Category: Glimpses

From Black & White to Color

This once was a black and white photo!  Really!  Look what post production playing produced . . .

Below is the original black and white image, shot on Ilford FP4+ with an orange filter – an Orange 21 specifically – using an Olympus OM-1n and 50mm f3.5 macro lens.

This was the first pass with a preset I made in On1 Photo Raw 2019.

I added the same preset to the above a second time and got the very first one you see at the top.

I am not sure if I can replicate it, but plan on trying.

Meanwhile, I need to read a lot more about orange filters – some of the images came out ok, some great, and a lot were just worthless.

Above It All

That’s the Other Half, the Brew Master, Mister Mister, on the walkway.

I really like looking down from a high perch to make a photo, as long as there are high barriers between me and the floor or street below.  I don’t know about you, but I so dislike open space up high that I have been known to get stuck on the roof or turn around on a hike that takes me into wide open space and little between me and the drop a mile below.  Glass viewing points won’t even get me to step on them.  If something adequately encloses me, I can do handle heights, otherwise, panic!  That famous photo of workers on a beam, “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper”, eating lunch as they work on the Empire State Building, makes me quite nervous – despite that, it’s an all-time favorite of mine.

A Touch of Autumn

I just had to put this photo out there today.

I recently acquired a new-to-me Certo 6 camera, It has the legendary Carl Zeiss Tessar 80mm f2.8 lens.  The camera and lens date from around 1953 (give or take).  I shot this at f2.8 to check out the DOF and sharpness of the lens.  I’m amazed.  The Ektar 100 came through, too, with beautiful colors.

The Certo 6 is an odd folder in the sense that it has many features that other folding cameras (bellows cameras) of the same time era do not have.  Also, because current 120 film is thinner than that of the 50s, there is a potential for overlap of images – which I did not experience – and other quirks that need to be worked out.  I really like folders because they force you to slow down and think, as well as consider what you want to see on your film.

Square format is a compositional challenge as well.  As this is part of my first roll through the camera, composition was not of any real importance for me, but using the camera was.  For some reason I got only 9 out of 12 exposures on the film, but that is something I think I have figured out, and will run another roll of play film through the camera to check out my ideas . . . like I said, ya gotta think sometimes!

More to come.

On the Bay

Way back when I was a young ‘un, I used to sail with friends out in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Wet Wednesdays were the thing!  Anyway, even though I get horribly seasick, and really am a landlubber, boats – sailboats in particular – always catch my eye.  There is nothing like keeling to one side, wind whipping through your hair, sails snapping, speeding along.  Sitting quietly on a boat, too, is wonderful – for me, it makes me really, really sick, but when that scopolamine patch kicks in and the seasickness goes away, it’s pure heaven!

Out Back Outside

I’ve been so busy playing with my scanned negatives of late that I have not followed up on posting more photos – digital this time – from our trip to Monterey last month.  I finally took another look at some of them, and sorted them out.  Yesterday’s “On the Roof” was the first one.

Here, the back side of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The tide comes in and out here, and as you can see, you can stand above to look at the shoals below.  Sea life, both plant and animal, can be observed here.  From where I took this picture, docents have spotting scopes and binoculars so you can look out into the bay.  There, seals and otters can be found on rocks or scooting around..

The Aquarium is one of those places that is always worth a visit.  Some people like Disneyland – me, I prefer places like this, just because I find the natural world more satisfying than an expensive and crowded playground.