Tuesday, July 19, 2022

It's been a minute(s) since I last posted.....

 What's up good people?

You know, having a blog is only good if you use it.  I know it's been a while since I've posted any content on here and I figured now is a good time to share.  I'm always sharing something on my Facebook page and keep this around to be my sounding board but don't utilize it enough.

These last two and a half years have been rough.  Started off with the pandemic, then the distancing.  Then lots of changes in our personal lives and household.  Then the continued concern of the pandemic on top of political and social unrest.  Then more struggles for a lot of people in our lives.  Then more changes.  Then a period of quiet taken up by playing with 3D printers.  Now, once things seem to be getting back into a groove, my wife and I both get hit with the bug.  Yup.  After 2 1/2 years we finally got it.  Variants will do that.  )I started this blog entry while I was sick and saw the tab was still one of the hundreds opened in Chrome so I figured I should finish it off.) 

But through all of this, I've tried to stay active with my photography.  It's been tough at times due to some physical limitations, but I keep trying.  And I keep shooting.  I've shot more film this year and actually expanded my film camera family by two "new" cameras.  In late December I traded in some other equipment and put that towards purchasing a Fuji GW690iii, the "Texas Leica".  A larger film camera that produce 6x9 cm negatives, which are pretty large compared to a 35mm film frame.

Purchase from Midwest Photo in Columbus.

I love the images that this camera can produce.  With the larger negative size you are able to capture much more detail in the images which translates nicely when printing.  You don't see a lot or any grain.

So in keeping with my desire to capture images with film, there was one more camera on my list of ones I wanted for my collection.  That camera is the Mamiya C330.  

This camera shoots 6x6 cm negative in the square format.  This is the type of camera that you flip the top of it up and look down through it.  I already have one of those types that I use often, my Yashica Mat 124G, but the one thing that camera has problems with it doing up close photography.  The Mamiya excels at that.  I'm still putting that camera through its paces but I am liking what I am seeing.

So while I continue my advancing my digital photography endeavours, I will continue to happily keep shooting film as well.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  No matter how hard you try, you cannot make an image shot on digital and get the look and feel like you can shooting film.  Film has a depth and soul to it.  

And another thing I keep meaning to work on his my YouTube channel.  I've done a few videos on it and likely as the weather starts turning colder in the next couple of months I will try to produce more content on there.

So for now, I think we're pretty well caught up.  Keep an eye on my Facebook page for the most up to date things I'm doing.