Autumn 2014

Fall Color On Film

Right now I'm not even going to try to sort these in chronological order.   Enjoy the show of color!

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It's a lot of fun to use the older Canon SLR's that take the FD-mount lenses.  One thing that digital cameras have lost is the finesse of a good manual-focus ring.  You can still get this quality on some of the more expensive lenses, but even some of today's expensive 50mm primes are kind of cheesy compared to what was on every camera in the 1970's and 80's.   Solution?  Use cameras from the 1970's and 80's.  Right now I'm sort of on a kick for this one




Early Autumn In The Northern Woods, Part II


Jumping around here... on this one, I deliberately left the frame border on the picture.  The digital capture blew out some of the sky tone here, no doubt;  it also blocked up some of the shadows, but it's still OK.  I can always go back and get a better scan later.






Canopy of Dreams

October 12, 2014
Fujichrome Velvia 100 (6x6 cm)
Yashica MAT

Sometimes you just have to shoot big pieces of film.  This was an autumn day that was so saturated, it was like the dreams you can have after eating too much chocolate.  That doesn't always work out too well, but this day was tops.

This was my favorite one from the roll;  of all the pictures, this alone had a mysterious blue light leak.  I have seen this happen only once before.  The adjacent frames did not have it.  It was in the middle of the roll. 

Actually, though, after some post-scan repair, there remains a vague, dreamy quality that actually enhances the picture, to my mind.  Film does not always have to be unpredictable;  usually it's not.  It's dependable enough that pros have used it to shoot important subjects for decades.  But when it does have some unpredictability, some variation, it can take on yet another nice quality that the machines don't have.

I actually scanned this one at high resolution, but it probably wasn't necessary.  I shot this one handheld at a 60th of a second, at a fairly wide aperture where the lens is probably not at its sharpest.  No matter;  this one is obviously about color more than anything else.






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The Oak Tree Safari


Oak trees are one of the best things about autumn.  Weirdly-shaped oak trees that remind me of giraffes... even better.   Photographing them with a film camera and a manual-focus lens... it really just doesn't get much better than this, unless maybe you include pizza in there somewhere.

I'm still not sure why, but this picture is somehow one of my favorites from the entire batch of photos from the whole season.  Go ahead and try to figure that one out.





Hickories


This one may look familiar if you've read my Panasonic FZ200 review.  The Panasonic colors are quite nice, but as you can see, the Velvia does something unique.  Look at the sky.  The Velvia also doesn't clip color channels the way digital often does.  (It can happen during the digitizing process, but not natively.)




I hope you've enjoyed the autumn color. 

That's all for now until I put together another gallery.  There are still tons of pictures from this autumn season.   When a new gallery is ready, I'll mention it in the updates page.

Thanks again for visiting my website!




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