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orange sunflowers

Not really, this was done in post, it it came out pretty cool.  This was converted to monochrome and the flowers selectively colorized back to yellow. Back in lightroom, a quick drag of the HSL yellow slider to zero it all it took!

orange sunflowers


I’ve posted shots of this light fixture before where I used the 50mm f1.4 lens.  That was digital, this is film.  That was perfect, this is grungy and grainy.


glass drops


A bonus shot.  Half a frame.  I guess the shutter didn’t open properly.



chives in bloom

Just some ordinary chives in bloom.  Photographed with Ilford HP5 film.


I originally had no plans on photographing the eclipse, so I didn’t purchase a solar filter. Of course, as the day approached, I changed my mind. Rather than worry about damaging the sensor on my mirrorless camera, I chose to use *gasp* film. I had a roll of Ilford HP5, so paired the Yashica TF-Electro X with a Rextar 300mm f4 lens and an old aluminium tripod.

I thought through the process a few days in advance. In order to see the sun in the viewfinder, I had to use solar glasses. This would render the camera’s light meter unreadable, so I used my mirrorless camera with ND filters to get the approximate aperture and shutter speed settings. Since I’m using 400 ASA film, the ISO was fixed.

The process of composing was a bit tricky. Looking through the viewfinder with solar glasses, I centered the sun in the frame. I locked the tripod, then attached stacked 10 stop and 4 stop ND filters.

I varied the shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/125 with the aperture between f8 and f11, a sweet spot for most lenses. Since the camera is completely manual, you need to check everything before opening the shutter.

We had passing clouds, so I had to re-frame the sun several time, repeating the process above.

I took this selfie and you can see the setup in the background.

I shipped the film off and got the negatives and CD this week. I took 17 exposures; these are the best two of the lot. This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday. I’m pretty pleased considering this camera is close to 50 years old. I’ll be ordering more Ilford film as I really enjoyed the other shots from the roll.



old school

About 3 years ago, a friend challenged me to shoot some photos with my film camera.  I took a shot here or there, but never got around to finishing the roll.  I completed the task by taking a bunch of photos of the eclipse, which I will post later.  When I scanned the photos, this image just jumped at me.  It’s one of our dogs, Bella.  10 pounds of terror.  She’s impossible to photograph, because she’s always on the move.  I have hundreds of photos of her, most of which are a blur.  To put this in perspective, my film camera is completely manual, aka manual focus, manual light meter, manual aperture, and manual shutter speed.  How I managed to get all 4 correct with a dog that never sits still is quite an accomplishment.  I love the grain, the film is Ilford HP5 400ASA.  It’s inspiring to take a decent photo with a camera that’s at least 45 years old.