D.C. to Boston / Jason Lee book signing / Leica M2

A while back, Courtney and I planned a trip to D.C. I had never been and was excited to get some museum time in. She also told me that she had a surprise which had something to do with the trip. In true fashion, she can't keep and secret and started giving me hints and I eventually guessed what the surprise was. 

On the last day of the trip, she had booked a round trip flight from Baltimore to Boston, and during the middle of the day, had reserved a seat at the Leica Store of Boston for the A Pain View book singing and lecture by my favorite photographer, Jason Lee. World's best girlfriend award.  

I brought with me a few rolls of Tri-x and Fuji Neopan Acros 100, but primarily brought Fuji Superia XTRA 400 because B&H had Superia on sale for $2.79 a roll. This was an attempt to practice shooting, developing, scanning, and editing color negative film which I have always steered away from.  

Later on evening, we drove to Baltimore and stayed in a hotel by the airport. The next AM, we left from BMI and flew to Boston. 

Thanks for giving the post a look. A Carolina's trip will be up soon.

"American Resurrection" / Beatersville / New Ongoing Project

If there is anything I can name which inspired me to take photos, it would be custom cars. Specifically, events like Beatersville, Street Rod Nationals, and the original Dillehay Hot Rod Hullabaloo. 

Recently, Court and I revisited the pre-68' traditional rod and custom show, Beatersville, packing a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, and some expired Kodak Vericolor II color negative film. To account for the age of the film, I overexposed by two stops for an ISO rating of 25.

Cars and events like this have led me to begin a new project which will be ongoing with the end goal of a physical publication of some kind. I will be adding to the America Resurrection gallery as time goes on and will be updating the status of the project on Instagram frequently. To learn more about the project, visit the American Resurrection page. 

Here are some shots from the show. 

Dev Note / Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 / HP5+ 400

This is a camera my grandma gave me when I was first getting into film. It worked then and I shot a few rolls through it but never had them developed. They sat in my camera bag for a while until my car was broken into one night and my bag was stolen along with a Canon AE-1 and other rolls of film.

Since then, the camera hasn't worked and I thought it was just dead. Recently, I put fresh batteries in it and every now and then it would work. So I cleaned the contacts in the battery compartment, and pulled the tabs closer together to keep a tighter fit. The bottom corner plastic where the battery door is located is cracked, so the batteries aren't always making good contact.

Sometimes it works fine, and when the shutter won't fire, you have to press the battery door to make better contact while also firing the shutter.


FILM STOCK:

Ilford HP5+ 400 (35 mm)

Shot on Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

PREWASH:

Tap water at 68 degrees for about a minute.

DEVELOPER:

Kodak HC-110 (1:31) with a total time of 5:00 @ 68 degrees. 10 second agitation at beginning and 10 second agitation at start of every following minute.

STOP BATH:

High quality H20 @ 68 degrees for a 0:15 agitation, total time of 1:00

FIXER:

Kodak Pro for 7:00 with 15 second agitations every other 15 seconds. 

RINSE:

0:30 H20 agitation then dump.

H20 BATH:

3:00 H20 overflow.

WETTING AGENT:

1:00 agitation with Kodak Photo-flo.


RESULTS:

Rise of Film / Dev Note / Bergger Pancro 400

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Ahhhh the first post of the Rise of Film series. Hopefully Rollei Vario Chrome will come next (not much of a color shooter so will see how this goes) and Ferrania P30 will come next. 


FILM STOCK:

Bergger Pancro 400 (35 mm)

Shot on Canonet QL17 GIII

DEVELOPER:

Kodak HC-110 (1:31) with a total time of 8:20 @ 70 degrees. 30 second agitation at beginning and 10 second agitation at start of every following minute.

STOP BATH:

High quality H20 @ 70 degrees for a 0:45 agitation.

FIXER:

Kodak Pro for 6:30 with 30 second agitations every other 30 seconds. 

RINSE:

0:30 H20 agitation then dump.

H20 BATH:

5:00 H20 overflow.

WETTING AGENT:

0:30 agitation with Kodak Photo-flo.


RESULTS: