The duller the day the brighter the colors.
The duller the day the brighter the colors.
Time to sleep my dear…
Garden is my album of photographs of flowers and related to them. Actually not always in gardens, they can be in sunny forests or grey fissures in the concrete.
I was watering the plants when I saw that the water running behind fallen grape leaves was reflecting the blue twilight, contrasting against the leaves as a strange sort of map, I thought I wouldn’t like to forget it.
I am not happy with 35mm film quality. Grain is very distracting and the colors seems a bit harsh comparing to colors from medium format film, at least what I see comparing in internet galleries. And I don’t know if it worth it because although the medium has a particular beauty I cannot find a scanner that can transmit it to the digital medium. I sent the film camera to replace light seals and with that I would be fixing several malfunctions: stuck shutter (I fix it), broken link between iso knob and shutter (I fix it), there no exists anymore the batteries for light meter and electronic shutter velocities (I imported weincell equivalents from US), there are just standard films but not variety and much less the professional line (again I am importing them). With this expenses I think I am going to come back to watching TV!!! hehe
Instead my digital cameras works even malfunctioning, I can’t blame the camera for mistakes. I have two rolls of Portra 160 for use proximately. I think I do it more because I don’t like that machines are not being used than love for film. When child I always didn’t like film because the colors always were different from my memory, today I like it but exactly to exploit it inaccuracies.
I was thinking in film versus digital because today went to the technical service to see the camera, but without luck. I post today a photo from my Sony R1, as any digital camera is great to experiment with a lot of things, in this case a long exposure during day, after that I processed the image in lightroom, I used the trial version, but Photo Ninja won my heart so I purchased the latter and not the former, but sure I get some nice images.
Time ago a classmate from Arequipa invite me to go to Capua Waterfalls, this is near Yura in the Southwest of Perú. They aren’t amazing or big waterfalls, but the path give time to talk and walk under the sun of the desert. It was a pity that she injured a foot. I was experimenting with the camera, an Olympus bridge with small sensor, so you are going to see images stitched with empty spaces and perhaps photographs that could be better, but I like them so I don’t worry so much. After see the limitations in resolution and functions I decided to go with a better camera, and the Olympus was very good.
The Olympus is so good that even with malfunction as is was in that time and today took good images.
In those times I was trying digital filters, today I don’t do much of that anymore, I feel them as distractions.
Naturally I took several photos of her, and to her, not for the blog, for that reason I’m just posting two of those because she is not recognizable and weren’t posed but composed by me.
And that’s Capua, certainly it’s a small place but in there is no place where there isn’t nothing to be recorded. It’s incredible to me how can live people there under a Sun so strong, but then again to them is incredible that I can walk with light clothes in my city that to them has a very cold weather.
Also was great to find spots with so much green:
A new day, a new week, but the sun the moon and the stars are indifferent to calendars. Time to do something new.
I was thinking in pu^blish these with yesterday’s post, but to not seem repetitive I am publishing them here. I find the cats fascinating, sure also is truth that a lot of people thinks otherwise, but the life is so short to be worried about the tastes of others.
It’s great, the highlights never seem to clip, with digital I have to compensate the exposure negatively, mostly with white and red colors.
I’m going to sound old but well, here it comes: when I was a child the memories were recorded with 135mm film cameras. They were compact cameras and very popular, in home dad had a Olympus Pen, a Zenith (Olympic version) and a defective Canon EF camera, this is a FD mount camera, before they made cameras with autofocus and the lenses were EF mount. I am preparing the review of that camera because I don’t see much data in Internet. I downloaded the manual from Butkus and sent him a donation for the kindness.
Father gave me that camera and I could repair it, I bought new weincell’s batteries and a spare body for eleven bucks in ebay to replace the damaged parts. Some time ago I took photographs of Ayaviri city but the lab did a horrible work with the negatives so I found a better laboratory. I used expired Kodak ProImage 200 film to try the camera. I processed the jpeg photos in Photo Ninja, the most adjustment was correction of contrast and nothing more; few have more corrections to reduce color casts and bands for the expired roll I guess.
I took the next photograph, that I published days ago, almost at night. The battery wasn’t working so it took just a one second exposure. Fortunately it could see the leaves and the photo resulted as I wanted.
(Please, have in mind that I took these pictures as a test)
This was a multiple exposure photo. The camera has a button to take that kind of photos, just one has to adjust the ISO dial in relation to the number of exposures, but this was for an error, my error, at loading the film roll. So it wasn’t intentional…
I liked the photographs so I bought Kodak Portra 160 and I am going to buy also Fuji astia 100 and velvia 50.
Actually I still see film photographs, at least from 35mm with a personal defect: They look a bit dreamlike, that’s fantastic if one wants that effect but when I was a child I always felt betrayed at see the photographs different from my memory record. So to record the things I see I prefer a digital camera with all of its defects. By the way I feel the same for digital medium format, it has so much sharpness that to me is unreal, also different to my idea in my mind of reality, something similar to the movies in 4K.
But to other things, more abstract or that I like to give a dreamlike atmosphere I would be glad to use film. And about filters upon digital files I don’t find much sense, you have to pay expensive software. If you want a film aspect so shoot film, if you want a digital aspect so shoot digital. I find it reasonable if the film preset is to tune colors and have a better image, as a starting point, but not to mimic.