Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vintage Cameras

Miranda Automex III
I'm finally getting around to shooting more of my camera collection so I can add them to my Vintage Camera page. I just uploaded 12 new cameras to my camera set on flickr. I plan to redo the whole camera page though - right now it is just a bunch of generic info - I want to make it more personal(links to photos I've taken with the cameras, info about where I acquired it, current value... etc.) After that I'm thinking a full redo of this website to make it more usefull and organized - but my mind tires just thinking about that - goodnight!
Brownie Target Six-20 Mamiya/Sekor 1000TL
Polaroid Onestep SX-70 Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super BC

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coffee Break

Coffee Break
I shot a few photos with my camera on the tripod today to test my newish lens(Canon EfS 17-55mm f/2.8) - I've had some concern about chromatic aberrations with it. I'm not sure what is an acceptable amount but since this lens cost more than my car I want to be sure it is performing as it should. Notice the red line on the coffee cup in the below photo(its corrected for with Photoshop in the above version) - all highlight edges seem to show this color-fringing. I called Canon and they said to take my filter off and test it - then send the lens in if I still notice the problem.  I intend to post this in a few forums and get some opinions before doing so....

Monday, February 27, 2012

More Hikes, More Remnants

Co-worker Dave and I were checking to see the condition of our fence in one of our fields. We ended up wandering over to the old Bender Farm(Jim Brown Farm) and looking around. We found some cool old bottles and a few deer skulls - not to mention old farm implements and the device pictured below. It seems to be some kind of old well but many of the parts were confusing...
Tri-PodWoods Wonder
We ended up hiking for a ways along the old roadbed for East River Road - lots-o-bottles in the Cuyahoga Valley....

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ring Flash Portrait Session II

Kyle needed a serious, business-style portrait for work-related things. This is not that portrait. But I like it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Botzum Area on Film

Another home development success(Tri-X400 and HC-110) - I'm getting my process down pretty well. I think that I'll shoot a few more with the same development method and then start to try some other things(push/pull maybe?). Most of these photos were taken on the Conrad Botzum Farmstead but a few were just random places I found in the woods. I always like to search for the blocked-off driveways on Riverview Road and then hike around the area looking for what was...
Won't You Be My Wagon Wheel II
The Path XXVII Utility II

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Conrad Botzum Farmstead

Botzum Barn
Today I went for another Towpath hike - but I spent a lot of time off the trail exploring some more remnants of old properties. I mostly shot film(Tri-X) but as usual hedged my bets with a bit of digital.
Akron Pure MilkConrad Botzum Farmstead I
I also think I stumbled upon an old farm trash pile(above left) - there were tons of really old glass bottles everywhere. I saved a few of the really cool ones with "Akron" on them.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Signs of Life 2012

Early Spring I
Wow, it came a full month earlier than usual. The average date of these plants/flowers showing up in my yard is March 15th. So much for a post about Spring relief after a hard Winter.
Early Spring IIEarly Spring IV
It can all change fast for the worse, though...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Melt Bar and Grilled

Independence Melt II
Today was Laura and my three year dating anniversary and we celebrated at the newish Melt in Independence. It was exactly what you'd expect from Melt - great, cheesy sandwiches and an extensive beer list. Its in a strip mall so it doesn't quite manage the atmosphere of the first two Melt's - but they're trying....we liked it.
Laura Independence Melt

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valley Bridal Trail

Sun and Shine
After work I went for a hike on the Valley Bridal Trail - I hiked north from the farm past the goat farm and the remnants of older farms too. Its a very pretty hike(especially with the sun setting) that I had always wanted to take but never had. I'd like to walk more parts of this trail and find more old remnants of the farms and houses of the valley. I know parts of the trail follow the remains of East River Road - a road that wound its way through the valley around the old farm fields until Akron-Peninsula Road was built.
The Path XXVII Obviously

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Botzum Hike

Today Laura and I went for a walk on the Towpath. I had wanted to take the above photo for a while. The background is the canal-era Yellow Creek Culvert that I wrote about last year. More square crops too...
End of the LineSwitch Tracks

Friday, February 17, 2012

Silhouettes and Crawlers

Silhouette XXVI
I had my camera at work today to capture the Yanmar C50R(below) that we rented to move dirt through the muddy fields. Its a great tool - fun to drive and super useful. I guess these things are quite a hot commodity, even though none of us had even known about them before Big John saw one in an auction. We have it for a week and we've already got a ton of work done with it.  To bad some kook from the EPA showed up and tried to claim a flood-damaged part of our field was a "wetland".  I consider myself an environmentalist but it doesn't mean common sense has to be thrown out the window....he really slowed us down....
Yanmar C50R

Film Flats

Steel Curves
My second attempt to develop film at home was a success. I used the exact same method as the first time - Kodak HC-110 for 6 minutes with 5 second agitations every 30 seconds at 68 degrees. I shot a this roll of Kodak Tri-X400 with my Minolta X-700 and a Rokkor 55mm 1.7 lens -I always love the cylindrical background blur I get with this lens.
As mentioned yesterday, I shot most of this roll in The Flats and then finished it in the north part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Construction DeereArches II
Chains IVIron

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Make-Shift Light Table

Make-Shift Light Table
I put lamp under Laura's frosted glass desk and it will stand in as my light table for the immediate future.
Deal with it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Square Flats

Flats Train
Today I went to Dodd Camera to pick up a few things - I bought a new thermometer for my film chemicals and developer for paper. I might have bought more but they are so unpleasant there that I just left. I than went over to Aperture which is the exact opposite - Scott is super-nice and helpful - and got some Impossible stuff(more on that later in the week).
I went a walk in the flats where I shot most of a roll of Kodak Tri-X but I decided to hedge my bets with a few digital shots too. I finished the roll in the Cuyahoga Valley and tried out a new red filter for black and white film....those will be developed and posted tomorrow...
Flats XI

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Failed Polaroid Valentine

Failed Polaroid Valentine
I'm soooo crafty! I turned this failed Polaroid into a Valentine for my sweetie - Laura - who I re-met three years ago today...and the rest is history!
Love ya babe!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Porta VC 400

To 77
Today I got an expired(2004) roll of Kodak Portra 400VC developed at Akron Commercial Color Lab. I shot the roll with my Minolta X-570 and a range of Rokkor lenses over the last few months. Unfortunately it will probably be the last roll of film shot with my favorite Minolta - the shutter is no longer working properly. While shooting this roll I would often have to remove the lens and push the shutter to its fully closed position to get the mirror to drop back down. Due to this, most of the roll is a loss, and many of the photos are only half visible. I do have two other Minolta's that are currently in working order - a X-700 and a SRT-101. The X-700 is supposed to be a better version of the nearly identical X-570 but I prefer the full information in the viewfinder of the 570. I shoot the SRT-101 mostly for a "historical experience" - its is a late 60s/early 70s SLR.  
Beaver Pond Shadows XVIII
I doubt I could handle fixing the X-570(though I might look into it) and I don't think I could justify the repair costs.  So the camera will probably be relegated to a life on a display shelf in my collection.
Miranda Automex III Beaver Pond II