Sunday, July 29, 2018

Print Your Work

You've probably heard it before, but this year I made a commitment to it. The very first item from my 2018 Directions post was to print more of my film work. I'm pleased to report that I've been able to accomplish just that with both my landscape and paid portrait work. Blue Moon Camera and Machine in Portland, Oregon is one of the last optical color printing labs in the United States. I've been having them develop my color film (something I said I was going to do more of myself, by the way) and then print my favorites from each roll. What's cool is that their counter turns into a light table with the flip of a switch, so you can evaluate your negatives right then and there. Even though they're a couple hundred miles from me, I've been able to get in there several times this year to get it done.

Here are a few of my examples. These are direct scans from the prints and not from the negatives. The scans don't really do the prints justice, but it gives you an idea what I've been able to accomplish:

Bicyclist on the old Columbia River Highway at Rowena Crest. Fujifilm 160NS, shot on Mamiya C220. 

Spring flowers at Rowena Crest, in front of Dry Creek Bridge. Fujifilm 160NS on Mamiya C220.  
Abandoned convenience store in Kent, Oregon. Kodak Ektar 100 shot on Zero Image 618 pinhole in 6x9 format.



Jessica, Class of 2018.  Kodak Portra 160 in 35mm format, shot on Canon A1 with 50mm f/1.8 lens. 

Keomi, Class of 2018. Kodak Portra 400, shot on Mamiya C220 with 180mm f/3.5 lens. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Canon A1: An update

This is a quick post without any accompanying photographs. I had recently announced that I was retiring my Canon A1 35mm camera (see bottom of that post) because of some over-exposure issues that I wasn't able to pinpoint. The camera had just been CLA'ed and I just figured something was going bad with the electronics. Turns out that wasn't the case at all. I was going to adapt the 50mm f/1.8 lens that was on it for use on my new digital Fujifilm X-T20, when I discovered that the aperture was stuck wide open. No wonder the negatives looked grossly overexposed, 5+ stops worth!  Luckily, I have another lens exactly like it that works just fine. I'm going to run a test roll through it, but I don't anticipate any problems. This is a fantastic revelation for me in that I have loved shooting with that camera.

So, now that I'm selling off my other Canon EOS digital gear, I'll completely get rid of the EOS film cameras I've accumulated as well. Time to pare down.

Coming up: I've recently had a lot of color 120 film processed by Blue Moon Camera in Portland, including prints, and I will be sharing those very soon. Those were shot in both my Mamiya C220 and Zero Image 618 pinhole. One of my goals this year was to print more of my work, and I've made some strides toward accomplishing just that.