Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Learning to use a bunch of new stuff- a set of White Lightning strobes, Nikon n90s, Bronica ETRSI, Minolta Flash Meter IV, and backdrop. The limitations of the OM-2 and the GA-645 were starting to feel really obvious at the Koenigsberg shoot, so I sold them and bought this stuff. Lots of very promising results. Here's Andrea, bassist and fellow boat-musician. She's good.
BTW: I'm totally amazed at how well this roll came out. I had the Bronica loaded with this long-discontinued 25asa Agfa film, which I proceeded to expose (accidentally) at 400. A 4-stop push, which no manufacturer bothers to give a deveoping time for, it's so totally off the map. So I just guessed and let it go for 20 minutes or so, and they came out looking really nice- fine grained, lots of shadow detail, nice tonality. The only thing I can find wrong with it is that frame number from the paper back which somehow got transfered onto the image.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
We went to the coast this week. I made Casey throw rocks while I took pictures. The new n90s pretty much rocks. Due to the winder you end up burning through a lot more film. Here I'm shooting Fortepan 400 (purchased on a whim from Citizen's) pushed to 1600. I had to guess at the developing time because I couldn't find the info online. Developing your own BW rocks. Should you desire to try it yourself, there's a great tutorial at Chromogenic.net. Go to Digital Truth for a comprehensive database of development times for various films/developers. And go to Freestyle for cheap film!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
I just got off the first gruelling 4-week rotation on ye merry sternwheeler, and I'm still sane. Barely. I'm engaged in a massive gear sell-off-and-purchase. I got a set of old White Lightning strobes, I'm selling the Olympus and buying a Nikon n90s, selling the Fuji GA-645 and buying a Bronica ETRS (dirt cheap now that they've been discontinued). I've also started developing my own film, and am very excited about the results. Pictures coming soon.