My wife is also a teacher and she teaches at Granville Middle School. Anyway, our Spring Breaks pretty much are never the same but this year, our breaks were the same! So, we decided at the last minute to go to Florida. We found a great deal in Pensacola Beach. It was a cool break. My wife also shoots so our days were filled with getting sun and shooting and in the evening we went out to eat, then it was back to our villa to edit our pictures we took that day. Pretty much a perfect break for me! Below are some of the pictures I took. I ended up editing much heavier than I usually do but that's one of the cool things about digital; you can always change your photo dramatically.
Between raindrops, I spent most of my summer shooting and developing color film. Here's a brief synopsis of my experiences:
Roll 1, Konica 160:
I mixed the chemistry wrong! 😞 In my defense, the writing on the bottles was really small. I had to order more chemistry from California, so I had to wait a couple weeks.
Roll 2, Konica 160.
It worked! 😀 I agitated the chemistry like black and white film and the result was grainy, blue images. I did touch these up in Lightroom. An IG friend told me to develop hotter to get rid of the blue. The developer I'm using allows you to develop at 3 different temperatures. I chose to develop at 100F.
Roll 3, Konica 160:
This roll turned out pretty nice. It still has quite a bit of blue/purple, but I liked them, my family liked them and they did well on Insta. I think my self developed color seems to have a nice deep look. I shot all of these rolls with my Olympus OM1. My son, Connor, loves to shoot my OM1. I was able to find another OM1 for him. So, now we shoot together and we both have the same cameras.
Roll 4, York 200:
This was by far my favorite roll. Unfortunately, they no longer make York film😕. The roll I shot expired about 10 years ago. Your film was made in Italy. I found this roll in my office (I know, hard to believe).
Roll 5, Ektar:
This roll turned out pretty well. Ektar is a highly saturated film and is my favorite film for nature. Ektar, however, is not great for portraits because it is too saturated.
Roll 6, Konica 160:
This roll turned out purple again, I'm thinking Konica requires a higher temperature than Ektar. I'm kinda digging the purple, though.
I have a few more rolls that I did that aren't shown here. The results were pretty similar to what's here.
In the end, developing color has been a fantastic experience! It's nice to have something "new" come along and reignite my passion for photography - developing color is like that for me😃!
A cool and short article about a man who turned camper into a darkroom. Very cool.
This is from my 4th or 5th timed using this chemistry. Color is cool because you can reuse the chemistry for 2 weeks. I find it interesting that the color is better as the the developer ages. This is York film that expired in 2005 and was made in Italy. I happened to find this roll of film cleaning my office at school.
I've never developed color, not even in college. Developing color is hard; most colleges only develop black and white film, like we do. My Advanced Film students are anxious to try developing color, so I've been practicing this summer so I can teach it at school. I love it!
This image, and the images following this one, are from the second roll I developed. After some research, I found that consistent agitation yields better grain. So, I "spun" these in a sink full of water while they were in the tank. Another cool thing about developing color is that I only had to develop this for 3 1/2 minutes.
A fast and interesting read.
I had a lot of fun last night and today playing with a 2 Polaroid Land Cameras; a 320 and 330. I started buy buying a battery online for about $9 and a pack of film for about $10. Well, both arrived last night and I couldn't wait to get started! I figured that even if it didn't work, $20 for two days of learning and entertainment was well worth it.
I started with the 320 simply because it was a better looking camera; I know, really shallow. It had chrome around the viewfinder and was cool looking. When I put the battery in, I noticed the leads were corroded. So I loaded the battery and loaded the film. I fired off a few experimental shots to no avail; solid black images.
So, I got to work early this morning to see if the 330 would work. I got the 330 in a box of cameras I bought at an auction that I use for school. The 330 is the Polaroid that I have had on display in my office. I transferred the battery from the 320 to the 330 and took both cameras into the film darkroom to transfer the film.
By this time it was 7am and I needed to get to the digital lab. So, I took a quick pic in the hall. With these cameras, the photo develops in a sleeve that you pull out of the camera. The sleeve has all them chemistry included. The developing time depends on the temperature of your environment. When the time is up, you peel the developed photo off the sleeve. It is REALLY cool!
The image below is my first image. It's dark but it's cool!
I have Advanced Film last period and I had one picture left (you get 10). So I thought it was a great time to take the last shot. Some of the Advanced Film students posed for me as I shot the last picture. I knew that shooting outside on a nice day would have much better results.
Check out this post from Joel Robinson's blog.
Here's some images from the camera. I've also began shooting Ektar, a new film with a lot of saturation. As you can see, I'm really into bokeh.
Here's a post from my Insta. For Adv Film students, here's an idea for your blog posts.
This is a test. I installed the Weebly app and am about to try to add a picture to my blog. Wish me luck! If this works, we can change our pages from "standard pages" to a blog page and you can upload pics with your phone. Instead of scanning pictures, you can take a pic of it, upload it to your blog and then I'll grade it.
This is a B&W macro I took over the summer.