Today went out to shoot some Ilford FP4 125 film. Black and white film, orange filter, 50mm lens, OM-1n. This is a continuation of the FujiColor 200 roll, and more Naked Ladies. Why do I mention this? I am shooting B&W with an orange filter because I want to see how it sets up the contrast between colors . . . and I took more pictures of the Naked Ladies! Back to B&W tomorrow, but today, more luscious pink flowers!
Well, now that I got your attention, at least from the title, here are some truly lovely flowers! These are commonly known as “naked ladies” because they flower first, lose their blooms, and then send out leaves. It’s rather odd compared to most other plants! These are also known as “amaryllis belladonna” which seems fitting as they are really beautiful flowers.
I got this roll of film back today. I used my Nikon F3HP and Fuji Color 200. The F3 was, I think, the first Nikon camera to have an autoexposure ability. I set it on that and shot the entire roll of 36. It did fine! I was actually very pleased with both the film and the camera. Scanned on a Pakon 135.
Having removed a number of trees in the yard, with more to go, it’s time to start considering landscaping, even if it is a year away.
A scene from the local botanical garden . . . piles of Pin Oak leaves against blooming Mexican sage. If you look in the upper left, you will see some pink blooms still clinging to a tree branch.
I used the cord on the XA4 to get the correct distance for a “macro” shot – about .3 m or 12 inches. I’ve loaded up the camera to slip into my bag I take to work – it’s a small camera, easy to carry, protected by the clam shell case. I have a feeling it’s going to be carry-around-in-the-pocket type camera as it has no lens covers needing replacing should they fall off, etc. Ya know, I do have a little case lying around for my other little cameras which would prevent that problem. Now, if I could only find my missing Werra . . .
I think I finally figured out how to do a “decent” instax . . . no flash, darken picture, and hold very, very still. Finally, something a bit sharper than I have been producing.
Scanned on CanoScan Lide 600 with Vuescan.
Our trip to Union Station is still yielding great memories.
The first cherry blossoms of spring have arrived at a local garden. With our past week’s heat wave (90+ F), the spring bloom in the hills is fading, and I was worried the cherry blossoms would have been blighted. Not so – at least for a few!