Old analogue #Filmisnotdead

I got an email from the Darkroom indicating that my scans there would be deleted, so I have been reviewing and downloading them. These are from 2016: I note that there were a lot of failures. I think most of them were shot with a mamiya 7.

Autumnal flowers

It is the equinox, the hills are getting snow, and the last of the summer colour is going. Robyn has harvested the apples from the garden. We have lit our first fire for 2018. And I managed to get some of the last of the garden beauty, between showers.

Only two photos… the gallery (tiled at large size) will link to the big files. Which are 28MB or so, despite being taken with a 16 MP OM-10.

As the weather gets worse, there will be more analogue. I have film from summer to develop and scan.

After Dinner photos

After dinner we dropped some rubbish off, and then went to Jacoh’s creek, where I managed to take some photos in the gallery. Then we drove up to a lookout, where we scouted for sunset photos.

On the way up we noticed that a lot of campervans were parked on a sandbar. Robyn and I drove there, below the usual water level for the lake, and took some more shots.

Half were taken with a 12 MP nikon V1, the other half with a 36 MP Nikon d800. Both are old cameras, and both are fairly good.

If you pixel peep you should be able to work out which is which.

New 55 is dead (and more).

New 55. who made polaroid film with a negative , has ceased business.  I found this out as i was about to find some of their R5 developer, which I used last. It made developing medium film easy. I will not be able to get the film. I may be able to get the developer.

We had to stop because the pod supplier dropped out.

The cessation of regular production of New55 PN is laid out here in Bob Crowley’s Dec 13th ’17 blog post, where Bob highlighted the project’s achievements and lessons learned.

For background, the “Pod Crisis” originated in summer-2017. It was very inconveniently timed during a crowdfunding campaign which had to be cancelled. The contemporaneous account is in the announcement made then on Kickstarter.

New55 is over. Famous Format (http://famousformat.com) will have what remains of stocks beginning mid-January. Monobath will be available then, too.

I would like to do a book. What do you think?

Yes, I have shot analogue and monochrome. Since Film Soup basically stopped, it has been hard to develop, and in the last year I have not had time to set up a darkroom.

Though I do have a shed, it does not have running water and is not lined. Or light tight.

I had to shrink this and shrink. Like I would a raw file.

In the meantime, I have managed to (use saved points) to acquire an AOC 4k screen. I chose this because it comes with the screen calibrated in the factory,

And it is huge. A screenshot is 5 MB: I have to reduce the photos to get them posted.

More importantly, the colours are accurate. This gives me more confidence with wildlife and (the very little) portraiture I do: it will help when I start scanning the New55 film I have kept.

And there is a little to share. To give you a hint, after I took this with the cellphone I went and got DLSR with a wide angle lens.

 

 

Wreckage and restoration.

Taken while driving from Central to Dunedin: we parked for a break and I saw the wreck. The vintage car was chased, and I was taking photos through the windscreen as we entered Dunedin.

And some flowers.

Nikon V3. 10 -100 zoom, processed in Darktable.

Lake Whakatipu.

Robyn was scouting for a shoot, and I chose to go in the opposite direction. It was hot, very hot. There were a lot of bathers, and I don’t want people in my landscape shoots.

I was mainly shooting analogue, for the first time in a year. However, I bought along a one inch sensor camera.

Nikon V3, raw, processed in Darktable to 2000 pixel PNG file.

2017 in retrospect.

Let’s start with last month’s stats.

Monthly Stats Report: 1 Dec – 31 Dec 2017
Project: Shattered Light
URL: http://pukeko.net.nz/photo

Summary

Page Loads Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Total 119 94 89 5
Average 4 3 3 0

 

This is a low traffic site. Statcounter estimates around 1200 views last year.

While wordpress says it is around 800 views. This disparity occurs on my other sites as well.

The top three posts are:

  1. Last new Year’s weekend.
  2. Rawtherapee versus darktable (this dates from 2013: I now use Darktable all of the time)
  3. Nikon d800 prices (from when I got one, in 2012)

Next year, I hope to get more analog rolls shot.

Berlin Zoo

When we visited the Berlin Zoo and aquarium we both took a lot of photos. The best oes I took were of a bald eavle, but I’ve put in a panda, cheetah and some penguins as well.

We needed more time. longer lenses, and multiple batteries for the cameras. The best shots were taken using a panasonic zoom: the sigma zoom I used was too slow.

Om-10, Sigma 4/3 55 — 200 Sigma Zoom Dc with fotodiox adapter: panasonic 70 -200 zoom.

Processed in Darktable

Berlin Days 1 and 2

On these daus we managed to see the Kaiser WIlhelm II Memorial Church, the Brandenburg Gate and got to a church.