Quick Hits

I haven’t posted in over a week, so I thought I’d give a few quick updates on what I’ve been up to!

 Camera Test Driving!

A friend of mine that collects film cameras has been gracious enough to let me borrow a few! I got my hands on a Yashica-Mat LM, a Minox 35 GL, a Yashica Lynx-5000E, and an Olympus-Pen EE and have only managed to shoot a few frames on each so far. My goal over the next week is to exhaust the roll in the Yashica-Mat and send that roll and some other exposed 120 I have to my local lab for development. Reviews of each camera are forthcoming!

I Bought a New Camera!

I mentioned I had my eye on a Mamiya RB67 medium format set up, but I decided to buy a Mamiya m645 instead. The m645 is slightly smaller, a bit more portable, reasonably handhold-able, and the entire kit including lens was as much as the RB67 body alone. I have been extremely busy with work since it arrived, so I wasn’t able to take it out shooting until today. It took a little getting used to the size and heft, but the satisfying sound of that massive shutter and mirror flapping when I press the button put a huge, dopey grin on my face! Definitely a new favorite in my stable of cameras!

Hunting for a New Film Stock!

I’m on the look out for a new black and white film stock to shoot that’s not manufactured by Kodak, Ilford, or Fujifilm. I am super-interested in what the gents at Silberra are up to and will most likely throw money at their Indiegogo for a few rolls of their 50 and 100 ISO panchromatic films. Kosmo Foto is another company I’m keeping an eye on. They sell a modified Agfa emulsion that looks sublime!

Worth a Read!

Japan Camera Hunter’s take on Fujifilm’s news

Superia X-Tra 400 was the first film stock I put in my Canon AE-1 Program when I first got into film, and it makes me sad to think it looks like it’s on it’s way out.

Not Photography Related (But still good!)

I listen to a few podcasts and More Perfect from Radiolab is one of the best around. It’s a podcast that centers around the judical branch and it’s history as an institution. Season 1 was incredible and I just started on Season 2!

That’s all for now! Cheers!

 

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Missed Opportunities

I miss a lot of opportunities to take photos. Some I miss because of my schedule, others I miss because I’m lazy, but two nights ago was the first time I missed a photo opportunity because of sheer timing.

I’m driving home around 8:15. Ahead of me, a nasty incoming thunderstorm, the clouds  low and pitch black. Behind me, a brilliant sunset, the sky lit up in an intense golden hue that, coupled with the low clouds, was creating a crazy lighting situation on everything, including the glass and steel of the high rises downtown. My camera was with me in the car, loaded with Ektar and ready to rock. I was passing by the exit for the perfect spot to capture the light off of the buildings. The photography gods had smiled upon me!

I turned off and parked a few blocks away from where I wanted to shoot. I knew there was maybe 10-15 minutes of light left so I hustled to get to my spot. But, unfortunately the light deteriorated and I didn’t get a chance to take any photos.

I was bummed! Even though I hadn’t planned to shoot, the conditions were so perfect that I expected to get these photos, and I think that’s where my problem lies: expectations.

When I set out to do something, I have a good idea of  the end result, and that can definitely be a disadvantage in photography. It means I do my homework and do a thorough job of scouting where I’ll shoot, but I will be the first person to talk myself out of shooting because conditions aren’t 100% perfect. I then get demotivated to do anything photography related. It’s a vicious cycle.

The situation with the awesome lighting conditions was a step in the right direction to correct this perfectionist thought process. An opportunity presented itself and I tried to take advantage of it. It didn’t work out, but it was a good lesson in how quickly light can change and how risk is necessary to capture good photos. It’s also a good thing for me to keep in mind that this isn’t the last Florida thunderstorm at dusk I’ll ever experience, so I’ll have to make the most of the next one!