Road to nowhere

Testing out the F4’s matrix metering in what would normally be relatively challenging conditions.  This is a road I drive tours on, though the tour got cancelled that day and I decided to drive in my own truck.

As you can see the F4 passed with flying colors.  So to speak.

Expired Kodak BW400CN, Pt.II

These were from early 2022, I was just trying to unload the rest of my stock.

Even shooting at ASA100 I was definitely seeing the grain, maybe I should have given the film an extra stop but I didn’t.  When it’s good it’s really good and it’s really a shame Kodak discontinued this stock; I hope they bring it back but I don’t think I’ll be shooting any more of the expired stuff.

Part One.

Get out of my trash!

The easiest way to see a bear: just leave your trash out overnight and wait up for them.  Of course this time it was my trash which is in a bear-proof dumpster, but whoever took out the trash last didn’t actually secure the thing properly.

I should have set for f/4 instead of f/5.6 I suppose as the AE didn’t give me a fast enough shutter speed most of the time, but live and learn.  These shots were a little shaky for my preference but I was probably 6-8ft away from a mama bear and her cubs, so I wasn’t exactly taking my time to compose and focus.  I’ve always heard that if you run into a black bear, you should puff yourself up, look as big as possible, make a lot of noise, yell/throw things at them, and they should take off; I’m still here so I’m happy to say it’s true.

Behind the scenes: Scorpion Cowboy headshots

He got the part!  I’d like to think it was all my doingHorizon starts shooting today in New Mexico and my friend Duane is there at least as an extra.  No matter what I might tell him when I’m joking around, I think he has a wonderful face.

The Double-X was perfect for the look I wanted in the headshots, but there are some pretty good portraits in here as well I think, with Tri-X; it gives a good comparison seeing both films shot in the same place with the same lighting.  He put me up for a few days after I’d sold my mom’s house and it was just a great experience all-around, we hung out and tried a few things, I had my camera with me the entire time so I definitely got a few more candid things here and there.  The first pic is taken with the Minolta and a few more were included here.  Duane was also kind enough to hold a camera for me so I could see just what I look like when I’m taking pictures.  Originally published here and here but I’ll include it again:

One of the nicest tips I’ve ever got

It’s always nice when you connect with good people.  People have commented in the past on my old cameras I’m always lugging around on tours but this is the first time I’ve had someone that thought of me and my hobby enough to send me one of their old cameras as a parting gift.


Of course I’m really hoping to get a Leica or a Hasselblad from a passenger but this is a step in the right direction!

This was a group of four wonderful ladies that went on a High Country tour way up into national forest.  They happened to be from my home state of Ohio and it’s always nice when you have that in common; building connections with passengers is part of what makes a great tour.

I intended this post to be a review of the camera after I’d put a roll of film through it, unfortunately as I was going to do that I started having problems winding the camera and the shutter seems to be stuck half-open.


And I’ve been having problems with one of my F2s having light leaks…

For someone in rural Ohio in 1985, whatever the Fujica STX-1N cost brand-new must have seemed like a lot; these days it’s dirt-cheap if ebay prices are any indication.  It’s not worth it to repair and the extra zoom lenses that came with the camera are probably worthless as well.  I probably would have only shot a roll of film and then given it away, but it makes me sad that I can’t do even that to honor the generosity of my passenger.  I still consider it one of the nicest tips and nicest gestures I’ve ever received.

Expired Kodak BW400CN

This film was on sale at my local camera store, expired between 2006 and 2008.  I decided to give it a try, I mean why not?  So this is about the last week in November and first week and a half or so in December.

It’s not bad stuff.  I shot it sometimes at ASA200 and sometimes ASA100, and think it works well outside: shadow detail can be a bit lacking otherwise.  Also for some reason the film scans always came back really dirty, lots of stuff like dust, etc, on the negatives.  I shot a lot of Ilford XP2 last year and I will say that it’s nice having at least that chromogenic film stock available but I wish that Kodak would bring this back at some point…and also Plus-X.  Shooting the expired stuff is fine for a bit of a change but all my reflexes at this point are for shooting ASA400 film and I don’t really want to change that up too much.  I think I had 6 rolls total and they’re all gone; I don’t plan on getting more.

Territory Days is back

Memorial Day weekend, 2022 which is hot and current as far as The Resurrected Camera is concerned.  After a two-year shutdown for COVID the local festival is back.

I photographed it for the first time in 2019 here and here.  As I didn’t live close anymore I only went once for a couple hours but I enjoyed myself and finally got to try the alligator I’d missed out on last time: it was anticlimactic.  I will hopefully be able to attend the Teller and El Paso County Fairs this year as well.