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Busy Weekend at Home

Saturday we went out to wander around downtown Evansville a bit. I was hoping for a little bit of goings-on but the place was nearly deserted. A couple of restaurants where open but that was about it. With the nearby Frog Follies going on I figured and old car or two might show up, but no such luck. It’s not true that they roll up the sidewalks after 5 PM, it just looks like it. Took some pictures of the architecture, will post a few when I get the film developed. Yes, I still shoot film!

Sunday it was off to a friends house to chow down on my belated birthday meal of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and an excellent butternut squash casserole. It was all good and mighty tasty. Loved hanging out with my wife, Terry, and our friends and their sweet, noisy kids. Can’t wait to do it again, but next time I come home I think Terry and I will just spend the weekend at home, snuggling. Come Sunday night, I was completely worn out.

Here’s a picture or two I uploaded to Flickr. I’ve been on a kick doing 3D pictures using the old Kodak digital camera, the “cha-cha” method (whick involves taking two separate pics, shift your weight and viewpoint between them) and a piece of software called StereoPhoto Maker and the instructions here: http://www.neilcreek.com/blog/2008/03/21/how-to-take-3d-photos/.  My technique needs work and the results are a bit spotty but I’ll work on it.

This is viewed cross-eyed for those who can do it. Suprisingly, I ran into quite a few people who can’t.

Analogue Photography in the Digital Age

I’m not going to write out some long winded treatise on the war between film and digital imaging.  I’m pretty damn sure film lost, but it doesn’t have to crawl off and die just yet.  I use film as well as digital. It’s all easy and it’s not hard to get excellent images.

I’ve got an old Canon EOS 630 film body that I got from EBay little more than a year ago.  Paid $19 (plus shipping) and used a little bit of elbow grease to clean up a sticky shutter.  I’ve run dozens of rolls through it since and haven’t had a single failure (other than the “operator” kind) to produce great pictures.  It uses any lens made with a Canon EOS mount.   My sweet sister donated two old zooms to me (thanks, sweetie!), and I’ve been using the snot out of them.  Whereas the fancy digital camera you buy now will be obsolete in a year or too, people are taking great photos on 50 year old film cameras.

As for film, there’s still plenty out there.  You might have to search it out on websites like Adorama, but you can get it.  For low prices you can get good performing negative film (Fuji Superia 400, $7 for five rolls at Walmart), or for a few bucks more, you can get excellent performance from slide film (like Fuji Velvia).  I use negative film because of the ease of getting it developed and scanned at places like Target, getting big clean rich 18 megapixel digital images that I’ve never had issue with.

I’ll have to shoot a lot more rolls before I’ll ever come close to matching the price of a digital SLR able to give me the same images.  I can afford to shoot film and find myself taking more time to make sure the image is right before I take the picture.  I’m still quite the amateur when it comes to photography but even I can see a small improvement in my skills.  A fancy camera does not make you a skilled photographer.  But a photographer with skills can get more out of a good camera than a crappy one.  But a very skilled photographer can get stunning results with a plastic P.O.S. like the Holga.

I don’t have one of those.  I have a Lubitel, though… ;)

And I’m spent…

Shot On Film, New Pics

The pictures in the set were all shot on film with my trusty Canon EOS 630 and various films including Fuji Reala, Kodak BW400CN and Ilford XP2.

I enjoy using this camera. I got it for $19 on EBay and once I cleaned up the shutter, it’s done very well. I use a Canon 28-200 zoom and a Tamron 19-35 zoom. My biggest problem has been getting decent scans from the few outfits out there who still develop film. Target has done the best job so far, but I’ve recently discovered that out good old public library has a scanner that will do film, both 35mm negative, slides and 120 format negatives. I’ll be trying it out next time I’m home.

FILM ISN’T DEAD!

Flowers and Snakes

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A hibiscus I’ve got growing in a pot in the backyard.  Beautiful and huge flowers that open in the morning, close in the evening and sometimes do it again the next day.  Then the close up forever.

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Out at the Nature Center, there was an exhibition of snakes and reptiles.  I can’t remember what kind this one was but it looked quite comfortable.

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