For years I’ve seen the LAC+USC Medical Center in the distance when going into Los Angeles. It’s this huge almost gothic looking fortress in the distance. I think of The House on Haunted Hill when I look at it.
I’ve been playing with Cinestill 800T film on and off for a while now. It’s a newer film made from Kodak Vision3 motion picture film, but altered for use in still photography. The non technical difference is the remjet layer is removed so it can be processed in normal c-41 color negative chemistry. Anywho… What I love about it is it’s a gritty 800 iso color film that is tungsten balanced for use with indoor lighting!
I took another trip to Oklahoma in the Fall. To de different, I decided to shoot color film this time. It was the first time I’d used color film in my Rolleiflex! Ordinarily color goes in the Leica while the Rollei is reserved for black and white. I left the Leica at home this trip and took only the Rollei along with a Polaroid for something new.
After over a year of teasing us, Kodak Alaris finally dialed in it’s revival of Ektachrome. I couldn’t wait to shoot some!
It has been years since I’ve shot any sort of transparency film. I’m glad to see with this first roll I still remember how to meter properly. No bracketing, yay! Looks like tones are more accurate, compared to Velvia which was my biggest hope. I love Velvia, but it can go over the top in saturation quickly. I don’t think Ektachrome is going to replace Portra 160 as my go to every day film but it will be a great addition to my bag.
For years now, I’ve been traveling back to Oklahoma to visit family there. On my first trip, I had no idea what to expect and wasn’t really sure a Southern California boy was going to enjoy it much. What did they have to offer, cows?
I was so wrong. Since then I’ve come to love my visits there and take the opportunity to explore more of the area on each trip.
On August 21st, 2017, North America went crazy trying to watch a total solar eclipse. I admit I got caught up in it too.
My fellow photographer friend, John, and I got this brilliant idea we’d head up to Wyoming to try and watch it ourselves. John wanted to take photos, but I was more interested in seeing it happen. Naturally we decided this only a few months before the eclipse so finding lodging was a nightmare! Eventually we found a place near the Montana border and set about making our plans.
I had been meaning to try the Impossible Project b/w round frame film for a while. What perfect timing it was that as I prepared for another trip to Oklahoma, a Polaroid SLR 680 showed up at the camera store! I only had one pack of round frame so I wanted to use it for something special instead of just random photos. Lucky for me, my cousin took me to the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City.