Tag: photography

For Warmer Weather

Pentax 6×7 – Lomo 100

Sewing projects – summer blouses of 100% cotton are nearly impossible to find these days. Everything has spandex. I hate buying clothes these days because of it – all it does is make me sweaty. I guess it’s time to learn how to make pants, too, because of all that crappy spandex. Or start wearing dresses.

This is another metered image from the Pentax 6×7 on Lomo 100.

Before the Fall

I loaded up my OM-4Ti with film last summer! The intention was to really master the camera. Well, half a year later, not mastered, but so totally love the OM cameras that I wanted to see what I had. This was taken probably around October 2019, through the studio window in the morning as the light was coming through the leaves. So, of course, “before the fall” – season, and leaves.

For a Quiet Moment

Pentax 6×7 – Lomo 100

Recently I acquired a Pentax 6×7, probably from the earliest manufacturing date of 1969. It came complete with a 135mm f4 macro lens and an eye-level viewfinder. Of course, other lenses are available, as well as a waist-level viewfinder.

The first roll of film I shot was rubbish. Only 3 of 10 images emerged, and all were dreadfully under exposed. Having read that the loading of the 120 into the Pentax 6×7 could be tricky at times, I loaded up Lomo 100 color negative film into it twice. Light meter and tripod.

The results were very good. I had a very limited number of images as the goal was to bracket and see how upping the f/stop and dropping the exposure all worked. I am of the opinion that the shutter needed to be warmed up simply because all my images were exposed.

I took this picture to capture the light falling on a table, a couple of books, and a shawl early in the morning. There are 3 or 4 images of this, bracketed, so I decided it would be fun to merge them into an HDR. Photomatix did the trick. Composition isn’t great, but the colors are good. The sharpness of the lens also becomes evident.

The end result is the camera is being kept – I seriously considered returning it. Now I see adventures ahead for the two of us!

Revisited: 12/21/2011

I cannot believe I have digital images going back to 2007 – but I do! I will be looking at them a bit more and pulling out ones I rather like. The reasons for choosing this one or that will be variable as the day.

Today’s choice is one that I took in December 2011 at the local botanical garden. I wonder if it’s in bloom right now! I haven’t been up there for a bit because of the rainy weather and the holidays. I should go take a look pretty soon!

BTW, I think this is a protea, but I may be wrong. I used my now-lost Nikon D7000 and Tamron 70-300mm lens.

End of the Season, End of a Project

One more day for the B&W photography project! What an experience this has been. I think my biggest lesson learned here is looking at light and dark – contrast – something which color so easily hides for me as I see a million shades of green when I look at grass. How light plays against other things, too, is a big lesson. Light on a ridge top against the one beyond it. Light on the edge of a trunk. Shadows on a wall. I have also learned that red and green often merge in film photography or conversion of color to digital. As a result, learning how to manipulate software is another lesson.

I like setting goals that are simple. The goal of one black and white photo per day made me limited in what I could do – sometimes I broke it to get a sip of color – but infinite in its potential. Simple goals allow for complexity as advancement in a goal develop. Complex goals are restraints against experience. I have goals for 2020 (you can read about them here) with regards to photography, but other goals, too.  I would like to say one goal is to be more focused on one thing, but for me, it’s anathema to my magpie personality!  Simple goals but lots of them is more my style.