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It’s Been A Long Time Comin’…

It’s been a long couple of weeks. There’s been too much going on…

Let’s see. First off, the house is a shambles and has been that way since we had the work crews in to put insulation in our walls, and then patch the walls. Everything is pulled in to the center of the rooms and the outside walls all have plaster on them. They need a coat of paint, but I’m busy for another weekend with the preps for, and the celebration of, Mother’s day. At least we’re not hosting at our house this year. There’s no way that was going to come together in time and too many people are attending now, so we’re just doing the food. In the meantime, the house stays torn up…

I was busy two weekends in a row with family stuff, namely a wedding (which I shot) , a barbeque at my sister’s and a photo shoot for a nephew who’s graduating from high school. The shoots both went well. Actually they went better than I’d hoped and the 30D worked perfectly for both. Not sure I would have done as well with the DRebel.

The Kodachrome A Day project is done and the slides have returned. I’ve only loaded the first roll up to the project gallery, four rolls await scanning and upload. Maybe I’ll get to that this weekend…

I’ve stepped into the world of medium format cameras with the ebay purchase of a YashicaMat 124. The camera looks to be in good condition and I ordered some rolls of Ilford HP5 to run through for fun. I’ve also ordered a new battery and adapter for the camera as they don’t make the mercury batteries for these cameras anymore. Last night I was reading the manual and looking over the camera when I decided to investigate the inside to see how it looked. I opened the door and saw there was a roll of film already loaded! I was sitting on the end of the couch by a lamp so I quickly closed the door. Hmmm. Film already loaded. And partially exposed. It looked like there were about four pictures already run. I couldn’t tell anything more about the film. I decided on the way to work to stop and finish the roll. Opening the back had reset the camera and I had to roll off some film to get it re-cocked. I’m not sure if there was even any film left at that point, but I shot a few miscellaneous pictures to use up what might be left until I heard the take up spool spin inside. When I removed the film, it looked to be Kodak 400 ASA PMC. I googled it this morning and it’s not even made anymore… I wonder if anyone can process it here in town? It says C-41 on the roll…

A Lot Of Noise About Photography…

I’ve been mulling the idea of a new camera for a while now. A few weeks ago I started having trouble with my 300D and it pushed me to make a serious effort and do some research. I was torn between the Canon 5D and the 30D. Both good cameras, but the 5D is a whole other level in price for me. I don’t think I can justify that kind of expense for a camera at this time so I decided on the 30D. Much more affordable.

As I was ordering the camera on amazon, I grabbed a couple packs of Polaroid film for the 450: some 664 (ISO100 b/w) and 669 (also ISO100 color).

I’m still thinking of setting up some developing gear and materials after shooting some Ilford HP5+ through the K1000 SE I won on ebay. I had the local camera shop develop the pics overnight so I could check the function of the camera last week. Everything looked good. The price of developing a few rolls would soon pay for the chemicals and the tank and bottles are pretty inexpensive. I’d like to have a camera loaded with b/w film at hand but that will have to wait till I’m finished with:

Kodachrome 64 A DAY project. I finished roll four today and then loaded the fifth into the SE and swapped leses from my standard K1000. I’m sticking with the 28mm wide angle lens for the total of this project. It’s been a fun project shooting film again after all these years. The only drawback has been the double-duty Photo-A-Day shooting in both Kodachrome and digital. I’m not sure I’ll have much more than a handful of decent shots when I’m done, and I’m afraid I’ve taken too many pictures of flowers in K64, but we’ll see…

Oops

I got couple rolls in to this Kodachrome 64 project before it dawned on me to take any notes about my shots. That’s how spoiled I’ve become with a DSLR. A DSLR does everything for you except wipe your nose; exposure, iris, lens, date and a slew of other info. Old school cameras do one thing: take pictures. You gotta make your own notes…

*Snap*

On another note, I took many photos. Some with Polaroid, some with DSLR and some with Kodachrome 64 in my K1000. I’ll upload a new gallery later and link to it.

Also, over the weekend I won two separate ebay bids: one for a Pentax K1000 and two lenses, another for a K1000 SE. That makes a total of three K1000’s I’ll have. If both the new purchases work correctly (after all, they’re used and thirty years old) the plan will be: One loaded with K64, another with Tri-X Pan and another with some ISO 100 b/w film. I’ve always used Kodak film, but maybe I’ll try some Fuji or Ilford.

Beach Days

It’s been a quiet day.

We slept in late, then had a walk to breakfast down the road. We were practically the only people in the place for a while, a rarity at this little beach town. We had a nice breakfast, topped with slices of perfectly tasty orange and home-made strawberry jam for my wheat toast. I took a Northy-inspired photo of my full coffee cup, cream still swirling in the blackness. We walked lazily back to the hotel by the beachfront road. We held hands and stopped by these flowers and those to talk about how well everything grows over here. I spent some time taking pictures with the Polaroid 420 and the K1000 loaded with the Kodachrome 64. The Polaroids were the 667 and the K64 was the last of the roll. In our room, we read and read. Cathi’s napping now and I’ve finished my book. What next?

Smell The Sea, Take A Picture

We’ve arrived in the little town of Cayucos for a few days vacation. Cathi and I always try to get away over here for a few days several times a year. The last time we were over was in October, so it’s been a while for us. It feels good to get away, have some quiet and our familiar hotel (we stay at the same place whenever we visit) and enjoy the central coast weather.

The Kodachrome project is going well. I’m finding it a bit of a difference from the routine I’ve been comfortable with on my digital camera. The K1000 makes me slow down a bit and think while the 28mm lens has me moving around a bit to frame my shots. It’s a good practice though. I received some film back that I shot with the camera right before loading the K64 and it looks like the bracketing I’m doing is probably not as necessary as I thought. Though, what I did notice is that the internal meter on the camera might be off a little. I might be over exposing a little, as most of the shots I bracketed showed the darkest of shots looking the most correct in exposure. But one thing about that: the film I had loaded was old, several years old, and it was as different to K64 as night and day. Hmmm. I might should continue bracketing with the Kodachrome 64 by going with the internal meter and then stopping down a step. I don’t think I need to bracket at the one stop open.

Oh. And I stopped for a few more rolls of Kodachrome 64 on my way out of town this morning. This might go on for a while…

Kodachrome

I’m starting a new photography project. I’m calling it Kodachrome-A-Day. It’s rooted in discussions I’ve been having with David about the demise of Kodachrome color film. You see, film is becoming a thing of the past as more and more people switch to digital photography. Kodak has been phasing out the different speed films of Kodachrome. Once there was 25, 64 and 200 speed films. Now there’s only 64. And there’s only one place in the world that even does the K-14 processing for Kodachrome anymore. David and I thought it might be fun (and even wise) to shoot one last roll of Kodachrome before it’s gone.

I decided what I’d do is take at least one shot a day using Kodachrome 64 film. When I’m finished, I’ll send the rolls in for processing and then scan and post the slides to my pbase account in a gallery called “Kodachrome-A-Day.” The project will last for as long as I have film on hand to shoot. It was only going to be a single roll deal, but I purchased two rolls of 36 exposure Kodachrome 64. And now that I’m into the project, I might even add to those two rolls… who knows?