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New Leaf II

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There is a season, turn, turn, turn.

Those (admittedly, few) of you who read this regularly probably know my digital photography story. I sold my  digital SLR along with virtually everything that went with it (lenses, filters, batteries, chargers) about eight weeks ago, but it had been mostly sitting and collecting dust for months before that while I played with various 35mm cameras and processes. I did have plans to order a new body (starting over on a new system- hint: F-mount) in May. I was going to order a used body now one generation “obsolete,” thinking prices could only go down, but I was keeping a hawk’s eye on the prices at the largest two used dealers here in the States. In that last few weeks, I had actually noticed prices of used bodies climbing instead of falling for the camera I wanted, which makes no sense for a camera that was introduced four years ago and was replaced in 2007. To my amazement, the used camera bodies started vanishing as fast as dealers could get them in, and prices continued to rise steadily. Though I was worried that prices would rise out of my price range, there wasn’t much I could do. Until Sunday, that is. In my routine searching, I found that Best Buy was selling the cameras brand new for $150 less than used ones in respectable condition were trading for on reputable sites (no, eBay is not reputable for cameras. I have learned that the hard way). I hurriedly freed up some cash, and this is the picture I wanted to post today (although it isn’t much of a photograph by traditional standards). Again, long-time readers will recognize the significance: The camera I’ve been plotting about for a few months will be delivered to me as soon as Saturday.

Unfortunately, there are a few issues with this. First, since I’ve pledged not to use cheap zooms after my Pentax two-lens kit days, I’m not interested in the 18-200mm kit lens deal (which wasn’t on sale at Best Buy anyway). Instead, I ordered the body only. While I will technically have the body as early as Saturday, I will not have a lens (or, for that matter, a CompactFlash card). This will obviously make picture-taking difficult (though technically not impossible). Even better, the two lenses I plan on ordering in the near future are either hard to come by or almost impossible to find (35mm f/1.8, which I’m still not sure is officially out yet). This means it may be a little while before I can actually take pictures with the thin. I have a few schemes in mind to “borrow” a compatible lens for a day or so, but we’ll have to see how those turn out. I’ll probably crack and order a 50mm f/1.8 in the next day or so (and a CompactFlash card- that would probably be a good idea too).

Pentax digital SLR system, which is long gone.

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new-leaf2Photography is now in uncharted waters.

About five weeks ago, I posted all of my digital equipment on my local Craigslist. I received a multitude of scam emails (one asking me to send the camera to the sender’s son, who was from Texas but was in Nigeria studying photography). It was time to make more serious investments in my equipment, and what I had was just not cutting it for me. About a week ago, I received an email that appeared to be legitimate. Yesterday, a young couple made a five-hour round trip with their baby, and took all of my digital camera equipment with them.

I am now down to three 35mm bodies (Pentax K1000, Ricoh KR-5 Super II, Ricoh KR-10) and a freezer full of film. I do intend to invest in more digital equipment soon, though I haven’t quite decided what it will be yet. Nikon’s old D200 is an attractive option and priced right. The other (probably more difficult) decision is lenses. It isn’t often that one gets to start from square one. Perhaps a 17mm for landscape and wide shooting and  28mm for everday use? Maybe the 28mm and a 50mm for portraits and low light shooting? What about a 55mm micro that could double as a portrait lens? It would be slower, but a micro would be a lot of fun.

Decisions decisions.

“Busy, busy, busy.”

Pentax K1000 test roll, Fuji Superia 400 processed C-41, scanned and converted to grayscale.

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Psycho III

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Photography is nonlinear.

This is not new. It came from the same area as this one, but on a different day and shot on color film. I felt like experimenting with black and white with toners last night, and so I processed this as a selenium print. I think it’s a little eerie. There’s another process of this same image as a deep red-orange. I like this one better because of the juxtaposition.- the orangey autumn tones have been replaced with a monochrome in icy blue. It plays with the mind, and I like it.

Test roll in my K1000, Fuji Superia X-tra 400, digital selenium process (sorry, no darkroom).

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