Last week I took five rolls of film for processing. This was taken with Kodak UltraMax 400 with an Olympus Trip 35. It was a dark and stormy day when I wandered out, but even with 400 iso film, the images came back extremely noisy. I had to do a bit of work to get the roll even somewhat acceptable, in my eyes, but some of the pictures were really nice.
My cheap “go to” films for 135 are Kodak UltraMax 400 and Agfa Vista 200, but I think I am going to use up the UltraMax to see how it works in different cameras. It could be that the Olympus was at fault as it died a bit later. I don’t want to just be done with it, but want to see if there are other issues involved.
This sycamore curves and twists over a steep fall into a barranca. How it hangs on is rather amazing! And when the leaves change, it is a stunningly beautiful tree.
In case you don’t know, I absolutely love trees.
I’m trying to reclaim my life in some ways – the hours I’ve worked have been awful, and since changed for a bit more humane schedule. So, to reclaim my life, it means I cannot let the whiney, lazy me take over and say, wah, not enough time! This morning, up at 6, coffee, pulled on my stinky clothes from yesterday, and went out, film cameras and phone in hand. What a delightful thing to do! No one around . . . the birds were singing their mating songs (especially lovely were the mockingbirds) and flitting about. Everywhere, the pungent scent of the chaparral’s resinous plants. The sun was still low in the sky. As I walked, I looked, and saw . . . a wild rose in bloom . . . quails running for cover . . . mourning doves within a few feet of me. A slice of heaven!
A small pano of 5 images, worked on LR5, Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, and Photoshop. Click on the picture for a larger image.
This is the beginning of a trail leading all over Wildwood Park. Along the creek is where trees grow – here, oak trees and poison oak! Stay on the trail, no problems; off the trail, risk an allergic reaction. “Poison Paradise” as a friend calls it.
Here, 5 image HDR, handheld, manual focus, using the Nikon D7K and Tamron 17-35mm f2.8. Post-processing in LR5 and Photomatix Pro.
Much better mood this morning!
I was out early this morning, not in a really good mood, but after looking at some of my photos, I realized I had a far better morning than I thought. Funny how the mind is . . .