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This category is reserved specifically for discussing the 4042n Project. The 4042n Project is my primary, ongoing photography project – what I use my camera(s) for most of the time. To ready more about 4042n please visit http://www.johnbcrane.com/4042n.

Aerial Photography of Rocky Mountain National Park

By |May 6th, 2017|4042n, 6 Things I Love About Shooting the F6, aerial photography, Custom Settings Menu (CSM), Slide Film, Technical Features|

A sea of dense, puffy clouds blanketed the Rockies this beautiful afernoon, with the occasional granite beheamoth poking its craggy head up through for a breath of crisp, high-altitude air. The Mountains seemed to wave hello to our little craft as we passed above, reminding me of humpback whales breaching in Alaska.

Cinestill Cs41 “Color Simplified” Color Film Processing

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

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.

The 440

By |July 15th, 2015|4042n, Destinations, Film Emulsions, General Information, Road Trippin', Uncategorized|

A few weeks ago I needed to get out - as in far away from the computer - in a big way. The weather wasn't good along the Front Range and checking the iPhone confirmed pretty much any place within easy driving distance was experiencing the same. It looked like [...]

4042n: Poudre Canyon, Cameron Pass, Jackson County, Rand, Walden

By |June 3rd, 2015|4042n, Destinations, Places, Vintage Nikon|

From a recent 4042n jaunt to one of my favorite stomping grounds: North Park, Colorado. North Park is still old Colorado and I like that very much. Recent rains and early spring conditions (March 26) made for muddy travel but no catastrophies were had. Rustic Inn vintage sign along [...]

Fear and Loathing in Bushnell, Nebraska

By |November 2nd, 2013|4042n, Destinations, Places|

When two strangers approach on a lonesome stretch of road with no others around and darkness coming, the meeting could go any number of ways. We were both heading for life lesson. The sudden emergence of unmistakable ignorance changes everything. It’s at that point you realize further discussion is pointless and - one way or another - it's best if the conversation simply ends.

Honesty

By |November 27th, 2012|4042n, Destinations, Film Emulsions, General Information, Places|

An honest image means no trespassing. It means closing gates behind you and honoring the mandate to stay on the trail - and missing the shot you want because you did. An honest image begins an hour before sun up and ends an hour after sun down. It means a last tilt of the thermos of tepid, too-strong coffee for something to drink at the end of the day. An honest image means washboard roads, AM talk radio, bugs in the radiator and chipped windscreens. It means nearly running out of fuel and paying too much a gallon at the nearly closed, sporting good-convenient store-fast-food chain-delicatessen-truck stop-fuel mart that smells like burnt coffee and is out of TP.