Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30 2009

Couple pictures from today's photo trek. The cold actually kept us from shooting too much, and most of it was film (medium format TLR and the fisheye-Zenit).

I do have the Panoramic Perfekt to play with now, which should be fun!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

My father and I went down to Hunts Photo Video in Melrose today. Picked up some developer and fixer -- just mixed up a batch. Hopefully I will develop a couple rolls tonight once the solutions cool down. I also got some other odds and ends I needed (lens cap, blue filter) and some new film to try. I got two 35mm rolls each of the Ilford Pan F Plus ISO 50 film and Ilford Delta 3200 -- opposite ends of the sensitivity range, I know! But I have only used ISO 100 and 400 films, so it is time to branch out.

Tomorrow I will be going on a photo safari with my photography teacher from high school, and possibly one other of my high school teachers! Should be fun. I agonized a little over what to bring. I know that I should not bring that much gear (more cameras does usually mean fewer photographs), and I only have limited space in the bag anyway. I decided to eschew my usual Nikon FM and lenses and to use my more unusual equipment. I am bringing a tripod, a medium format TLR, the Zenit with fisheye lens, and my D40 with my usual macro lens and the lens baby.

Can't wait. Might also get to try out a panoramic camera, this one in particular. I have never used one, but have been interested in trying one out ever since seeing some of Josef Sudek's panoramas.

Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28 2009

These were also shot with that old 50mm f/1.4, this is with tweaked curves in the first photo and adjusted levels in the second, and you can still see the dreamy hazy look. Some of which is due to the back lighting and I was guessing exposure with the D40.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26 2009

These first two were shot with a very beat up old 50mm f/1.4 non-AI lens, you can see the haze it gives in the second picture of Tim under the Christmas tree. It is sad to see a lens in such an abused state -- the indexing tab was removed and the aperture ring cut in an attempt to convert it to AI, but it was not well executed. It also has filter ring damage and a hard-to-turn focus ring, plus the haze.

Despite all that, as you can see it can make nice photographs.

I now have an operatable Zenit with a 16mm fisheye lens I am excited to try out!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22 2009

I now have a matching pair of Nikon FMs with 50mm f/1.4 lenses

And I have something resembling a lens kit, with the 50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/2.8, and 135mm f/2.8.

Monday, December 21, 2009

December 21 2009

Back in the US!

Only home until the 2nd of January, and have a lot to do. Hopefully I will have sometime to go out and shoot and update my blog.

My father has collected an impressive array of photography odds and ends since I left, I will probably try to show some of them later.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16 2009

It is snowing in Budapest! And accumulating! Quite exciting.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15 2009

More old photos converted to black and white.

Taken with a lens baby:

Just messing around:

In case it was not clear, I am done with finals, have a few days before I go home, and don't have money to go and do things. I will probably go take a walk with the old digital point and shoot soon, though.

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14 2009

Year old ice photos, been posted before but not converted to black and white.