Dec 10, 2014

Mamiya C330 Test

Last summer, I was given a rather large amount of 120 film, mostly Ilford PanF+, Fuji Acros 100, some Ilford Delta 100/400 and a few rolls of Tri-X.  Unfortunately, I had nothing to shoot it with, but that has all changed. I recently acquired a Mamiya C330 medium format TLR camera with a 80mm f/2.8 lens. It's got some battle scars, and I had to make a few minor adjustments, but it shoots nicely. Here are four shots from my first roll.  Developed in d-76 1:1.

Seemed like a god time to do a mirror selfie.

This year's tree.  You know, one that we'll put back in the box on Jan 1 and get out again next year. 

Nov 3, 2014

The Power of Portra 400

Canon Elan 7, EF 135mm f/2 L lens. 
Taken in full sunlight. Shot @ISO 200, metered for shadows, and home developed in Tetenal C41.  Portra is able to bring out details in both ends of the spectrum.

Sep 27, 2014

Wallula Juniper

Ilford SFX 200 in D-76 stock
I scanned this too brightly, but ultimately this is a very printable negative. It's up next in my printing cue.

Sep 22, 2014

Wallula Print

Shot on Ilford SFX 200 35mm film, developed in Kodak d-76, printed on Ilford MCIV paper with a #3 multicontrast filter.
So here it is, my first silver halide enlarger print. For a few hours on Saturday, my bathroom was turned into a darkroom. Much paper was harmed in the making of this print. I'm getting better and more efficient, though, so my next session won't be so bad. There's room for improvement here, but I'm not displeased with the outcome.

Aug 17, 2014


Canon Elan 7, EF 135mm f/2 L, Kodak TMAX 400 black and white film shot @1600, developed in d-76. 

Aug 6, 2014

Susan 2

Kodak Portra 400 NC, expired 2007. 
Susan and I took a trip down to White River Falls last week for a little away-time before school starts up again. I had been out shooting the falls, and I came back to find her across the river sitting on this rock with the sun at her back. I had already had a roll of this expired Portra 400 NC to shoot, just waiting for the perfect opportunity.  This was it. I grabbed my camera and 135mm f/2 L lens, loaded the roll and waded across to where she was to grab these photos. I normally process and scan my own, but since this was going to be a special occasion I sprung for processing at The Darkroom. I'm glad I did, too. There are several keepers in here, and this is just one of them.

Aug 4, 2014

Abandoned Truck

Eastman Double-X Cinema film (5222) in Kodak D-76 stock. Taken on Canon Elan 7 and EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. 

Jul 25, 2014

Somewhere Near the Steens

Ilford SFX 200, red filter #25, souped in Kodak D-76 stock. 
Next time I shoot Ilford SFX 200, it will be with a real IR filter. As it is, I think I just found my new favorite film.

Jun 11, 2014


My son Zack, on the occasion of his brother's high school graduation.  Shot on Kodak TMAX 100 (35mm) and developed in D-76.  Camera:  Canon Elan 7.  Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4.  Scanned on Epson V500 scanner. 

I thought I would give TMAX 100 another try.  It was one of the first films I'd shot with a year or so ago, back when I was just exploring this craft.  Back then, I was sending out for developing/scanning, instead of doing it myself.  I prefer having more control over the process.  This is indeed a very fine grained film, even when scanned.

Feb 9, 2014

Hat Rock in Winter, color

Sometimes cheap film on a cheap camera can yield surprisingly good results. This is fujifilm 200 (the Walmart kind) taken on a Canon AF35M 35mm film camera.  Basically, it's a point-and-shoot from 1979. It's got a fixed aperture of f/2.8 and a fixed focal length of 38mm, so there's not much room for experimentation. Still, I think this came out ok. Like digital, film seems to add a blue cast to snow, so I warmed things up just a bit in GIMP. Otherwise, this is straight from the scanner.

Twin Rocks in Snow

Twin Rocks, Wallula, Washington. Eastman Double-X 5222 in Kodak D-76 stock. Shot on Canon Elan 7, EF 17-40mm f/4 L with red #25 filter.

Feb 8, 2014

Hat Rock in Winter

Hat Rock State Park in NE Oregon.  Shot on Eastman Double-X Cinema (5222) film, developed in Kodak D-76, stock.  Red #25 filter used.

Jan 20, 2014

Jan 13, 2014


Kodak Portra 400 35mm, processed and scanned myself. And a little touch up in Lightroom. I don't remember the camera settings, but I do know I used a Canon EF 135mm f/2 L here.

Jan 12, 2014

Me, Kodak Portra 400

Sorry for all the self portraits lately. Kodak Portra 400 35mm film, processed and scanned myself.  This is my first attempting doing such with color film.