Sick and tired of this crappy tint. No matter what you do to Kodak Tri-X, it always comes out purple looking. HP5+, Foma, Neopan you name it, all come out nice and clear.Read More
Can't believe it's already been one year since I wrote my first post here. Lot's of things have changed within one year. I have a lot more time to photograph and blog now. I don't know what the next year has in store for me, but I'll probably keep blogging at the same rate, talking to myself...
Also gave myself a little birthday present. A Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. More instant pictures to come soon. Stay tuned!
Pushing black and white film is very common. There's so much on the internets about pushing shooting Tri-X at 1600 that I even pushed my first roll to 1600 without having even tried it at box speed. Not many people talk about pushing slide film however.Read More
Some people love them. I hate them. I don't mind toy cameras and plastic lenses, but light leaks are just a distraction to my eye. I tape up my Holga and I taped up my Olympus XA2 with every roll of film.Read More
My friend gave me three rolls of Kodak Plus-X in exchange for something I already forgot. Plus-X got discontinued before I started shooting film (again). So I never had a chance to use it. Apparently it's like the old Tri-X but finer grain.Read More
Both take 35mm film, both have 35mm lenses. Both take SR44 batteries, both have a meter, both are manually wound, both are black, both are ....
Ok, there are a few differences. f/2 vs f/3.5 lens. Manual aperture & shutter speed vs automatic aperture & shutter speed. Manual focus vs zone focus. One is made out of brass and basically indestructible the other is basically cheap metal and plastic. Oh yeah, and the Olympus costs about 1 % of what the Leica will cost you.
Can you tell the difference?Read More
The beauty of shooting black and white film is that you can cook it up any way you want. That's exactly why I stay away from color processing. Standardized and boring. Leave repetitive tasks to the machines.Read More
I used to get frustrated when I scanned my color negatives at home on my OpticFilm 8200 scanner. That scanner is fantastic for slides, how could it be THAT bad for color negatives?
No matter what I did in post, color negatives from that scanner never looked as good as they did when I printed them wet in the darkroom or had them scanned at a lab. I almost thought I'll just shoot slides then. Nice idea, but that costs a lot more money for film and processing and sometimes slide film is just not the right tool for the job.Read More
Ektar, Portra, Superia, Natura and all the slides. Just to tasty to take a pass on right now. I'll shoot a consistent film stock when there's only one left to shoot! Until then I wanna have it all.Read More
All my college memories are gone. No graduation photos, no photos to remember trips, events and friends.
I graduated in 2007. Digital was the way to go. I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Shoot as much as I want and it was 'free' too. Couldn't get any better. It's 2016 now and I have none of these photos left. Between moving countries, buying new computers and transferring from one medium to another things got lost. The only photos I have left is what parents or friends printed. Very sad.Read More
Or inverse proportional?
F = k/A or F = kA ?!Read More
Now that we can batch scan thumbnails?
As far as I know, the only use of contact prints was to evaluate which ones were keepers and worth enlarging. I've made contact prints in the darkroom twice. Once for black and white and once for color. Never again. Reason being, when I go to my local rental darkroom to print, I have already decided which frames to print.Read More
People talk about Kodak Portra having a huge latitude. They haven't tried Fuji's Natura!Read More
After my last rant I still had a roll of CineStill 50D left with 10 frames shot on it. After having developed the roll of 800T and seen the results I decided it's not worth finishing the roll of 50D and just dropped it off to get it developed.Read More
With the price increase of Fuji and Kodak we also got new film stock here in Tokyo. Yodobashi Camera now has a bunch of Rollei B/W films and CineStill films on the shelves.
... and I couldn't resist.Read More
A friend of mine had a look at my pictures on Flickr and the first feedback I got was "from these photos I can tell you're really tall". True, in Japan I am taller than the average. I've been shooting the 35mm focal length almost exclusively for the past two years and slowly I am finding out what works and what doesn't.Read More
It's that time of the year again. Cold enough outside to sit alone in a small room for hours with chemicals at 35℃.Read More
Did I really get over it?
In the past few months there's very little that interests me. I don't go to camera stores and I don't read any reviews. After my Ricoh GR1v broke I was looking for the perfect replacement and just couldn't find it. The Ricoh was great for parties and indoor events. It fit in my jeans pocket and just worked.
Finally I gave up and now resort to disposable Fujifilm cameras for parties.
I don't want to worry about having to test new cameras and get used to new gear. "Right tool for the job" - I get it, but the less I have to think about what to use the better.
Last Sunday I met up with a friend who just bought a SONY A7r ii.
I haven't been following news and rumor sites for almost two years now. Once in a while I see stuff pop up on youtube or facebook. It seems that manufacturers are releasing the same cameras with minor changes every year if not more often. It's really mind boggling how people keep buying these things. A7r ii is one of the latest and most interesting releases in the digital camera market. So I had a 10 minute go at it.
It feels great in hand and looks pretty neat. My sample had a 55mm 1. something lens on it. The first thing that shocked me was the electronic viewfinder. I picked it up, peaked through it and everything looked like you're looking at a video game version of the world. According to my friend and numerous reviews online, this is the best EVF on the market right now. I guess EVFs have far ways to go if they will ever be a competition to bright DSLR viewfinders.
Next I had a go at shooting some people on the street passing by while I was sitting outside of Starbucks having a coffee. People passing by were almost always between 2-3 meters away from me. It was a nice sunny day so I set the aperture to f8 and wanted to focus to 2.5 meters... but you can't! the lens doesn't have any focal range markings. You have to either auto focus for every single shot (which obviously makes the shutter lag even worse) or use focus peaking to manually focus. While focus peaking works, but is not easy, you have no idea if you're focus is still spot on after a few shots. The lens has no markings whatsoever. Looking at the lens you have no idea whether the focus wheel has turned or not.
Every time you take a shot the EVF blacks out and takes a short but very noticeable amount of time before you can have a go at your next shot. 3 years ago I owned a Nikon D600, which beats any of these mirrorless cameras by leaps and bounds. The viewfinder was crystal clear, bright and beautiful. Like any SLR it blacks out at the moment you fire a shot, but it's only for the duration of the shutter speed. Almost all lenses for the F mount had focal distance scales marked on them. It looks like DSLRs will dominate for a long time to come.
Recently had some big changes in my personal life and all of a sudden I am presented with this huge amount of extra personal time.
I've been wondering how to use that time productively.