Happy New Year, slightly belated!

I went down to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, to celebrate New Year’s Day with friends. We had a nice time watching the festivities and getting ramen. Rather than take my digital along, I decided to take my Rolleiflex for the day.

Unfortunately, I had to wait until I had more film ready to be processed before I sent it all in, so technically I guess this is Happy New Year in July!

An Afghan Polaroid Project!

I received a project camera from a friend of mine today that I’m really excited to get working again. The camera is a Glossick camera. There’s next to no information on the interwebs about it but essentially, this is the concept:

The camera is a manufactured version of a hand made camera from Afghanistan called a kamra-e-faoree. What’s interesting about these cameras is the photos are exposed, not onto film, but directly onto a sheet of black and white photographic paper. Instead of taking it to be processed somewhere, ie back to your darkroom, the camera functions as both. Once exposing the sheet of paper, it is the processed in traditional chemicals that are also in the camera. You slide your hand into the camera through a light tight kind of bag and then dunk the paper into two chemistries. Once the development process is stopped, you can safely take the paper out and wash and dry it outside of the camera.

Depending on which paper you used, you either got a positive print the first try, or you got a negative print that you would then photograph again with the camera and process to get your positive image.

This camera seems to be mostly complete. I’m not sure if the lens can be salvaged, but I think I can retrofit a replacement if I need to.

I’ll keep updating the blog as my progress continues, but this is what the camera looks like to start with!

 

Glossick Camera

Side

 

Inside View

Sigma ART

I’ve never been a fan of Sigma to be honest. I’ve always thought they were a poor quality mass market company. I suppose that was true for most of their life. Lately however, they’ve been trying to compete against the big names like Canon and Nikon. Their 35mm f1.4 Art lens is said to be very nice, so when they announced the 50mm f1.4 Art for Canon, I really wanted to try it!

We put one in the rental case where I work, so I got to play with it and discovered it lived up to its hype. I’ve converted almost every person that rents the 50mm range of lenses to being a Sigma fan!

Naturally, I couldn’t keep borrowing one. I had to have my very own!

DONE!

 

Zoe
Zoe
Maximus
Maximus

VA Hospital. Long Beach, California

Went to the VA Hospital today partly for photography, and partly so my roomate could take her new dog, Zoe out to get her more acclimatized to new surroundings. She’s going to be a service animal once she completes her training.

I was struck by how visually interesting the old buildings could be next to the new modern facilities, but also saddened to see the kinds of places set aside to help our veterans. I realize with the new modern wings being built that they are trying to update things, but the general appearance of the place definitely leaves a less than cheery feeling as you wander around.

From the peeling paint on most of the older buildings to the ancient equipment just shoved to the side or discarded on patios, it shows the real government at work. All shiny in the front, but don’t go checking the backyard.

VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
Zoe, Service Puppy in Training.
Zoe, Service Puppy in Training.

Fuji X100

Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, California
Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, California

I’ve been playing with a Fuji X100 for about a week now. I’ve been intrigued by it since it first came out and have used a friends X100S a few times and been impressed. I think this might make a nice walkabout camera if I can just get the hang of it. So far I’ve had mixed results.