Week 30 | January 4 – 10, 2020

Winter is here. Dark days with rain. Wind comes off Puget Sound and everything is colder than the temperature gauge. Next week forecast is snow. At least snow can be photographed.

Conspiring with the weather, the legal workload has been high and will probably grow higher in the next couple of months. I can’t and won’t complain. It’s good, challenging work.

Digging through my meager batch of snaps, I’ve selected a few. All JPEGs, of course. Classic Chrome. But posting them only out of obligation. I doubt any make a “best of” list.

Here you go:

Green Lake, Seattle, Washington. January 4, 2020. Fuji x100f.
Green Lake, Seattle, Washington. January 4, 2020. Fuji x100f.
Ballard, Washington. January 4, 2020. Fuji x100f.
Green Lake, Seattle, Washington. January 4, 2020. Fuji x100f.
Aurora Avenue, Seattle, Washington. January 9, 2020. Fuji x100f.

Ballard Bridge | CineStill 800 | Canon AE1 Program

Some more shots from the roll of CineStill 800. Maybe 12 to 14 shots that were good. Most were “keepers” which is a tremendous yield for me with 800 speed color film.

A wet, rainy, morning. Cold, the kind of damp cold that would remind me of the Faroe Islands if I had ever been there.

The Ballard Bridge is over 100 years old. There aren’t any plans to replace it.

Beautiful? Probably not. Pretty utilitarian. But makes for a great subject.

Here’s some shots:

Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.

Week 26 | December 7 – 13, 2019

This week almost got by me. Not many shots. Travel day (Ellensburg there and back) with not great weather. Medical procedure (test/nothing) on Friday. Monday court appearance.

These are the weeks that try commitment. That test creativity.

Shots are here; let’s see if I can come up with five.

Ellensburg, Washington. December 12, 2019. Fuji x100f. Pro Neg Hi.
Ellensburg, Washington. December 12, 2019. Fuji x100f. Pro Neg Hi.
Ellensburg, Washington. December 12, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus
Ballard, Washington. December 12, 2019. Fuji x100f. Pro Neg Hi.

Four. That’s it. The fourth was a stretch. I did shoot a bunch of film so there’s that. Should get those scan back now.

Week 24 | November 23 – 29, 2019

Thanksgiving week. Oldest daughter home from college. Youngest one working on applications. Weather is cold and clear. Days too short. Dark by 4:30.

My film cameras are loaded with slower black and white films. Really too much sun to be using them. I shot a bunch of family stuff at the Thursday dinner.

Culled through this week’s work and grabbed these:

Three of the photos I took from my car. Almost feel like that’s cheating.

Ballard, Washington. November 24, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.
Ballard, Washington. November 23, 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Seattle, Washington. November 25, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. November 25, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Seattle, Washington. November 25, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.

Ballard | JPEG presets | Fuji x100f

Among my three cameras is a Fuji x100f. Known for their film simulation jpegs, these retro looking cameras rekindled a love of photography for me after several years lugging around a Nikon DSLR.

Ninety-nine percent of my shots have been jpegs. Most of them using the Acros film settings. I borrowed heavily from Ritchie Roesch and his “film recipes.” But after a couple of years, I was ready for a change.

The photos below were taken on a short photo walk with a preset modeled after the work of Darcy Padilla and created by Kevin Mullins.

Settings follow the shots:

Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019 Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R (Padilla).
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R (Padilla).
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R (Padilla).
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R (Padilla).
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R (Padilla).
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R (Padilla).

Film Simulation: Monochrome+R

DR: 100

WB: Auto

NR: 0

HTone: 0

STone: +3

Sharp: +1

I’ll give credit for the recipe to Kevin Mullins. I’ve actually made all the settings he advocates as my preset film simulations. Look for more in future posts!

CineStill BwXX 250 | Canon AE-1 Program

Sometimes we make mistakes. Good, bad: it doesn’t matter. The following photographs were mistakes of a sort. Loaded iso 250 film in and, while thinking of Ilford 3200, I set my camera’s iso for the much larger number.

Dropping the roll off at Moonphoto lab and explaining the blunder triggered some counting on fingers…how many stops is that?

I’m not one that pushes or pulls film. What the box says, is what I do. Anyway, after this, I might push (or pull) some more.

The film is CineStill BwXX 250. Described as a classic black and white film stock that has been relatively little changed since its 1959 release. According to the CineStill website Raging Bull (1980) and Schindlers List (1993) were shot on the film.

This set is from a walk I did after dark in Ballard.

Here are the shots:

Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.

Week 22 | November 9 – 15, 2019

A week of photographic riches. College campuses (tours), late fall colors, sun, fog, rain…a bit of everything.

I have separate themed posts already posted or in the queue. Even with that, I had trouble culling down to these few.

Here they are:

Reed College, Portland, Oregon. November 9, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R
Salem, Oregon. November 10, 2019. Fuji x100f.

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. November 11, 2019. Fuji x100f
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Ballard, Washington. November 14, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.