I need to do more shooting, and I think I’m going to try cross-processing more slide film. Among other things, I have some Provia 400F on my desk (expired September 2004) which should be interesting. This is from another roll of the same film.
Minolta XD5, Fuji Provia 400F (exp. 2004).
Another from the “abandoned quarry,” which is apparently not at all abandoned.
Films aren’t “filmed,” they’re “photographed.” Early filmmakers drew heavily from the work of early photographers (particularly in the area of very careful composition, as any of the Lumiere brothers’ films will show you). I think some of my work is heavily infuenced by my favorite American films of the 1970s (Taxi Driver, The Warriors), particularly in their warm color tones and their persistent examination of the aesthetic decay of the American metropolis (typically, and in both of those cases, New York). When I watch a good film, I find myself constantly noticing things I could try to recreate or reinterpret in a photograph (and my criteria for what makes a “good” film have a lot to do with its aesthetic merits). To me, this instantly recalls the supersaturated tones and visual metaphor of Rear Window, though that film is neither urban nor from the 1970s.
Nikon D200, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8.
Photography is a two-part process.
In the days of film, there was negative making (“shooting”) and printmaking (“printing”). With digital, nothing has changed, the image is captured/created, then processed into a final product.
This means that sometimes you can find an old image you weren’t fond of and re-imagine the processing to get something you do. This was shot on Ilford FP4+, scanned as a negative, and processed digitally. Call it whatever you want, but it’s just stage one from one process and stage two from the other.
Pentax K1000, Ilford FP4+ in Clayton F76+.
Look what I found.
Another old shot of an old truck, this one from some time around October when I was testing out my brand new (to me) K1000. I’m trying to get back to posting regularly, but it’s tough because none of the film I’ve been shooting is developed yet (a black and white roll and a roll of ancient cheap color film I found in my boss’s office). This isn’t one of my favorites, but it fits the theme.
Pentax K1000, SMC-M 50mm f/2, Fuji Superia X-tra 400.
I was looking through old scans and forgot about this one.
I’m pretty sure I know who this truck belongs to, and this picture of this truck seems a fair reflection of his personality.
“FYI- YASHICA CAMERA” arrived today, and was a miserable disappointment. The film advance isn’t really connected to anything, the mirror is stuck up, and the shutter won’t cock. These problems are probably all related, but the point is that the camera is definitely not usable. After all of that waiting and frustration, it is utterly worthless. Now begins the delicate eBay refund tapdance. Though my dealings with the seller so far aren’t exactly confidence-inspiring, I hope this one isn’t too painful. Moral of the story: Don’t be stupid like me- learn your lessons.
I loaded up my students’ cameras with Tri-X tonight, and they’re off into the world of hybrid black-and-white photography. Most have never handled a 35mm camera before, and none has used a manual camera before. One pair is using a KR-10 from my personal stash (actually, it’s borrowed) in place of the disappointing Yashica. I forgot that it has a light leak, so I’ll have to track them down tomorrow with some electrical tape.
It’s strange trying to explain exposure and film and metering to people who have never tried it before. It’s easy to forget how foreign these things feel at first, especially to those of us hailing from the digital age. There’s a difference between explaining and teaching, and I’m hoping this week of playing with the cameras will help take me from the first to the second. Only time will tell.
Probably my KR-5 Super II loaded with Plus-X. I should write these things down.
Like it or not, here I come.
I suppose I can officially call off my hiatus from shooting (which was really more of a period of abject laziness). On Monday, I will teach my first session of hybrid black and white, in which students will use a menagerie of 35mm SLRs (from an all-manual stop-down metering M42 mount Vivitar 400/SL to a fully-automatic autofocus Minolta Maxxum QTsi). Unfortunately, my program’s limited budget meant that eBay was the place to go for these, and this has already generated problems. When I purchased the last camera four days ago, I expected it to have arrived by now. Unfortunately, I received this message today:
FYI- YASHICA CAMERA WAS SHIPPED OUT TODAY VIA USPS.
I was instantly reminded why I hate eBay. People who don’t feel the need to bother with written English make me nervous, and people who sit around for four days before shipping something make me even more nervous. I guess we’ll see what happens on Monday.
The good news is that I have no choice but to shoot if I’m going to effectively teach this class, so there are likely some 35mm black and whites on the way.
Ironically enough, the passage that formerly appeared on ethics here has been removed. For ethical reasons. Great.
Something about fields of flags always catches my eye
(and this one was no exception).
Redscale film is something I’d like to shoot more of in the future.
Kodak Gold 200 Redscale, Fuji toy camera, regular C-41 processing.