Cleaning house

…is basically what I’ve been doing all year.  I’m not sure I even remember how old some of those posts are, almost two years by now.  I didn’t even get all my film developed until Spring of this year.  Current events and happenings?  Go find a different blog for that.  The good news is that I’ve had such a backlog that I could post about once a week and I still have just a few posts left before I finally get to what I’ve been doing this year.  Compare that to last year where I posted little more than about once a month, and I think I’m doing better.

I think this blog is important to me mostly because it keeps me creating, laying down track, knowing that if I don’t I’m likely to lose what audience I have.  After already completing my Minor in Fine Arts, emphasis on Photography, I decided last semester to retake Advanced Photo.  This semester I have been taking an independent study shooting 4×5 large format film.  So it’s been more Cowboys & Jeeps, this time with an emphasis on portraits.  I shot nearly 30 rolls of 35mm Tri-X over the summer which I will be getting to as well.  It just keeps piling up and I might be cleaning house all next year too.

And some good film news has happened recently that I’ve not commented on yet:
Kodak should have Ektachrome out in medium format in just a few months (OK, that’s not new news at all but surely they’re close to being done with beta testing)
Fuji announces that Neopan 100 Across II will be available by the end of November (in Japan, though I’m sure there will be some enterprising ebayers out there to sell it to us before the US release date in 2020).
Ferrania has been studious all Summer and is about to be in continuous production of P30, hopefully with more emulsions to follow soon.  They’re starting to roll out to stores in Italy. (taken from Facebook)

Kodak film business growing quickly

Despite my constant evangelism there are still ignoramuses uninformed people who think Kodak and film died at the declaration of chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Hopefully this will help raise public awareness:

Good news: Kodak’s film business grew 21% in Q3 2019

(I linked to Emulsive because it explains a few things better than Kodak’s own site, which is mainly just the bare statistics) So it’s not all good news, first of all, Kodak reports a net loss of $5million but that’s down from $18million in Quarter 1.  So there’s an upward trend all around, and photographic materials have increased by over 20%.  Now I don’t know what ever happened with the story of Kodak Alaris wanting to sell the still film business, but considering how well the photographic market is doing it would be nice to see Eastman Kodak get the entire thing under one roof again.

A limited exposure test of the new Kodak Ektachrome

I didn’t dedicate too many exposures to bracketing as I’ve learned to trust the AE-1’s meter implicitly and usually have it set on shutter priority mode at somewhere around 1/125sec.

Can you tell which is which?  Because actually I’m not sure I remember!  But I think that the first shot was what my camera thought was the correct exposure, but due to the heavy fog I was afraid that it was going to underexpose so I gave it an extra stop.  And for some reason there’s a bit of a yellow color shift.  But besides that, it’s not terrible, not by a long shot.  Compare to the test I once did with Fuji Provia 100f.

Here’s this shot one more time, which I included in the other post, just auto-exposure on the AE-1, but thematically it fits in with the other pictures.  I am surprised just how muted the greens are here, but that may just be a characteristic of Kodak’s color palate combined with the lack of bright sunlight, and the fact that this is the Kodak answer to Provia, not Velvia.  Maybe someday soon we’ll see E100VS come back.

And here are a few new shots which demonstrate more of the muted colors in the shade.

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Jeep tours 2018, Part II

2018 was the year I shot Canon gear.  It’s hard to remember back this far…but I had a lot of Double-X that I’d bought from the Film Photography Project and I wanted to use it all up, so it was all put through the Canon 7 (Part I) and Canon AE-1, which is below:

After shooting all these I decided to go back to what I know best, Tri-X in my beloved SPII, especially with the Yellow 50 (and now Yellow 35 too).  I think that being used to the Takumar lenses with Infinity to the left, it was hard for me to use the Canon (and for the Canon 7, the Leitz) lenses because they’re the opposite and it caused me to slow down too much and miss shots, or get out-of-focus results.  I’ll admit that the M42 system does have its shortcomings when it comes to camera body features, etc, but sometimes you just have to go with what you know.  While the Canon AE-1 can give me fine pictures (and it’s my go-to camera for slide film), I’m too familiar with the layout of the Pentax lenses.  So if I do ever abandon the M42 mount for something else, it’ll be Nikon I go to, not Canon.

Two rolls of Ektachrome E100 (7294)

It looks like Kodak colors!  Over the summer I shot my first two rolls of the new Ektachrome in my Canon AE-1.  I have another roll that I haven’t shot yet.  I was planning on using my SPII for that but it seems to have developed a few shutter problems so maybe in my new Olympus Stylus Infinity.  It being October with the leaves changing color I should have got on that, however I missed my window, just so much else going on.  But here’s what I’ve shot between July and September, though I have to admit that after shooting Tri-X nearly exclusively since sometime last year, I’m a bit out of practice shooting color, but here goes:

I had these developed/scanned by Mike’s Camera, SOP is that I drop the rolls off at the Colorado Springs store so their courier can take to the Boulder store where the E6 processor is.  I asked high-res scans (only 3000×2000 now) on their Noritsu but to send the rolls back uncut so that they could be scanned on the Colorado Springs store’s Fuji Frontier scanner (I’m thinking if I do this enough I should be able to write up a comparison between Noritsu, Fuji, and Pakon scanners…haven’t gotten around to it yet).  Unfortunately, the Boulder store has no concept of how to follow directions and I received cut and mounted slides and the scans were a measly 1818×1228.  And they showed me the tickets, the directions were very saliently written so there’s absolutely no excuse for that to happen.  Thankfully the Colorado Springs store gave me rescans, though I don’t think it was on their Fuji Frontier; they must have some sort of Minolta or Nikon prosumer scanner for mounted slides but I don’t know which model; at least they’re a bit more high-res than what the Boulder store is offering, it’s about 2400dpi.  This gives me the opportunity to compare the Noritsu to what I’m calling right now the Mystery Scanner.


(there was some slight dodging the sunlight areas in this picture)

In nearly every instance I’d choose the Noritsu’s colors over the 2400dpi Mystery Scanner’s.  Nearly

It’s obvious that there’s more detail in the shadows on some of these (different cropping/framing too).  I’m not sure that the Mystery Scanner actually has a better D-Max than a Noritsu, but it does matter who they have operating the machineMike’s Camera in Boulder, you fucked up and I’m not happy.  Think I’ll ever go back?  Maybe someday.  This is the first time I’ve looked at the two scans side-by-side and the Mystery Scanner seems to have some sort of haze/fog as well as a slight color cast I didn’t pick up before.

As far as the film goes, I’m happy with the new Ektachrome.  Is it Provia or Velvia?  No, but when I heard that Fuji was discontinuing their 5-roll packs (which made the film $10-11 per roll), I bought 10 rolls of Velvia 100, stuck it in the freezer, and knew that when I’d shot all that I wouldn’t be buying any more.  I’ve said it before, I love Fuji’s colors.  But at least I know that a couple years from now, I’ll be able to still shoot Ektachrome and it’s actually a good price!  In 135 size that is.  As I write this, Ektachrome is being sold for $13 while Velvia 100 is $18 and Provia 100f is $16.  Ouch.  Considering Ektachrome is priced lower than either and it just came out, that’s great (and hopefully if my predictions are right regarding Fuji, we’ll see the price drop someday).  Now, $40 for a roll of the stuff in super 8, that’s pretty high.