June, 2012 Archives

Happy Birthday

June 18th, 2012 Permalink

As I get older, birthdays are less important.

As I get older, birthdays are less important.

Lots of Scanning Recently.

June 14th, 2012 Permalink

Sometimes I think about my photography and where I am with it. Sometimes I think I could push myself more and get more exposure. Then I think about many of the people who do that. Many are pretentious ass hats. I don’t want to turn into one of them. Don’t get me wrong, many are […]

Sometimes I think about my photography and where I am with it. Sometimes I think I could push myself more and get more exposure. Then I think about many of the people who do that. Many are pretentious ass hats. I don’t want to turn into one of them. Don’t get me wrong, many are very nice and have great work, but there seems to be a large number who give their work too much meaning and use ten thousand words to describe a photo of someone eating a cheeseburger.

In the end, I just want to take my photos.

Don’t Cheap Out

June 13th, 2012 Permalink

I thought about long and hard whether to post these photos unedited like I have. I did my standard base sharpen to correct for my scanner and I adjusted the colors slightly. I did not, however, fix any of the spots on the film. This is the cheap internet re-rolls that I bought for 7 […]

I thought about long and hard whether to post these photos unedited like I have. I did my standard base sharpen to correct for my scanner and I adjusted the colors slightly. I did not, however, fix any of the spots on the film. This is the cheap internet re-rolls that I bought for 7 RMB a roll. They were rolled in Kodak Gold cases and packed in what were clearly laser printed Kodak Gold boxes. The film was NOT Kodak gold. The film is not sharp, it has the grain of an 800 speed even though it is 200 asa, and there here are hundreds of little pin pricks in the different color layers of the emulsions. They show up as colored dots on the photos. I could clone them out in PhotoShop and I have on a few frames, but it is a pain and it will serve as a good reminder to only buy quality film. It just isn’t worth my time to save a few rmb.

This leads me to my next point. Saving RMB. I am doing a lot of that lately. For anyone not in the know, I am taking off most of next year to travel around the world… again. This, of course, means saving lots of money. I have a pretty large chunk saved up so far. Somewhere to the tune of $11,000 CAD. With my current calculations of $50 a day, that puts me at the 220 day mark. I still have around 6 months of saving to do.

My big dilemma as always is what camera to take. There are so many good choices. I’ve got a couple DSLR’s with L lenses kicking about. I have a Leica M2 and a few lenses. I have a slew of old Minolta SLR’s that are dandy. I even have a 4×5 that is great, if not somewhat big… Ahh the choices.