Friday, March 25, 2011

More R3 Results

This one with TMX, another successfully processed R3 negative, scanned at the default settings with the V750.

Click on the image to fill your screen.

PSHNE camera show April 30/May 1 in Wakefield MA

PHSNE - Photographic Historical Society of New England, holds regular meetings and have two shows each year to buy cameras, lenses, parts, and stuff.  While being so close to Waltham and Cambridge, the epicenter of all things Polaroid and the history related thereto, PHSNE members seem to have even more of an interest in very early cameras, processes and gear. You never know what you will find.  If you need medium format bodies and lenses, this seems to be the place to go.  All the wedding photographers have switched over to full frame Canon and Nikon digis, so the Bronicas, Mamiyas and Hasselblads are ever more numerous.  The PSHNE show is also a great place to pick up a funky 120 rollfilm camera that you've never heard of for almost nothing. What fun!

The show runs two days, and here is a link to the show details, and directions.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bruna Stude - Empty Oceans

Sometimes by pure chance one comes across an unexpected or astonishing find: Such was the case at Galerie103 in Poipu, Kauai, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Gallery owner Bruna Stude's own photographs are modestly displayed in the small corridor between her two larger Galerie103 spaces that contain current shows.

Empty Oceans (link here-very much worth clicking on!) are Stude's more recent expressions of her ocean-going life since she left her native home of Croatia. A scuba and free diver, Bruna Stude would crew on ships every year, sail to relatively unknown and nontraditional places. "I just drop in the middle of the blue ocean, experiencing  the feeling of being in a place people haven't been."  For over a decade, Stude would dive on remote places and they would always see lots of ocean life, but then in the last several years, fewer large fish, like sharks, were seen. "Last year we didn't see any" she explained, "it became disturbing, the world changing at a fast pace that we are not aware of."

It was around that time that Stude made what she thinks was an unconscious decision to photograph the empty ocean. Over one week, in Seven Seas a day of empty ocean was chronicled. "But it is beautiful" she said. "I've found a way to photograph how it feels to be in it, and after experiments with cameras and shutter speeds I've learned how to do it. I try to say how it feels."

Visit more of Bruna Stude's work here.

Seascape 20

Good Progress

I'm happy to report progress on a number of fronts and will have updates pretty soon, I think. Meanwhile, less blogging, and more doing!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lou Barranti - The Downtown Waitress Project

Friend, frequent contributor, and, in my view, wonderfully purposeful "straight" portrait photographer Lou Barranti recently suffered the indignity of having some of his photos auctioned off in the Polaroid auction. But that hasn't stopped Lou, who has remained a loyal 55 follower and enthusiast, and continues to build The Downtown Waitress Project, now online and ready to see.

Click on the link, here, to visit.

On Lou's site you can click through very well presented scans of T55 and other 4x5 images, most of waitresses, and some of his daughters, too. These are people we might have seen somewhere, or did we? The person who comes to our table, you go to their workplace, this is their life, or is it - do we know them? Do we notice?

Please do notice, and enjoy Lou's site.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Instaprint Inkless looks nice in the press

I just noticed a press release showing, and mentioning these Instaprint Inkless photos that have a colorful and contrasty look to them that seems a lot better than the original Zink, so this next generation of inkless Zink has me intrigued and wondering: "what's the world's largest thermal printing head?"

Quite attractive, I thought. Not exactly in our field, these digital prints seem to combine something old and something new, yet, there is a certain appeal that makes me curious what the cost per print will be.  I think the little Zinks are good for IDs and things like that, with their handy, sticky back.

I suppose it is only a matter of time before the successors to the Canon 5D MKII and the Nikon D700 have a slim RF transmitter base that pushes these out in a data stream. On maybe bluetooth or what comes after that, the image sliding out of your sleeve from a wrist-mounted printer. Or maybe not. Maybe the camera will be so miniaturized that it is like a period at the end of this sentence, and all that exists is the paper. Or like a fly's eye, millions of tiny lenticles capture whatever image is on the paper by the application of a quick 1/500th of a second burst of electricity, selectivity heating the photosensitive crystals, and capturing the image. Soon? Maybe.

This stuff should be on a roll too. I've been having fun with the Zink printer I got at Radio Shack on closeout for $39.

Read the press on it here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Large Images Available Here

Many art sites have small sized images posted. That saves bandwidth and discourages piracy. I don't worry about either, so here on this blog most of the images posted can be clicked to enlarge them once, or even twice, to fill your screen.

Why not try a close up view? After all, the large format we are using has a lot of detail that you cannot appreciate without moving in some. Also, I have a counter that tells me how many of the pictures get enlarged by visitors. Few ever do. Let's change that please! 

Scroll down and try it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Late Winter in Massachusetts

The Boston area is nearing the end of the worst Winter we can remember, with very deep snow, cold, and even some collapsed roofs from the weight. Now that the days are a bit longer, the rivers are full.

This Efke 25 test shot contributed by photog TM (those are his initials, not a trademark) was processed in R3 for about 3 1/2 minutes at 75F/24C. We have discovered that some of the so-called blocked highlights are really just the default settings on my Epson V750 scanner used here to produce this image. At first I thought it would be a good idea to use the default settings so that others could compare their results equally, but now I am tempted to tweak them, as this looks just like a normal negative when viewed on a light table, and I can see details in those shrinking, snowy highlights.

HC-110 Resource Page by Michael A Covington

Here is a link to a superb technical resource page about Kodak HC-110 and its many uses, including monobaths and as a paper developer.

There is a lot of technical detail about this low toxicity developer that has long been favored by certain particular photographers, including Adams, and of course aficionados of the New55 Donald Qualls-inspired R3 Monobath, same as we have used with great success.

I am asking the most earnest users of Old Pol's T55 to please prepare to mix some of their own R3 and use it with Efke PL-25, as this will be an essential step toward the making of a T55 replacement later on in the New55 Program.

Once again, here is the link.