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I take pictures of things. Mostly with film. Mostly with cameras. I am an engineer by trade. What really makes me happy, though, is to find an old camera at a swap meet or antique store and bring it back into working order with a few hours at the workbench. I then like to take them out and shoot some film. This blog is in large part the result of that activity.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

paramount ranch, summer 2011


Some days I'll exit our office, get about twenty feet from the office door and turn around, because it is roughly 250 degrees outside.  Slight exaggeration, but it does get HOT in Calabasas.  This summer was actually pretty tame, relatively speaking.  We only had a few days of 100 plus degrees, as opposed to, say, Dallas, who had over a month's worth.  I won't complain too much.


This particular summer day was unusual in that there were some big puffy clouds up there.  As I mentioned before, I really like those big, round cumulus clouds to be floating up there for black and white shots.  This building is at one corner of the western town set at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica mountains.  I don't know what purpose it serves as I've never seen the inside, but suffice to say, there are a lot of doors on this thing.  The opposite side looks just like this and the ends also have huge doors.   I suspect that since the top halves of these doors can be opened independently from the bottoms that these might be stalls.  Regardless, they are visually interesting buildings, so I carefully aligned this shot to take advantage of the parallel lines.


I shot this with a Nikon F100.   The F100 is a fantastic camera.   While it isn't as rugged as the F4 it is rugged enough and much lighter.  It has a plastic body without the magnesium/aluminum/unobtainium core which accounts for the difference, also the back door is plastic and the latch is molded in place instead of the sturdy metal F4 latch.  This is a common weak spot: the first one I got had a broken latch which is only repairable by replacing the back door.  The autofocus is noticeably faster than the F4, however it is unable to meter with my manual lenses while the F4 can, so really, having both is the best of both worlds.  (addendum:  I discovered that the F100 CAN meter with my old manual lenses.  I'm still keeping the F4)


This was shot either with a 50mm f1.8 or a 35-70 f3.5-4.5 set at about 50mm and on Fomopan 100 speed.  Fomopan is Czech film and is quite good.  Frankly, I'm going to need to go back and re-try all the black and white stocks that I've shot once I get started developing my own. 


Hopefully they'll be shareable on here.

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