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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 65 part 2 – Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 420

Scanned at 1200DPI on a Canon MP480. No edits other than cropping and straightening.

I had wanted to get some shots in bright light for the second half of the pack but wasn’t to be.

This is the most natural light I had and it was pretty early in the morning. Soft light is usually desirable but Fujifilm FP-3000B can be pretty unforgiving stuff.

Derelict tractor.

Derelict tractor.

Scanning the negatives pulls the contrast way back. Depending on the shot, having more mid tones without white-white and black-black can be good or bad.

Inverted negative (with cat hair).

Inverted negative (with cat hair).

The Polaroid Focused Flash # 490 is made for Hi-Power FlashCubes. Their mount has ‘L’ shaped plastic pegs instead of rectangular so you don’t accidentally use the wrong cubes. I didn’t have any Hi-Power FlashCubes so I used a razor blade and trimmed regular cubes to fit. The porch where the bag is hanging was dark so it worked — just not as well as having the right flash.

Cat hydration setup.

Cat hydration setup.

I used the weaker FlashCube again. The print is really dark. The inverted negative scan is a bit flat. Another great thing about the Fujifilm negatives — you can get a usable image even if the print is way too dark.

Negative scan.

Negative scan.

Remember to let the developer goo dry before you put negatives on the scanner.

52 Cameras: Camera 55 part 1 – Polaroid SX-4

It’s not actually a Polaroid except for the film back and the rollers but I don’t know how else to categorize it. I loaded film before I realized just how little information is out there for this camera. When I finish the pack, I’ll open it up and see if there are any markings on the inside. I can measure to get the aperture but the shutter will be difficult — it only fires with film loaded.