The Perfect Shot

The perfect shot

What drew me to make this photograph was the expression on the woman’s face. She was trying so hard to get the “perfect picture” of Niagara Falls and making sure she held her camera just right. After developing the roll of film I noticed that the little girls shorts match the woman’s shirt giving them a connection.

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Kodak Ektachrome Returns

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Film lovers rejoice, Kodak brings back 35mm Ektachrome.  To be honest, I’ve never used this film and am excited to give it a go.  I’ve had 2 rolls of expired Ektachrome in my freezer (below) for the past year and will be shooting it this year with hopefully a fresh roll as well.

Golden Spike National Historic Site

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During the holidays I was able to take some time to go visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site.  It’s about an hour drive from my house and is located in the middle of nowhere Utah.  It was a cold, cloudy & snowy day but well worth the time to make the trip out there.  I won’t get into detail what the place is but it’s where the Central Pacific Railroad met up with the Union Pacific Railroad  in 1869 to complete the first trans continental railroad across the United States.  The conductor would drive the train down the tracks then back again to give the spectators a show.  I was able to capture some audio of the train as it went down the line and then returned.

 

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Peach Days Car Show on Film – Part 1

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In September the weekend following Labor Day, Brigham City Utah celebrates Peach Days. It all started in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate the the best peaches in Utah.  It’s a tradition that brings in around 50,000 people for activities that the top of Utah and Southern Idaho residents look forward to each year.

I had just purchased a mint Yashica Mat-124G medium format camera and wanted to document the car show on film.  I’ve never seen so many cars at at car show at once, it was a photographers play ground.  I shot about three rolls and wish I had brought more film.  I brought my Leica M to capture all the color but really enjoyed capturing it on film.  No one noticed when I was shooting with my Leica M but when I pulled out my Yashica it seemed liked everyone stopped to watch as I shot these cars, it’s an attention getter that’s for sure.  I stopped counting how many people asked if they still make film the camera and where I get the film processed.  The kids love looking through the ground glass, I’m sure they haven’t seen anything like this before.

I will be sharing some color and black and white images from my Leica M soon, but for now enjoy the car show.

Technical Notes:

  • Shot on a Yashica Mat-124G
  • Film: Ilford Delta 400 Professional
  • Developer: Rodinal
  • Scanner: Epson V700

 

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Yashica Mat 124G Sample Images

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My last post talked about my new acquired film camera, you can check it out here. For today’s post I wanted to share a few pictures from my test roll that I had a local lab develop and a roll that I shot and developed myself. When I purchased the camera it had a working(original) battery that I verified was giving my the correct exposure. I don’t trust it 100% so I decided to get a replacement battery and keep the original working one as a backup.

For the first roll I wanted to try several lighting conditions. Shooting into the sun, shooting in part shadow and in broad daylight. The camera performed as expected in these conditions and I have to say I’m pretty impressed.  The second roll was more documenting our day in Jackson Hole Wyoming on the 4th of July.

One thing I absolutely love about this camera is it forces you to shoot in square format.  When I printed some of my favorite images my daughter promptly said “hey, these are square like Instagram”.  I quickly reminded here that Instagram is just like this camera, the square format has been around long before Instagram was just a concept.

For those interested I used Tri-X 400 and developed in Rodinal(adonal)

 

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Cowboy Bar

This was my first image taken with the camera, I managed to get a double exposure.  Not sure how that even happened but I liked the result.

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0 & Voigtlander 75mm f/1.8 Heliar Classic

Thanks to a good friend, I’ve been getting into shooting film more and more.  He and I headed to San Clamente California a few months ago to attend a workshop by the Film Photography Podcast hosted at thedarkroom.com.  I met some great photographers there and have really been wanting to shoot more film since then on a decent camera.   I own a couple of 35mm film cameras but haven’t been very impressed with the quality of the frames that they produce.  I’ve been wanting to get into medium format for quite a while but just haven’t found something that would work for me.  The camera’s I want are too expensive for the type of shooting I do.

I’ve always been intrigued with a the concept behind a TLR camera.  I’ve been following a great film photographer Bill McCarroll on Google Plus for quite while and I happened to run into him at the workshop in California.  He had his Leica MP and boy did it feel good in my hands.  One day I will own a Leica film camera.  About a month ago he posted some pictures from his Rolleiflex TLR and I was immediately hooked.  They had a different look and feel to them that I really liked.  I knew that a Rolleiflex would be too much for me to invest in.  I started researching and found that the Yashica Mat 124G or the Yashica Mat 124 was a good alternative to a Rolleiflex.  I jumped on our local classified site and stumbled onto the exact Yashica that I wanted.  After exchanging a few emails and a couple of phone calls we sealed the deal and worked out a place to meet for the exchange.

Harold was the original owner and treated this camera very well.  He and I chatted for about 30 minutes about how he got into photography and when he decided to buy this camera.  When he told me he has only shot 3 rolls of film through this I couldn’t believe it.  After a close inspection I couldn’t let this camera go, it was in mint condition.  I asked Harold if I could take a photo with him and his camera to send to him later.  He of course said yes and asked his wife to join him.  The last words he said to me was all I want is for this camera to go to a good home and to be used, not sitting on a shelf.  I assured him I would take care of it and use it.

I have since run a few rolls through it and have to say I’m very impressed with the quality.  It’s a fun camera and a great conversation starter.  More on that with images in a later post.

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Crazy Summer and Film Shooter

This has been one of the craziest summers for me in a long time. With a family vacation, family reunion, church activity and a few other events my June and July have been pretty busy.

In this time however I’ve acquired a film camera. I have several oldies but I wanted one that I could use with my current Canon lenses. After doing a little research I settled with a Canon Elan 7N. I’ve shot one roll of Fuji film from the clearance aisle at Walmart and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the results.

The biggest reason for this purchase was to spend less time in front of the computer and more time shooting. I work on a computer all day for my day job, the last thing I want to do is to spend my evenings on it doing post processing work on my images shot with my digital cameras. I’ve even resorted to taking JPG’s only with my Fuji X100. It does such a great job with jpg’s that I don’t have a need to do any post processing. The second reason for the change is to force me to slow down. Digital seems to be getting easier and frankly boring sometimes. I love how shooting film forces you to slow down and consider every shot before pressing the shutter button. Will I ever ditch digital? No, I love my Canon 5D MarkII and Fuji X100 and will probably upgrade to the Mark III soon. But I’m going to continue to shoot film more and more. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Leica M cameras. I’d love to get my hands on a M6 or M7 to try out for a few days.

I’ve included few images taken at my dad’s place in Rexburg Idaho. Shot in the harsh middle of the afternoon sun on the cheap fuji film.

I’ve got a small project that I will be starting next week. I have to give credit to a good friend for the idea that I will be talking more about next week.

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