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A Tale of Two Cameras

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Lucy modeling for me.

I’m at a bit of a crossroads right now with respect to photography. You see, I like to use black and white film. I have made the decision that I’m done with my Pentax K1000, and it is time to replace it. And that’s where my dilemma lies.

I could get a Canon EOS film body (the EOS-3, to be exact) and then I’d get to re-use my lenses whether shooting digital or film. Very sensible. The one tiny issue is that, see, it’s fully automatic. Just like my digital. I’d sort of like to keep my film experience very, uh, non-automatic. In a discussion over the weekend, the suggestion was made to simply turn all that off and shoot fully manual. It’s a good theory, but I know myself well enough to know that I wouldn’t. I just couldn’t.

My other option is get a different camera. Like a medium format “different” camera. Probably a TLR as I’m cost sensitive. One problem is that my consumables cost really starts to take off. Medium format film is much more expensive than the bulk 35mm I’m using now. Another point is that, unless I get a Mamiya, I’m only using one lens forever on my medium format. Not the end of the world, but still….

I guess logically I would say “Get the Canon EOS body,” but there’s a side of me that wants to get a medium format rig and take it for a whirl.

And meanwhile, indecision is decision.

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Champaign at Night

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Orpheum

I wanted to try shooting a roll of Tri-X 400 in really dark conditions and then use the “minimal agitation” method for development. I developed the film in Rodinal 1:50 for 55 minutes, agitating every 5 minutes via 3 gentle inversions. For someone with no reference point, I’d say the pictures turned out okay. I particularly like the one above, Orpheum. My camera’s meter wasn’t responding, so I just shot everything at f/4, 1/60. I find that focusing with my Pentax is very hard. More specifically, I find that it’s really hard to focus wrong. Even when I am careful I tend to mess it up. I’m not sure what’s going on there.

I am still having difficulties deciding if I’m getting the best that I can out of my scanner. After development, the Tri-X comes out (for me anyhow) very bowed. The film holder that came with the Epson v500 is relatively flimsy and does not provide any sort of support for the film. So, I ditched it. I instead placed the film on the flat bed (emulsion side up, if I remember correctly) and put a piece of glass from an 8×10 frame on top.

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Patio

Unfortunately, using this method I couldn’t figure out how to crop properly in Vuescan. Argh! One frustration after another! So, I went back to Epson Scan. I think that I got a better scan, but this could just be a placebo affect. This has lead me to seriously think about buying an enlarger. I have been watching them on Ebay for a few weeks now. Am I just asking for more headaches? Probably.

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Book shop

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High ISO Black and White

Yesterday we got the remnants of hurricane gustav here in central illinois. It rained most of the day, and after dinner Lily, Lucy, and I decided to go for a walk in the rain.

Running in the rain

Running in the rain

I find myself gravitating towards grainy high contrast black and white pictures. There’s just something about them that I enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I find the smooth tones of a well done monochrome wonderful as well (as in the latest Lens Work).

I’ve been noodling with an old Pentax K-1000 and some Ilford Super XP2 film lately. While I enjoy using the camera, the quick turn allure of digital is omnipresent. Plus, I did just get a new camera.

Greenway sign

Greenway Sign

So, off we went in the rain. It wasn’t raining very much. Just a sprinkle really. I had to push to ISO3200 equivalent just to be shooting at around 1/125, f4. But, the black and white conversions effectively hide the chroma noise, and I like the grain look of the luminance noise. I have not applied any noise reduction, but will probably end up trying that later this weekend.

Walking home after the rain

Walking Home After the Rain

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