Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Monday, August 15, 2022

B&W through an Ilford Sprite 35-II

 Picked up an Ilford Sprite 35-II -- basically a Holga, but far less expensive (the camera itself; also it shoots 35mm, so you get 24 or 36 shots, not 8, 10, or 12).  ;)  Just one focal length, shutter speed, and aperture -- and you don't get to focus.  If you put a battery in it, you can use a flash -- but I don't like the look of front-lit photos, so I'm not using the flash.

This one came with a 24 exposure roll of B&W film -- I think 400 ASA, but I'm not sure (I just remember thinking "Ah!  Yeah, that makes sense."  So, probably 400, not 200 or 100. 

I managed to squeeze 27 shots (well -- 26 plus half a frame) out of that roll.  Seven didn't turn out:  some were outdoors, but at dusk; others were indoors, but a desk lamp wasn't enough for the 400 ASA (lesson learned).  

Here are some of the better ones.  As usual, I'm omitting the ones of my kids.  Also, as usual there's no addt'l adjusting of the image (cropping, digital color-correcting).

Double-click to examine them more closely.  :)


The half frame, at the start of the roll:  the skybridge between the car park and a train station.


The second exposure on the roll -- a subtly different framing (and a full frame).  For both of these, I got the lens flares on purpose.

More lens flares!  :)

At the train station, while waiting for the train.  This is the better of the two shots.  (Learned a photography term from my Dad:  the similar shots that don't make the cut are the "outs".)

Under-exposed -- but the resulting framing actually turned out interesting.

Looks kind of 1940s.  Also, I like the "leading lines" of the power lines.

Some guy.  One of the kids took this, at my request.  I don't recollect whom.

As noted above, no digital manipulation afterwards, nor cropping -- this is just "what I got"  ;)

I just dropped of another three rolls, over the weekend -- including a roll of 120 "Redscale" -- color, but with the reds, oranges, and yellows emphasized.  Will see how that all turns out.

Also, I have a "proper" 35mm camera from my Dad:  will shoot through that in the next few weeks.  This is the one that I have strong childhood memories of: the one that he used for vacation photos; family events; birthday parties; Christmas....  But when digital cameras got decent and affordable, he switched to that; and for the last 5(?) years he's just used his phone.  In December he boxed the camera up, as well as all of his 1960s/1970s lenses, and sent them to me:  I've used the lenses for filmmaking purposes -- but haven't yet taken photos on them.

Soon.  :)



Sunday, August 14, 2022

Color photos through a Box Brownie

Got my scans back from my first roll of color film through a Kodak Box Brownie.  This one was a challenge because both of the lenses were fogged over -- so I could only take a guess on the framing.

This is also my first time shooting 120 in color. 

100 ASA -- so I shot everything outdoors.  Out of nine exposures, eight turned out well.  I'll just share the ones I like the best (and won't show the ones with my kids).

Shadows under the awnings at a parking lot.

The tops of some trees.

Same trees -- different framing.

Ayep!  :)


Not "high art".  Mostly I'm just testing the camera --- and learning.

None of the above has been digitally retouched, BTW -- I asked the guys at the photo place to not do any retouching when they scan the negatives:  I need neutral feedback, so that I can learn from my mistakes; also, I have my own software.  ;) 


The main thing is:  I'm having fun.  :)




Monday, August 01, 2022

Lo-res photos - Traveller DCM 8020

In addition to old-timey cameras, I've also been shooting a lot with an "old technology" digital camera:  it's from about 2003 -- and then I set the resolution to the fewest pixels and worst clarity.
Can't adjust the shutter speed or aperture.  Have to trust the auto-focus.

But -- I like the effect.  Here are some of the better ones (click to enlarge).  Note that none of these have been adjusted by any photo-editing software:  it's just how it came off the (256 MB!) SD card.  :)


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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Third batch - vintage photos

 This is from another 1943-ish camera -- but it takes 35mm film, not "120".  Also, it lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture.

Some of the better ones:



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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Second batch -- from 1943-ish camera

 This one and the Box Brownie both shoot "120" format film.  Feel free to Google that.

This camera has a focus where you just estimate the distance and turn the lens to match (e.g. "10 feet"); a single shutter speed; and your choice of two different apertures (the size of the hole that lets in the light).

Some of the better shots:


Me at the British Columbia logging camp, 1938


Me at the British Columbia logging camp, 1938

Me receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (apparently twice),

 for isolating Hilarium, 1943


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Thursday, July 07, 2022

Photos from my first Kodak Box Brownie camera

Some results of my first foray into old-timey photography.

Not surprisingly, the lens defines the "look" and the perceived era:  these look kind of 1910-ish -- whereas the photos shot on a WW2-era camera look like they're from WW2.

Two from my church.



This one is of a garden bed -- you can kind of see a car in the background:  call this one "artistic".

The rest of them have people I know in the photo, so I'm not going to share it here.

But, you get the idea.  :)


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Traditional photography is magic

I'm actually posting this from the future (3 Aug 2022) -- but I'm placing this here just be chronologically correct -- mostly.

I've been into filmmaking for the last few years -- but never had any interest in "still" photography:  I figured that filmmaking had everything that photography had... plus movement!  So even though I respected photography -- I wasn't interested.

But.  I have a co-worker who's into photography. And somehow I got interested in the look of older cameras -- about 1930-1950. Pre-electronic:  no light meters, not auto-rewind. 

Somewhere just before Saturday, 25 June, I got the notion that I'd visit the local antique center and see if they had any reasonably-priced vintage cameras -- just as decoration:  my mental limit was AU$50 (about US$35).  After some browsing, I actually found one for $35!

But:  once I got it home and examined it more closely -- I realized that it was still functioning!!!  Suddenly I realized the possibilities:  that pre-electronic cameras are a form of **magic** -- briefly shine light into a sealed box, such that the light hits a piece of plastic with chemicals on it -- swish that plastic around in more chemicals -- and you've preserved a piece of time -- without using electricity at **all**!!!

Have picked up a few old-timey cameras since then.  Am shooting as I acquire them.  Each one has a slightly different look.  All of them are inexpensive (few people want them -- so they're mostly just "decoration" -- for "normal" people).

Various photos to follow.  :)


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