Saturday, October 29, 2011

FUJIFILM Neopan Acros 100 no. 1 (Untitled)

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 FUJIFIM Neopan Acros 100 D-76 Stock - My first roll of Neopan Acros 100. I think I am in love. Perfect for studio work. Initial scans seemed a little flat, but tweaking the levels seems to clear that up. Grain and sharpness are great.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The World through a Plastic Eye no. 2

Bell+Howell BF35 35mm f7.7 FUJIFILM Superia 200 CA135 - Obviously infinity focus was not the goal on this "focus free" camera. It seems to be best between 5 to 12 feet, but even that varies. This is the wrecked bridge to The Treasure Island Camp on the James River in Lynchburg VA.

The World through a Plastic Eye no. 1

Bell+Howell BF35 35mm f7.7 FUJIFILM Superia 200 CA135 - The vague focus of a plastic lens. I am at a loss to find the plain of focus. It seems to be closer on the left than it is on the right.

Plastic Fantastic Bell+Howell BF35

This was a Goodwill find, my $2.00 Bell+Howell BF35. All plastic construction, including the Focus Free 35mm f7.7 (yes 7.7) lens. The BF35 has a single shutter speed of 1/100 and manual advance and rewind. It does have a built in hot shoe for an electronic flash, so what more could you ask for. The built in lens cover also locks the shuttle. By the way the BF stand for "Big Finder." The camera does have a big bright viewfinder.

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III

My Canonet. One on my favorite fixed lens rangefinders. The 40mm f 1.7 lens is both fast and sharp. The build of the camera is excellent, almost all metal. It has shutter priority automatic and a top shutter speed of 1/500 with a low shutter speed of 1/4 and B (bulb). The size is perfect for a take everywhere camera. More on the Canonet here Camerapedia.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn in Lynchburg

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III 40mm f1.7 FUJIFILM Superia 200 CA135- Autumn is hitting is stride in Lynchburg, Virginia.  A walk in Riverside part overlooking looking the James River yielded this shot. I love shooting with rangefinders like the Canonet.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Film Noir #2

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 Rollei Retro 400s 120 D-76 Stock - One from the same series. Every picture should tell a story, what that story is, that is up to you.

Film Noir #1

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 Rollei Retro 400s 120 D-76 Stock -  A bit of my Helmet Newton influence showing, or is it Film Noir. I am tired of seeing the world through the filtered, clean, sterile eyes of some ad  executive. Reality is beautiful, plan and simple

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Graflex Speed Graphic Image no. 2

Same set up, slightly different angle.

Graflex Speed Graphic Image no. 1

Graflex Speed Graphic Graflex Optar 135mm f4.7 using a 6x6 120 Roll Back.  Kodak T-Max 400 D-76 Stock. Using the 120 back mean I am shooting through the best part of the glass and it shows. This lens is tack sharp, The Graflex Roll back requires you to remove the ground glass back to install it so it is important to get things nailed down.

Breaking Out the Big Gun

The Weapon of Choice today. My Graflex Speed Graphic with it's Graflex Optar 135mm f4.7 lens. Shooting with a Graflex 6x6 120 roll film back. Images to follow.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Object of Desire no. 1

All I want for Christmas..... Check it out here. Voightlander Bessa III

Feeling the Season II

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 FUJIFILM NPH 400 Arista C-41 Processing - Back to color, and the standard Kiev 80mm lens. May retry this when the leaves have changed a bit more. The shelf life of the Arista C-41 procession kit is still impressive. Well over 2 months since I mixed it and still producing acceptable results.

Feeling the Season

Kiev 60 Arsat 45mm f3.5 Kodak T-Max 400 TMY D-76 1:1 - Test out my "new to me" Arsat 45mm f3.5 for the Kiev 60, freshly deliver from Russia. A Beautiful lens. More to come from this lens.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A little Out of Date

Kiev 60 Arsat 45mm f3.5 FUJIFILM NPH 400 Expired 1995-6 Arista C41 - Found some expired film hiding in a box and could not resist the urge to shoot it. Shot at rated 400 ISO and developed normally, film has a some base fogging and appear to be about 2 stops under exposed. I have 2 more rolls, so further experimentation to come.