Feb 28 2010

Roll #12

Have you ever wanted to visit a kooky little town like Springfield, Cicely, Alaska or Stars Hollow, Connecticut?

Well, this weekend my own kooky little town is holding a kooky event they’re calling Fire and Ice. On the itinerary is a chili challenge taste off, live glass blowing, cub scouts will be making s’mores, and people will be making various ice carvings!  One is to be in the shape of “a humongous teddy bear chair…bring your camera and take your picture on the chair!”

Oh, you can bet on it.

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I’ll take a roll of that old film we used to use at the newspaper.


Feb 21 2010

Results to #11

Results to Roll #11

Processing: discount pharmacy

Time: one hour

Price: $7.74

Okay. I lied. The discount pharmacy I’ve been going to does offer one-hour service. But this is the first time they’ve actually had it up and running when I requested it during my experiment.

For this assignment, I expected bad light, so I pulled out my ol’ Vivitar 283. I have friends who swear by this flash. It’s an oldie but a goodie. But it’s been years since I’ve used it. I had grown so spoiled by my SB800 and SB900s with TTL and Auto features;  their ability to communicate with the camera to automatically know the shutter and aperture and ASA settings and to flash accordingly, and to be able to fine tune the flash burst. As I have said before, digital has spoiled us.

So, between that, the lighting being even worse than I anticipated, the inability to chimp with a film camera and having had a few croatian cocktails blur my brain, I was feeling a bit of trepidation about my chances of success with my old 283.

cro2As you can see, there was some light on the stage, but the rest of the gymnitorium was completely dark.  I didn’t feel compelled to try to light the foreground in this shot anyway.  I wanted the kids on the floor to be silhouettes.

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I wanted there to be enough exposure from the ambient light to maintain the depth of the stage, but I also wanted to try to stop some of the action by popping the flash without it overpowering the foreground. So I put a gel over the flash to match the light and I used my bounce card instead of direct flash. And hey! It looks almost like I remember how to do this!

Still, the Ektapress 800 was grainier than I expected. But I have to wonder if I would have even noticed the grain 10 years ago. Am I going to say it again? Yep. Digital has spoiled us.

As for the Croatian festival, it was amazing. Apparently it was a really big deal. People came from other states just to attend. They had plenty of wonderful traditional and popular live music and lots of dancing. There were sausages made by hand especially for the event and oh, did I mention the cocktails? I’m glad for the opportunity to attend. …and to fire off another roll of film.

Results to Roll #11

Processing: discount pharmacy

Time: one hour

Price: $7.74

Okay. I lied. The discount pharmacy I’ve been going to does offer one-hour service. But this is the first time they’ve actually had it up and running during my experiment.

For this assignment, I expected bad light, so I pulled out my ol’ Vivitar 283. I have friends who swear by this flash. It’s an oldie but a goodie. I had grown so spoiled by my SB800 and SB900 flashes, with TTL and Auto features, with their ability to communicate with the camera to know the shutter and aperture settings and flash accordingly, and to be able to fine tune the flash burst. As I have said before, digital has spoiled us.

So, between that, the lighting being even worse than I anticipated and having had a few croatian cocktails blur my brain, I was feeling a bit of trepidation about my chances of success with my old 283.


Feb 17 2010

FlashBack Totally Tubular

chem1Remember when your images were created in chemicals instead of pixels?   Mmmmm, chemicals.


Feb 14 2010

Roll #11

Roll #11

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More PJ800 Ektapress. I must have really loved this stuff for some reason.

I’ve been invited to attend a Croatian festival. I’m told there will be dancing and drinking and lots of different kinds of sausages. I’ve done some investigating to find out more about the venue. If my research is correct, I’ll be in a social hall that will probably be lit by fluorescents, with a stage at one end that will probably be lit with minimal stage lighting at best, but more likely just some weak incandescents.

Sounds like a great opportunity for me to expose another roll of this discontinued film.


Feb 7 2010

Results to #10

Results to #10

Processing: regional photo services chain

Time: one hour

Price: $8.66

First off, I must commend the photo processing facility I encountered while in Steubenville. Since starting this experiment, it is the first lab I have found that still offers one-hour film processing. According to my host, and Steubenville native, this lab is part of a family owned, multi store regional chain that has been around forever. And according the information provided on their order envelope, they still provide black and white developing and printing, 3-hour Ektachrome processing and reversal printing!

I have been reticent to reveal the names of the labs I’ve been using. So I’ll just say this. If you find yourself in Steubenville, or anywhere near the Ohio/West Virginia/Pennsylvania area, and you ask anyone where to get your film processed, they will tell you to go to this place.

Now lets look at a few of the sights of Steubenville. Let me preface these shots by telling you that most of them were shot from the passenger side of my host’s warm car as she drove me around on a cold cold morning.

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This beautiful bridge spans the Ohio river between Weirton, WV and Steubenville OH. It is an impressive and beautiful gateway into the city.

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After the bridge, things get a little scruffier, especially downtown. As enticing as this sign is, I did not eat here. There are some restaurants in town that I’m told are quite good, including a Greek place that serves good baked potatoes with Mexican toppings (yeah, I didn’t ask) and a Chinese restaurant.

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As for the murals, this one of Dean Martin is by far the nicest, and obviously the one everyone is meant to see. It was not actually downtown.  It was out in the suburbs, on Sunset Boulevard. Everyone in the area loves their Dino. Even over the river in Weirton, they have an establishment called the Rat Pack Cafe.

And thus ends our quick tour of Steubenville.  It was a gray morning when I took my photos, and it was a bit of a bleak wintery scene, and I was shooting through a windshield for most of it.  But I still blame some of the muddiness and grittiness on the expired film.  I have more rolls of this ektapress, so we’ll have plenty of chances to see if it continues to produce sub-par images.