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Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:20 pm
by PFMcFarland
Last year was fraught with change and turmoil for me, and even though I did some photography every month, most of you would likely guess not. I just had so many things going on that getting film developed became a secondary need, so it piled up.

Well, I finally got it all processed and scanned now so it will be coming along in bits for the next few weeks.

First up is some practice on the Leica CL, which was still fairly new to me back in July. It was a beautiful summer day as a front had cleaned the air the day before, so I drove up to the Peaks of Otter Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Now this place has been a bugga-boo for me so many times. Something always seems to happen when I stop there for photos, and not in a good way. This time would not be different.

Though the CL has a built-in meter, it takes the old 625 size battery, which is replaced these days with a Wein cell, and I was out of them. Doing the Sunny-16 thing was not a problem for me, except that I had loaded Ektar 100, which I have come to the conclusion it has very little latitude. And I set the shutter speed wrong, and didn't catch it until the last three shots. Then at one time, I was positioning myself for a low shot through a gap in the cattails, and almost rolled into the lake when I lost my balance.

Here are some halfway decent results.

The "Almost took a swim!" shot (Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm 1:4):
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Between The Tails by P F McFarland, on Flickr

A couple done with the Leitz-Wetzlar Elmar-C 90mm 1:4:
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Lurking by P F McFarland, on Flickr

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In The Shade by P F McFarland, on Flickr

And all the rest: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBButRv

I really need to practice more often. Or start carrying a meter.

PF

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:17 am
by alexvaras
Looking forward other rolls Phil, the second one I like a lot.
About these houses, are second residences for holidays? Hotel?

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:55 pm
by PFMcFarland
alexvaras wrote:Looking forward other rolls Phil, the second one I like a lot.
About these houses, are second residences for holidays? Hotel?


Thanks, Alex. They are called a "lodge", but that's because it is up in the mountains. Otherwise, it"s just a hotel with a really nice view, and recreational opportunities.

PF

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:39 am
by jamesmck
Must get to that area. Like them all.

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:12 pm
by Julio1fer
Very nice results, and that area is a beautiful place. A pity that you had all those problems, but it is good that your CL (and you) did not take a swim!

I have heard that Ektar has very little latitude, and also that color rendition shifts with over/underexposure. Tricky indeed. Never tried it myself, as there is no reliable C-41 in my city anymore.

These days I am using a smartphone app, Light Meter. It gives the same readings as my old Sverdlovsk meter, which I also carry around sometimes.

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:46 pm
by PFMcFarland
Julio1fer wrote:Very nice results, and that area is a beautiful place. A pity that you had all those problems, but it is good that your CL (and you) did not take a swim!

I have heard that Ektar has very little latitude, and also that color rendition shifts with over/underexposure. Tricky indeed. Never tried it myself, as there is no reliable C-41 in my city anymore.

These days I am using a smartphone app, Light Meter. It gives the same readings as my old Sverdlovsk meter, which I also carry around sometimes.


Thanks, Julio. I'm guessing it also doesn't scan well. I like the results from ColorPlus 200 much better.

PF

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:48 pm
by PFMcFarland
jamesmck wrote:Must get to that area. Like them all.


Thanks, James. The stretch of Parkway from the James River to Peaks of Otter is one of the prettiest areas I've been since I moved here.

PF

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:25 am
by Brazile
Looks like a great start, PF. I hope the year of turmoil and change have settled down for you positively. Similar for me, and I'm hoping to get back to photography very soon. Looking forward to the rest of your work, and what follows...

Robert

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:00 am
by scott
These make me pine for warmer weather. And color film. Definitely that. Nicely done PF.

Re: Overdue, in so many ways

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:00 pm
by PFMcFarland
Thanks, Robert, and Scott. Thanks, Robert and Scott. I found two more rolls I had forgotten in their cameras, one which dates back to March, so those will need developing soon.

PF