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 LoadsUnique VisitsFirst Time VisitsReturning Visits
Total11994895
Average4330

 

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.

Llamas, flowers.

All these are taken in Dunedin. Including the animals: they live in the hills above Dunedin.

Olympos OM-10, Zuiko 45 mm lens, processed in Darktable

Two walks.

It is the very busy time of the year. The number of walks we have had has been limited by family duties. These are some shots taken at Warrington and Brighton, Dunedin.

Photos taken primarily with a 20 mm f 4.5 Voightlander, D800, processed in darktable to 1500 .png. These seem to load faster than if I put the raw files up.

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.

Last weekend, this weekend.

I made a mistake today. I did not put a camera in the car when we were going for a walk, The phone then decided to freeze, so this is all I got.

However, last Sunday and Saturday I did carry a camera. It helps: particularly when chasing light. In this case, all were taken with a D800

First set taken with Motorola X phone: second set with D800, processed in Darktable

Manitoba.

We spent about seven days on the prairies. It takes me a while to tune my eyes to the big sky and the emptiness. So th photos are primarily of a pumpkin farm before Halloween.

Olympus )M-10 Mark 1, processed darktable.