The country and the city of Roma was more than compelling — put it on your bucket list…
I’ve recently purchased a Sony Nex-7, again. The back story is that I bought a Nex-7 when they were first released in I think it was 2012 - then I sold it and adopted the Nikon 1 V1. I sold it as the colors were not just “there” for me —- it was subtle — but noticeable to my eye. But - because it was 24mp I decided to give it another go and bought a used body and lens for less than $500. But I digress as I happen to always do — I’ve learned to drive thru these slight issues and make it work. Whew — ok… so here is an image taken in Ft. Worth Texas between some time of a business conference. This is converted to black/white - and I love it. Taken with the Sony 18-55 f3.5-5.6 kit lens - first generation. I’m very pleased with this shot - uncropped as always.
Sometimes - it pays to experiment and take the easy shot - maybe it’s the shot right in front of you - maybe you are walking the dog and you can pull up the camera and see what happens after you hit the shutter release.
That’s exactly what I did with this capture. My wife and I were walking the dog - I had a fast f1.4, 50mm - and I set it up and hoped for the best. I couldn’t have expected the result - oh - and this was on film - so I had no idea what would eventually happen.
Fuji Acros - 100 - self developed - self scanned
This last Thursday, while in a Twin Falls Idaho Starbucks, I picked up the the local Times-News, news paper. And, I saw a lead in with the acronym “-WTF”. I about blew my mouth full of coffee all over myself and my wife - who was sitting next to me.
My mind was really blown — like — totally blown. How does this happen I thought - how… just how. And — how would I explain this acronym to a child when they asked for the meaning, if I had too.
So — I sent a letter to the editor of the Times-News. And - I’ve heard no response - just as I thought would happen.
I will never read that publication again - as I was insulted.
Shot this last summer at a wedding, my Father-in-law -- looking like a made-man. This was cropped - one of the few I've such done. #Sony, #Nex-7, #oldskool
When everything comes together - it’s difficult for me to turn away and not set up a frame - even if it is the Lola. The most amazing K9 on the planet. Yep — I said it. The Lola is amazing.
This was a grab shot - as most of my images are - M and Violet. One of the last of Violet as we put her down on July 1. Her diabetes got the best of her for the last year - yep - 12 months of shots twice a day. She was a Maine Coon and was an amazing animal we had for 10 years.
Shot with the Rollei 6008i on Fuji Acros 100 - self developed and scanned.
M about to partake in the ritual of drinking some great coffee — in SLC no less.
The Lola — we love this bulldog… she’s some great company. But — she’s developed a limp on her rear left leg - we though it was a pulled muscle from just going all out - as she does. But — nope — it’s a torn or partially torn ACL. Ugh — so - she goes under the knife soon once we figure out how good/bad the condition really is.
I’ve been letting the time slip away — and between just enjoying life and the day to day - I’ve neglected the image posting. No worries I say - time to catch up on that.
I haven’t been shooting the Nikon F100 very much - this image is of that with color no less. Color is even more rare in the 35mm setup. It’s also interesting that film is becoming more popular and more scarce at the same time. Fuji has eliminated Acros - My most, most favorite stock of all time. Ugh… double Ugh… Onward.
I haven’t been posting as of late. There is no particular reason - except for distractions - laziness - and lack of discipline. Life has been fun and we’ve been doing “other stuff”.
This week Nikon announced the sunset of the “1” series cameras. A system of which very few recognized and took advantage of. I realized its potential and it served me really well. I shot the hell out of it - and I shot a lot of stuff with this system. It’s small, lightweight, and crazy capable - and the product it produces was without peer. The caveat for me was the small 1” sensor. So - what did I do - in November - I re-bought another Sony Nex-7, which has the APS-C sensor. I’ve been using that system every since - with no regrets - the Nex-7 is still an amazing piece - even though it is a bit dated.
I sold the Nex-7 because I became frustrated with the color rendition - of which the 1 V1 overcame. But - sensor size is just as - if not even more important - in the image game. I now shoot the Nex-7 and work with around the limitations.
As of late - I need to develop and scan some more film in waiting. The rolls are either #unshot - or - #inapile waiting to be processed. Shame on me.
So - my story is this - I’ve been distracted by the discovery of fine pencils - and I need to focus on the film - ugh; no pun intended.
I’ve been nicely distracted these last few months - not with films, or new camera bodies - but - with the discovery, or re-discovery of pencils; fine pencils. They are American made, Japanese made, Vietnam made, Korean made, Chinese made, and so on, and so on…
This started with the find of the “Blackwing” series remade by Cal Cedar company of California - they brought back the 602 and introduced the “Blackwing”, and “Pearl”, also. The discovery of these writers at a local shop has brought on the madness, now.
I’ve now discovered many brands and types of pencils and equipment / sharpeners. It’s been a pretty fun journey - finding that top 5% - of anything - which can be very interesting.
This was shot in Idaho at RedFish Lake - on the F100 with Fuji Acros. No Crop.
Shot this Summer in Idaho in Twin Falls, with color. The simplicity and intensity of the colors surprised me. I love it when that happens after development.
Rollei 6008i, self developed and scanned.
Here is a favorite of late - shot this summer on Fuji Acros 100 in downtown Salt Lake City - and upon development and scanning this image really impressed me. It as minimalist and intense all at the same time. I'm happy with it for the whole workflow which entailed to make it this far - the even of capture, the development, the scan and the upload. As I said in the blog post before this - when it all comes together the experience is without peer.
...it's a thing of beauty. The sun - the scene - the time of day all plays a huge part of a photograph. And - when you have the equipment as you are driving a back country highway, and you can stop; you can stop to take advantage of what is before you - it's really something.
Shot on Fuji Acros 100 in a Stand Development in Rodinal for 60 minutes.
Scanned on a Nikon LS-8000.
My day for shooting is easily Sunday, preferably, in the early/mid Morning. For me it's the amount of time I have without interruption, and the amount of intent I'm able to spend on the craft. The morning Sun is the hook for me - I very much love the Salt Lake morning Sun and what it does to the landscape around.
Self developed Fuji Acros 100 in Rodinal stand development and scanned on Nikon LS8000.
Shot thru a window of a gallery in New Orleans - can't remember if this was with the Rollei or Yashicamat 124g. Self developed and scanned.