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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2021, 07:50 AM  
Landscape Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, California
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Very nice.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2021, 07:48 AM  
Cityscape The bridge
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Really a nice shot.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-27-2021, 08:35 AM  
First roll developed - mistakes made and lessons learned
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 48
Views: 1,794
Oh, Gosh! I used to do my own B/W developing way back in the 1970's. I used to buy bulk rolls of Tri-X. It was an arduous process (I set up a "lab"' in the basement of my parents' house.) but loads of fun when the finished product was something you could be excited about. Biggest problem I had, IIRC, was dust. I'm still shooting film a lot but now I print negs (developed at a local lab) via a Canon scanner, Doggone computers really solved a ton of problems for me. Thank God for Photoshop Elements.

Your shots are very interesting. Congrats.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-27-2021, 08:07 AM  
Landscape Late Fall 2021 on the Oregon Coast.
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 3
Views: 169
The offshore wind was blowing and cold; the tide was ebbing and the sky was overcast. What better day to hike along the surf?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-27-2021, 07:39 AM  
Architecture Beautiful Georgian Dublin
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 32
Views: 955
Lovely. Dublin's a magical place.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-25-2020, 09:31 AM  
Long Time Pentax Spotmatic User
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 16
Views: 1,476
Hey Ed....Welcome aboard.

Like you I discovered Pentax SLR photography on a troopship headed for Vietnam in 1966. One of grunts gave a "class" on SLR's using his Asahi Spotmatic as the example. I was fascinated with them and after I got home I bought a Honeywell from our local camera shop. The owner used to laughed at me when I came in to his shop once a week and drooled after that camera. When I had enough together I finally bought one. I love their simplicity and I still shoot with one - though I have a Canon digital Rebel, too, now. I still have my original camera and lenses although I've added a ton of "new" used glass because there is so much available for cheap.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-22-2018, 10:17 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 18,841
Views: 2,975,015
Great Shot. Love it. Good old Tri X! :)
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 03-22-2016, 04:35 PM  
Old Film SLR Lenses
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 16
Views: 2,433
Yes, but just a touch. To continue with the analogy, the P-51 was a hell of an airplane even thought they didn't have computers to design and make them. All they had was slide rules.

As for me, I'm having a great time doing film photography. My collection of Super Takumars and SMC Taks is, I think, up to 8 lenses now. Yesterday I just picked up a Super-Tak 35mm f3.5 wide angle at my favorite (family owned) camera shop for 45 bucks. A very good lens.

When I was a kid and had no money, just my little Spotty with a 55 mm on it, and an off-market 28 and 200, I used to drool for those Takumars. But they were always beyond my reach. (I think I'm catching up on lost time!) You could actually feel the quality in your hands.

God knows what they sold for in their day!
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 03-21-2016, 07:05 PM  
Old Film SLR Lenses
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 16
Views: 2,433
So, if you have money to burn and liked to fly, would you buy a F-16 on the assumption that an old P-51 Mustang is just, well, obsolete?

Really, the heyday of lens grinding was probably in the 1960s and 1970s, no?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2016, 06:41 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
Actually, what I'm doing is to give my exposed film to a very well known and well respected photo shop (Dot Dotson's in Eugene, for any Oregonians out there) and have them develop the film. Then I scan the negs on a pretty good Canon flat bed scanner, and then play with it in Light Room and Photoshop. I've had pretty good results from that scheme.

The point of using a light meter is just get a better "first pass" while using negative film. IOW, you get one shot at every opportunity while shooting film. (Well, unless bracketing a shot with all kinds of different f-stops and shutter speeds.) I'm just getting back into film as a kind of exercise in playing with the most basic variables in making a photograph: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus. For me. it's like picking up where I left off 40 years ago!

Thanks to all these post-shooting computer apps, a lot of errors can be cleaned up; but heck, I figure you need to start with a good shot to begin with, right?

(BTW, I'm shooting some Velvia just to see how it works. I have NO experience with transparency film at all. Well, except for, like, 1969! Yeah, I'm an old coot! God, how I miss Kodak! Ektachrome was miraculous.)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2016, 02:25 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
Alex, I'm shooting film! Therefore I don't have a smart phone. Just dumb ones. [Just kidding. ;)]

---------- Post added 03-21-16 at 02:28 PM ----------

Very good points, which is why I'm convinced I could improve my exposures with a good meter. Frankly. at this point the Sekonic is looking better and better. I may pull the trigger when I finished posting this!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-16-2016, 11:13 AM  
People Excitement about my new lens!
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Just a nice shot. (Ah, the innocence of children.)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-16-2016, 10:54 AM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
I haven't shot enough film through my 645N yet to figure that out. Only one roll of Ektar 100. I've done some shooting in a local botanical garden and the pix cam out pretty nicely exposed; at least I could spruce them up in Lightroom pretty easily.

I keep waiting for a sunny day in the mountains here, so I can shoot the snowy peaks, but it's been overcast for it seems like months (Hey, this is Oregon!), I figure the contrasty conditions of snow, sky, and shadow will really test the internal meter out.

Below is my very first exposure with it. Lovely camera, though, I've got some Velvia in it now and am anxious to see how it does with transparency film.

I still haven't pulled the trigger on that Sekonic L-3085 yet. $150 bothers me, tightwad that I am. I wonder if there are comparable meters priced a little less.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2016, 04:47 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
Thanks for the input, guys. I'm glad it's been confirmed the 3085 is a good meter to use with film. I haven't completely shot my first roll with the 945N I picked up a couple of months ago, but when the exposures come back, I'll have a good idea of the camera's meter "truthfulness." I'm pretty sure I' going to spring for a meter because I'm really interested in doing portraits in both types of lighting and I can't imagine not having one with me.

The 35mm Spotmatic I resurrected (thanks to the help of Eric) is "spot" on, metering-wise. Dang things are tremendous cameras.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-01-2016, 01:25 PM  
Light Meters and Shooting Film
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
I am looking to buy a light meter for my 35mm and medium format film cameras. I am looking closely at a Sekonic L-3085, which is affordable and seems to do all the things I'd like it to do. But the marketing copy on it suggests it is perfect for digital photography, while of course not mentioning a word about film. (Really, who cares?)

My question is: Is measuring light for digital cameras different than for film? My initial thought is that light is light. But, hey, this is photography! Every question seems to have an answer with a half dozen caveats. :(

Your thoughts? Also, if you have a good feeling about a particular light meter that's under $150-175, I'd be interested in your opinion. TIA....

Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 01-23-2016, 10:05 PM  
I have too many cameras
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 66
Views: 5,680
I have 3 Spots and 5 different lenses. Why?

Just because.......😊
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-17-2016, 08:12 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 773
Views: 108,653
Great tips for this poor Newbie....
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-21-2015, 05:38 AM  
Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 494
Views: 125,210
A Spotmatic. And it was a special Spotmatic that I bought new in 1967. The camera works flawlessly. (I can't say the same for the photographer, however.)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-21-2015, 08:26 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #106 Poll (Converging Lines - June 2015)
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 72
Views: 11,991
No.1 is a very clever shot. :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-25-2015, 07:27 AM  
National Geographic: The Last Roll of Kodachrome
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 12
Views: 2,447
Yes, I agree with you. There are some definite advantages to using a digital camera. But, I think, just as with the differences between vinyl records and a digitized piece of music on a CD, there are audible differences between one and the other and it has to do with the texture (for lack of a better word) of each medium. Also, though, it takes a keen ear (or eye?) to detect the differences.

As for the uses of digital in business, the advantages are obvious.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-05-2015, 11:49 PM  
Want to start developing at home
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 47
Views: 6,264
Lol...seems we have some pretty hardcore shooters here. Film vs. digital vs.scanners vs. enlargers.... Yeesh!

I'm kind of a hybrid, I guess. I have returned to shooting film after decades of being away from it. I've resurrected my 50 year old Pentax Spotmatic and bought a 645N MF which I love shooting. I scan my negs because the post shoot work with Lightroom and Photoshop really leave me with so many ways to treat a shot.

Yeah, I used to enlarge when I was a kid but in my old age now, it's a pain in the neck to prep and clean up afterward. Plus...all that paper! Film and scanning give me the best of both worlds, I think.

( I didn't meant highjack the thread but... since you asked. [grin]
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-02-2015, 10:45 AM  
Landscape Cam Ranh Bay, 1966
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 2
Views: 1,214
I got my very first 35 mm SLR when I went to Vietnam. It was (IIRC) a Nikkormat with a small fixed manual focus lens. I don't even know if it had a light meter in it. But a guy I met aboard ship had one of those really, REALLY cool Asahi Pentax Spotmatic 35's with interchangeable lenses, a cool spot light meter, and, well, I just had to have one! I got one when I got finally home.

I was going over some old negs that were kicking around in in a closet and found this exposure which I made with the Nikkormat. The negative was in pretty bad shape and did my best to clean it up here. The photo itself—especially with that lone destroyer on picket duty—reminded me of the remoteness I felt being 10,000 miles from home.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-02-2015, 08:04 AM  
Want to start developing at home
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 47
Views: 6,264
Interesting. I read the review of the Primefilm XA scanner (Thanks, incidently) and it appears to to all things to all 35 mm people (esp. with the SilverFast software) ....especially those of us who are of limited means when it comes to amateur photography. I really like the XA's ability to handle entire strips of film. That's a huge plus. Had I known, I might have gotten one, but I plunked down my bucks on a Canoscan 9000 a few months back.

I have to say that the Canoscan is doing a great job on my 35mm negs, which is to say I'm very satisfied with its output. The drawback on the Primefilm XA, at least in my case, is that it only does 35mm. I happen to shoot medium format and 35mm. I just can't imagine carrying two scanners to do that job....or at least it would make me wonder about the cost/benefit of doing so, not to mention my non-photography friends wondering if I've lost a few marbles.

My current rationale is that (a) I can make a lot of very positive resolution improvements, if needed, in Lightroom/Photoshop and (b) if, for some reason I have an Ansel Adams moment, I can send the exposure out for professional scanning/printing. Trust me, I have darned few of them!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-03-2015, 01:10 PM  
My object of desire!
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 6
Views: 625
Ditto....I'm a sucker for a good "kids" shot. This young lady is gorgeous and the look (of innocence) on her face is priceless. My nomination.

A simple but very elegant photograph.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-01-2015, 10:41 PM  
Is FF worth the upgrade?
Posted By Flylooper
Replies: 146
Views: 15,907
I've got a 645N. A couple of rolls of 120 and I'm in business. I'm just now learning it. I have the film developed and then hi-rez scan it...and Voila!
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