Haida Gwaii Canoe


This post is the 44th in my 52 Rolls project. It has the other half of the roll of today’s roll of film which was posted here: http://wp.me/p1R4lY-7d3.

If you are interested in other photos of Haida canoes, including another unfinished on in the forest, they can be found here.

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This roll of film for my 44th offering has a real mix of places and things on it and so it was hard to find a theme in the photos. It was in the camera in Victoria and when I took a trip to Nanaimo, as well as when I went to Haida Gwaii on my last trip. I settled on the theme “images from the road” which is mostly on Haida Gwaii back in the Juskatla Narrows area where I went to look at a brace of Haida dugout canoes that were left unfinished in the forest probably in the last half of the 1800s. In the photo above, in the foreground moss if you look carefully you can see rectangles which are slabs of cedar removed from the canoe log during manufacture, and in the back ground the cut end of the rest of the tree.

This roll was lost to me…

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Victoria Waterfront

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Most of these shots are along the Victoria waterfront – between Beacon Hill Park and Ross Bay Cemetery. The other one is a shadow in my living room with sunlight entering in a way it only does a few days a year, if it’s not cloudy and if one is around to see it.

I had this camera along with me for a week or two;  I often pass the storm drain in Ross Bay and I stopped a few times to capture the variations in the morning light.

The rest of this roll is at 52Rolls in a post called Haida Gwaii Canoe which features photos of an unfinished canoe in the forest near Juskatla Inlet, and miscellaneous shots from travels with this roll of film.



Inlet Wall

Quonset Destruction

To the Sublime


This 52Rolls post is the companion to today’s Burntembers post and has more test shots from the Fuji GW690 and some thoughts on using it.

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Time to get a bit more serious after yesterday’s post. These images are from the first test roll I have put through a new-to-me Fujica GW690. The GW690 is a large fixed lens rangefinder that shoots 6×9 cm negatives.Today’s post at my blog has more pictures of the camera and information about it as well as a few more images from this same roll of film. You can find that post at Testing a Fuji GW690. These shots all made with the sunny 16 rule, supplemented with use of a phone light meter app. The film is Fuji Pro 400H

I like the simplicity of the camera, the optics are very good and the negatives very large. They are twice as big as those from my Mamiya M645 Super and nearly 5.5 times the area of a 35mm negative. I don’t mind that the 90mm/f3.5 lens is fixed. I only…

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Testing a Fuji GW690


I recently bought a Fujica GW690 and these are some of the first test shots from the camera. It shoots 6×9 cm negatives, so there were only 8 shots on a roll of 120. The rest of the test shots are on today’s 52 Rolls post at To the Sublime, as are my thoughts about using the camera.

The GW690 is a large camera, but not as big and unwieldy as my Mamiya M645 Super, even though it makes negatives twice as big. It is a very simple camera without a light meter or even battery. The shutter is in the lens, and the aperture and speed controls are on a ring on the outer edge of the lens. Focus is obtained via a rangefinder. It has a cold shoe, with the flash cord plug on the lens as well.  The Fujinon lens is a fixed 90mm and ranges from f3.5 to f32 with shutter speeds of T, and 1 second through 1/500th. There is a cable release in the upper shutter release button. It has a front shutter release button as well which is more comfortable to reach when taking vertical shots.

There is a dial that controls the frame counter for 220 film, 120 film and short rolls of 120 – in other words 16, 8 and 4 exposure rolls, although only normal length 120 film is readily available now. If one could find 220 film anymore, then there is a reversible pressure plate in the camera to accommodate the different thickness of the film. On the back is a bracket to hold the film info off the end of a 120 box, and on the base is a tripod mount, and two recessed catches to release the film spools inside. There is also a counter for the number of rolls of film shot through the camera. This one is at 902 rolls, which the previous owner thinks is right as the camera was nearly new when he bought it in Hong Kong a bunch of years ago. Both ends of the strap attached on one side of the camera, which actually makes it more comfortable to wear.

That is it for features – very simple as I said. While one would expect a quiet shutter sound, the camera has a pretty loud sproing when you take a shot. Many sources say it is the linkage to the roll counter on the bottom, but a couple debunk that and tie the sound into some other internal mechanism. I am inclined to believe the few in this instance.

It is also said that one should set the exposure before winding the camera due to all the springs and so on inside the lens which link to the winding mechanism and are set when the shutter speed is chosen. I have also read that this may not be true for the T (time) model lenses, but of concern for those few lenses with a B (bulb) setting and different shutter mechanism. I am not going to test that for fear of breaking the camera. The T setting is the biggest drawback of this camera, if one is doing long exposures. With a B setting the shutter is open for as long as you press the shutter release, but with the T setting you press the shutter release and the shutter opens and stays that way. On this camera to close it you need to change the speed to 1 second, or to advance the film. It would have been a lot simpler if you could close it with a second press of the shutter/cable release.


From the Ridiculous


This post has the rest of the images and associated gifs made with the Nishika lenticular camera which is reviewed on my blog earlier today at this link: http://wp.me/p1R4lY-73a. Check it out, there are lots of pictures, some of them are kind of interesting.

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Today I am posting some shots from a ridiculous camera, the Nishika N8000 which was designed for making lenticular prints, a kind of layered 3D print that gave a bit of depth to a photograph. The camera has four lenses that simultaneously create four half-frame images on 35mm film. The images are nearly identical but not quite as they are beside each other and thus have a very slightly different point of view. Printing is now hard to come by, and extremely expensive, so I have made some animated gifs instead, as well as present the groups of four images, as single images because that is how I think of them.

I liked the idea of four nearly identical images treated as a single one and is a main reason I bought the camera. These tests show that a more graphic subject works quite well. Also, the vignetting helps the effect, at least in black…

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