I spent some time last week "back east" and wandered up into the New England states for a while. A lot of cemetery details will be posted into the film photo a day blog over the next several weeks, but here are three old churches that I happened into during the trip.
This is the Brick Church in Clarendon, Vermont, a.k.a. Clarendon Congregational Church. My wife found one of her distant ancestors buried in the cemetery across the road:
The clock is just a painted ornament on the steeple. I wonder why 10:46 is the chosen time.
No idea what the church shown below is or was, but the distinctive snowflake pattern on it was eye catching. This blog describes it as a circa 1890 Queen Ann Church. It looks like someone is taking care of it these days as witnessed by the new shutters on the windows. The second photo below details the attractive bell motif in the windows shutters.
Lastly, First Church of Christ in Wethersfield Connecticut. Per Wikipedia the congregation was founded in 1635 and the building here was built in 1761. It seems to be an active congregation to this day and renovations to the building were in progress as we strolled by:
I shot this using a Ricoh Diacord L TLR, circa 1957. It a great camera and a I love the quality of the images that the Tessar design lens produces. This was shot wide open at f3.5 on Tri-X. (Developed in HC110 Dil B.) Unfortunately the Diacord's winding mechanism has gone wonky - sometimes spacing exposures far apart and sometimes barely leaving any room between them at all. I'm hoping that it will work itself out some how (wishful thinking probably...)
A two pronged test here... first testing a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 zoom with film. Secondly, testing Ultrafinne Xtreme 400 in Microdol-X stock solution. I like the results on both accounts.
I couldn't find a starting time for UFX 400 in Microdol-X, so I used the time for HP5+ and added a minute, which worked out to UFX 400 rated @400 in Microdol-X stock 12minutes at 20C. I've been doing some informal comparisons between Ultrafine Xtreme 400, HP5+, Ilford Pan 400 and Kentmere 400. All are clearly distinct films but UFX 400 and HP5+ are generally very close in processing times, so I'm comfortable using the HP5+ times as a starting point for UFX 400 when developer times are not available.
In regards to the Tamron 28-75 f28 -full name: Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) - I wanted a better zoom for my Pentax film bodies, and the Tamron is one of the few current lenses that still works with the cam driven auto focus found in older Pentax film bodies. So far it has proven to be excelent with film. Its also been very good on the APS-C Pentax k3. I am hoping that it will also be serviable on the Pentax k1. Even if it isn't, its an excellent upgrade over the FA 28-105 f4-5.6 and FA 28-70 f4 that I had been using.
Another take on the scene that I posted a few days ago. This was taken at the same time but at the start of a new roll of film - so it took another couple of days to shoot out the new roll and develop it:
I move the camera a little but mostly switched to a wider lens. Taken with a Pentax Mz-S, SMC F 28mm f2.8, on Arista Ultra Edu 200. I accidently exposed this at ISO 100 instead of 200, developed in Microdol X 1+1 for 9 minutes.
Yesterday (August 12) in the Allegan Forest. A heavy rain came down a hour or so before I arrived and a faint mist was rising in the heat. I have probably passed this spot a thousand times without noticing it, but this time I finally saw it.
Taken on Arista 200 rated @ 200 and developed in Microdol-X, 1+1, 9 min @ 20C.
I am happy to announce that two of my photos will be exhibited in the 2016 American Landscapes exhibition hosted by the Maryland Federation of Art.
My two accepted pieces are Muddy Back Roads, a photo made in January of this year:
And October Morning, from October 2014:
This year's exhibit will run from August 12 through September 10, 2016 at the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. The juror this year is Liza Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
An online preview of the exhibit can be found here. More information about this and other MFA exhibits can be found at mdfedart.com.
Arista EDU Ultra 200 pushed to ISO 400 and developed in HC110 Dil H for 9 minutes (20C). Everything about this combination is officially not recommended - though nominally an ISO 200 film recommended ISO is usually more like 100 and HC110 is labelled as "not recommended" as a developer. But in this example I like the pronounced but fine regular grain and interesting tonality.