We had signed up for the November 2020 Joshua Tree Half Marathon but the pandemic happened and the race was canceled. We decided to keep the Airbnb and escape any way. It’s in the middle of nowhere so except for buying take-out and booze we didn’t need to interact with anyone. A nice short trip to shake off the stuck-at-home blues. We wandered around Palm Springs in the rain, visited the Salton Sea, and did a fun hike in Joshua Tree National Park. We had to quarantine when we got back but it wasn’t much different from life before so it was definitely worth it.
I paid too much for a Polaroid 80A kit because it had a “Polaroid Land Pictures” album with these shots in it. The 80A used Type 30 instant roll film and made images 2 1/8″ tall x 2 7/8″ wide (5.4 x 7.3 cm). Polaroid stopped making Type 30 film in ~ 1979. It might be a good candidate for conversion to 120 roll film. It’s not instant but it’s something.
Images scanned at 1200DPI on the Canon Canoscan 9000F and resized to 1024 wide for posting. I’m still tweaking the M42 bellows and I don’t have a good copy stand for prints any way.
The prints have serial numbers and frame numbers on the back so these are from 3 separate rolls.
This film was in the Chinon SLR I reviewed. It’s Kodak Max 400 I think, I can’t find my notes and the film is so dark I can’t read frame numbers or edge markings.
There was a lot of overlap, sometimes triple exposure, so the parts of the film that have images are kind of a jumble. Except for a couple (see below), it wasn’t worth extracting individual frames so I scanned strips – 5K-ish wide by 700-ish tall. WordPress image upload barfed on trying to do post-processing on the wide images so I’m putting links to unprocessed files. Click the link and your browser will open the JPEG in a new tab or window. In Firefox or Safari, click it and it will zoom to 100%. Then you can horizontal scroll.
1st image (~1.4MB)– The exterior shots look like the landscape around Los Alamos. 2nd image (~2MB)– This half is in better shape (multiple exposures aside). I think it may have been earlier on the roll so better protected when curious folks opened the camera back.
This is probably the best image I could salvage.
Old image or just old school. Dad may be military.
After WordPress couldn’t process, I punted and put the files on Google Photos. [time goes by…] After wasting an hour or so of my life, I found that Google Photos, like many things Google does, is a useless waste of time. They want complete control of how and with whom you share your own photos. I can share an album or a photo that’s not in an album but it either is controlled within Google’s viewer, which blows, or it can be downloaded. As a download transfer station to get images to friends, it does work, so it does have very limited utility. There are a couple of convoluted hacks to get links directly to files but none of them worked for me. I should have expected as much. After giving up on Google, I looked at the media library in WordPress and the original files had uploaded, it just couldn’t process thumbnails and other intermediate sizes.
Google – Don’t be evil. Hahahaha! Sucker! Getting you to think we weren’t going to be evil was the most evil part.
This roll of Kodak MAX 400 (C-41 color print film, not T-MAX) has been sitting in the refrigerator for a while. It was in the Canon AL-1 when I bought it in late December 2019. I’m trying to work my way through more found film before the chemicals go bad. I’m using the Cinestill “Color Simplified” 2-bath kit. It’s the 1st batch I’ve used so I have no idea of its staying power vs the Unicolor kit I usually use.
On to the images.
Gorgeous dog. Want to steal.
Frozen bird feeder.
Frozen bird feeder detail. Even the perch has ice.
Some color correction. The film survived its journey through a thrift store to me in pretty good shape.