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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.

Step Away From The Camera

It was a cold and blustery morning. I was on my way to work and was looking for some pictures for my Photo-A-Day project as well as my Kodachrome-A-Day. As sometimes happens, I saw in my mind a shot, a shot of an old building downtown with the mass of clouds as a backdrop. I decided to pull in to a parking garage across from where the target building was located and made my way past the suits and dresses arriving for work and up to the top level of the garage. There would be an excellent vantage point for a few shots and it would be a bit different from my usual take on the subject. I parked the truck and pulled out my new camera, a Canon 30D.

It had just arrived the day before, gleaming in it’s jet-black-ness. I’d thought long and hard about that camera and had belabored the research and my choice of it. It’s arrival meant I could retire my 300D and the finicky shutter release that had plagued me of late. I’d missed a few shots because of that button. Now, the sweetness in my hand was ready and willing. Along with me was an old Pentax K1000 SE loaded with Kodachrome 64. It was the last roll of a set of five, only a few exposures expended. I slung the 30D over my shoulder and raised the K1000 to my eye as I peered over the ledge of the garage and framed my shot. I took several, bracketing the exposures. Satisfied, I attempted to swap the old film camera for my sleek 30D. That’s when it happened.

Somehow, while moving from one camera to the other, something happened. I felt a thunk. I grimaced. The cameras had collided. I inspected the K1000, it was ok. I pulled the 30D up and there it was: a slight ding in the finish, on the top of the camera, revealing the bright metal under the black finish. I was heart broke. Just yesterday I had lovingly unwrapped that camera from it’s protective cocoon and admired the workmanship in my hands. I hadn’t even had it for 24 hours and I’d done it wrong. I took a couple pictures, my heart no longer in the photo I had envisioned earlier. I made my way back to the truck and stowed both cameras. I was just sick. I didn’t deserve such a nice camera.

I spent the rest of my day doing my job and suffering that little heartache. I pulled the camera out of it’s bag occasionally, reviewed the damage, running my fingers over the mar, then stowed it back. I told the wife later that I had felt “unworthy” the rest of the day.

When I got home later, the wife was giving one of the dogs a bath in the sink. She asked to see the damage so I pulled the camera out to show her. The ding was, maybe, an eighth of an inch long and hardly noticeable, but to me it felt like a scar on my soul. How could I be trusted with such a nice camera if I couldn’t take care of it? I’d been afraid to even handle the camera the rest of the day. The wife gave me sympathy and consoled me and I told her how much I appreciated it. As I stood there watching her splash water on the dog I felt a bit silly about it all. It was just a camera, after all. And, with use, it would get dings and scrapes and worn patches. A friend calls them “love marks.” Indeed, this was all silly. I needed to break out of this funk, so I turned on the camera and just started shooting. Anything. Everything. In any kind of light, any kind of speed and any kind of shutter setting. I ran off a hundred pictures or so. I purged that sorry-for-myself feeling by just taking pictures and more pictures. It felt good to let go and just shoot and shoot, mindless to the numbers. The flashing images were my absolution.

A few from last night:


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…