June 16, 2015

Its a small, small world.

I was working on some plumbing yesterday when I saw a bug. I've done little with bugs since I sold my beloved 100mm macro. But this bug just sat there. So I pulled out my reverse thread lens adapter and threw my trusty 17-40 into action. I'll share the pictures eventually but here is my set up:

Canon 1DS
Canon 17-40L w/ reverse mount(Most pics were shot @ f/11)
A LumaPro flash communicating through a pair of Pocket Wizards. (Flash was @ 64th power most of the time)

So I kept my ISO high (400+) so my flash would recycle the same day and slow shutter to let daylight bleed in and make it look more natural, maybe around 25th of a sec? 

If you look closely you can see the subject. He crawled off a few minute after I was through. Very polite.


June 11, 2015

Monetarily Speaking

Lady by Sea

Canon ElanII
Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.8@f/8?
Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400ISO

June 9, 2015

Dangerous Chemicals!

Film is dangerous my friends. This according to a helpful Walgreens associate. Digital is safe. Digital is protecting the store from dangerous film processing chemicals!

I went in this last Monday to the Walgreens next to my work to get a roll processed. I've run a few through their wet lab had was happy enough with the quality and speed. I was disconcerted to find a sign indicating that I was to put my film into a mailer and then it was to be sent away. I was then to return in 15 days.

No. Thank you. I called Walmart. No wet lab. The nice Walmart associate told me that only Fred Meyer(Kroger) has the only wet lab left in the county. And they have one hour service. Sweet.

So that is where I went.

But this disconcerting round of events is pushing me closer to building my own lab. I actually have many of the pieces. Picked up at random garage sales and thrift stores. I'll keep you posted...