About bokeh

across the mirror a world

across the mirror a world

I don’t like so much photographs with unfocused zones. This is because I started with compact cameras whose small sensors let that everything seems focused; besides as an architect my drawings show sections and elevations with clear lines, the difference in an elevation among objects near and far is the line thickness, but everyone of them is a clear and direct line.

But sometimes when the composition deserves it I open to the maximum the aperture and shot abstract forms. Actually bokeh is the quality and nature of that unfocused areas. The bigger the sensor the most obvious is the unfocused zone in a photograph, so although you win dynamic range, resolution, etcetera, you lose focus for example in landscapes or in portraits when the face is not parallel to the sensor plane one eye can be unfocused and, trust me my friend, that’s not nice. To compensate you have to close the aperture and use tricks like focus stacking in software or hyperfocal in lenses.

I’ve just a few photographs with bokeh in mind, I hope you find one of your taste.

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Hekob Revir

faster

faster!!

dust as fantasy

dust as fantasy

traces of clouds

traces of clouds

see the future read the past live now

see the future read the past live now

soft clash

soft clash

merlin's tomb

Merlin’s tomb

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bridge betweeen zephyrs

into the cold a warm color

into the cold a warm color

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just thinking

dawn flowers

dawn flowers

Funky Expired Film (Kodak ProImage 200)

mad film colors

mad film colors

Time to hear those old Bob Marley’s Albums! haha. I’m still trying to get something rational from my film experiments, but it seems that there are thousand of issues. I get some photos with some weird colors. I don’t dislike them but it’s a bit like a lottery to know if the negative it’s going to give you something consistent. I sent the camera to replace light seals so know it would be right but otherwise it could be the expired film that give me these photographs in all the range of reggae colors (colors that I didn’t fix so much because the shifts are practically total). I feel like I took them with a camera in a hand and a funny cigar in the other!

bokeh in analogue clue

bokeh in analogue clue

the last soft clounds on the world

sea of ice-cream

Actually I like the results, what makes me feel uncomfortable it that those results aren’t from my mind or vision (oh no, I am writing as an artist!) but from technical issues.

welcome back to 70's

welcome back to 70’s

Does anybody see a phantom in the next photograph?

memory of an old building

memory of an old building

I posted this one before but it’s part of that batch with severe color shift (I mixed the moon and the sun in one shot):

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Sol y Luna

tones of sunset

tones of sunset

But not every picture has these color shifts shifts and anomalous outputs. Some of them were pretty accurate so I believe it could be light leaks filtering light into the exposed negative. For example in the last photo you can see very realistic colors, even more I’d  liked to take the same scene with my Sony R1 because I feel that the film captured an amazing range of greens.

green in middle of red labyrinth

green in middle of red labyrinth

 

Said that I find more interesting the ones with color shift. The last one is just a simple shot I think. Technically I love the subtle tones of green and the detail captured for example in the leaves or bricks, but the composition is pretty normal, there is neither a question nor a message. I wonder if the other photographs would make me feel the same without the colors.

in fraganti

in fraganti

 

Feline curiosity. I was trying to capture more spontaneous moments. With film cameras I tend to prepare with anticipation the shoots. For landscape it’s no problem, but to capture a precise moment of people or subjects in continuous movement is harder. Well, actually it’s not harder than with a digital camera but, you know, every “click” in film costs at least one dollar :S …

Ayaviri, trains and an expired film (Agfaphoto 200) Part I

my blue train in the forgotten city

my blue train in the forgotten city

 

One of my brothers gave me his Olympus SP-500uz. I used it till learn everything, thanks to a fault (I took it to the beach without protection) I only could use it in manual mode. Thus way I learnt without help to use a camera properly to follow my desires. I liked so much the experience that I searched for the perfect camera for me, this was the Sony R1, purchase that I never regret and if you see the metadata is my most used camera, even I prefer it to the Fujifilm X-E1 that has better image quality but it’s not so enjoyable to use as the R1, and using a tripod there is no much difference. I gave the Olympus to our little brother and meanwhile I had to wait that the R1 arrived from US to Perú… I haven’t any camera except the one from my cell phone… So I asked to father one of his film cameras. My father is generous so I could choice any of them (besides he doesn’t use no one of them in this digital age, lol) There was a zenith, a Olympus pen and the Canon EF, a.k.a. black beauty. A FD mount camera made of pure black metal.

I had no problems in use it because I knew, thanks to the Olympus, to operate any camera in manual mode, so I take a little journey to a city I’d never been, Ayaviri, a pair of rolls and the adventure began. What you are going to see are my first photos ever done in a film camera. What a pity that in Puno city (never trust anything in touristic cities) they sold me an expired agfaphoto 200 disguised as fresh Kodak gold 200. I had to correct the best I could by computer.

The first think I felt uncomfortable was the 50mm focal length. I am used to 24 or 28 (in 35mm equivalence), one exception was the next picc that I took with that 50mm lens.

everyday is the same

everyday is the same

little cross

little cross

this seems a market

this seems a market!

bazar

bazar

The streets aren’t crowded, except  I think when it’s party time, you know, the final days of June when it’s in our hemisphere the equivalent of Christmas to the northern hemisphere (the day when the Sun is not going to go down more)

sweet day

sweet day

 

And well, I walked in middle of the streets in plane midday, and suddenly emerged a train!!!! it was like go back to my childhood when the train were more frequent and has a weight in the way you travelled around the country (actually the highways begun to be built since fifteen years ago), it was like see an old friend. I took with this roll much more photos of the train than the city:

come old friend

blue dog with white nose

follow my steps

follow my steps

take me with u

take me with u

the time is with us forever

the time is with us forever

red sign

red sign

leaves of grass say good bye

leaves of grass say good bye

I cho-cho-choose you

I cho cho choose you

the sharp edge of midday

the sharp ages of midday

let's travel to far away realms

let’s travel to far away realms

 

 

I wanted to go to Ayaviri because there are rock formations, unfortunately there wasn’t way to go so I had to stay just a few hours in the city. I ended the roll with the following images.

deep shadows

deep shadows

so many greens

so many greens

little window

house with rouge and closed lips

alone a distant motorbike

alone a distant motorbike

There are faults in the exposure. Time after I discovered that the cord that synchronize the ISO knob with the shutter was broken so the exposure was made a mess, the most have overexposure, and worse the roll was expired so I hope my composition defends my photographs.

Just for fun I took one image with the camera and another with my cheap cell phone camera from three years ago. No one is better I think, but the humble 2 megapixeles camera is a testament of how much the technology has advanced in digital photography (first the film version and bottom the camera phone version)

time and nature eating the old city

time and nature eathing the city

trees of ayavirir

trees of Ayaviri

Prehistoric modernity

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Last year my father was kind to give me his Canon EF. It is a bit difficult to find information of this film camera because it, a FD mount, has a name similar to the EF lenses for Canon film cameras with autofocus. This black beauty has just manual focus, That’s good, I’m not in a hurry.

I sent the film roll to a, supposedly, good lab in Arequipa . They gave me a little image from my roll, it’s a pity that they couldn’t process the roll as professionals. An image can be an important memory, for that reason I think they would do that work seriously. I am going to send my rolls to another laboratory, I hope with better and happier end.

I am Peruvian and I buy film rolls for the 35mm compact format that in digital equivalent is called full frame. My suggestion is that you have to avoid to buy them in touristic cities because they are probably fake, buy them in commercial cities, there the people lives and if it’s counterfeit the seller can be afraid that they are not going to buy from him/her again, instead in touristic cities they know that they’re not to going to see the same person again…

Anyway, it’s nice to see a developed negative of your work. It’s not better than a digital photo (now we have better optics and sensors with better accuracy, I think), just different.