Loaded up.

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Ready to go.

I have three cameras loaded up with film, ready to get out and shoot.

My Olympus Stylus Epic is loaded with Kodak Ektar 100, 36 exposure, Color 35mm.

The Lomo Sprocket Rocket has a roll of Fujifilm Superia 800, 24 exposure, Color 35mm in it.

The Holga 120N is ready to go with Ilford PAN F Plus 50, Black and White, 12 exposure, 120mm.

Now all I need is for my Plantar Fasciitis to calm down for a day and hope that a little let-up in the rain that’s been falling in Central Texas happens simultaneously.

Maybe this Sunday…

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A little experimentation.

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Because I can’t let well enough alone.

I figured there had to be some way to use the Fujifilm Instax SQ10 as a printer using images I’d made with other cameras. Had to be.

Internet research had initially turned up the notion that files had to be a certain type of jpeg, the most success had by saving digital images in Microsoft Paint’s jpeg format.

After a little more digging, I’d found an older review of the SQ10 that explained how loading a full rez image made using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 onto the hybrid instant camera via the micro-SD card would allow for printing.

Awesome. Just so happens I have a GX8.

I selected a recent macro shot I made with the GX8 and my new Olympus 12-40 ƒ2.8, pulled the micro-card out of the camera and slipped it into the adapter, copied the file from my desktop Mac, then inserted the micro-card back into the SQ10.

Sure enough, the SQ10 read the file. I fiddled with the in-camera effects a bit and printed it. Cool.

Next I wanted to see if a picture made with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 would work. I selected an older picture that I’d converted to black and white, went through the same transfer process, then checked to see if the SQ10 read the file. It did.

Minimal tweaking followed by printing resulted in success.

Pretty darned awesome.

Instant people.

Polaroid portraits.

I got a follow the other day on Instagram from an account called Polaroids of People. I looked through their feed and visited their website. Lots of interesting photos.

It got me to thinkin’ ’bout the images I’ve made of people over the years using instant film.

I headed over to my Flickr stream and set-up a new album, then filled it with my fave instant people shots.

These pictures were made using a couple of SX70s and an old one600|Ultra, peel apart film through a Colorpack II, 180 Land Camera, a Shen-Hao 4×5, and a Spectra AF.

Film used… expired 600, some early Impossible, Spectra, FP3000b, FP100b, FP100c.

Goops and reclaimed negative scans, as well.

Here they are…

 

My trusty little friend.

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National Camera Day 2018.

The Ricoh GR Digital II is still one of my fave cameras to make pictures with.

I’ve had this awesome little camera for quite a while. 10 years this month, to be exact.

Along with the camera, I got the tiny little GV-2 viewfinder, the wide-angle adapter/lens, and the external cabled shutter release.

Seein’ as how today is #NationalCameraDay I’d like to share a few pictures I’ve made with this beauty since 2008.

 

 

Pencils.

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One of my many obsessions.

An iPhone6 shot displaying an arrangement of a few different types of pencils from my collection. The red KOH-I-NOOR is from my youth. I’ve even managed to hold onto a small German drafting tool kit I got when my Mom, Sister, and I visited relatives in Germany back when I was 13 years old.

But, yeah. I dig pencils and drawing and sketching. It’s an all-my-life kinda’ thing.

In your face.

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Making portraits.

It’s been noted that I have absolutely no problems sticking my cameras in people’s noses. This I can not dispute, and since I’m really not much of a studio shooter, most of the portraits I’ve made are street shots.

The folks I’ve approached are mostly strangers, but a few friends, co-workers, and acquaintances have agreed to let me get in their grill.

I’ve been contemplating entering my work in juried exhibitions and I spotted a call for entries at the A Smith Callery over in Johnson City, about an hour and twenty minute drive from here. The theme for this exhibition was “Portraits” and I spent a little time going through my Flickr stream looking at and deciding which shots I thought might be competitive.

I pulled out a good number of faves, but ultimately decided against entering. The cost was a bit out of my comfort zone and budget. I’m retired, on a fixed income. I really have to think long and hard about how I spend.

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Looking Back

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Eleanor

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Al

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Nikki

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Diana

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Tine

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Molly

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Lindsey

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Rob and Tad

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Andrew

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Shades, stars, and beard

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Colorful ribbons

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George K

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Buddy

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Hair

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Angie

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Erin

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Scotty

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Molly

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Mona Lisa Smile

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Marek

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Diana

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Smooch