Snapshots of the Week (04100004, 04100033, 04100021, 04100015)

Dorcas, Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400, Tmax Dev

Champaign/Urbana has a lot Korean restaurants; this one is by far the best, despite being named Dorcas. You know it’s good when all the Korean students eating there are sweating from the spice. They even had Korean style infrared water glass sterilizer! Here’s a few other random shots. All done with a Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400 @ 400 in Tmax Dev (1+4 instead of my usual 1+5), at 68 degrees for 6.5 minutes, 10 seconds agitation every minute.

Grass, Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400, Tmax Dev

Kate, Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400, Tmax Dev

Round, Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 400, Tmax Dev

“Beautiful Becoming Dim” (04040016)

Hexar RF, 50 Hex, Delta 400 in Diafine

For the source of this quote, see this auspiciousdragon post about the new Zeiss Sonnar in S mount. This rumor about a new Nikon S mount digital RF is probably just that, a rumor, but it’s just outrageous enough to be believable. Have Nikon and Zeiss built a relationship around the ZF lenses (or is the F mount public domain)? Are Zeiss, Cosina and Nikon working together to bring out a full frame digital Zeiss Ikon or updated digital Nikon SP rangefinder? Or is some forum nut laughing his but off right now? Magic eight ball says “answer unclear.” Ok, actually, the first time around it didn’t understand the question. The second time around, after I capitalized and punctuated the question, it answered yes. I’m not sure I trust oracular pronouncements from something that needs punctuation in order to understand the question.

That Lamp Shows Up Everywhere . . .

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 3200 @ 1600 in Diafine

B&W Notes: Delta 3200

For a friend’s recent wedding, knowing that I would have to deal with low light levels and not wanting to bother with more than one film stock, I shot nothing but Delta 3200 sometimes with 4x ND on the Biogon. I shot four rolls at 1600, souped 2 in Diafine and 2 in Tmax. I think the Diafine rolls – some of the results of which you can see above – turned out better. I hesitate to use the term ‘shadow detail’ in reference to these shots, but they’ve got more of something like shadow detail than the rolls souped in Tmax have. Diafine has the added benefit of being easier to use as well.

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 3200 @ 1600 in Tmax

The Tmax shots – above – are fine too, but I think I prefer Delta 3200 in Diafine. It might be worth trying Delta 3200 @ 800 in Tmax; I’d be curious to see if you could hold onto that beautiful grainy structure, but extend the shadow detail a bit. A lower activity developer might be a better choice for something like this.

The Happy Couple, Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 3200 @ 1600 in Tmax

BTW, it was a nice wedding, one of the nicest I’ve been to, in a beautiful church with a lot of family who appeared to be sincerely happy. Congrats Andy and Laura.

Picture of the Week (4020023)

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, Delta 3200

Anna in a hotel room mirror.

Thanks to everyone who left words of encouragement and appreciation. I’ll not be resuming everyday posting quite yet, but I will be posting. In the interim, I’m putting together a book. More details on that soon.

Gone Fishing

As Marek commented on the last post, I’ve been a little off my game the last couple of weeks. Chalk it up to changes at work, the cumulative effort of keeping a film based blog going (seriously, it’s a lot of work), and just doing too much of the same thing for too long. The last couple of weeks I find myself repeating a passage from the Tao Te Ching over and over; “Keep sharpening your knife and it will dull.” My knife is dull. It’s time for a break.

On that note, I’m hanging up my “Gone Fishing” sign. The blog is closed until further notice, but feel free to poke around the archives. There are literally thousands of photos on this site, which should be enough to keep all of you busy for a while. See you back here when the fish stop biting or the beer runs out, which ever comes first.