Monthly Archives: May 2014

52 Cameras: Week 39 part 2 — Canon AF35M

A fun camera with a super sharp lens. Fujicolor ISO 100 film. Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

At a reading for the inaugural publication of Trickster, "a journal of surprising art & literature".

At a reading for the inaugural publication of Trickster, “a journal of surprising art & literature”.

The cool thing is, she was reading her work.

The cool thing is, she was reading her work.

Old cottonwood at Northern New Mexico College.

Old cottonwood at Northern New Mexico College. A bit of vignetting with the lens wide open.

Zoe stalking the wily catnip cigar.

Zoe stalking the wily catnip cigar.

The flash isn’t real powerful (GN 14M @ ISO 100) but it works well in range. I may have to look for a Canon Super Sure Shot/AF35ML/Autoboy Super. The flash is a little weaker, GN 11, but it has an even faster f/1.9 lens. After that, the series, like most of the AF point-and-shoot cameras of the mid-80s, went downhill as far as build and lens quality.

Training for Shasta — Santa Fe Baldy attempt, 26 May 2014

The post is a little long but I saw interesting things…

I didn’t summit but it was a blast. Weather ran the gamut: sunshine, fog, snow, groppel, hail, rain, and of course, lots of thunder and lightning.

Wilderness Gate selfie in the fog.

Wilderness Gate selfie in the fog.

The always gorgeous Rio Nambe.

The always gorgeous Rio Nambe.

Curious chipmunk.

Curious chipmunk.

The intersection of Windsor and Skyline trails -- about 4.5 miles in.

The intersection of Windsor and Skyline trails — about 4.5 miles in.

Weather looking iffy.

Weather looking iffy.

The goal.

The goal.

Then this -- no more goal.

Then this — no more goal.

Large sections of Skyline still look like this.

Large sections of Skyline still look like this.

Gray Jay enjoying someone's discarded pit.

Gray Jay enjoying someone’s discarded pit.

There's a fungus among us!

There’s a fungus among us!

Blurry squirrel -- sucker is fast!

Blurry squirrel — sucker is fast!

Deadwood -- the Nikon AW100 has a nice "High Contrast B&W" filter.

Deadwood — the Nikon AW100 has a nice “High Contrast B&W” filter.

A *very* popular pine tree.

A *very* popular pine tree.

Aspens against the clouds.

Aspens against the clouds.

Ptarmigan -- I'd never seen one in the Sangre De Cristos before.

Ptarmigan — I’d never seen one in the Sangre De Cristos before.

I'm big.  Look at my tail feathers and be afraid!

I’m big. Look at my tail feathers and be afraid!

Almost out after getting hailed on again.

Almost out after getting hailed on again.

Training for Shasta — Atalaya, 25 May 2014

Used the trusy Nikon AW100.

Me and my sweetie on the summit.

Me and my sweetie on the summit.

It's not too long but it gets you well above the city.

It’s not too long but it gets you well above the city.

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

Still figuring out what this one is...

Still figuring out what this one is…

Edit 30 May 2014 — it’s a Santa Fe Phlox (Phlox nana). I kept finding “Phlox nana Nutt.” The “Nutt.” part is for Thomas Nuttal, who first identified it. Thanks Marla, for finding the answer.

52 Cameras: Week 38 part 2 — Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash

This camera found a new home at my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EcoBodega

The Lomo film (expired in 2012) is better than I expected and the old lens is sharper than I expected. Processing and contact print by Visions Photo Lab. Scanned as black and white at 4800DPI on the CanoScan 9000f using the Canon Scan Gear software. Some of the images are cropped — I like to scan a little larger than the image in case I have to straighten. A little bit of dust and cat hair cleanup in Photoshop but no other edits.

We stopped at a couple of abandoned motels in Española.

We stopped at a couple of abandoned motels in Española.

Turns out someone was living here.

Turns out someone was living here.

The flowers should have given me a clue.

The flowers should have given me a clue.

The Arrow Motel is definitely empty.

The Arrow Motel is definitely empty.

52 Cameras: Week 38 part 1 — Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash

This camera found a new home at my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EcoBodega

This camera is in surprisingly good shape. All it needed was a good cleaning and a little glue on the case where the felt was coming away from the leather.

I usually have a couple of cameras (or several) going at once since the first test frequently goes jelly-side down. I had four going at once and they all came out so I have some time to do repairs and scanning.

52 Cameras: Week 37 part 1 — Olympus Infinity Stylus Epic

AKA the Mju-II.

I have a couple of the date/time version in silver. One has problems and I haven’t tried the other one yet. The manual mentions a panorama version but the only non-zoom Mju with panorama mentioned on the Olympus history site is a variation of the Mju-I. It was a crop-the-top-and-bottom panorama so it’s not a big deal except to the compulsive collector in me. There’s a remote too…

52 Cameras: Week 36 part 2 — Minolta 110 Zoom MkII

Got my film back early so I’ll post a little early. Processing and scanning by thedarkroom.com. No one processes C-41 110 film locally.

Not bad. Their prices start at $10. There’s a $3.00 premium for 110 or APS film and another $5.00 for higher-resolution scans. $5.95 covers shipping both directions. They’ll even have a go at old C-22 film so I’ll probably use them again.

I’m lucky. I have The Camera Shop Of Santa Fe, Visions Photo Lab, and my local Walgreens still does C-41 35mm processing.

I scaled these to 1024 on the longest side thinking I’d need a lot of noise reduction (still using the trial of Neat Image) but a little dust cleanup is all they needed.

Another one.  The crazy colors and shapes of Mexican folk art are great.

Another one. The crazy colors and shapes of Mexican folk art are great.

Testing the macro.

Testing the macro.

Bee in springtime.

Bee in springtime.

This really is too good a camera for 110 film. Even with my limited skills and the tiny negatives I’m really happy with the results.

52 Cameras: Week 35 part 2 — Ridley’s Pinhole Camera

I used expired Kodak Max 800 (02/2003).

Mixed results. The exposure isn’t bad — I set the Canon with the pinhole lens to ISO 800 and used its shutter time to ballpark the timing for the cardboard camera. I didn’t stabilize myself well enough so there’s a lot of blur. There’s a lot of frame overlap too so I had to scan by hand and crop the overlap. The directions said to use 1 1/2 turns for the first ten frames and single turns after that. It wasn’t enough — the pinhole camera laid down some pretty wide pictures.

I was about half way through the roll when we stopped at a rest area on I-25. Crazy windy. The wind blew the camera out of my hand and it pretty much exploded when it hit the blacktop about 50 feet away. I put it in the dark bag and rolled the film back into the canister but the damage was done. I got about six frames that weren’t obliterated when the camera cracked open. Surprisingly, the last frame (the last picture below) wasn’t ruined.

Pretty sure the light leaks are from the explosion. I had this baby taped up pretty well.

Not so pretty once I was done sealing it.

Not so pretty once I was done sealing it.

M's bag and the passenger-side mirror of my car.  Not sure what I was going for but I don't think it was this.

M’s bag and the passenger-side mirror of my car. Not sure what I was going for but I don’t think it was this.

My sweetie enjoying a delicious adult beverage.

My sweetie enjoying a delicious adult beverage.

The scene of the crime.  The double exposure gives you some idea of how much the gusts were pushing me back and forth.

The scene of the crime. The wobbly exposure gives you some idea of how much the gusts were pushing me back and forth.