Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer 2014 Roundup #4

A couple of months ago Meagan and I took a little road-trip down to the Miami area to pick up a printer I had purchased. We didn't have a ton of time to explore the area but on the way back we did see this interesting place - the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. I had never heard of it.

We stopped in and spent the afternoon there. It was a beautiful place, even though it wasn't the best time of day. I took some snapshots with my Leica M9 and various Nikkor and Voigtlander lenses.




 













Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer 2014 Roundup #3

Back in 2009 was when I first got back into photography (I loved it when I was younger). I bought myself a decent Nikon DSLR and was having a blast. It wasn't until about a year later that I got interested in shooting film.

Having a modern DSLR, I immediately gravitated towards the indomitable Nikon F5. This brick of a camera was seriously impressive! So I bought an F5 as my "first" real 35mm camera, which was pretty silly probably but it worked with all my modern G-style lenses so it was perfect for me. Sadly though, after only a few months of ownership, I ended up flipping a boat over and destroying the F5 (and a good lens to boot) due to water damage.

I always wanted another F5 but instead after that I ended up buying a cheaper 35mm camera (an N65 actually) and eventually moved up to shooting medium format (Pentax67) and then large format. I only came back to 35mm after getting into rangefinders and buying my first Nikon S2.

Finally though, I happened upon a fantastic deal on another F5! I couldn't resist! So now I have a mint-condition F5 to go along with the rest of my F-mount collection (F, F2, F3, and F4!).

Here's some shots from my first roll, taken out at Grand Bay, on Tri-X rated at 640 and developed in XTOL:






Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer 2014 Roundup #2

Here's a few photos of the mill. Or rather what's left of it. They are crushing all of the remaining concrete and such and flattening the area. Very sad.

These are either with my Bessa R2S and 2.8cm lens on Tri-X, developed in T-Max developer, or Provia in my F4 with 25-50mm f/4 lens:







Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer 2014 Roundup #1

I've just been terrible about blogging lately. I'm in a total creative slump. It's been hard to get out to shoot, work is running me ragged, and to top it off I've had a few technical problems with my film development that gets me down.

I'm going to try to post a few photos every day or so for a bit to serve up some of the photos I've done lately. I just haven't posted hardly any of the photos that I have been taking.

So first up, here's two sheets I actually shot in late May but didn't get around to developing until this week. I didn't develop the E-6 then because I only had two sheets, so I waited till I shot more (I also needed fresh chemicals). You'll recognize the shots I duplicated in b&w on that post. Anyway, the first is on Velvia (the older 50-speed), the second on 100F and cropped to a 2x3 aspect ratio. The older film is getting a magenta shift but here I like the colors - looks like it was sunset time, though it wasn't.

Both were shot with the Zeiss 250mm f/5.6 Sonnar.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Withlacoochee back to normal...for now

The river area around Langdale Park is finally back to normal. The road is even dry and not washed out as it has been for the better part of a year. Of course, late summer 2013 is when the flooding started to happen, so this might not last.

I was able to hike back pretty far into the wilderness. The floodplains are just huge vats of mud. It's a little difficult to get around without slipping or sinking into some of these areas.

I took my Pentax 67 and 55mm f/4 and 105mm f/2.4 lenses out and shot these images: