Quick Take

In my continuing effort to settle on a single negative format one difference I hadn’t really thought about before is that when the 35mm cameras are in the closet and I am using the medium format cameras I spent a lot less time looking at photography sites on the internet and a lot more time looking at photographs in books in my little library and in the boxes of photographs scattered around the house. Just sayin’

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 2 – Negatives

The numbers in this post are a snapshot of where my hybrid film workflow is today. I am still taking most of my film pictures with my old Leicas but, increasingly, they are on a tripod with the Visoflex. Shaking hands and failing vision have reduced my percentage of “keepers” when shooting hand held to nearly zero. So marginal costs are of more than academic interest these days as I think about my future in photography. Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 2 – Negatives”

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 1 – Sunk Cost

When accountants talk about costs they make a distinction between a sunk cost, which is a cost already incurred that cannot be recovered, and a future cost, which is either a cost not yet incurred or a cost already incurred but which can be recovered. Future costs can be complicated to analyze. In the remaining posts of this series of articles I will only address marginal cost, which is the future cost of producing one additional unit.  Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 1 – Sunk Cost”

Stitching Negative Scans

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One reason I started this blog was as a repository for contributions to online discussions of technical photography issues that I find myself making over and over again. It will be easier to point to this post the next time someone complains that their software’s panorama function is not doing what they expected when stitching negative scans. Continue reading “Stitching Negative Scans”

Rain!

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I am back early from camping in the mountains of New York State. It rained almost every day, Several of the storms were heavy enough to wash out parts of the roads in the area. Our campsite was so soggy we made squishing sounds when we walked. After three days of that, my wife and I decided we’d had enough. We packed up and came home. It has been raining a lot in New Jersey too, with no immediate end in sight, but we are snug and dry in our house and all of the roads are in good condition. Continue reading “Rain!”

Too Much Testing!

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When I take pictures with a film camera I use Notes on my iPhone to record the equipment and materials and anything interesting about particular frames. When I develop a roll of film and make an inkjet contact sheet I print the notes from the iPhone at the bottom of the sheet. Reading through a lot of these notes recently I was struck by how many times the word “test” appears. Continue reading “Too Much Testing!”