building a new sweep

After 2 or 3 years of use, my previous foam board sweep was dented and dinged, but still mostly usable, but it was just a bit too small. I had some leftover foam board sitting around, and promised Jim Grey that I’d write up a how-to post, so I made a new one over the weekend.

Really, it’s very easy to make one of these. You need 4 things: a sheet of white (or black, or whatever color) foam board, a straight edge, an X-Acto knife (or other sharp blade), and about 15 minutes.

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On Cross Processing, and other play time

In September 2010, I bought an iPhone 4. I discovered the camera (and Hipstamatic) within days and was soon shooting away like crazy. It’s now mid-November 2016 and I’ve moved into film photography with gusto. All this time, I’ve seen it as play, as learning, as testing out, and it’s been loads of fun, but I’m wanting something more.

A month or so ago, I picked one of the FPP’s Lo-Fi / Hi-Drag film packs—four randomly-selected rolls of expired color film stocks, stored under who knows what circumstances—all spur of the moment like. I almost immediately regretted it: I have some (nebulous, unfocused) goals, and while I like the playing and experimenting, and plan to continue some of that, I want to devote more of my shooting and writing time to these goals.

Anyway, in the repurposed Porta 400 box, I found 1 roll each of Kodak Gold 100, Fuji Superia Xtra 400, RiteAid 400 (Fuji 400N), and Fuji Super HG 1600. (As of this last weekend, only the 1600 remains.) The roll of Rite Aid went first. I exposed at 250 and planned to cross process it in E6 chemicals, along with the roll of FPP RetroChrome 320 I finished just to see what would happen. I cross processed some slide film in C41 chemicals last year, with interesting results (see below), but only recently started with E6 at home.

If you’re curious, but don’t want to read on, here’s the gist: while I might buy another Lo-Fi / Hi-Drag box, I won’t be XPro-ing anything again. It’s just too much of a pain to process and the results are too uneven. Continue reading “On Cross Processing, and other play time”

stretch it out some

A reminder/exhortation to myself first:

Somehow I just can’t help but think that life is a lot more varied than what is typically the subject matter for so much of Fine Art [and my] photography. And I can’t help but think it’s a real shame if that is the case simply because we’re [I’m] such a shy lot.

Brooks Jensen, LensWork Podcast #962 (officially behind a paywall; available here)

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Free-Lensing and Filthy Film

One great thing about interchangeable lens cameras is the ability to pop the lens off and hold it a bit away from the camera to add some interesting zoom-type effects or flip it around for some quick and dirty macro. Fun stuff.

One horrible thing about the water in Irving is the strong variability in its quality: it’ll be decent for awhile (read: the finger-squeegee trick plus some gentle dusting is plenty) and then all of a sudden, without warning, it’ll become some filthy, hard, calcium-and-other-mineral-filled stuff that leaves caked-on gunk all over your negatives, no matter how insistently you finger-squeegee it or how much Photo-Flo you pour into the Stabilizer bath. Continue reading “Free-Lensing and Filthy Film”

Converting Negatives the Easy Way!

While struggling to get through a backlog of negatives, and only due to the will and mercy of Allah azza wa jall, I remembered a discussion about color correction with the levels panel and decided to give it a try. After only 5 or 6 minutes, I realized that this a much better method than the one I used before and I made this quick video in hopes that it would help someone.

Thanks for watching!