Category Archives: 52 Cameras Project

52 different cameras for 52 weeks.

52 Cameras: # 164 — Nikon N8008s (F-801S)




FPP Retrochrome (Ektachrome). Scanned at 4800, color corrected, and shrunk to 1024 on the long side for the blog.

Rio Grande

Rio Grande


Rio near Embudo

Rio near Embudo


My sweetie at the Rio

My sweetie at the Rio

Hard to balance. Ektachrome is way less sensitive to red and somewhat less to green than blue.
These are screen grabs from GIMP.

The top image above before any edits

The top image above before any edits


Decomposing to the individual channels gives some interesting insight. This creates a gray scale image for each color channel representing the strength of that color’s contribution to the image as a value from 0 (black) to 255 (white). Obviously, the amount of each color mostly depends on the subject matter.
Red:  very dark = low values

Red: very dark = low values


Green is a lot stronger but maybe not as much as you'd expect.  The line of trees behind the shore plants are juniper and piñon.

Green is a lot stronger but maybe not as much as you’d expect. The line of trees behind the shore plants are juniper and piñon.


Blue is as strong or stronger than green, even for the green plants.

Blue is as strong or stronger than green, even for the green plants.


Blue is about what I’d expect a conversion to black and white to look like. It’s that overwhelming in this film.

52 Cameras: # 162 — Nikon FM

    Things I forgot in the video:

  • The FM operates just fine without batteries — just with no metering.
  • The frame counter (36 max) is on the top deck just in front of the wind lever.
  • The LEDs in the viewfinder are used as a battery check.
  • Film speeds are from ISO 12 to 3200. Full stops are numbered (100, 200, …) with dots for 1/3 stop increments (e.g., 64 & 80 between 50 and 100).
  • Lift and turn the shutter speed knob to set the film speed.
  • The back can be removed for an instant or bulk film back.
  • The gallium photodiodes for metering are located in the eyepiece module rather than in the pentaprism. EV1 to EV18.
  • The meter is 60/40 center weighted — 60% given to the center 12mm and the remaining 40% to the rest of the image in the viewfinder.
  • No dedicated mirror lockup but it goes up when the self timer is used.

And… even reading the manual, I got the LED meanings wrong. + or means more than 1 stop off. Center dot and + or means 1/5 to 1 stop off.

From the manual.  Derp.

From the manual. Derp.


Film Photography Project’s “Retrochrome” is expired, cold-stored Kodak Extachrome. Ektachrome is pretty cool, color-wise, even when fresh.



Goober behind the screen.  Removed some blue.

Goober behind the screen. Removed some blue.


Dragon kite.  Removed some blue and bumped the saturation a little.

Dragon kite. Removed some blue and bumped the saturation a little.


Low fall sun through the leaves.  Color corrected and tweaked the levels.

Low fall sun through the leaves. Color corrected and tweaked the levels.


I added another image of Goober (2 versions) because it was a funny struggle to get the colors right. The white sheets were really cool (blue). I tried tons of different tweaks and it was either still too blue or over-corrected and orange. I played with filters while I decided whether to not use the image or just convert it to black and white. Most results were “meh” but I like this solarized one.

Solarized Goober.  Very black light poster.

Solarized Goober. Very black light poster.


Finally, just goofing around, I chose the “skin tone” filter. It’s supposed to correct skin tones that look wrong, usually because of lighting. I clicked the dropper icon on Goober’s face and, like magic, the colors in the image were right.

Goober's magical skin tone.

Goober’s magical skin tone.

52 Cameras: # 160 — Leica M7




All images resized to 1024 on the long side.
Fuji 400 – expired but frozen. Processing and scanning by the Camera Shop of Santa Fe.
Trinity.  Lousy composition but nice colors.

Trinity. Lousy composition but nice colors.


Random boots on the sidewalk.

Random boots on the sidewalk.


Kodak TMAX-100. Processed in HC-110 and scanned at 4800 DPI.
Aspens in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Aspens in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.


One of the strange sculpture/shelters near Aspen Vista.

One of the strange sculpture/shelters near Aspen Vista.


Gorgeous old Volvo by the co-op in Santa Fe.

Gorgeous old Volvo by the co-op in Santa Fe.

52 Cameras: # 158 — Fujica Compact S




When I have some time, I’ll scan the negatives. I got them scanned with processing and the originals are hi-res but super noisy.

The uncropped version.  Damn I miss her.

The uncropped version. Damn I miss her.


Hanging out at the train station by Tomasita's.

Hanging out at the train station by Tomasita’s.


Old locomotive.

Old locomotive.


My sweetie.  I tried the PS "despeckle" filter but it didn't help.

My sweetie. I tried the PS “despeckle” filter but it didn’t help.


Trinity's out of focus but it's weird and I like weird.

Trinity’s out of focus but it’s weird and I like weird.

52 Cameras: # 157 — Sony DSC-V3




The memory stick came with it so I checked for found photos. The only thing on it was a movie of a movie being played on a laptop or portable DVD player-type thing.
MMA fight from 2012 - Henderson v Diaz

MMA fight from 2012 – Henderson v Diaz


Zoe

Zoe


The colors are really saturated even without turning it up.

The colors are really saturated even without turning it up.


Noisy in low light.  J-Man took this one.

Noisy in low light. J-Man took this one.


Katydid

Katydid


Flowers in the yard

Flowers in the yard

Goober doing his Dr. Evil imitation

Goober doing his Dr. Evil imitation