Week 16 – Adventures with a new sheet film

As much as I love my Crown Graphic, and enjoy the process of large format photography in general, the cost of my film of choice (Tri-X) has been keeping me from using it very much.  I can’t plonk down $100 for 50 sheets very often – unfortunately – so I feel like I need to…

Week 15 – Day at the Museum

Having never been to the Bob Bullock Museum (all about Texas history), I decided to take my daughter there on a day when she got out of school early.  Unfortunately it ended up feeling like a bit too much of an educational field trip for her liking – and, to be fair, we encountered many…

Week 14 – Brownie at the Greenbelt

Texans have a special relationship with water, probably due to the fact that we rarely get enough of it.  The deep love really seems to manifest itself in an extra special way in the area around Austin.  Rainy days are usually something to be excited about, not just for the good of the earth, but rainy…

Week 13 – Looking back at Galveston, Part 2

(Last post about Galveston, I promise…)  I have a Superheadz camera, a wonderful lightweight plastic fun toy that I believe is a copy of the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim.  The lens is 22mm, it’s set at f11, and it’s turquoise!  I haven’t used it much, and I can’t really say why – probably because…

Week 12 – Looking back at Galveston, part 1

I finally took the 6 rolls of color film I had been hoarding since January to the lab!  My scanner has been very busy this week.   What I am sharing here is a roll of Agfa Precisa CT 100 that I put through my Nikon FM2 when I was in Galveston in February. .…

Week 11 – More Hawkeye street

I took my Brownie Hawkeye downtown (again!  next time I promise a different area) and exposed a roll of Tri-X.  For such a simple camera, I am really thrilled with the results. Here is the entire roll – all either 6th Street, Congress, or South Congress Avenues. (Used my friend Efrain’s multiple exposure technique on…

Week 10 – Brownie Hawkeye on the street

Over the past bunch of months, I have done a lot more 35mm work, and now I’m finding myself missing looking down into the camera.  I very much prefer using a WLF, since it doesn’t require me to break the connection between myself and my surroundings by putting a camera in front of my face.  Lately,…

Week 9 – Crown Graphic on the beach

When I was in Galveston, I also exposed some sheet film.  Somehow I managed to have a little mental lapse when I loaded the holders, and ended up shooting through the back of the film.  Again.  Supposedly this is impossible with Tri-X, but there ya go.  I managed it. Old bad habits die hard!  Thankfully, it…

Week 8 – Blad on the Beach

I know I am behind, so here I am back again already. The last time I visited Galveston (Labor Day weekend last year) I mainly used 35mm cameras – my two Nikons, for black & white, and color – because I was mainly relaxing and playing in the sand.  It was extremely hot and humid,…

Week 7 – Big Paper Negatives

Here I am behind in posting, already! One trip out of town and everything gets put of whack. This is what I was going to post last Friday….. Thank you Pollux for the message that made me sit and do this. I took my 7×17 Korona Banquet View Camera out for a real test drive!…

Week 6 – Brownie Hawkeye

I’ve had my eye on a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye at my parents’ house for a while, mainly out of curiosity, for 2 reasons:  it was my dad’s first camera, and I have several friends who really enjoy using them.  After my last visit, I got to take the camera with me. Thanks to a friend in Shootapalooza…

Week 5 – more paper negative shenanigans

There’s a really beautiful street in my town that is lined with trees, and especially in the winter they are just begging to be photographed.  I had never stopped before with a camera, but there is the threat of construction that could mean the end of it all, and given all the sunny days recently…