Our theme for today is reflections. Featuring water in a liquid state as they do, these photos were either taken at the beginning of the winter, before I knew the full extent of just how unpleasant it would be, or near the end, when there seemed the faintest glimmer of hope that one day the world would not be trapped beneath a permanent layer of ice and snow.
Well, the year is winding down, and that means I am legally obligated to post some sort of retrospective. Instead of blathering on about some deep philosophical meaning of the passage of time, I will simply post some photos from the past year that, for whatever reason, I did not post here earlier. No commentary, no rambling on, just photos. See you next year.
Rollei 35, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
When I introduced my recently acquired Fuji X-E1, I noted that the photos it produces appear to me to be somewhat closer to film in overall appearance than those from other digital cameras I’ve used. It’s a very subjective thing, obviously, so I thought it might be instructive to show several photos taken of the same subjects at the same times, one each on film (Tri-X, shot with my FED-2 and Jupiter-12 35/2.8 and developed in Caffenol C-H(RS)) and digital (the X-E1 with my Voigtländer 21/4).
A few things to make note of in advance. First, on the Fuji, I used the built-in red and yellow “filters”, along with some boost of the highs and lows in-camera; I have found that these adjustments from the default settings help to produce a look closer to what I’ve come to expect in monochrome. On the FED, I used an orange filter to add a bit of contrast, as the conditions were quite overcast, with flat, diffuse light. Development of the film was not altered from my normal routine. I did make some adjustments to some (but not all) photos, as I would do with any photos, primarily by modifying the tone curves slightly, straightening, and dust-spotting where necessary. This was simply done to get the look of the pictures where I wanted them, as usual.
All that being said, I will simply let the photos speak for themselves. As usual, click for a larger (though still reduced for web viewing – this is not intended as an exercise in pixel-peeping) version.