I had planned to do a home-brew club meeting and brewery tour this week, but life got in the way. So I decided to try some different shooting of the trees that surround me. I took my Olympus OM-2n with a Zuiko 35-105mm/3.5-4.5 lens. It has a ‘Close focus’ option, which is kind of a macro, but unless I am using it wrong does not work like my dedicated macros. In order to focus I had to zoom in and out. The focus ring seemed to make no discernible difference.
I ran two rolls this week, a self-wound roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 400 B&W which I developed in Rodinal 1+100, semi-stand. Gentle inversions the first ~30 secs, then 3-4 inversions at 20 mins and another 3-4 at 40 mins, 1 hour total, more or less at 20C (probably started at 22 and cooled down some). I purposely overexposed these B&W shots some and then had to do some level adjustment after scanning. The other roll is an expired Fuji Super-G 400, expiration date of 11/1999, lab developed and scanned at my local film lab. With some other rolls of this (I bought a lot of 20), I’ve gotten some funky colors, but this roll looked great. With the birch shots I was trying to capture that silvery look in B&W, and did on a couple shots, but the color really impressed me. I like how my featured shot turned out.
After missing out on getting a shot of a Pileated Woodpecker a week or so ago, I now always bring my camera whenever I walk to the road to check the mail. I caught my friendly neighbor perched on a broken tree not more than 20 feet (maybe 6-7 meters) away. And I only had my B&W film loaded. Well, snap away in any event. Glad I can see in color, this guy blends right in with B&W (shot is a bit mangled exposure, I had to shoot quick before he flew off).
And we finally have most of our snow melted away, just a few remaining spots and piles where the sun can’t quite get to them.
I’ll be playing with either Portra 800 or CineStill this next week as I have some plans to meet up with some friends from university. I also finally got a scanner that can handle large format negs, so I might play with that as well.