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Updates…

Several things to bring up to date…

I got all the chemicals mixed up last weekend. Processed some 35mm HP5+ in D76. The temps were almost too warm, right at 75º. I was a bit nervous about that and about developing film myself after all these years, but everything worked nicely. I hung the negs up in the bathroom to dry and they turned out very nice. I still need to run my roll of 120 from the Yashica Mat 124…

I tried to save some money by putting my chems in some 1g plastic water jugs. In the process I learned that the screw caps aren’t that secure and the bottle bodies were a little too flimsy, so I ordered three more proper brown developer jugs from Calumet.

The scanner I ordered arrived in time to scan those negs I developed last weekend, but alas, there were problems. When I was all set up and scanning, I found a fiber or hair somewhere inside the optics was marring every single scan. It was very frustrating. And this is the second scanner I’ve purchased from Epson that had dust bits or spots on the inside of the glass platen. I tried to rectify the situation through the customer service website but that ended with me talking with a service person from a contractor… I opted to return the scanner instead. The replacement should be here by the fourth. Kudos to Amazon.com for making that process easy…

Which brings me to dust. I’ve almost come to terms with the fact that our home is a giant dust mop. I can’t seem to outrun the stuff. Scanning negatives means being very vigilant. Even moving to another room with no traffic and away from the dogs (the biggest factor!) only marginally helps. Another contributor is the very hot and dry conditions where we live. There’s just not enough humidity to keep the dust down. I think only a NASA style clean room would help. I wonder how difficult that would be to build?

I bought a Yashica Electro 35 GSN off of ebay and it arrived a couple weeks ago. Physically the camera looks to be in good shape, the shutter opens, etc. The battery compartment had a bit of acid leak inside. I cleaned that up with some white vinegar. There seems to be a bad electrical contact that will require some work to figure out. I’ll have to open it up to see what I can do. It may only be some bad contacts at the battery. There seems to be plenty of info on the internet about what to do.

At work, we’ve lost an assistant and we’re a week into interviews for a replacement. I’m still hoping to find someone with some production chops so I won’t be training them for two years. Almost everyone we’ve had do the job these last few years needed considerable training to get up to speed. Regardless, we have one last interview on monday and then we can make a decision.

Daily Flotsam

I spent the morning finishing two rolls of Ilford HP5+, one in the K1000 and another in the YashicaMat. This’ll be the first of my own film to run through the Yashica, the “found roll” not turning out all that well after I goofed it up by opening the camera while loaded.

Yesterday I made a trip out to Hart park for some pictures and shot half the 120 roll, today I headed in to the downtown area and finished the roll. I also stopped at Jefferson park to finish the roll in the K1000. Now if the danged developing stuff I ordered would get here, I’d process that film.

I put the scanning of the Kodachrome A Day pictures on hold for the time being. I’m unhappy with the quality of the scans I’m getting from the scanner I purchased. Yesterday I ordered a different scanner, one more suited for different size film. The previous would only do 35mm film stock, which at the time I thought would be all that I needed, but couldn’t accommodate the large format camera negs. On top of which, everything I scanned had spots from the dirt on the INSIDE of the scanner. After much fussing, I was able to get that scanner open and attempt to clean the inside but by that time the bloom was off that rose…

In other news, the spare bathroom has it’s coat of primer, it’s two coats of “natural linen” and a new light kit installed. Worked on that on Saturday and then finished it on Monday. Cathi seems to be very happy with the results. You would think it would be a quick job for that small space but there was so many corners that needed cutting in. Next up we need to decide on some flooring and get to ordering a new vanity and toilet, but it’ll have to wait for now. I need to still paint the livingroom and both bedrooms, but not while I’m on vacation.

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…