Monthly Archives: August 2015

52 Cameras: Camera 74 part 2 — Fujifilm FinePix J10

Quite a trip: La Mesilla to Santa Fe to Albuquerque to Bloomfield to Colorado Springs and then the whole thing in reverse.

I was surprised how much I like this camera. This is the first Fuji/Fujica/Fujifilm camera I’ve shot with and it’s not bad at all. I had to order a capacitor for the flash and I hope that’s all it will take to fix it.

Somewhere on US 550 between Bernalillo and Farmington, NM.

Somewhere on US 550 between Bernalillo and Farmington, NM.

I can't remember if this is northern NM or southern CO.

I can’t remember if this is northern NM or southern CO.

Rainbow on the plains near Walsenburg, CO.

Rainbow on the plains near Walsenburg, CO.

Packard Clipper near Walsenburg, CO.

Packard Clipper near Walsenburg, CO.

I played in Photoshop a bit for the image below. I lightened the shadows, darkened the highlights, and boosted the midtone contrast. It looks like an HDR image. The colors are more like what my eyes saw in the early morning light but it lost some detail. I’m not sure if I like it or not — maybe a little heavy-handed.

Edited version.

Edited version.

Abandoned house on what's now Forbes Ranch land.

Abandoned house on what’s now Forbes Ranch land.

Thistles near the house in the previous photo.

Thistles near the house in the previous photo.

52 Cameras: Camera 73 part 2 – Polaroid Cube

This camera is fun. For stills, it’s a little bit like a digital version of the Lomo Fisheye. I haven’t done any outdoor adventure type things since I’ve had it but I don’t want a “pix will be here” post hanging out forever. Looking back, I have been to a lot of restaurants.

Jasmine Thai in Albuquerque.

Jasmine Thai in Albuquerque.

Barenaked Ladies at Sandia Amphitheater.

Barenaked Ladies at Sandia Amphitheater.

The Pope Room at Buca Di Beppo for a friend's birthday.

The Pope Room at Buca Di Beppo for a friend’s birthday.

Freaky clouds (and power lines).

Freaky clouds (and power lines).

I haven’t gotten the self-timer function to work. A couple of the things I wish this camera had are in the new WiFi version — a viewfinder (via the app) and remote control. I got this one pretty cheap and it’s easy to open up (not my video) so who knows…

52 Cameras: Camera 72 part 2 – Agfa Optima IIS

This one is an in-between image -- fuzzy but visually interesting.

This one is an in-between image — fuzzy but visually interesting.

Dad's Diner in Farmington, NM.

Dad’s Diner in Farmington, NM.

Another shot at Dad's Diner.

Another shot at Dad’s Diner.

Foggy morning on the Rio.  I left this one uncropped to show the frame marks at the edge.  Hasselblad used to do something similar so you knew which magazine was which.

Foggy morning on the Rio. I left this one uncropped to show the frame marks at the edge. Hasselblad used to do something similar so you knew which magazine was which.

Thinking about it, maybe I will shoot another roll through the Agfa after checking the distance scale and rangefinder. The 2nd roll (last shot above) was cheap Kodak film expired by almost 20 years, my chems were getting pretty worn out, and most of the shots were on the same foggy, hazy morning. As it stands, the case is worth more than the camera so I have almost nothing — a roll of film & processing — to lose.