Film Digitizing Gotcha!

As my earlier posts have noted, I have been exploring various options to digitize my film negatives and slides.  I have an Epson V700 flatbed scanner, a Plustek Opticfilm 120 scanner, and have also tried scanning using a Fuji XT-1 APS-C (16 MP) digital mirrorless camera with both a Leitz BEOON copy stand, and more recently, using a Minolta Copy Stand II.  The scan quality … Continue reading Film Digitizing Gotcha!

Ships and Trains at Night, and Film Reciprocity Failure

Tall Ships America’s Challenge Race Series returned to the Great Lakes, and Kenosha, Wisconsin acted as a host city for the weekend of 1-4 August 2019.  Seven sailing vessels participated in the events, which included the Parade of Sail on 1 August, with all seven ships arriving in port under sail. The headliner ship was the Niagara, an accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s … Continue reading Ships and Trains at Night, and Film Reciprocity Failure

Butterflies and Macro

Back in mid-July, I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden with neighbor and fellow photographer, Laura Hedien.  Laura and I have frequently gone out on photo excursions to shoot a myriad of subjects, including lighthouses, a wolf sanctuary, downtown Chicago and Milwaukee, airplanes at Oshkosh, trains, and other things.  This latest excursion was focused primarily on doing macro photography of butterflies at the Botanic Garden’s “Butterflies … Continue reading Butterflies and Macro

Oshkosh, July 2018

I attend the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) annual convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin every year. The EAA calls it AirVenture, but most pilots still just call it “Oshkosh.”  For pilots and flying fanatics, it is the ultimate destination venue to appease the aviation addiction. Regardless of your specific interest in aviation or aircraft in particular, Oshkosh is also a unique opportunity for photography, with first class … Continue reading Oshkosh, July 2018

Still-Life Photography

All of my recent photography activities have not been exclusively film-oriented, despite the implication of the last post.  Something that I have been exploring lately is still-life photography in my makeshift studio in my home’s attic.  Still-life photography takes two primary forms – the found still-life and the created or constructed still-life. The found still-life consists of a scene or tableau as it exists in … Continue reading Still-Life Photography

Two Very Different Portraits

Here are a couple of recent portraits, both of which I enjoyed working on, but which could not be more different. The first image was taken a couple of years ago at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois.  Cantigny is the former estate of Col Robert R. McCormick, who was publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune until his death in 1955.  The estate features his … Continue reading Two Very Different Portraits