darken" and held very still.

Cranked the camera all the way “darken” and held very still.

I cleaned the battery crud out of the Wards flash and got it working only to discover it doesn’t physically fit the Alpha 1. I had to use the flashbar again.

Ganesha with a changing bag background.

Ganesha with a changing bag background.

I’m no stranger to Photoshop but I couldn’t get rid of the magenta shadows on the statue. Even when the black bag showed black, the shadows on the figure were purplish. Ganesha is the Lord of Obstacles, not just of removing them, so maybe I have something to learn from this.