This Labor Day weekend has been hotter than hell, setting records for heat (121 F in Los Angeles), and creating havoc. Fires are everywhere in California. So far we have been spared – but the smoke is filling the sky from fires hundreds of miles away, and ash is falling. The sunrises are beautiful because of it, but breathing it is not so beautiful! This morning, the sky was murky with a few clouds. Through it all came a fiery red sun.
I was a bit torn about editing this photo as I did – the sky is more lavender here than in reality. However, I am of the thought that the unreal quality I saw this morning is better expressed in unreal colors . . .
I have an older 70-300mm lens which I had used on my D7000, but was not sure if it worked on the Nikon Df. It does!
Yesterday, after waiting about 3 weeks for the local lab to return to me, I got my first roll of Fuji Velvia 100 film back. Velvia is a slide film and requires specific chemicals known as E-6 to be processed. I was asked if I wanted it cross-processed, but I said nay. The reason for slide film is . . . because it is slide film (though I do plan to try it with Agfa’s slide film).
I ended up scanning the images on my Epson V600 scanner, at 48 bit and 2400 dpi resolution. I don’t know if the scans or the film were dirty, but I had a lot of clean-up to do.
There are more pictures ahead, some panos as well, and so far, I like the colors, though they may be a bit off – dunno!
Technical specs: Nikon F100, Nikon 24-85mm f2.8-4 D, post in OnOne 10 and LR 6.
Friday morning, just after sunrise.
The view from my room, early morning. Clouds are in the sky! That is always a surprise out here in SoCal / Central Cal.
I finally managed to get my butt out of bed early enough to watch the sunrise and take a few pictures. Rather than taking a digital and film camera, I took just a film camera, and my phone. I’m always amazed at the quality of pictures one can get with the phone, especially if no magnification factor is involved.
Lizard’s Mouth is a promontory toward the eastern edge of the park, and as the sun rises in the west, it begins to glow.
I never think of using my phone’s camera . . . glad I did on this morning’s hike!
As I said earlier, I have been into a B&W kick. This is an edit of a picture I took last July in the early morning. Taking a color image into monochrome is a lesson in contrast and texture, something I really need to master.