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Forum: Ricoh GR 5 Days Ago  
Is the GRIII linux based!?
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 18
Views: 773
Very interesting! Man, that's weird to think that a whole OS would boot up when you turn the camera on... I mean I get this is technically what always happens, but my experience with linux is something that's running a lot of services.

Super neat.
Forum: General Photography 03-09-2019, 04:06 PM  
[Humor] Amateur photographer announces plans to waste even more money
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 16
Views: 1,018
The beaverton is a Canadian version of the Onion. This is cutting!


Amateur photographer announces plans to waste even more money - The Beaverton
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-06-2019, 05:35 AM  
Film developing 101
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 27
Views: 994
I’ve always liked this video on developing
















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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 08:16 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
Looking at the two sheets that were really bad, I think I need to take more care that they are totally submerged as soon as they go in the developer. Next time I'll put a bit more developer in the tray and pay a bit more attention.


What is this laminar flow you speak of?

Ps: I am going to give the control panel a good cleaning and do this shot again. Now that I'm thinking about... the artistic choice of where each dial should go is a hard one! :D
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2019, 07:50 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 15,671
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Coming in the mail... 2 more 1 gallon plastic bottles for storing darkroom paper stop bath and fixer. I'm pretty excited about them. Currently I store 3L of each chemical in 2 bottles, and it drives me crazy trying to not over fill each at the end of a developing session! :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-02-2019, 07:41 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
I bought some 4x5 Aristo Ortho Litho sheet film. Only 2 of 6 sheets have developed well, the last two I developed had really weird uneven development. I'm quite pleased with this shot of my dirty guitar amplifier. The Fender logo came out looking almost 3D, I'm quite impressed with it.


I've been using some Eco Pro paper developer for this, I think I should use a more dilute concentration to slow down the development time.


Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-01-2019, 08:34 AM  
I'm back and hope to stay!
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 27
Views: 893
Welcome back! I know other people are joking, but hey who are we to judge. How are you liking the K1ii?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-28-2019, 09:23 AM  
Macro Bubbles on copper
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 6
Views: 234
I recently bought some Arista Ortho litho film (terribly difficult film I know), I wanted to try to use it to get this kind of effect. My thought being that the copper colour would show up mostly as black, and the bubbles would expose well. I tried last night with a 150mm lens, but of course I couldn't get close enough with it. I have a 90mm I will try next. I have a 65mm super angulon as well, but... I don't think I have a lens board for it, for my bender. :/

That sounds like an interesting project with the P67! At least you got a good story out of it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-28-2019, 07:40 AM  
Macro Bubbles on copper
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 6
Views: 234
Thanks! :) I really like how this turned out. Do you mean with a view camera? I would like to do this with my 4x5, though I don't know if I have any lenses that can get this close.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-27-2019, 08:47 PM  
Macro Bubbles on copper
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 6
Views: 234
Trying out a new technique using distilled water and glycerin.

Forum: Photographic Technique 02-27-2019, 07:32 PM  
Macro Trying to create a water droplet surface texture for macro shot
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 9
Views: 580
I tried the spray tonight. Worked pretty well! I sprayed on fine from a distance - if you overdo it, the water balls up and rolls away. Didn't have as much time as I'd like to play with it, but definitely promising! I need to try the condensation route, though it's winter here, so it's pretty dry...






Forum: Photographic Technique 02-27-2019, 08:54 AM  
Macro Trying to create a water droplet surface texture for macro shot
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Managed to mix the 1:1 glycerin solution this morning, it is THICK. Took a quick test shot, definitely on the right track.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-26-2019, 05:38 PM  
Ricoh Theta Z1
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 79
Views: 5,687
I really can't keep buying cameras... but I've always wanted to get a Theta... super tempting.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2019, 03:39 PM  
Macro Trying to create a water droplet surface texture for macro shot
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Somewhere on flickr a friend of mine found a interesting recommendation to spray or flick 1:1 distilled water and glycerin. Just bought some glycerin and have DW already so I'll be giving it a shot!

It is an interesting problem, to keep the droplets small..
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2019, 08:14 AM  
Macro Trying to create a water droplet surface texture for macro shot
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 9
Views: 580
I'll try that... I might buy some RainX windshield wiper fluid too, wash the outside of the cup in it. It seems to promote those tiny water droplets I'm looking for.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2019, 07:16 AM  
Macro Trying to create a water droplet surface texture for macro shot
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 9
Views: 580
I have a hammered copper mug I'd like to do a macro shot of, and I think it'd look really interesting if I could cover it in a fine coating of water droplets. I'm sure there's a trick for this - perhaps a cold liquid inside?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 06:43 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
That hill has an incredible name, well shot!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 01:22 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
This is really neat, almost timeless!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2019, 11:32 AM  
RICOH GRIII Officially Announced
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 257
Views: 13,369
USB-C battery pack is brilliant, if true!

This looks like a great camera, the negative comments are silly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-22-2019, 09:35 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
Thanks! :) I'm quite happy with both - I'd like to try printing the lion again with a bit more contrast for a dramatic effect. It's a white balance thing, the waterfall is a bright white in real life. My phone loves to "tone" prints - it was a bit late to bother dealing with it.


I made two prints of the waterfall, I'll likely sepia tone one of them, and selenium tone the other.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-22-2019, 07:39 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
Some 11x14's I made last night in a short developing session.




Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2019, 01:42 PM  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 189
Views: 13,470
This seems like a pretty cool camera, I could definitely see taking it for mountain biking or canoeing.


The "but smartphones" arguments are so tired. There is nothing magical about the tiny sensors in smart phones, surely a dedicated unit with a larger sensor and better ergonomics will be better for photography.


If i read this correctly, this has some chemical resistance? Could be great for contractors.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 12:51 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 8,073
Views: 833,491
These photos are all brilliant, thanks for sharing! I like how busy yet composed they are.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-19-2019, 09:20 PM  
Astro Two astro Q's
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Went back for round 2 tonight as it was nice and clear. Full moon behind the camera, so obviously challenging conditions. None the less, better results than the other night, progress!


The zenitar 16mm is good fun to use for this kind of thing.




Dusting off my demo copy of Nebulosity 4.

Forum: Photographic Technique 02-18-2019, 08:59 PM  
Astro Two astro Q's
Posted By bobbotron
Replies: 5
Views: 440
I'm trying to get back into star trails and star stacking but... it seems I've forgotten some of the fine points! :)


I did a test shot tonight, with the wrong lens, the DA 35mm, of orion. The stacking worked well, but I subtly missed focus on the sky, the stars were all a bit out of focus. Any good tricks on making sure you have the focus right?


Second I'm trying to remember best practices for aperture for astro stacking. I had stopped the lens down to f4.5, and shot each shot for 5 seconds. As this was all just a test I'm not too worried. Generally does stopping down your lens a bit help for astro? I would think it does, and yet I vaguely remember advice to the contrary.


I'll probably be doing some milky way photos around the 6th of March with either a Zenit 16mm or a Rokinon 8mm, hoping to remember how to do this a bit better by then.
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