Saturday, September 3, 2011

Coastal Camera Tales

There are many things that I could blog about. 6 rolls of prints came back from the film lab. I picked up most of what I need for home developing on the cheap. My Konica Autoreflex T works mechanically and takes rather nice pictures; a testament to the build quality, being recovered from an outdoor trash heap after 4 months in the Oregon winter. My 110 Zoom 110 slr works and takes mediocre pictures. My Nikon N50 is not too fun to shoot with and badly underexposed 1/2 the roll. The old Kodak Ektra 2 with found film from 1980 made some weird, expired-film pictures.

Meanwhile, back down on the beach Thursday with my little Nikon P6000, I walked. It was a great morning for a walk. I contemplated shooting with medium format film. I will have to get used to framing in a square. Here, two shots merged together.
Up from the beach at Devil's Backbone, Andrew D. Barron©9/1/11
The tide was coming in. The used price of the P6000 is up again, so I listed it for sale early this week. I had been shooting without the adapter tube this week and it proved disastrous. I had the camera on a monopod. My pack was set in the moist sand. I stopped for a shot and waited until it was almost too late.
Looking north as surf approaches from the beach at Devil's Backbone, Andrew D. Barron©9/1/11
At the lower left, you can see the surf is moving fast and is a long way from the final wave run up. I barely got my pack out of the way and lunged up the shore. I thought it was a close call, but looking down, there was the P6000 on the end of the monopod, the lens had been buried in sand. This might have been okay, but either I or the camera decided to turn it off. The lens crunched and that was that. There is sand in the lens retraction mechanism. I have been using this camera, satisfied, but not in love with it for far too long already. I opted to sit a while. I still had my Hipstamatic with me.
Driftwood on beach at Devil's Backbone, Andrew D. Barron©9/1/11
In mid July, I uprighted a broken crab cage that washed onto the beach. Surprisingly, it is still sitting that way, like a wide wheel on the beach. I noticed a bumble bee foraging on the tiny flowers growing up through. I missed the bee. The camera ended upside down, inside the cage for this shot.
Flowers in crab net, Andrew D. Barron©9/1/11
I took down the for sale listing. The P6000 is a very compact camera when you take it apart. Repair must wait for a day of far more patience.

Back in time.
Friday, I took out my old trusty Sony DSC-H1. The image quality is, well, 2005.
Dragonfly above Sisters Rocks, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
Back cover to Fur, 2006 starring Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus
As of last weekend, I have most of what I need to process my own film. When I look over at my behemoth enlarger that can take 6x6cm film (120 roll film), it makes me wonder about that format. Aside from the Holga, medium format photography didn’t reach the masses like the 35mm camera.

I went to the library and the back cover of a film caught my eye. It looks like a Mamiya of some type. Fur, from 2006. I could make up excuses, but I was unaware of Diane Arbus by name. I have seen the famous Twins photograph, and looking fresh today, without doubt Kubrick referenced this image in The Shining. Arbus photograph and The Shining Twins. So, awareness of past greats can come in unexpected ways, such as the DVD cover to a fictional love story. This July it has been 40 years since Diane Arbus departed. Apparently she progressed from 35mm to 6x6 twin lens reflex cameras, a Rolleiflex and and Mamiya. Soon I will read this article from Smithsonian, 2004 here. And after that I will try to watch the movie.

If any of you out there have a medium format camera you need to put to good use, you can send it my way!

In other news, today I discovered that Keebler Coconut Dreams are remarkably similar to Samoas girl scout cookies. At 60 calories per cookie, it will be weeks before I get rid of those delicious extra calories. You can read more about the cookies here. Woo hoo (or dang, I just ate 720 calories)!
South down the southern Oregon Coast, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
A single frame from the above two-shot mosaic:
South down the southern Oregon Coast, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
Turning north and merging two frames. Merging adjacent shots does provide more pixels to work with.
Humbug at sunset, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11

Moon above shore at sunset, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
Moon above shore at sunset, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
Bridge at milepost 311, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
I stood at the edge above some scaffolding beneath you can see above. There was not a lot of room for me, but I took a few of these:
Sunset from bridge at milepost 311, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
The one nice thing about the H1 is the remarkable telephoto range made possible by the tiny sensor and rather good Sony glass. 432mm equivalent focal length for full frame.
Moon set from bridge at milepost 311, Andrew D. Barron©9/2/11
Coming soon: film photography blogs featuring 110 film and the Konica Autoreflex T.


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