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.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
I wasn't happy with some images on Fomapan 400 shot recently with my 1A Pocket Special and put them aside. I started playing around with them again in Photoshop this evening and discovered that some rather radical adjustments to contrast, highlights and shadows revealed that there was quite a lot of useful detail available in the negatives.
The adjustments to the images got me a lot closer to what I want from my black and white medium format pictures in regard to sharpness and tonal range. I'm thinking now that I need to take a close look at my Silverfast settings when I do the initial scans of the Fomapan 400 negatives.
The 116 to 120 adapters from the Film Photography Project look like they are going to make using 120 film in the 1A Pocket Special a lot more practical. I also spent some time today in getting a better handle on advancing the film blindly since the red window is not of any use. It seems that if I am careful in the advance process I could get as many as seven frames from a roll of 120.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
I spent an hour at the Botanical Garden with my Kodak Reflex II. I shot a roll of Fomapan 400 with the continuing hope that one of my usual developers would yield results that I can live with. I processed this roll in PMK Pyro.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
I tagged along with a fellow New Mexico Film Photographer on a visit to the Old San Ysidro Church and Cemetery in the community of Corrales.
We managed to get to the place shortly after sunrise and found some very nice light. I was pleased to get seven frames from a roll of 120 in my 116-format Kodak No.1A Folding Pocket Special. Unfortunately, the film rolled crookedly onto the take-up spool, so all the shots were a bit cockeyed. I had taped the film backing to the take-up spool to try to avoid that, but to no avail.
When I first began using this camera I had put some foam padding on the end caps to keep the 120 ilm from getting off track. That reel got lost along the way, and I don't have any suitable material on hand to duplicate that arrangement. I decided I would try some 116 to 120 3D-printed adapters which would let me use actual 120 film spools on both ends. I ordered the adapters from the Film Photography Project at a cost of $20, and I should have them in about a week.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
I shot a roll of the expired Gekko film in my Kodak Signet 35 and developed in HC110b for five minutes as indicated by the chart on the inside of the box. The grain seemed pretty pronounced for 100-speed film, and it took some heavy adjustments in Photoshop to approach the correct tonal balance.