Admitting Defeat [Edited]

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I haven’t posted for a while because I haven’t taken any film pictures since November. I have film in several of my all-manual cameras but increasing vision related focus issues and camera shake over the past year have reduced my number of “keepers” to nearly zero and I am tired of developing and digitizing the negatives with so little to show for the effort.  Continue reading “Admitting Defeat [Edited]”

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”

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”

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”

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!”