Rollei Digibase CN-200 (3) – at Southfork Ranch

One thing I forgot to mention about the Vintage thing: it was held at Southfork Ranch, the setting for much of the Dallas TV show way back when.

Back in the 70s and 80s, Southfork Ranch was out in the middle of nowhere, and you could fly over miles of open countryside in a helicopter, as they did for parts of the intro, and you might’ve even seen a combine out there.

But Climate Change and suburban/exurban creep ended all that long ago, and even the flyovers for the early 2010s (and ongoing?) remake were shot somewhere else, somewhere far, far away: tract homes are easily visible from the balconies of the house in virtually every direction.

Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of them. It didn’t really occur to me to do so until we got home and watched a couple of scene montages and the JR Returns special.

May Allah azza wa jall forgive us for that utter waste of precious time.

Anyway, it was interesting for me to go through the house. I was there once before for an Arthur Anderson event back in the late 80s when Mom worked for them, but I’m too young to have watched the original television show, and too young/educated/proud to have watched any of reboots or miniseries that followed.

Hana did see some of original series, but Fatema had never heard of it at all.

We kept saying “‘Dallas‘” and she kept hearing “Dallas”… we were partway through the house before we realized and clued her in. One of the other tourists—one that was there for nostalgic rather than ironic reasons—was happy to help us fill in the blanks.

We paid the fee and wandered through, admiring the period decor and just how small the house and its rooms are… it seems very doubtful that any of the show was shot in those tiny rooms, but Allah knows (and everyone involved with the production).

Some of my neighbor’s homes are larger, if not quite as classically grand. Our collective home building style has changed quite a bit since Southfork was built. Hana likes the separation of rooms, dislikes, or isn’t quite too fond of, the contemporary open plan style, and has some ideas on how to close up various parts and make our house a bit more traditional.

But I digress.

The Digibase did very well again, with good color, saturation, detail, contrast, etc., once I got the white balance close.

I went back and forth on this one. Getting the light close—it was very yellow—pushed the walls in the background too yellow; getting the walls correct washed out the light. So I opted for the light.

I should really shoot a color chart. It would make all this color matching so much easier, and editing so much faster.

So the Digibase does just as well indoors as it does out, as long as 1) you load it in subdued light and 2) you can get the white balance set appropriately. It’s a nice film, and was relatively cheap too… I paid $12.99 for two rolls from B&H back in June, but it’s unavailable now.

Good thing I have two more rolls in the film drawer.

I know I promised some 100% crops and all today, but I got a bit distracted and sorta forgot, so it’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

Apologies.

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