I have been using film a little more lately and this was shot with Kodak Ektar 100 at the first sign of light.
I was in Sedona, Arizona last week during the extreme heat and forest fires. The combination created grey hazy sky’s and any chance of getting decent color photos of the chapel and rod rock country went up in smoke. It was a good opportunity, however, to continue to experiment with black and white film.
This over sized eraser is half a block north of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. This photo is one of 24 that I developed this morning. This is the first for me. The family all pitched in at Christmas and gave me most of the supplies I needed. The hardest part of the process is getting the film on the darn reel that goes into the developing container. I am very pleased at how they came out. Up till now I have had all my film developed at Costco and they haven’t done a very good job. They will only develop C-41type film and I’ve been wanting to try Kodak TX 400 which this is.
This photo is special to me for a couple of reasons. First, having it snow on the Central Coast of California is very rare. Secondly, it was taken with Fuji Velvia 50. I have never used this film and wanted to see for myself what it was like. I was driving to Santa Barbara this morning to drop off the role for developing and had one frame left. One of those lucky things. It was scanned at 1800 with a Plustek 8100.
If you follow this blog you may know I like to try B&W film occasionally. It’s much harder than I thought it would be. Colors can’t bail you out and the subject has to really be strong. At least to me it does. I haven’t shot many animals but having recently been in Montana there were lots of horses and here’s one I liked. Developed and scanned. No post processing at all.
I’m a sucker for old cabins, barns and gnarly trees. Hard to pass them up. The trees seem to always look better shot in B&W. This is at Buckingham Lake near White Sulfur Springs, Montana. I spent a week in this area fly fishing and taking photos. It was a fun trip and I’ll put others up on the site over the next few days.