Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cedar Key, Florida Vacation - Nov. 2013

Meagan and I stayed at a vacation house with my parents a couple weekends ago in Cedar Key, FL. It's a quaint little town with a lot of interesting sites in and around the area. Here was the cabin:

It was on its own private island, kind of. It was more of a big peninsula. Anyway, we were able to see beautiful sunsets and sunrises everyday - here's a few of them:

The water to the south of the house dramatically rose and fell during the tides, exposing the ground and then covering it in about 6 inches of water. It was pretty neat:

More photos after the break!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

8x10 X-Ray Film + Acufine Test

I've been really liking Acufine lately. I've been developing all of my b&w film with it, either straight or at a 1:5 dilution and semi-stand.

I finally got around to testing some 8x10 x-ray film with it. I shot Fuji HR-T at ISO 80 and developed it with straight Acufine in a tray for 2 minutes. I did not strip the rear emulsion with bleach as I usually do, as tray development helped prevent scratching like I would get developing in BTZS tubes.

The negatives look pretty good. Shadow detail is good, sharpness and tonality are stunning. More testing will need to be done, but for now, here are the 4 portraits I took in the studio, with slight crops:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Providence Canyon Camping Trip 2013 - Part 2

So this post actually won't have any pictures from Providence. These shots were from the ride home. We stopped at a few different locations on the way back from camping - first at in Lumpkin where we saw this colorful building:

Next we went to Richland and found an abandoned carousel out in the sun:

 Richland was also home to a rum distillery. The nice owners invited us in to take photos if we wanted:


Dominick and I walked around town and found various interesting places and some abandoned buildings:



 Finally, we stopped in Albany and shot some photos around some old buildings:

 Finally we shot some at the new "Art Park" in the last hour of light:


Well, that's it for that trip! I shot all of these on my Nikon F2 and 2.1cm, 3.5cm, 5cm, and 10.5cm lenses, all from the earliest production runs of Nikon F-mount lenses. Films included Velvia, Portra, and Tri-X.