May 31, 2010


He continues to impress. The man behind Classicameras posted a set of images from his experiments with C41 processing.

One image totally floored me. I had to comment:

The sky and the roof reflection is extremely beautiful.

I don't often like abstract/still life stuff however you really understand these genres of photography aren't about the subject matter but how the elements interact and project light. Lovely.

The best quote I ever heard about Ansel Adams is he didn't make landscapes, he shot the weather -- and I always see the interaction of light and weather coming alive on your blog images.

Check the images out, especially the roof shot, here.

May 30, 2010

Shot with a Polaroid Propack

, originally uploaded by *jj*.
Converted FP-100C to black and white.
Note the use of a 35mm scanner.

May 26, 2010

Girl in blue dress

Girl in blue dress, originally uploaded by *jj*.

It's an image I've posted and taken down in the past.

One of my favourites but not really what is at the core of my shooting habits.

She was an attendee at a Belle Epoque fashion event at the Museum of Vancouver and she came dressed to the nines.

Her mother made it and I love the mix between the old and new details like the flash and the aluminum window frame and the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona leather in juxtaposition to the dress.

A bad pic in some ways. This is when I would shoot everything at f11 or f16 with the flash. Now, I shoot everything at f4 or lower. Mostly. Still, I love her vulnerability and the gesture of her hands. Admittedly underexposed.

May 25, 2010

Polaroid 110A

Polaroid 110A, originally uploaded by *jj*.

All right. I feel like an NHL General Manager. All the buying and selling was to get into position to acquire this camera. It has a Rodenstock Ysarex lens.

I'm of two minds. To convert it into a 4x5 or a Fuji 4x5 Pack Film.

May 20, 2010

Canon A35F

Canon A35F, originally uploaded by *jj*.

Things I've noticed:
it locks if the meter reads an underexposure. The camera wants you to use the flash.

In flash mode, the flash is fixed. It's the aperture that changes.

1.5V for the light meter works fine. Perhaps half a stop over-exposed.

The flash unit is one of the most discrete especially when compared to the Konica C35 EF.

May 4, 2010

Yashica T2 Kyocera with Carl Zeiss 35mm f3.5 Tessar T*

Yashica T2 (Kyocera)


Finally developed some test rolls. I've been buying more cameras than shooting lately but now the book is finished (first draft) I can take more images.

I bought this Yashica T2 for too much. $30. I suppose I could have gone hunting at the thrifts but I felt I should grab it. Of course I didn't notice the broken battery door. What's missing is a small piece of plastic catching the latch. Haven't figured out how to repair it.

I shot the above by having the battery door taped down (very dorky).

I enjoy the lens but find the need to use a "no flash" button annoying. Also, I think the minimum focusing distance around three feet. A tad too far. But, that's part of Tessar's lens design limitations.