Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day
Dec26

Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas box.” Depending on where you live, Boxing Day is a public holiday that occurs on December 26th, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. One of my new year’s res-olutions is to shoot more film in 2018 (see my post...

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Film Friday: Kodak’s Ektar 100 film
Sep22

Film Friday: Kodak’s Ektar 100 film

Kodak’s Ektar 100 film is designed for pros and advanced amateur film shooters for nature, travel, fashion, and arch-itectural pho-tography where the subject’s emphasis is on detail and color. I tried scanning Ektar 100 with my old (in Internet years) Canon desktop scanner but the film retained a slight curl produced during processing, probably during drying, that made the film holder refuse to hold it and the film fell through the...

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Film Friday:  Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR
Sep08

Film Friday: Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR

“There are a thousand ways to point a camera, but really only one.”—Ernst Lubitsch One of my prized film cameras was a birthday gift from my wife Mary. It’s a gold-trimmed Seagull 4A-107G Limited Collector’s Edition Medium Format TLR. OK, it’s not a Rollei but that didn’t stop Seagull from trying. According to Wikipedia, Seagull Camera Ltd is located in Shanghai and is the oldest camera maker in...

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Crop Sensor? A Look at Sensor Formats
Jun15

Crop Sensor? A Look at Sensor Formats

For reasons that I fail to understand the term “crop sensor” gets tossed around by people when referring to digital cameras with sensor sizes smaller than the traditional 24x36mm film standard, as if that was the Holy Grail of imaging. It’s not. The first Leica used the 24×36 format but others, including the Olympus Pen used 18x24mm and early Nikon, Minolta and other Japanese rangefinders adopted 24 x 32mm well before 24x36mm was in...

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Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film
Mar08

Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film

“Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce. Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss.”—Sonny Bono As Sonny and Cher used to sing, “The beat goes on” giving me insight into what film photographers must deal with in this digital millennium. Kodak’s Ektar 100 is processed in standard C-41 chemistry and while fewer outlets process 120 roll film some still do. Ektar 100 is a color film but I thought, what the heck, let’s make...

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Happy Birthday Mr. President
Feb20

Happy Birthday Mr. President

“It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing.”—George Washington For readers outside the USA, President’s Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. As President’s Day it’s also honors all presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose...

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Understanding Exposure for Film or Digital Capture
Nov22

Understanding Exposure for Film or Digital Capture

Exposure latitude is the extent to which film (or an imaging chip, for that matter) can be overexposed or underexposed and still produce an acceptable result. Not everybody these days starting shooting photographs with film cameras. Understanding exposure for film and digital photography is helped with just a little bit of information about how filmed worked (and still works today.) Slide film has the least amount of latitude,...

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