Escape to the Japanese Garden

April’s roll of film was Ilford Delta 100 black and white film, shot with my Minolta X-700. I’ve scanned the negatives and haven’t done any processing. The focus is a bit soft, and the exposure may be a bit off, but I really like these images just as they are. I probably need to spend a bit more time on focusing, and maybe bracket exposures to check the meter’s results, but I haven’t settled on a black and white film as my go-to, so I’m not going to get too deep into the weeds just yet!

Pentax and Kodak Gold

One of the goals I set for myself this year was to shoot at least one roll of film each month. I missed January, but February was the black and white roll I posted here recently. For March, I shot an expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 that was about 15 years old. I used my Dad’s Pentax MV, which I’ve used before, with a 135 mm lens that I have never used before. Taking off my progressive lens glasses and focusing in the Pentax viewfinder is a bit of a challenge.

The photo above is a scan of the print I got back from Blue Moon. I did some minor processing in Photoshop Elements, mainly Auto Sharpening, Auto Color Correction, and Auto Haze Removal. I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with my Nik Collection plug-ins, and am hoping to get them back up a running, but in the meantime learning more about Elements.

Scanning color negatives proved to be a bit challenging, but interesting. The version below is the scan of the negative, with the same processing, with a bit of Auto Smart Tone also. The scanner left some odd shadows which I also found in a few other exposures on the roll, but not all. Until I get a bit better at scanning color negatives, I’ll probably rely on the prints from the processor. Scanning Black and White negatives was a breeze compared to color.

With the different lens, the expired film, and learning how to scan color negatives, it’s been a steep learning curve this week. I’ll post a few more images from this roll over the next couple of days, and then move onto the Black and White roll of film from April.

Shots Issue 151 Celestial Bodies

This photo was published in Shots Spring 2021 Issue. The theme is Celestial Bodies.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know that I’ve been walking our neighborhood here in Portland, Oregon during the pandemic this past year. Vintage cars and vintage garages have been some of my favorite subjects, so getting a photo of a Comet published as a Celestial Body seems entirely appropriate! And there’s a selfie in the bumper.

For those of you who haven’t found me on Instagram, you can find the link below. Those photos are entirely different from the ones posted here. They are also entirely taken on my phone.