I took my Nikon N90s, Nikon 28-85 f2.8 Macro, and a roll of the new Kodak Ektachrome E100 to the botanical garden – always a favorite place! Springtime is the best, too, as trees and bulbs and plants are all in bloom. This was taken as the last of the narcissus bloomed and were fading away. At the gardens, the narcissus are the first up and first to fade.
I am pleased with the new Ektachrome E100. Yes, it’s a positive film, needing E6 chemistry to process, and it costs more than B&W or color. However, positive film has so much going for it, and here is more than ample proof. Film, camera, and lens all came together quite nicely.
I am not a fan of washing dishes, or housework in general, so modern conveniences like dishwashers are much appreciated. However, some things are just not meant to be sent through the dishwasher. These include wooden cooking utensils, such as this one made by my husband, teflon pans, Le Creuset, and so on.
And, besides not liking housework, I must admit there are times when immediacy is a true pleasure. That pleasure can be found with the digital camera! If you have been following along here, you know that film is by far the dominant photo force these days, but yesterday after spending several hours cleaning up the side patio of last year’s dead things, it was nice to pull out the Df and wander around. I wandered around the house, the back yard, posed my vase of daffs, observed my porch lamps, and so on. Nothing exciting, just enjoyable. The dogs were even well behaved and I got a couple of cute ones there, too.
So, en route to the Valley – the San Fernando Valley to be specific – I will drop off a roll at the nearby photo lab – and await its return. Meanwhile, the Df is back in action, and will be now that the weather has sweetened up a bit. Digital and film are great companions when you are out and about.
Nothing says Spring like the heady scent of narcissus. While I don’t have any in my own garden (why not??), the botanical garden has them placed in various areas throughout. It’s an annual hunt . . . some bloom earlier, some later, depending on location.
Nikon and Ortho Plus 80.
And there was lux!
These are LED lamps on the table which sits in front of the studio window. Ortho Plus 80 again! I do like this film!
More from the roll of Ortho Plus 80. Here, I increased contrast, dropped the whites and highlights, and increased the blacks using Lightroom. The background was too busy.
This is the last pepper plant standing, but I saved some peppers and have dried their seeds for the spring planting.
One thing I rather enjoy about going out to test things out – film, camera, lens – is the fact it puts me in a mood to experiment. Not that this is an especially inspiring picture, but what I mean is that I think about photography a bit differently than at other times. Maybe this approach – the thought of “experimenting” and not worrying about the results – is a more creative, and consequently satisfying, approach.
Again, Nikon and Ilford Ortho Plus 80.
I love the twisty branches of this tree – it may be my fig – all barren in the winter months. Black and white makes it even better; I think as it evokes cold and chilly weather. (Last night it got down to 40 F, which is really cold for us!)
Nikon N90s, Nikon 28-85 macro, Ilford Ortho Plus 80.
I think this is a webbed fence surrounding a local playground. Because I am not sure, I think I shall have to return!
Nikon N90s, Nikon 28-85 f2.8 Macro, Ilford Ortho Plus 80.
More Ortho Plus 80 by Ilford. Here, the Nikon N90s, 28-85 lens, and a 2.8 aperture to go for a narrow DOF. You can see it in the wall especially. I did this to check the detail of the film, as well as to see how the lens itself blurred fore and background.