Thursday, January 20, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022
The modular construction of the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash makes it easy to disassemble for cleaning or modification. The easiest and most common mod is to reverse the lens front-to-back. With the lens unmodified, the minimum distance for sharp focus is about eight feet. Flipping the lens brings the minimum for sharp focus down to about 3.5 feet. However, only the center of the image will be seen to be sharply rendered, while the periphery becomes progressively blurred.
I loaded a roll of slightly expired Tri-X into my Brownie Hawkeye Flash and made twelve exposures in the house in about five minutes. Because of the low light I set the camera to use the shutter's time mode to permit an exposure of an estimated one second; the camera was braced solidly on the floor to avoid camera movement. The first shot caught Ruthie, my cat, unawares at her water bowl. She was a bit irritated with that intrusion and threatened to leave the room. I apologized, convincing her to stay, and she composed herself and assumed a more dignified pose.
In addition to the peripheral defocusing the flipped lens also seems to have an increased tendency to flare with back lighting.
I took the camera into the living room and made a couple shots of Roxie with the camera braced on a chair . Her skepticism about the process seems emphasized by the sharpness of the eye closest to the center of the image compared to the slight blur of eye closer to the edge.
Friday, January 14, 2022
I have made thousands of pictures with well over a hundred cameras, so no real need to make more. However, I enjoy the process as much as the end product. I took along a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash box camera yesterday while walking the dog.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
While this simplest procedure mostly works, a few glitches can degrade the results. The film rolls onto the take-up reel rather loosely and it can drift sideways, causing some misalignment of the image on the film. An easy fix for that problem is to acquire some 120 to 116 film adapters like the ones sold by the Film Photography Project.
I found the small bubble level on ebay for just a few dollars. Since the old folders have no accessory holders I just attached the level to the top deck of the camera with a piece of double-sided tape.
I have not seen any problem with film flatness even without a 120 mask for the film plane. It would be helpful to accurate composition though to make a mask for the viewfinder.
Scanning the long negatives can be a bit of a challenge. My old Epson Perfection 2450 flatbed scanner has a film holder with a 4x5 frame, so I make use of that to hold the negatives in place by placing them directly on the scanner's glass and laying the film holder on top of the film. With the emulsion side of the film toward the glass, the upward curve of the film helps to avoid Newton rings on the scanned images.
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
The best part of Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta for me is actually not the balloons, but the Flamenco dance performances in the Old Town Plaza Vieja which are staged by the National Institute of Flamenco. I believe the small woman in the picture is Eva Encinias who founded the Institute as well as the unique Flamenco dance program at UNM. The tall woman beside her is the head teacher at the Institute.
I shot a roll of Kentmere 100 and another of Kentmere 400 this time around. Since I had two rolls of film to process I decided to try them both together using semi-stand processing in HC110 at 1:100 for an hour. I was very pleased with the results which this choice yielded for the Kentmere 400. The tonal qualities were very good and the grain was nearly undetectable. I have mostly used PMK Pyro as a developer for Kentmere in the past with good results, but I thought the quality of the HC110 pictures made with my Nikon FE were just as good if not better.
The Kentmere 100 shot in my FED 1g rangefinder responded less well to the HC110 stand development, so I'll likely stick with PMK Pyro processing for that film which seems better able to handle the higher contrast of the slower speed film.
Sunday, October 03, 2021
I can't say that the new Acros is the same as the old, but it is nice stuff in terms of grain and tonalities. I processed these shots in Rodinal 1:50. My old Silverfast scanning software does not have an Acros profile, so I tend to skip around to find one that produces what I want from the negatives.
I bought five rolls of the Acros 100 II from Adorama where it was on sale at about half the current price, probably due to the fact that it was close to the expiration date. I have several rolls left, so I'll likely try the film in additional developers includiing PMK and HC110.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
I took a long walk with my 1A Pocket Special in the riverside forest at the east end of the Paseo del Norte bridge. I saw some bike riders and skaters on the paved path that parallels the river, but no other people after that.