Posts Tagged ‘Leica M7’by Eric on February 1, 2012 in Fine Art, Musings, Photo Blog with No Comments
I have always been sort of reticent to cross process my film. The colors are never true but they can produce very interesting results. If you are purist with color than cross processing will be uncomfortable for you.
That may not be a bad thing. Pushing yourself into uncomfortable territory is sometimes a very good place to be and you may grow creatively from it. I have not done a lot of cross processing but personally I prefer shooting chrome and processing the film in C-41 chemistry. I just prefer the look of slide film going the way of the negative.
Outside of the extreme color shift, one of the side effects that occurs is grain. There will appear more grain in your crossed processed film. If you are adamantly opposed to film grain than this may not me your thing. But again I think that the results may outweigh the negatives.
If you are a film photographer I urge you to give it a try, experiment is that not what life is all about. Experimentation and living?
Here is another example of cross processed film:
Please view more crossed processed film on my Flickr page.
We arrived at our destination roughly 12 hours later, actually 13 because of a GPS misinterpretation from my trusty navigator who frequently says “I Love my GP!” I do not love the GP.
Anyway the rest of the family was there. It was a great time and such a refreshing time for me. Thanks to Andrea and Cheryl for the week hiatus thank you soo much!
Montana is truly the Big Sky State it is pretty amazing really, I have lived in Colorado and Wyoming both with sprawling skies, however there is something very different about Montana skies. A day after settling in my oldest son and one of my brothers took a ride around to take pictures. My brother is an avid raptor fan, and loves to photograph them. He even tends after Hawks where he lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Well raptors are plentiful in Montana especially in Gallatin county. The skies are frequented by hawks and eagles. Just down the road from where we were staying perched in a tree was a bald eagle. It almost waited for us to pull up and my brother just started snapping away from outside the passenger window. After he was finished we drove on a little further. The sun was beginning to set and I wanted to capture the scene. If you are into mountain vistas this part of Montana is full of them! I found a spot and set up my camera on my tripod and adjusted and focused and than started to shoot I had a neutral density filter on the lens this allows you to take long exposure photographs during the daylight. Both my brother and son asked what I was doing? “I am just taking a photo, we will see if it works”, I said.
Here it is you decide…
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…
Going Old School with Efke 25
I decided to shoot some old school film Efke 25. I have been doing some reading about this film for a little while. With all the information out on the web, and all the beautiful images on Flickr I decided to buys some of this film and give it a try.
There is a great camera store in North Portland. It is called Blue Moon Camera and Machine which by the way is one of my favorite camera shops in Portland. I purchase my film here. Do check them out the store is great! The sell typewriters and all sorts of oldies but goodies, camera bodies, lenses film and chemicals. They are also very helpful. I especially like that all the men wear a button up shirt and a tie. The place has a very nice atmosphere. If you are in the Pacific Northwest and a film/camera buff I would pay them a visit.
I digress I bought 2 rolls of the Efke 25 ISO film to try. Over the last couple of months I have been driving by a farm house near the Sherwood Ice Arena on the Tualtin/Sherwood highway. It seems we are there once every weekend. I went out earlier in the week to capture the scene that I have seen so many times. With half the roll exposed I am really anticipating the images when processed.
Stay tuned for further developments…
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.
To buy or Not To Buy?
I have been looking and wondering if the new Nikon 1 series cameras were something worth getting into. I have been trolling around the internet to read about Nikon’s jump into the mirror less foray. Nikon has made a camera system that seems to satisfy. This is just speculation of course as I have not held one to shoot, only read what others think and from reviews that have been posted on the internets.
From all that I have read about this new camera and system is would be something that I would compliment my current cameras. I now have 3 film cameras. This could be it! Especially if I can connect my older Nikon f mount lenses to the camera. Could this be it?
Than I look a the price tag. I remind myself that I did this once before. I bought a Nikon D70. Initially it was wonderful than I wanted to attach my 24mm Nikkor. Well My 24 turned into a 36mm lens. Well that really did not do. I sold my D70 I also was not impressed by the color that camera captured either skin tones were less than desirable.
I bought a Samsung NV11 wanted a compact camera to easily pack and carry. Again disappointed by the images captured and not having the control. My second try comes as a disappointment. Now I have to say that for my day job I use a Nikon D3x which is an amazing digital camera albeit heavy and very expensive.
In 2010 I bought a Leica with a Summicron 50mm Lens. The images blew me away! I love it I can pack it easily and it is very comfortable to hold. I have shot several rolls of film and will continue as long as Kodak is still making film.
I love to look at the new technology and what is out there on the market trying to find the perfect camera when all along I have them.
I love my Leica M7, Rolleiflex and my Nikon FM2. I think that I will just buy more film.
More Images from Lake Huron
My family and I spent a few days on the shores of Lake Huron. My Dad and my Step Mom have property on the Southern shores. Lake Huron is gorgeous. It is one of the Great Lakes, left behind by retreating glaciers.
I was surprised by how shallow the lake is. We paddled around the lake a bit in a blow up kayak. We did not travel out very far but the lake was so clear one can see the bottom.
We were graced with great weather while there in late August. Having grown up in Michigan, I had not spent any time on Lake Huron. This was really my first experience there.
I took my Leica M7 and several rolls of Tri-X film. I shot several images of the lake. Something about water and clouds being shot with long exposures is very calming. I have been experimenting with long exposures, lately. I sort of like what effect I am getting.
You can see more of Lake Huron and long exposures in my Fine Art Gallery.
Photographing at Night
One of the most enjoyable things about shooting long exposures are the unexpected results that may develop. There is also an added bonus when shooting film, because of the lag time. I feel like today with everything needing to be finished and done almost instantaneously it is refreshing having to wait and see.
These are some images I captured around an in ground pool. The high contrast between the darkness and light give these images a eerie feel to them. There seems to be Creatures moving through the water. Notice how the water looks? It is rather smooth almost fog like. Another virtue of long exposure. The individuals swimming transform into ghost like apparitions. When shooting long exposures at night everyday things take on a different perspectives.
Another of the mystical creatures captured swimming at night in the photo below. I really helps when you have slight movement from your subjects to enhance that eerie and or flowing effect.
Big Bass Lake in Northern Michigan a scene from the dock at The Cottage.
This photos is of Big Bass Lake in Northern Michigan. My family owns a cottage located in Lake County near Irons, MI. My grandfather bought the property in the ’60s. The story goes as my mother recently told me.
My Grandfather would go Up North during the summer to camp he and a friend would travel from the Metro Detroit area and camp, fish, relax and enjoy the scenery.He would also bring his family. My Grandmother, Uncle, Aunt and my Mother in tow. Finding a camping spot was no trouble for several years. One weekend in 1962 my Grandfather traveled to the area for the weekend and arriving with all the campsites full. Well he was incensed. According to my Mother he felt this was his place. He must have picked up the local news paper and found the listing for the cottage and purchased it on the spot. “Now”, as my Mother said, “He would never have to worry about find a place to camp again. He never went camping again.”
My family and I visited this past August. Part of the reason for the trip was to have a Memorial for my Grandfather’s passing. Which we did. I had not been in over 10 years, The Cottage was wonderful and much the same as I had remembered. My Mother and Step Father have made some major improvements to the place. There is a new bathroom, which is now very spacious and no longer does one have the fear of falling through the floor. New windows decorate the place and a new sitting room sits just a few steps away from the cottage. The sitting room has a fireplace and a gorgeous view of the lake. My wife and I really did not want to leave.