Monthly Archives: December 2013

52 Cameras: Week 17 part 2 — Yashica 635

Techne has smiled upon me. I like to do a test run with a camera before committing to it as the camera of the week but I was so stoked to try the Yashica, I went for it.

I found interesting subject matter, used excellent Ilford XP2 Super 400 B&W film, The Camera Shop of Santa Fe did their usual stellar processing, and the camera was a delight. Even the Canoscan 9000f behaved (as well as it ever does). This was 120 film. Later, I’ll run some 35mm through the Yashica. There was a 35mm roll in the camera when I got it but sadly, no Bigfoot or Jimmy Hoffa pictures. It was blank.

Exposure values are ballpark accurate. Some I wrote down and some I didn’t. Scanned to TIFF (millions of colors) at 4800 DPI, converted back to B&W in Photoshop, and resized (~10%) and converted to JPEG for upload.

Zoe -- f3.5 at 1/25

Zoe — f3.5 at 1/25

I’ll let her tell the tale of our dinner. She’s the writer. I just take the pictures.

My sweetie at our Christmas Thai dinner -- f3.5 at 1/25

My sweetie at our Christmas Thai dinner — f3.5 at 1/25

Snoozing on the couch -- f3.5 at 1/25

Snoozing on the couch — f3.5 at 1/25

Funky trailer on Alameda - f16 at 1/500

Funky trailer on Alameda – f16 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy's Field - f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy’s Field – f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy's Field #2 - f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy’s Field #2 – f11 at 1/500

Christmas-y Frenchy's Barn -- f11 at 1/500

Christmas-y Frenchy’s Barn — f11 at 1/500

Passing through, waiting for his car to be repaired -- f11 at 1/500

Passing through, waiting for his car to be repaired — f11 at 1/500

I realized after posting that I had film upside down in the scanner and the images are mirror image.

I used Pocket Light Meter. Photos were a little overexposed so I adjusted a couple a smidge in Photoshop. I wouldn’t be surprised if a 55-year-old shutter was a wee bit slow. The only thing I did to the camera was clean the lenses.

52 Cameras: Week 16 part 2 — Kodak Pony II

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this camera. Zone focusing, even with a rangefinder card, is a challenge for me. Using Pocket Light Meter for Exposure Value (EV), instead of aperture, was a snap.

At EV 9.5 (f3.9) the depth of field is really shallow so, as the camera’s manual warns, getting the focus right is critical.

Resized for the web but otherwise, no edits.

Door on the patio at the North Valley Flying Star

Door on the patio at the North Valley Flying Star

Detail - Door on the patio at the North Valley Flying Star

Detail – Door on the patio at the North Valley Flying Star

Albuquerque North Valley geese

Albuquerque North Valley geese

Current artwork on the tank at Budaghers

Current artwork on the tank at Budaghers

52 Cameras: Week 15 – Polaroid Spectra AF




Scans are from a Canon MF8350. 600DPI scaled to 30% for upload. No color or exposure correction.

My sweetie - I like the melancholy mood of this one.

My sweetie – I like the melancholy mood of this one.

Jem trying to look innocent.

Jem trying to look innocent.

Not sure what the fern looking thing is.  Impossible film is really fussy about staying in the dark for the 1st couple of minutes.

Not sure what the fern looking thing is. Impossible film is really fussy about staying in the dark for the 1st couple of minutes.

Sad, post-Halloween Jack-o-lantern.

Sad, post-Halloween Jack-o-lantern.

The promised “More to come”.

I got it out of the light quickly but it was freezing cold -- Impossible film is fussy about temperature too.

I got it out of the light quickly but it was freezing cold — Impossible film is fussy about temperature too.

Zoe strikes a pose.

Zoe strikes a pose.

Zoe strikes a less ladylike pose.

Zoe strikes a less ladylike pose.

My favorite of the bunch.

My favorite of the bunch.

52 Cameras: Week 14 part 2 – Hasselblad XPAN 1

I suspected I might fall in love with this camera. I did. Any shortcomings in the pictures is me getting a feel for it and not composing well. Scanned on the Canoscan 9000f at 4800 DPI. I tried 9600 DPI at first but the scanner’s “snow” noise shows up. I used Apple’s Image Capture app and a TWAIN driver set to millions of colors and scanned to TIFFs. Images are downsized to 10% and converted to JPEG for posting.

Color photos are Fuji ISO 200.

Slowly turning back into iron oxide

Slowly turning back into iron oxide

Another arroyo car photo

Another arroyo car photo

Near the Rio on NM 502

Near the Rio on NM 502

B&W photos are Ilford XP1 ISO 400 that expired in December 1991. It’s great black and white film and it can be processed using C-41 color chemicals so I don’t have to wait for Visions to do their Wednesday B&W run.

The grayscale scan setting gave me black images so I used millions of colors. Something amiss in the way the Canon TWAIN driver talks to the app I guess. Reversing the negatives gave a purplish hue, opposite the orange of the negative’s acetate (no color or exposure corrections doing it this way). Converted back to black and white in Photoshop.

Rio Grande near La Mesilla

Rio Grande near La Mesilla

The currents made these patterns in the sand

The currents made these patterns in the sand

My sweetie wearing the "Kill The Wabbit" hat

My sweetie wearing the “Kill The Wabbit” hat