I somehow found this Ukrainian film to buy and wanted to share my initial response. I was expecting it to suck actually. When I first poured out the developer ( HC110B for 9.5 min.) the water was orange! I’m thinking this was gonna be a cluster! Boy was I wrong. The negatives are easy to scan and the results are quite good. Might be even as good as the recently re-released Acros II for a lot less money ($11.99 vs. $4.99 a roll). Take a look:
Since my trip to Japan I’ve become interested in all things Japanese. I recently bought a book by Toshio Shibata called Gas Stations 1983 & 1986. It’s a limited edition (500) of some very nice photos of gas stations at nite.
I love this book because it’s small and so the photographer/editor/publisher have to make their statement with less ‘real estate’. When I’m traveling and shopping for photo books it’s a real help if I can find something enticing in a small package - this certainly fills the bill.
Here’s what the publisher had to say
In the early 1980s, returning to Japan from a few years of traveling and living in Europe, Toshio Shibata began photographing night scenes of roadside Japan. Shibata has said of the experience of the road at night: “While driving on a highway at night in Europe I often experienced an imperceptible momentary sensation of transcending place, yet not knowing where I was. It seemed as if I could have been in Japan, or even in the United States. I felt that the scene was non-specific, but rather a kind of generic or archetypal common scene, universal image and part of a global world-view.”
Gas stations – especially in the dead of night – look more or less the same everywhere they are to be found. Yet their generic look can also provoke feelings of melancholy, even romance.
Well known for his large-scale photographs of large-scale civil engineering in rural places, both in Japan and in the West, Toshio Shibata here presents the view with a book of seven jewel-like images of Japanese gas stations at night, beautifully reproduced and accompanied by a silver gelatin photograph, hand printed by the artist himself.
“Toshio Shibata occupies a distinct place in landscape photography: His pictures don’t idealize pristine wilderness nor do they moralize about the damaging imprint humans leave upon the natural world. Shibata studies places of contact — where we have altered the earth — and finds reflection, wonder, awe.
Beauty, in his work, is inclusive, and purity is a matter of compositional elegance rather than rarefied subject matter.” — Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times
Gas Stations: 1982 & 1986 is limited to 500 numbered copies, each including a 5x7 inch original print that has been signed by the artist.
Photographing Gas Stations is not new.
Ed Ruscha had his Twenty Six Gas Stations which was not a success when it first came out. It is now almost impossible to obtain a copy
Twentysix Gasoline Stations is the first artist’s book by the American pop artist Ed Ruscha. Published in April 1963 on his own imprint National Excelsior Press, it is often considered to be the first modern artist’s book, and has become famous as a precursor and a major influence on the emerging artist’s book culture, especially in America. The book delivers exactly what its title promises, reproducing 26 photographs of gasoline stations next to captions indicating their brand and location. From the first service station, ‘Bob’s Service’ in Los Angeles where Ruscha lived, the book follows a journey back to Oklahoma City where he had grown up and where his mother still lived. The last image is of a Fina gasoline station in Groom, Texas, which Ruscha has suggested should be seen as the beginning of the return journey, ‘like a coda’. Originally printed in a numbered edition of 400, a second edition of 500 was published in 1967 and a third of 3000 in 1969. Neither of these later editions was numbered. It has been suggested that these reprints were a deliberate attempt to flood the market in order to maintain the book’s status as a cheap, mass-produced commodity. The book originally sold for $3.50.
For this last camping trip for awhile I shot with different film - color print, color slide, BW. One of the rolls was LomoChrome’s new Metropolis film. It’s look changes depending on whether it’s shot at ISO 100 to 400. Can be done mid roll. I just got the results and they are interesting. Here they are without any manipulation .
I’m not sure what I think about this new film. Certainly gives a new look without any post processing. The next film is Rollei CrossBird which is E6 slide film cross processed in C41 chemistry. I don’t really like the look all that much but you wouldn’t know this until you tried it right?
Purchased an IR corrected point and shoot and am trying to figure out my workflow. Needless to say my pics look nothing like what is advertised by the company. I gladly accept that this is due to operator error ….
This morning started with both dogs barking furiously at something. Vicki went out and spotted a racoon up one of our trees. It spent several hours n the tree. We went for a walk with the dogs and when we returned it was smack dab in the middle of our yard! That’s when we called animal control. He didn’t think it was rabid and snared it but didn’t actually take it out of our yard- I guess they have rules preventing them from catching them . I would have preferred him to be taken out of our neighborhood and released into a park somewhere. All this while staying 6 feet from the Animal Control Officer!
Well I used to live on Broadway
Right next to the liar’s house
My number was self-righteousness
And a very little guide of mouth
So I moved, I moved
And I’m living on straight street now
I moved, I had moved
I’m living on straight street now
Before I moved over
Let me tell you how it was with me
Old Satan had me bound in chains
And I had no liberty
One day my heart got troubled
All about my dwelling place
I heard the Lord when He spoke to me
And he told me to leave that place
So I moved, I moved
And I’m living on straight street now
Yes, I moved, I moved
Well, I’m living on straight street now
Since I moved, I’m really living
I’ve got peace within
I thank the Lord for everything
So glad I found new friends
Since I moved, I moved
And I’m living on straight…
In the age of COVID19 we are all having to find ways to stay busy without leaving our abodes. As an introvert this is a little easier for me compared to my mate who loves to leave the house for hours at a time to shop. She’ll go grocery shopping at three different stores. If I were to do the shopping it would one place only. But I digress…. so far I’ve taken to:
1] clean out my inbox on three email accounts
2] bug the hell out of my two dogs, taking pictures of them
3]Scanned about 5 rolls of film with 5 more coming in the mail
4]gotten back into yoga and some exercise
5] limited my meals to 2 in order to loose weight - down 2.5 lbs!
6] Try to avoid buying more cameras on the internets - so far successful
Little did we know or expect that this would be our last trip for awhile because of COVID19 Hunkering at Home. We took the Airstream out for a trip to Lake Havasu. This was to join the Arizona Unit and many others for Bluegrass on the Beach festival. From there we went to Boulder City, Nevada for a mini-Rally with some other Airstreamers.
While not a big Bluegrass aficionado I found myself really liking the music. Favorite phrase during the concerts was “Standing in the need of Prayer”
Can’t have Lake Havasu without a little boat action. We rented a 20 foot boat and had Gene Blanchard pilot it as I know next to nothing about running a boat.
Next we headed up to Boulder City which is a cute historical town - was the base of operations for the construction of the Hoover Dam. Here we met out friends, Tom and Natalie Balchak and we brought Gene and Kathy Blanchard with. This was our mini-rally
See the previous post about this plastic point and shoot. I ran a real roll of film thru this time to see what it could or couldn’t do. It did pretty well. It was a zoom lens, flash, date back if you need that sort of thing. I purchased it from Safelight Berlin for the lowly sum of 69 Euros.
A little article on the NHK - Japanese TV feed come on while I was working out and it’s work a mention.
One of the last remaining fisherman from the Lucky Dragon 5 died at age 87:
A former crew member of a Japanese fishing boat exposed to the nuclear fallout from a 1954 US nuclear test in the Pacific has died.
Masaho Ikeda died of stomach cancer in a hospital in Fujieda City in Shizuoka Prefecture on Thursday. He was 87 years old. His relatives say he had also suffered esophagus and liver cancer.
Ikeda was an engine driver of the tuna fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru, meaning “Number 5 Lucky Dragon.” The boat carrying a 23-member crew was operating when the US carried out the hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954.
Ikeda kept silent about his experience initially, but nearly 60 years later, he began sharing his story with younger generations.
He and other former crew members gave accounts of their experiences in a documentary by a US film director released last year.
Last February, Ikeda attended a funeral of another former crew member, Susumu Misaki, who died at the age of 92. Ikeda had said Misaki was like a brother to him.
More from Wikipedia:
The Daigo Fukuryū Maru ( translated is Lucky Dragon 5 ) encountered the fallout from the U.S. Castle Bravo nuclear test at Bikini
Atoll, near the Marshall Islands, on March 1, 1954. (This was a 15 Megaton bomb) When the test was held, the Daigo Fukuryū Maru was catching fish outside the danger zone that the U.S. government had declared in advance.
However, the test was more than twice as powerful as predicted, and changes in weather patterns
blew nuclear fallout, in the form of a fine ash, outside the danger zone. On that day, the sky in
the west lit up like a sunset. Seven minutes later, the sound of the explosion arrived, with fallout
reaching the ship two hours later. The fishermen attempted to escape from the area, but they
took time to retrieve fishing gear from the sea, exposing themselves to radioactive fallout for several hours.
The fallout – fine white flaky dust of calcinated Bikini Island coral, which absorbed highly radioactive fission products and
neutron activated isotopes – fell on the ship for three hours. The fishermen scooped the highly radioactive dust into bags
with their bare hands. One fisherman, Matashichi Oishi, reported that he “took a lick” of the dust that fell on his ship,
describing it as gritty but with no taste. The dust stuck to surfaces, bodies and hair; after the radiation sickness
symptoms appeared, the fishermen called it shi no hai ( 死の灰, death ash).
This true story was the basis of the kaiju story Godzilla otherwise known as Gojia that was released November 1954
It’s been said that the US government did little to help the Japanese authorities figure out how to treat these victims. Another black mark on the US!
Pat Metheny’s new album is more like his old stuff I would opine. Maybe this is good it’s just different. Comes on the heels of the sad news of Lyle Mays death. Keyboardist and major inspiration for the Pat Metheny Group in it’s founding days. I think Lyle would have approved of this album I’m sure
G.A.S. is Gear Acquisition Syndrome - for many like me it ain’t a syndrome but a dang disease! I made the acquaintance of someone on Instagram who goes by the name “girlwithtoomanycameras” with 40. I happened to do camera inventory yesterday because it was cold and snowy out. To my surprise I had 31 last nite but then found two more. So I am now I am “guywithtoomanycamerasbutnotasmanyasdanielle”
Great article over at Casual Photophile about the origins of these premier Japanese lenses.
Prairie Madness is now out for publication by Lulu.com
Without trying, I have slowly been doing a project about prairie photography. I am generally not a ‘project’ photographer being distracted all the time. But if you take enough subject based photos you end up with a project. I have been taking prairie photographs for awhile and it went into high gear when my job took me to Western Kansas. I would typically drive and weather permitting would take the back roads into Kansas. I loved being able to pull to the side of the road and snap photos. I had some wild adventures such as driving 106 mph to avoid a hail storm in my new car!
My goal for this new book is to get more people to look and buy it. In it’s current form its a bit on the expensive side but this is the nature of self-publishing in one and two quantities. I decided that I would in the very near future reach out to several prairie preservation organizations to see if they can ‘boost my signal’ as it were for promise of monetary support coming from the sale of the book. Here are a few more pictures from the book
The promise of cheap film equipment has been illusory at best. I think it was true maybe 5-10 years ago when people were dumping their film equipment on the market. Then as the used film market started to mature things have sky-rocketed. Certain models more so than others based on what the hipsters are doing. Case in point is the Leica M6. Several years ago I purchased a pristine example for $1500. I chided myself for spending this amount when there were other ones for $1200. Like a fool I sold it some time later. Now if I wanted that same camera I’d have to pay $2500. An increase in $1000 in just 4 or 5 years!! A similar M7 goes for about the same and it’s a better camera in my opinion.
Well I finally purchased the Nirvana camera pictured above. Canon EOS 55QD for $48 from Used Photo Pro. They have a bunch just sitting there to be purchased. Yes they’re made of hardened plastic but they have about every bell and whistle there is. I bought one along with a 40/2.8 pancake lens all for about $110. So instead of pining for a used M6 that you can’t afford, go for something that’s a real bargain.
CPAC is the Colorado Photographic Arts Center located in downtown Denver. It’s a gallery space, wet and digital darkroom all in one location. They offer classes and once a month they host PhotoVox which is talks, discussion and display members works. Last nite was a very nice, informal show your work nite for 6 fearless photographers.
or is it Old new stock? What it means is that the product has never been opened but it’s from a previous era. The Konica Centuria 80e is not available anymore. Are there ANY film point and shoots of any ability still for sale? Not really. But Safelight Berlin advertised them for less than 100euros so I was in. I shot the film that was included which was out of date 2006. Color film does not age well like wine so there were color shifts that had to be dealt with.
Mmm (C’mon, Bishop)
Mmm-mm-mmm, yeah (Yeah)
(Let it go, let it go)
My name Bishop Bullwinkle
I got the First Church of Nothing but the Truth (What you say?)
Deacon Kyle, Deacon George, Deacon Clay
Open up the door and try to move
First I want to thank God
For the blood running warm in my veins (Yeah)
I thank God for my life, health and strength
I got a sound mind, I’m not insane (Come on)
I ain’t gonna preach too long
Ain’t gonna take this service too far
My sermon’s in the morning
Hell to the naw, naw, naw
Come on, come on
Sister Ella, Sister Ruth, make sure that everybody get a seat
(That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout)
Deacon Underwood, get my Bentley ready
‘Cause when it get through, I need a ride
Doctor West, count the money, count the money
Come back and tell us what ya raised
(Well, had to find another, did you?)
I got the people, they looking for some blessings
First God gotta get the praise (C’mon, y’all)
See, there’s an old saying
When the praises go up, you get the blessing coming down
I got some peoples in the church
God almighty look at ‘em, they messing around
I got peoples in the church smokin’ weed, drinkin’ whiskey
They drinkin’ a lot of gin (What you say?)
I got the preacher with the night prayer leading
Talking about, “Can I get a amen?” (C’mon)
Early Sunday morning
‘Bout a quarter and a half past the ten (Yeah)
They layin’ at the altar
They confessin’ their sins, yeah (Come my way)
Got kids dropping out of school
Talking about they don’t want to learn
Yet they’re standing on the corner rolling blunts
Talking about, come on let’s burn
(Y’all better get back to school)
I got kids walking up and down the street
Pants hanging down around their knees
(Pull them pants up)
Talking about that they’re looking for a job
When I see ‘em jitter bug, I say please
See all they ever talk about, brag about
Who got the biggest and the baddest gun
Time they see the copper with the bubble top
They drop the gun, they want to run (Put them guns down)
And now the sheriff got ‘em locked up, hah
They sitting in the county jail (It’s a shame)
I heard their mama, she was crying all night
She can’t get no money for the bail
And now they’re mad with the home boys
‘Cause they didn’t put no money in the commissary
(Free to go, naw)
Be glad you’re in the jail, brother man
You were sure headed for the cemetery (C’mon, wait)
There’s an old saying
That a hard head make a soft behind (Yeah)
Well, since you did the crime, go on and do the time
Stop the baby crying, come on, come on
When people talk about ya
All you gotta do is let ‘em talk much as they please
(That what they gon’ do, y’all)
(Tell the Lord about it)
You tell God about it and I guarantee
He will never leave you alone (Yeah)
All you gotta do is tell the Devil
“Hell naw, won’t you leave me ‘lone?” (Devil, leave)
Hell naw (Come on, wait)
To the naw, naw, naw (Come on, come on)
Hell to the naw, to the naw, naw, naw
Hell naw-naw, to the naw-naw, to the naw-naw, naw-naw
To the naw-naw, to the naw-naw, hell to the naw-naw, hah
To the naw-naw, naw, naw, hell to the naw
Naw, naw, naw, naw, hell to the naw-naw
You know how some photographers are immediately identified with a city or region. Like W. Euegene Smith is with Pittsburgh well I seemed to have stumbled upon the Central NY equivalent in Ralph Bull. Having lived in this area for many years the images all ring true. The photo above shows a sunny day but in the winter this is a rarity so I had to use it. While we’re at it here are some other examples:
Ralph Eugene Meatyard for Lexington , Kentucky
Milton Rogovin for Buffalo, NY
Richard Nickels - Golden Era Architecture of Chicago
Decided to get the Fuji Instax Square 10 out and shoot some home pictures. The first one is a proof print of the Hiroshima A Bomb Dome shot on Pixel 3 last October. The next one is our power panel that we decided we would decorate like they do downtown….with stickers.