Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pushed 35mm Trip Photos #1

Here are some pushed 800 ASA and STAND developed (Rodinal for 2 hours) 35mm scans from the last trip. Developed these negs last night. I am getting to like the harsher more grainy and contrasty look and feel that comes with film handled this way.

Pushed 35mm Trip Photos #1

Here are some pushed 800 ASA and STAND developed (Rodinal for 2 hours) 35mm scans from the last trip. Developed them last night. I am getting to like the harsher more grainy and contrasty look that comes with film handled this way.

Bought Me A Canon 5D Mark 3

Bought a used Canon 5D Mark 3 from my friend Larry, he is moving up to a Canon 5D Mark 4 ($4500). Larry takes great care of his equipment and sold me his Mark 3 for a very good price of $1400 CAD. That price is about $ 500-1000 cheaper than many more used Mark 3 bodies go for. I now have a Mark 3 and Mark 2. The Mark 3 does  much better in low light so I think it is worth the expense. I want to try to use it to do an available light colour series next trip. Larry is a great photographer, maybe some of that greatness will run in my direction when I use his gear. :))

Note* The Mark 3 is also much better at doing video, so that might also be an option for me. Can I use this camera instead of still to be purchased Canon C100 ($2500 USD) to do a documentary film on Fred at the dump? I know the video/sound functions on the Mark 3 will be not as flexible and high end but it would be quite a bit cheaper and may be good enough for my limited skills and needs. I had planned to buy the C100 earlier but the deal fell through so am still open to what camera I will use.

Update** Think this will be the end of my purchases for a while, been spending too much money. I have much of my wet plate gear now, probably have my documentary movie camera and have all kinds of new ULF cameras and lens. Lets start saving again! My next trip, will be in early 2017, not sure exactly where just yet. I need to save some money to MAKE pictures again instead of just buying more and more gear.

Canon 5D Mark 3

Bought Me Some Ambrotypes

Loved the expression of this old man in this Ambrotype, cost was $24 USD plus shipping, it comes with a could condition case.

This one is small small 2 inches x 2 1/2 inches, got it cheap, $10 USD plus shipping.

Older woman with hair up, 1860-80s?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Soviet Tripod #2 Now On Its Way

Paid for my second "Russian Strong Like Bull!!" tripod today. This one also cost $110 USD, $60 for the tripod ($10 discount) and $50 for shipping. The eBay seller ships these things via boat from Belarus, so it takes quite a while for them to reach my door in Canada but the shipping cost is cheap for something so large and heavy, and these former Soviet military (?) tripods are very large and heavy. Using 2 Soviet era tripods in combination with a homemade platform between them I can securely mount the ultra ultra large 24x32 wet plate camera easily. Not sure I will ever buy this camera but if I do, I am now set. My 16x20 "May Lee" Chamonix can be easily handled with this set up as well, probably a bit of over kill there. One super large tripod might be enough used with a monopod or small tripod on the front standard.

Am happy I ordered and paid for this second Soviet unit now, all my tripod leg problems seem solved. I might still buy a larger Reis style head at some point, not sure just yet.

Bought Me Another Ambrotype

Picked another cool Ambrotype today, this time an older rather confused looking man. Price $62.61 CAD including shipping. All these Ambrotypes date from around 1855 to 1890. Fredrick Scott Archer created wet plate photography in England in the year 1851.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bought Me A Ambrotype Of A Young Man, 1850s

Think I need to slow down a bit on my Ambrotype buying. Bought this one today for $60 CAD including shipping. Found this young man Ambrotype a bit haunting, ghostlike. I might try placing these collodion produced images on the walls of my mobile wet plate darkroom (cargo trailer or cube van).

Ambrotype of a young man circa 1850s

Sandra Lim: The Real Meaning of Success

Not sure if I posted this already. If I have sorry but it is worthy of a second go. One of my photos from the Klong Toey Slum series in Bangkok is part of this beautifuly written article by Sandra Lim. Here story speaks to the importance of volunteering and helping others, putting others before yourself.

I remember when I made the photo, I was teaching the children English and they were all yelling out parts of the body at me, Ear, Nose, Head, Hair. The smiling little girl in the shot (second from the left) kept yelling out over and over again "Nose!, Nose!!, Nose!!!!" Great fun, and a good memory.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quotes: Marlee Matlin (Actress)

"The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth."

"The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind."

Bought Me A Case Of Ambrotypes

Got me 12 small Ambrotype portraits in one auction. The cases are not in the best shape but the images should be strong, intriguing and inspiring. Who were these people? What were their lives like? What experiences did they have? Fascinating stuff. Cost was $155 CAD for Ambrotypes and shipping to Canada.

My 12 new Ambrotypes with 1/2 cases, 1850-1890