Cinestill Cs41 “Color Simplified” Color Film Processing

There are a few key differences between developing color vs. black and white films at home - most notably - temperature control. Black and white film is much less sensitive to minor variations in temperatures. Temperature matters - but in the ball park is usually good enough. Color is different. Minor variations in development time and temperatures can dramatically swing an image's color one way or another. This is what always held me up.

By |April 24th, 2017|4042n, Film Emulsions, Film Processing, Hybrid Workflow|

Night Vision (sort of); or Custom Setting B5 (Extended Shutter Speeds)

Out of the box the F6 is set to display possible shutter speeds from 1/8,000 of a second to 30 seconds. After 30 seconds the camera has the customary “bulb” setting, allowing you to trip the shutter manually (with something like the MC-30 cable release) for as long an exposure as you can hold the shutter release down for.

Custom setting B5 in the CSM provides the capability to extend shutter speeds beyond the default 30 seconds, unlocking extended shutter speeds before reaching the Bulb setting. When this option is enabled, after 30 seconds, you’ll see 40 seconds, then 50 seconds, etc. all the way up to 30 minutes before you reach “bulb.”

For some photographers this is an advantage if you do a lot of night shooting, for example, and exposures typically run between 30 seconds and 30 minutes. For others that […]

Nikon F6 + CLS (Creative Lighting System)

One of the key attributes of the F6 is the circuitry contained to run the Nikon Creative Lighting System, or CLS. While common among digital cameras, no other Nikon film SLR contains this ability. If you're not using your F6 + CLS you're missing out on one of the wonderful features that make the F6 unique.

Road Trip: Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah

Good by ol’ desert rat, Ya half crazy wild cat. You knew where it was at, what life’s all about. Ya saver of catalogs, King of the prairie dogs, success is survival and you toughed it out, You toughed it out.

Grand Staircase, Escalante National Monument, Utah

I first visited the northern region of the Escalante Staircase area years ago after reading an article on the Burr Trail -but that’s another story. More recently (back in 2007) I hit it from the south, having come up one night from Flagstaff and checked into a hotel in Page, Arizona just off Hwy 89. There was a large canvas hanging on the wall of the lobby and I asked the woman behind the desk where it was from. “Just up the road,” she said, “about 20 miles. It’s not marked or anything, you just pull over the start walking.” So that next day we did just that and what do you know – we found it.

This past trip to Page we thought we’d try to find it again. One late afternoon we set out armed with just a memory and full […]

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico (2016)

One of the things I’ve looked forward to each year since – forever – is my fall trip. This year it was down to the Four Corners area of the US and covered territory in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah then back in Colorado. We visited a handful of awe-inspiring destinations – some for the first time, others back for another go.

You can do your best to plan a trip well but at the end of the day the ability to roll with whatever is presented yields a better overall experience. Weather, light, crowds and other unforeseen circumstances like car trouble can either crater your objective – or – present opportunities to rise and meet challenges.

When it comes to putting time, money and energy into visiting a specific place with specific goals, there’s one clear choice for me and that’s the F6. In the […]

By |October 16th, 2016|Black and White, Destinations, Longevity, Places, Road Trippin'|

Servicing the Nikon F6, part 2

This is a short follow up on the previous post from late 2015, Servicing the Nikon F6. The executive summary is, I continue to be impressed with Nikon Service. Here’s why…

After receiving my F6 back from a refresh late November, 2015 I was very pleased. The camera felt and sounded like new, and aside from the minor wear and tear scars I’ve provided – looked like new too. The Non-AI modification worked beautifully and the ancient, non-AI lenses looked and felt great on the camera. I was tickled.

I ran a few rolls through just to test and sure enough, all was well. They even figured out how to replace the internal battery without resetting the camera’s roll count, and preserved the rolls of shooting data I’d forgotten to download before sending it in.

After service there’s a 180 day window allowing you to send the […]

By |May 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A Case for 35mm Film

Introduction
This article is a written collection of thoughts explored in an attempt to think through some recent considerations. Every once in a while I get the itch to explore different film formats. The initial inspiration for this article was the recent consideration of diving in to large format film photography.

I’m approaching this from the standpoint of which film format works best for my type of shooting, and why. Not film vs. digital, which grew tired years ago. Both have merits, both are worthwhile. Exploring the choice of film format though, to me has merit. It’s an investment. Not just the film itself but the infrastructure/gear to shoot, process, scan and archive. There are advantages and disadvantages to each format depending on what/how I’m shooting.

I began thinking through buying, outfitting, then hauling around and using a large format system. I considered the benefits and weighed the cost. With that – this […]

Pure Film

A few weeks ago I did something I’ve been meaning to do for years: began developing my own black and white film again. After a 30+ year hiatus, the time had finally come.

Up until last year I’d been fortunate enough to have one of the best pro film labs in the country only minutes away. I’d always told myself when they shut down, I’d begin. Due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances that time came last year, but I held on, continuing to search for a suitable alternative for the next several months. A few weeks ago I finally said Uncle and put in an order to B&H.

I suppose there are reasons that seem suitable at the time why we do things like wait… and it’s easy to second guess decisions in hind-site. But I’ll say this: I wish I’d done […]

New Mexico, 2015

Sometimes returning to your roots is a good thing. When we lived in Santa Fe from the mid 90’s ’til 2000 I was in a different phase of photography. In recent years I’ve enjoyed returning to this beautiful country with a better understanding of light – and how to coax more out of a frame of film with subtle adjustments here and there. Below are a few recent images from our last visit to Santa Fe, the F6 loaded with Velvia. The meter in the F6 is a perfect companion to the narrow exposure latitude of this sometimes tempermental emulsion. A good 2-stop Neutral Density Gradient and occasional use of a 81A warming filter can help coax light into cooperating with Velvia, producing very pleasing results.

A big thanks to Richard Photo Lab in California for their excellent work developing […]

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