Sunday, January 27, 2013

Demon in an Eyecup

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 40mm extension tube Rollei Digibase CN 200 Pro Arista C-41 - In my previous post Liquidambar Styraciflua Fruit I notice a sinister face peering back on me from the "Gum ball" at the lower far right while I was scanning the film. Such and evil looking character deserved its on portrait, so I present,,,, A Demon in an Eyecup. This is my first roll of  Rollei Digibase CN 200  and I am truly impressed. The film has great sharpness, nice fine grain and tremendous latitude. Digibase scanned beautifully, with my Epson V500 getting very close to accurate color on the prescan. A test on my HP Scanjet G4050 using Hamrick's Vuescan 9  yielded similar results. Contrast is moderate and held well even when the film was over or under exposed. About the only complaint I have about this film is its excessive curl once dry, making it hard to hold flat for scanning.
Processed by hand using an Arista C-41 Kit and Scanned with an Epson Perfection V500 Photo.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Open Shutter. Full Speed Ahead!

Pentax ME Super Takumar 50mm f1.7 Kodak VR 100 - Set the camera on Bulb, hold it out the window of a moving care and open the shutter for several seconds, this is what you get. This is the frame before my Electric Glass image in the previous post. I was just finding my way in photography in a mid 80's, and thinking back I wish I had focused more. Photography took a back seat to music in those days, little did I know the it would be photography that would end up paying my bills.
Scanned with a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III.

Electric Glass Co. Phoebus, Virginia

Pentax ME Super Super Takumar 50mm f1.7 Kodak VR 100 - Pulling from the archive on a cold snowy day. This is one of my favorite images, simple with a retro feel. Shot in Phoebus, Va. in 1982 on a nighttime teenage photo safari, the Electric Glass Co. was a lamp and lighting store. A Phoebus landmark for many years, the sign is gone the building is now an art gallery.
Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Liquidambar Styraciflua Fruit

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 20mm extension tube K2 Yellow Filter Efke 25R Adox Adonal 1:50 - My wife brought these home, feeling they would make and interesting subject. Having grown up in Illinois, she has never been exposed the dreaded, foot torturing "Gumballs" of Southeastern United States. They are the fruit of the Liquidambar Styraciflua Tree, better know as the American Sweetgum, and are the Bane of bare feet everywhere in Virginia. "Gumballs" ares slightly smaller than a Golf or Ping Pong Ball and covered with spiked, bird beak like openings. They are sharp, skin piercing sharp. The tender arch area of the bottom of your foot always seems to find them hiding in grass, bringing a sensation similar to stepping on a cluster of upturned needles. I grew up hating these things, but in the end, my wife was right, they did make and interesting subject. Scanned with an Epson V500 Flatbed Scanner.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Instant Gargoyle Human Stew

Polaroid Macro 5 Instant Camera Impossible Project PZ600 Silver Shade UV+ Instant Film - A playfull shot with instant film from the The Impossible Project. I love instant film, as it is the true essence of capturing a moment. Unedited, unfiltered and unmanipulated, it is light captured in media. For some, it is a starting point, but with this series the raw image is what is presented, all flaws intact.
Scanned with an Epson Perfection V500.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lonely Playground

Beauty Lite III Biokor-S 45mm f1.9 Fujifim Neopan SS 100 Adox Adonal 1:50 - Riverside Park Lynchburg VA., Christmas Day 2012. Scanned with a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III using Silverfast SE Plus 6.6.2r4a Scanning sofware.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Non-Hazardous Materials

Beauty Lite III Biokor-S 45mm f1.9 FujiFilm Neopan SS 100 Adox Adonal 1:50 - Somehow I suspect this is a misnomer, these materials look more than a little hazardous to me. A few more images from my Christmas "Beauty," I love this impressive little rangefinder. Scanned with a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III using Silverfast 6.6.2r4a scanning software.