As of Late...

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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.

 Nex-7 - sharpening applied - no processing - #ffkr #architects #desk #nex7 #nex-7 #sony

Nex-7 - sharpening applied - no processing - #ffkr #architects #desk #nex7 #nex-7 #sony

As of late -- a distraction

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 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…

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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.

a Favorite

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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.

 Fuji Acros 100 - self developed and scanned - Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fuji Acros 100 - self developed and scanned - Salt Lake City, Utah.

When it all comes together...

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...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.

 Fuji Acros 100: Stand Development:  Rodinal @60 minutes:  Nikon LS8000 Scanner

Fuji Acros 100: Stand Development:  Rodinal @60 minutes:  Nikon LS8000 Scanner

Down Town SLC

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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.

 Fuji Acros 100 - Salt Lake City - Rodinal - Nikon LS8000

Fuji Acros 100 - Salt Lake City - Rodinal - Nikon LS8000

a Sense of Order

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Whenever I'm looking I trie to See.  I try to build the frame in my mind and that is hit or miss and sometimes it comes easily and sometimes not at all.  Sometimes it's the weather, the mood, my mood, the people I'm with, or the needs of the dog when I'm walking her -- yadda, yadda, yadda..

Ok -- so you get the point -- sometimes it happens, and sometimes it just doesn't... no matter how hard you try.

But -- there are times when a scene just grabs you -- and that's when I have to get the shot.  And during those times if I don't get the shot then I become obsessed and really bummed I didn't make the image.

So -- here's what I'm getting at -- while walking the dog with my wife this scene caught my eye and I took it hand held on the Nikon F100 with 400 ASA Ilford.  And -- I love this image.  The whole lesson here is while your looking try to see - try to see the superimposed frame in front of you - and sometimes that comes easily, and some times - it just doesn't.

 Nikon F100, Ilford Delta 400

Nikon F100, Ilford Delta 400

the Fuji

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This is shot with Fuji's RVP100 - 120 or as I like to call it:  2-1/4 x 2-1/4.  I guess that habit dies hard as my Dad would call it that... I guess I learned that from him.

In the Twin Falls Idaho area, on a road of the way to my brother in-law's house the converging lines caught my eye - and the Sun was really strong during the mid-day.  Sometimes it is really difficult to put everything on hold in order to capture an image - and If I don't grab that image I always feel a bit empty for missing that moment.

Self developed and scanned.

 Twin Falls Idaho - Fuji RVP100 - Rollei 6008i

Twin Falls Idaho - Fuji RVP100 - Rollei 6008i

 

 

State of Utah

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I can't help but have the Capitol be the subject for many images - it's so dominate, so grand and placed in a great location.  And when the light is right and it all comes together it is a fine place to be.  This was taken with the Nikon F100 35mm on Fuji Acros 100 developed in a Rodinal Stand development.  As I've said before this is my preferred method of process for BW in the 100 ASA.

On another note - I've decided to purchase another camera - and the funny thing:  it's a body I've had about 4 years ago.  I bought a used Sony Nex-7 - Sony's first 24mp NEX from the 2011 era.  I've been struggling with the Nikon 1V1 with their slow lenses and smallish sensor and the 10 mp density. 

But on the Nikon side -- I'm anxious for Nikon to release their new mirrorless system to see what they've come up with to the market.  This is an interesting time -- and every few months it gets more and more interesting; both good and bad.

The Nex-7 gives me a bigger sized sensor, more MP and allows me to easily adapt my nikon lenses.  And - I'm weirdly excited to get my Nex-7 spirit flowing again.  And - one of the most compelling things about the body is the built in flash.

 Rollei 6008i with Fuji Acros 100 - Stand developed in Rodina 100:1 for 60 minutes

Rollei 6008i with Fuji Acros 100 - Stand developed in Rodina 100:1 for 60 minutes

the Scene

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I'm always trying to see thru the ordinary and capture something which will look good as a photo.  Something which sparks an interesting thought or glance to want to see more.  Getting all of this to work - is really quite a task to accomplish.  Black and White can add something - as would color if the scene is met.  But when it does become evident and the picture does become - it can be magical.

 Fuji Acros 100 - Stand development in Rodinal

Fuji Acros 100 - Stand development in Rodinal

Streetwalk

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Last Fall I would walk the neighborhood with Lola the English Bulldog and my Nikon F100.  Every once in a while a scene would appear - or - better said - I would will a scene to be captured.  Every photo - every frame - is a stretch of sanity without slapping the shutter release of pure hope something would eventually develop.  And develop is correct as I'm shooting film here -- but I'll stop babbling -- this is what I got in the window of the Architectural firm.

 Nikon F100 - Kodak Portra 400

Nikon F100 - Kodak Portra 400

Hagerman

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This was in Hagerman Idaho.  It was one of those days where I had the time to shoot but I had to dig really deeply to find anything -- really -- anything to shoot.  I walked out side from the house - about 100 yards away and this scene appeared.  And I decided to make it work and capture it as best as i could manage.  Shot on Portra 400 with the Nikon F100.

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WW II - Museum

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Shot at the Museum - quite near the entrance.  The Museum is very nice - but I wish it was bigger !  This images is a BW convert from color.  This may be the first time I've done this, as I'm usually a purest when it comes to the craft.  But - in this case - a BW images really makes this form pop.

As always - no crop and self developed, shot on a Rollei 6008i

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from the Front Yard

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This was shot from the front yard with the F100 and I would assume with the 24-120mm f3.5-5.6.  The light was great - and I probably thought I was shooting color - sometimes I don't pay enough attention to the film roll in the camera.  Stand Development in Rodinal with no crop.

 Nikon F100 - Stand Development - Rodinal 60min - no crop.

Nikon F100 - Stand Development - Rodinal 60min - no crop.

the Peak

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Sometimes the most compelling forms are in your Neighborhood.  Go find some !  Stand Development - no crop.

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