Week 15, Comstock

Most all of our snow has melted and we finally had a sunny weekend, so I went down to one of my favorite spots, the Comstock Bridge.  It crosses the Salmon River (the CT version, which has no salmon). and there are hiking trails and fishing spots, plus some nice views of the valley.  My own property abuts part of the state forest that extends down the hill, so we have lots of wildlife running around.  I used three cameras this week and four rolls of film.  All the sun sort of made me giddy…

First my Yashica TL Electro-X, loaded with expired (1999) Fuji Super-G 400.  I had the Yashinon DX-17 50mm/1.7 lens for these shots.  The light meter on this camera is a bit suspect, so I used my Gossen and incident light readings for all these.  Lab-developed and scanned.  Despite being expired film, the Fuji still has nice colors.

Post

Post

Signs

Signs

Rail

Rail

Support

Support

New and Old

New and Old

 

Around here there is one native plant that is a sure signal of Spring: skunk cabbage.  It tends to grow in marshy areas or lowlands right near rivers.  And if you step on it by accident, you understand why it is called ‘skunk’ cabbage.  *holding nose*. This is just a baby, it will turn a fairly bright green as it matures, but the colors as a young plant are neat.  Wish I had my macro right about now…

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Another native critter that announces Spring is what we call Spring Peepers.  They are frogs and their mating season starts and man are they loud.  I used my iPhone to get a 30sec sample to send to my young niece (a 4 year old budding biologist) and she wanted pictures.  So I attempted pictures.  But, well, they go radio silent when large critters come near them.  As she told me ‘You have to tip-toe, Uncle Joe’.  I tried, no dice.  I even stood next to a big tree for half an hour with my 300mm lens hoping they’d forget about me and go back to peeping.  They blend in too well to see them otherwise.  Nothing.

Pepper habitat

Peeper habitat

These next two shots were taken with my Olympus OM-2n, loaded with Fuji 200.  I forget which lens I had on, likely the Zuiko 35-105.  I have gotten in the habit of bringing my camera with me when I check the mail because we have a number of hawks that enjoy hunting in the woods and our back lawn.  This time I got a few action shots as the hawk flew and soared looking for food.

Fly

Fly

Soar

Soar

And after working all weekend in the woods, clearing brush so the front swampy area would drain, I needed to indulge in a rare cigar and watery beer.  And it wasn’t till I pulled this out of the developing tank that I noticed where the ashtray came from.  Shot with my Yashica TL Electro-X, Pentax SMC 50mm Super-Macro, on Kodak T-Max 100, developed in Ilford DD-X.  Montecristo, Coors and The Horseshoe.  I think I got all my product placement info right…

Vices

Vices

Same roll, same camera, same development, different lens.  Pentax SMC 135mm.

Reflections

Reflections

And a test roll with a new-to-me Canon EOS 3, my most advanced film camera ever.  It will even follow your eye and focus where you look.  Pretty nifty.  Plus now I have a Canon that I can mount one of those lovely Petzval Lomography lens onto.  The lens is a Cosina 35-105mm/2.8-4.  Seems ok, just awful zoom creep and noisy auto-focus.  Also Kodak T-Max 100, Ilford DD-X.

Wilkum

Wilkum

Two car shows and parade this coming week, but I am up-to-date.  I might need to order more film though.

 

5 thoughts on “Week 15, Comstock

    • Thank you! The particular Yashinon lens I used is kind of ‘meh’ for bokeh but it was so bright I couldn’t open up too much anyway. It is pretty fast and sharp though.

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