Archive for November 4th, 2006


The Mother Lode (part 2)

As promised, I got my 6 rolls of film processed. It worked out to be 167 images. Unfortunately, one of the pictures I was most excited to get back didn’t make it. I guess I was trying to squeeze in too many pictures at the end of the roll or something. Anyway, in spite of not getting that shot, I did get a number of pictures that I like a lot. There are a lot of pictures of my daughter, which may not be interesting to people other than my family. However, I do also have a lot pictures that should be interesting to everyone.

I’ve learned some things from these pictures. First off, the color I get indoors using artificial lighting is not good. Second, I need to adhere better to the 1/3:2/3 rule for composing images. I have a few images where the subject is right in the middle and it doesn’t look good. Anyway, if you’re interested in sharing your impressions of my pictures, I would be interested in hearing your opinion.

Today, in addition to getting my pictures developed, I also picked up a 36-exposure roll of Velvia 100. It is apparently, the “new” Velvia, which doesn’t have as highly saturated colors as the “old” Velvia. I’m not really in a position to make a judgment either way.

The six newly developed rolls of film can be viewed here: 1 2 3 4 5 6
The whole collection of pictures I’ve taken with my Pentax K1000 can be found here.


The Mother Lode

As I mentioned in previous posts, I got a fully manual SLR camera around the end of the summer. The purpose of getting this camera was to use it to learn how to take good pictures manually, so if I got a digital SLR I wouldn’t just use it as a large, glorified point and shoot camera. Anyway, I’ve really been enjoying taking pictures, although I suspect this has been a source of frustration to my wife because I’m always stopping to take pictures when we’re out on walks, etc. I guess the hope is that the enjoyment of looking at the pictures once they’re developed outweighs the annoyance of having to wait around for me to take the pictures. Well, this weekend, the payoff will come. I have 6 rolls of film that I have to get developed and I think I’m going to get them developed this weekend. I have 3 Fuji ISO400 24-exposure rolls, 1 Kodak ISO400 36-exposure roll, 1 Kodak ISO200 24-exposure roll and 1 Kodak ISO400 C41 B&W roll to get developed.

Getting the pictures back should be interesting – I’m especially looking forward to getting back the black and white roll. Anyway, I’ll be getting back over 150 prints. I’ll try to get them on CD so I can post them to my SLR photography gallery. I’ll post again once I’ve posted the pictures.

Now that I’ve exhausted my reserve of film, I have to buy some new film.  I’m thinking about getting some Velvia 100 slide film because Adrian can’t stop himself from raving about it any time the conversation turns to types of film.  A friend of mine just shot a roll of Kodak Ektachrome 64.  He got some beautiful pictures, but that stuff is like $12/roll, so I think I’ll give the Velvia a try this time around (or maybe I’ll get a couple more rolls of B&W).  My friend also recently managed to track down a publicly available (well, to MIT students, anyway) Nikon film/slide scanner, so I should have no trouble posting the pictures I take on slide film in the future.


November 2006

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