Posts Tagged ‘black and white photography’by Eric on December 24, 2012 in Photo Blog with No Comments
Vote for Pedr, ah Me!
I receive promotional emails from Midwest Photo. I purchased things from them in the past so you know, you are going to receive these types of emails, for sure. I came across their email inviting me to submit to their photo contest. I thought sure why not, plus it gives me something easy to blog about.
Volvo For Sale
While driving or walking around my neighborhood there is usually something that catches my eye. Many times I have to take a mental note and go back to photograph what I saw. I may not have has my camera or possibly I was en route or the light was not right.
This gem I found on NE Lombard close to where I live. It has been offered for sale this entire summer. Maybe if he brought it out from behind the fence he would have better luck.
The neighborhood is going through significant changes. There are new businesses and lots of activity. Woodlawn Park is full of people playing soccer and families at the playground and activities like movies in the park and Star Trek in the Park. It is a cool place.
Rolleiflex and Urban Landscapes
I am continuing to explore my project of the urban Landscape. I have chose to use my Rolleiflex for these images. I just really love the medium format especially the great contrast and sharpness of the Schneider lens on my TLR. been I have found that the my Rolleiflex is well suited for this type of imagery. The square format lends itself really well for these type of images.
I have found in and around North and Northeast Portland there are several places to photograph there is a lot of character. More to follow…
Throughout the city of Portland there are real gems found in the driveways and streets. Over the past year, when I have been wandering or driving to my destinations I have either; mentally noted for future reference, or when my camera is with me and had the opportunity to capture these absolute gems of the auto industry in and around the inner neighborhoods of Portland, OR.
I have just recently come upon my annual Pro Membership with Flickr. I have been influenced by select photographers whom I have been following. One is located in Maryland. Here is his photo stream. The other photographer is from Minnesota her stream is here. The third is located here in Portland and his photo stream is here. Although I have been attracted to photographing automobiles for some time I feel that after viewing these photographers that my esthetic has changed and in turn has improve my own vision.
One of my favorite neighborhood places, called Breakside Brewery serves great food and has really good beer. That is saying a lot given that we live in Beervana. My wife and I have been imbibing their well crafted beers for some time. We have become antiquated with the owners and most of their staff. It is a great place. One of the guys who works there had grown an incredible mustache. This is a ‘world class’ piece of facial hair.
I saw his incredible work of art the other day and asked if he would be interested in posing for a photo. Travis was happy to pose and even brought along some very nice hats the suited the his mustache. Here are a few images from the first shoot, that was cut short. He was being called upon by a new hire and had to make her feel more comfortable.
We will be shooting again soon.
Pushing the Limits of 35mm
These images are from Montana where most of my family gathered for the Christmas holiday. I brought my Leica M7 and several rolls of film. I had just learned about Efke 25 film and was excited to give it a try with some sweeping Montana landscapes. I brought with me my borrowed 35mm Leitz lens. This particular lens is perfect for the “Big Sky State”.
I usually well almost exclusively shoot Kodak film Tri-X being the staple choice for black and white photography. After trolling around Flickr I discovered Efke and with that Rodinal developer and stand developing. The following images here I shot with Efke and processed in Rodinal 1:100 dilution and stand developed for 1 hour. My first go around with Rodinal and stand developing was less than optimal.See this post. I am pretty happy with my results this time around.
While in Montana I ran into another photographer who said he would shoot large format. Now those cameras will produce amazing negatives.
Well I when I purchased my Leica I knew that I wanted a camera that was light and mobile.So I have a camera with amazing glass and can produce beautiful images. I just wanted to shoot atypical photographs with my Leica that being landscapes.
I was fortunate enough to grab some time and roll around the area close to where we were staying in Manhattan, MT. I hope you enjoy my photos.
I shot and processed my first roll of Efke 25 black and white film. I did a lot of reading around the internet to determine just how to process this film. I have been shooting with Tri-X almost exclusively and processing with D-76. With this film I wanted to challenge myself and I decided to process with Rodinal which is now called R09 One Shot. It is the same chemistry as the legendary Rodinal so I will refer to the chemistry as Rodinal. I decided to develop the roll by way of stand developing. I bought some Rodinal from Blue Moon Camera and Machine.
I was nervous about developing the film. I wanted to get the ratio proper and I did not want to waste this roll. I went on line and found a wide range of ratios and processes. There were many references to Rodinal and how it was the best to develop this slow fine grained film. I dove right in I mixed the chemistry and processed the film. I was so excited when I finally hung the film to dry. Wow the grain structure was amazing. Although something was a little off the base was weird looking. It wasn’t clear. I took the processed film to Blue Moon we talked about why the film look the way it did. I finally realized that I mixed the Rodinal as 10 to 100 or 1:10 not 1:100.
The film was way over processed, although some of the images looked cool. As I said I was totally impressed with the grain of the film. I have another roll in my camera now. I took it to Montana with me on our Christmas vacation and am dying to see the results this time with the 1:100 ratio. More later…
Here are some photos shot recently with my son Collin and his friend Silas in my makeshift garage studio. I used my oldie but goodie Rolleiflex and my Leica M7, shooting with my preferred Kodak Tri-X and Portra 400. Seems that I have a penchant for Kodak film.( Please Kodak do not go away!) I went to Goodwill and bought an old white sheet and attached it to my open garage door using it as a large soft box. I lit them with 1 Vivitar 283 behind the sheet and 2 other to the left and right of the guys. I was working on some strobist and makeshift studio work. I liked the challenge.
I asked the guys to get the PS3 controllers and they just started to ham in up, well Collin did especially.
I had been searching the web for interesting sites about photography. I stumbpled upon this site B&W Photo Magazine. Several months ago I made a submission to the site I was accepted.
I am pleased to have my work published on this site. In the vein of sharing and reciprocation on the internet I want to draw attention to this site.