Back in October/November 2021 I was going through my old posts looking at all the different photos I’d taken and deciding which ones I should keep and which I should prune to make sure I don’t run out of storage space. There were entire posts that I deleted to make room for new photos; I think now that I will bring some of those pictures back. A lot of those were family pictures and I have many more since the funeral so it might keep the blog going for a bit longer. As a mini project, it hearkens back to an assignment I did in my Intermediate Photo class, and it will be good to revisit this subject.
So here are more family hangout pictures this time post-memorial with my cousin Chris and his family.
I went back to my Nikon F2A (and good thing, too). This is the first time I used Ilford HP5 (except for large format) and my first impression is that it’s sharp but also that it has some of the same characteristics of XP2 in its look, namely to contrast. I’d say that they look pretty similar to each other, and a noticeably different look from my old Kodakstandbys.
I’m a bit slow on reporting the news…but what an eventful week or so it’s been! Hot on the heels of Kodak announcing Gold 200 in medium format we have new releases from Cinestill and Japan Camera Hunter. Both ASA400 color films, one negative and one reversal. Story links below.
In all my tours I’ve never had so many pictures taken by passengers. Every single one of them wanted so many taken at the same spot and all were very particular about how they looked. Now evidently these days men have a reputation of being poor photographers, probably because they get too exhausted by demanding subjects. Then again with my coworker Cougar and myself they found a couple guys willing to fawn over them like schoolboys and jump through whatever hoop they wanted.
Talking to passengers more recently, I guess that places like Garden of the Gods are getting notoriety thanks to lots of posts on Instagram, TikTok, and who knows whatever else, I really don’t want to get caught up in it all. I don’t know how all these phone pics they/we took turned out but honestly the whole experience was eye-opening; they were much more concerned with how they looked in pictures than what the pictures were of, I think. Is this the modern woman? After the fact, I find the whole thing shallow and depressing.
It was in my Facebook feed about half an hour ago, and I’m happy it’s finally here! I heard rumors of this either last year or in 2020, but it took longer than expected. With all the crap regarding Fujifilm recently, I’m glad that Kodak just keeps bringing back wonderful film emulsions that if aren’t necessarily new, then at least are ones I never got to shoot before.
Thankfully I’m allowed back into my Instagram account now, so the project is back on. I’ve made sure that I have things like two-step authentication on (which is annoying) but hopefully I won’t be locked out of it again.
This is the camera that I grew up using, for as far back as I can remember…considering that it’s older than I am and my dad got it for my mom before they were even married, I suppose that makes sense. Now, she didn’t use it much, really after 2004 when she got her digital camera; I got her to use it once about 5 years ago and that was it as far as I know. Just like most people of the earlier generation, they were mystified by the high technology as well as the convenience of DSLRs and never went back to film. Most of the cameras I use are much older and less complicated/electronic than this one. Minolta had an entire series of X cameras of which this was the simplified model with aperture priority only; with a full range of manual speeds as well (as the X-700 has) I would find this camera more useful but did bring it out occasionally back when I was shooting the MD mount system back in my early college days.
If you follow my blog regularly you might know that my mother died recently. For her memorial service and as a tribute to her, I wanted to take pictures and of course take them with her camera. Also included are some valuable time spent with friends/family before/after the service.
Three rolls of film, in order: Cinestill 800T, Kodak T-Max P3200 (both expired), and Kodak Tri-X pushed to 1600. There are a lot of photos here that have some technical problems and I don’t know exactly what the problem is because there are too many variables. I used a 3v lithium battery when I think before it was always alkaline. Two of the three rolls I shot were expired high speed film that had been in my mom’s freezer for years. I dropped off the film and expected it to be ready in a week but I guess they ran into staffing problems or something, and had to rush process the film for me, a mistake could have been made there. And of course it could be that the shutter speeds are off, though usually they tend to get slower with age; of course it could be that the electronics are failing.
What it comes to is that the film all looks underexposed and shadow detail is often lacking, even with overexposing the expired film by one stop. The better-exposed shots were ones that I took outside or near an open door, which brings up another possibility: that it just doesn’t read dim light correctly. And of course I’m not sure how much having light sources in the frame might have affected exposure as well. When there is too much light the shutter won’t fire, so there were times I missed shots because of this, going from one part of the church to the other where the light changed too drastically. After having used shutter priority with the Canon AE-1 I find it much more freeing setting at 1/60 and having the lens stop down as much as needed, it made it easy to set and forget whereas with the aperture priority I was forever worrying about whether the aperture I had it on would make the shutter speed too slow. It was more an unfounded fear as nearly everything doesn’t show motion blur but I also wanted to give myself as much depth of field as possible because the lens would be focusing in the opposite direction from what I’m used to. What it boils down to is that I was using a camera that is now unfamiliar to me after having shot Pentax and Nikon for most of the last decade and more. I don’t know that I will use it much or ever again for that matter but being a family heirloom like my grandfather’s cameras I of course can’t let it go.