Today I am going to break the silence of the Silent 365 project. I’m a bit behind, but I’ll tell you why.
I have been working for hours on managing the software quirks for the Pakon 135 scanner I use for 35mm film. I finally have it working where I can do color negative film, positive / slide film, C-41 black and white, and genuine black and white. Post processing is done primarily in Lightroom and On1 Photo Raw. It’s a good feeling that I can scan my film in a good scanner which produces better results than a flat bed.
Ah, the benefits of retirement! Time to solve problems and stay focused on them for a long time!
A morning view in the studio . . .
About 3 weeks ago I dropped off some slide film I finally finished up. The problem was I couldn’t advance my film or rewind it halfway through the roll. Off to the neighborhood repair shop, and voilà! Just a this and a that, and the film worked. I advanced a few and finished up the roll.
This is a view of my neighbor’s garden – he has one of the finest “southwestern” gardens I have seen because it is well kept and not full of weeds. At sunset, with soft light, a row of blooms – quite lovely.
I was hoping to get a lot of photography done this week since I am off from work, but instead I decided to break my wrist and finger on Easter Sunday, just to do something different.
I’ve been a bit off the grid for the last few weeks, focusing a bit on some other things rather than photography. I actually never thought I would miss out on looking at my photos and taking them – but I do! I guess I do like photography more than I thought!
These are – I think – bougainvillea flowers, but as they were shot on Kentmere 100 awhile ago, I don’t remember. Taken with a Nikon FM2n, an Elicar 55mm f2.8 manual-focus macro lens, and, obviously, B&W film. Another surprise is that I really like the quality of image with the Kentmere. Ya learn something new every day.
So, so many things to be grateful for . . . family, friends, health, happiness, love, hope, and too many other things to be named.
No idea where this was when I took it!
Another image from the roaming of a year ago. I put off developing the images because I thought I would do it – that is, developing my own black and white. I found I like the sense of accomplishment – but I don’t like the stress – of home developing. So, I had them done in a lab which accommodates each type of film.
Kentmere seems to be a pretty nice film, and it is reasonably priced. I have more true b&w I want to use and process, such as Ilford Delta 100 and Fuji Acros 100.
I think this “labyrinth” – for lack of a better word – has some Christian religious significance. I have no idea. Do you? It is behind a local church, and never ceases to catch my eye.
Sapotes are a fruit – this is a white sapote hanging from a tree in the local botanical garden. As they ripen, the local animals -squirrels especially – use them as a food. People eat them, too. Yum.