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Phound Photos Volume 13

Kodak Max 400 found in a Canon Sure Shot Ace. The film canister doesn’t give any clues about the date. The camera is from 1988.

Some young ladies having fun trying on prom(?) dresses.

Weird to think they're probably in their 40s now.

Weird to think they’re probably in their 40s now.


The film was horrendously jammed. With a good battery, the film wouldn’t rewind and it was at the end of the roll so it couldn’t wind either.
Double exposure

Double exposure


The extra exposure from the back being opened created what looks like the Sabattier effect.

The extra exposure from the back being opened created what looks like the Sabattier effect.


An even more extreme example of the effect.

An even more extreme example of the effect.


Cropping out the overexposure and a little tweaking of levels and this could be a nice image.

Cropping out the overexposure and a little tweaking of levels and this could be a nice image.


There are twelve frames with something. A few of those are salvageable as “normal” images. To get the film out, I had to work in the dark bag and cut it loose from the canister. Then I was able to feed it around the take-up spool in the wind direction until it separated from the spool.

    Some notes & random thoughts

  • The film has a really pronounced curl along its length so it was difficult to get it into the scanner. While researching how to get rid of the curl, I came across a suggestion to iron it. I used a black portion of the film to try it. I did about five seconds and the film picked up the texture of the cotton cloth (old summer-weight PJs, not textured) and the table beneath it. I do not recommend ironing curly film. By inserting the film emulsion down, apex of curl up (opposite Canon’s directions), I was able to get the film holder to make it flat enough to scan. It’s easy to flip the images in post. The scans are OK but the film is in a sleeve inside a large hardcover book. I’m curious how long it will take to flatten. I found some wrinkly manuals I’d put in there maybe a year ago (and forgotten) and they look great.
  • I really want to experiment and figure out how the pseudo-solarization came about and repeat it on purpose. On the first yellow image above, I think the left part was on the spool towards the back of the camera and the image was increasingly shielded by the take up spool as you move right. The same for the rotated portrait format image. I’m guessing the landscape one was a lower frame number so it was more shielded. I’ll have to check the numbers. That the effect is yellow is a good starting point for reproducing the effect. Exposed through orange tinted backing, yellow’s RGB complement… I have a lot of research to do.
  • The camera is a little weird and kind of cool for an f/3.5 wide angle P&S from the 1980s. It has an “Easy Viewer”, a low-angle viewfinder like the Photura, and the left side slides off to become an infrared remote. I have a battery and some dead film for transport testing. If it works, I’ll shoot with it and feature it soon.

Random Post for 29 May 2019

When I left the job in Los Alamos, I sent myself a bunch of emails. The digital equivalent of cleaning out your desk I guess.

Remember when Spaghetti Cat was the big thing?

Sticky note portrait by M

Sticky note portrait by M


Zombies and cats just naturally go together

Zombies and cats just naturally go together


Remember when Sweet Brown and “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!” was the big thing?
I took it in a different direction

I took it in a different direction


I don’t remember when this was taken. Being emailed around, it’s not in the EXIF info either.
Visitor at my friend's house in Santa Fe

Visitor at my friend’s house in Santa Fe


Going waaay back, remember the Partnership for a Drug Free America PSAs?

But try to find the Grape-Nuts commercial where Euell Gibbons asks, “Ever eat a pine tree?”.

52 Cameras: # 176 — Cigar Box Pinhole WPPD 2019


Sites mentioned in the video:
Mr Pinhole: http://mrpinhole.com/
Draw angles on-line: https://rechneronline.de/winkel/angles.php



This camera’s specs:
Focal length: 91mm
Pinhole diameter: 0.4mm
F Stop: f/226
Film diagonal using 4×5″: 163mm
Angle of view: 83.7 degrees
Film: Instax Wide 800 ISO, & Arista EDU Ultra 100 ISO (actually Fomapan 100)


The neighbor's red barn.  1/5 second at f/226.

The neighbor’s red barn. 1/5 second at f/226.


Not a lot to show. I had the Instax and 4 sheets in the holders, one of which became this…
Normally, it's solid green.  I played with it after seeing the color of the rinse water.

Normally, it’s solid green. I played with it after seeing the color of the rinse water.


Not news to anyone familiar with large format (I’m not) but the notch is so you know which way is which in the dark. When the notch is at the upper right corner, the emulsion is facing you.

I actually have a 4X5 developing tank. I got it when I bought most of a darkroom from a guy in Santa Fe. He’s getting out of film photography to concentrate on restoring an old Lotus. Sometimes you have to choose and whichever passion is pulling you the strongest wins. Any way, it’s cool but it’s made to do a bunch of sheets at once and it takes a LOT of chemicals. So, I used the “taco” method to develop. You fold, well, gently bend, and put a hair tie around the film to keep it from coming undone. The Yankee tank I usually use wasn’t quite deep enough but I also got a Paterson from the same guy and it clears the 4″ height of the negatives. No reels but you have to keep in the center cylinder so it’s light tight. You can squeeze in 4 tacos but I only had the three to develop.

There’s a good taco development visual how-to on Flickr by Tony.

Rocks near Chimayo, NM.

Rocks near Chimayo, NM.


More rocks.  I lost a lot of the image to a light leak.

More rocks. I lost a lot of the image to a light leak.


This one really is portrait format - I tilted the ball head on the tripod all the way over.

This one really is portrait format – I tilted the ball head on the tripod all the way over.

I’m nearly caught up! Well, I have to scan two rolls and develop and scan another but that’s pretty close to caught up.

52 Cameras: # 175 — Coronet Ambassador




Nice coverage by the old lens.  6X9cm is a lot of film.

Nice coverage by the old lens. 6X9cm is a lot of film.


This one is cropped & contrast tweaked - not sure if it was lens flare or a light leak.

This one is cropped & contrast tweaked – not sure if it was lens flare or a light leak.


I scanned at 4800DPI so it made some huge (20+MB) files. Preview.app on the laptop was really struggling to resize the images. The images displayed while the hamster wheel was working full blast are interesting.
Screen grab of the tree image in the video during resizing

Screen grab of the tree image in the video during resizing

52 Cameras: # 172 — Spartus Full-Vue




Made In Chicago Museum’s article on Spartus, Jack Galter, & the “Chicago Cluster”.

Boys’ Life from Google Books.

Boys' Life Sep 1953 page 61 “Hobby Hows” section

Boys’ Life Sep 1953 page 61 “Hobby Hows” section


You talkin' to me?

You talkin’ to me?


You talik' to ME?!

You talik’ to ME?!


Nope, just munching.

Nope, just munching.


Photographer's shadow

Photographer’s shadow


At first i thought I took this one but it has a frame number from before the bend in the film.
Landscape with scraggly catalpa tree - we also have a scraggly catalpa tree.

Landscape with scraggly catalpa tree – we also have a scraggly catalpa tree.


The whole Instax Mini frame

The whole Instax Mini frame