The Last Straw

I’ve been using the expression “the last straw” for most of my life without really appreciating the metaphor. I’ve been fine with “last” – done, finished, the end, punto final. It’s the “straw” that I haven’t really thought about. That changed this morning. Contemplating moving my negative digitizing setup from my office upstairs to my desk in the apartment I brought the little Logan light box downstairs to see if it would fit in one of the desk drawers. It did fit, but when I took it back upstairs and turned it on to look at some negatives it flickered briefly and went off. “That’s it, I’m done,” I thought.  Continue reading “The Last Straw”

#$@&%*! Computers!

DISCLAIMER: I understand just enough about computers in general, and Macintosh computers in particular, to be dangerous. The following account is based on that lack of knowledge. I am certain it contains misunderstandings and technical errors.

That said, about a year ago I decided it would be a good idea to back up all my scans and contact pages on the iMac to the iCloud. It seemed easy, just put the folders on the Desktop and set iCloud to back up the Desktop and Documents. If only I knew…  Continue reading “#$@&%*! Computers!”

Another One Bites the Dust?

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Last year I was given a couple of 36-exposure rolls of ADOX Silvermax 100. I don’t like 36-exposure rolls so they sat unused until I recently finished the 100′ roll of HP5+ in one of my bulk loaders and was able to use the loader to break the two 36-exposure factory loads down into four 12-exposure loads in Leica FILCA cassettes. Continue reading “Another One Bites the Dust?”

Choices

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Over the years I’ve tried a number of one camera – one lens – one film – one developer – one whatever disciplines with mixed results at best. Experimenting is a part of my nature. I can not sustain interest in an activity unless there are new things for me to try. At the same time, I know that changing multiple variables at the same time when experimenting can lead to a lot of dead ends. Continue reading “Choices”

Medium Format – Love/Hate with a Vengeance

29639245577_0ff04df6e3_bA new thread recently started on the Leica Forum, for pictures taken 30 or more years ago. I got out my binders of contact sheets of my older negatives to look for something I might post. And, as always happens when I do that, I was so taken with my medium format images from the 60’s that few of my 35mm images from the same era really appealed to me.  Continue reading “Medium Format – Love/Hate with a Vengeance”

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 3 – Inkjet Prints

I have some family photographic prints made before the First World War. They have been stored out of the light at  room temperature for the past 100+ years and, except for the clothes and home furnishings, they look like they could have been made last year. If, by some chance, my great great grandchildren come across a box of my photographs in 2118 I hope that the prints will have held up as well. Printing with pigment inks in black and white on 100% cotton paper makes that more likely to happen. The costs in this post are based on that approach. Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 3 – Inkjet Prints”