Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Odds and Ends

I'm going to be offline a bit at some point this month. I'm not sure of the exact timing, but there will probably be a delay in handling some orders. For most folks it's not that big of a deal if they have to wait an extra week to get their prints, but usually I try to do things as fast as possible so I thought I'd mention it. Basically to be safe if you want something you might as well order it in the next couple of days.

I've already stopped listing on eBay. The store will be open but no auction items for a while once the current ones end.

I took the Mamiya out to a local college and took a couple of rolls. I got a couple of interesting shots, but mostly I was trying it out in the field, getting used to walking around with it, seeing what peoples reactions were (overwhelmingly positive - if you want to meet girls, get one of these things), seeing if I could guesstimate exposures. It went really well overall. If you scroll to the end of the current set you'll find some shots.

I did get a little light meter, incidentally, it's just nice to double check that on a basically sunny day you don't really need one. There's something called the "Sunny f/16 rule" - basically the idea is if you set the time to be 1/ISO (so if it's 100 speed film 1/100, 400 speed film 1/400) on a nice sunny day you'll be at f/16. Open up a stop for each level of it being overcast. This is a little loosy goosy, but basically "a little overcast", "overcast" and "quite cloudy indeed" are each worth a stop. You can do something similar for shade. But in the city you're often in some weird combination of building shade and fog, it can change rapidly, and it's not such a bad thing to be able to double check.

None of this is rocket science, incidentally, it's just been a long time since I've used film and I wanted to sanity check a few things before doing anything critical. It also gave me a couple more rolls to develop - I developed them without my cheat sheet handy so that's a good sign.

One point about the square crop on the film cameras, incidentally - just coincidentally I've put up shots from two cameras that use the 6x6cm format. On a Holga you use that format so you can get the extra-crappy edges of what the lens covers. On the Mamiya the intent was more that you could crop to the usual 6x4.5 format in either horizontal or vertical format without turning the camera on its side. I could easily crop it to my usual 8x10 ratio, but I've always liked the square crop so I decided to stick with that for now, anyway.

And lastly, if you're in the area you might want to drop by the Modernbook Gallery in Palo Alto. They have a show Fusion 19 right now which is a group show based on a class on how to get into galleries. Entry into the class is juried so it's good stuff. There were a couple of really nice platinum prints if anybody has $600 to drop. I have a friend who has a couple of pieces in the show - if you look for a picture of Kat you can probably figure out who!


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