Transitions, Part 3

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.

FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Yashica J-Mini, Ilford HP5+ in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Yashica J-Mini, Ilford HP5+ in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Rollei 35, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Rollei 35, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer Color Skopar 21/4
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer Color Skopar 21/4

A Look Back at 2014

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)

Rollei 35, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)

Voigtländer Perkeo II, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Voigtländer Perkeo II, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Canon P, Canon 50/1.5, Kodak Gold 200
Canon P, Canon 50/1.5, Kodak Gold 200
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Olympus 35SP, Fuji Superia 200 (Redscaled)
Olympus 35SP, Fuji Superia 200 (Redscaled)
Canon P, Voigtländer Color Skopar 21/4, Kodak Portra 400 VC
Canon P, Voigtländer Color Skopar 21/4, Kodak Portra 400 VC
Rolleiflex Old Standard, Kodak Ektar
Rolleiflex Old Standard, Kodak Ektar
Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (Reversed lens), Fomapan 200 in Caffenol C-L
Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (Reversed lens), Fomapan 200 in Caffenol C-L
Pentax K5, Pentax 18-55 DA
Pentax K5, Pentax 18-55 DA
Canon L1, Serenar 50/1.9, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)
Canon L1, Serenar 50/1.9, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H(RS)

Film and Digital, Side by Side

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.

FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
FED-2, Jupiter-12 35/2.8, Kodak Tri-X in Caffenol C-H (RS)
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4
Fuji X-E1, Voigtländer 21/4