Yosemite Fall Colors (161114)

Ok, so I did mention Fall colors and gave you a black and white photograph.  So below are a couple with Fall colors.  This is as of November 6, 2016.  The leaves may have fallen by now, but there were plenty of trees that hadn't turned at that time.

 

Yosemite Fall 2016

Just this past weekend, I was able to go to Yosemite National Park in the valley.  The water is running and Fall colors are appearing.  The animals are present.  Many deer, a bear with a cub and a bobcat all were visible in the daylight hours.

Just Photograph

Early this year, I just decided to try to take on self imposed projects.  The first of these is the walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Each time I crossed the bridge early in the morning, I looked for visual elements that most people would not stop to look at.  Another thing I intentionally tried was to make elements of the bridge appear as it were something else.  Like the bridge lights look much like people walking in a line.  So the idea was to just go an photograph.

Rolleiflex 3.5A

140905  Rolleiflex 3.5A

Rolleiflex 3.5A

Today, I wanted to talk about the Rolleiflex 3.5.  If you are old enough, you may remember in the 60’s when Dad would spend much time taking a picture of the family and we all had to stand still until the shutter was released.  Even at that, our heads would be cut off in the picture.  Ok, maybe not every time.  When my Dad passed away in 1993, he left a Rolleiflex 3.5.  I started to photograph with this camera and thought the negative was fantastic.  This is when I started to really develop an interest in photography.

In looking at the serial numbers website, I found that it is a Rolleiflex 3.5A; Automat Rolleiflex Model 4; or a MX(Type 1), three different names.  Several years ago, I had Manfred at International Camera Tech in Mountain View clean it up and refurbish some parts.  Since 1993, I have acquired other cameras in different formats, so working with the Rollei 3.5 was put on the shelf.  Just recently, I decided to take it out for a spin and found pleasing results.  All the photographs were taken with a tripod.  However, when at the Legion of Honor Museum composing the “Thinker”, a security guard walked by and said, “No Tripods.  You can hand hold and shoot, but no tripods.”  Of course I took a quick snap of the shutter and packed up to leave.  The three images come from that same roll.

Thanks to my Dad.

Thinker at the Legion of Honor Museum

Thinker at the Legion of Honor Museum

Land's End Study 02

Land's End Study 02

Land's End Study 01

Land's End Study 01

Going Back to the Same Location Part 2

Going Back to the Same Location II

Fort Point was built in 1861 during the Civil War and located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  It is a great place to photograph and practice composition and exposure.  In 2013, I set up a 4x5” camera and took the following picture.  I liked it and even made a silver print.  The issue is the window highlights are blown out.  The other thing that bothered me was the pipe at the top of the doorway.

After going back in about 5 months, I tried to enter the fort when clouds filled the sky and the range of light between the stairs and window were closer.  Exposed this picture and even used a digital, thinking the dynamic range was greater than film.  Not bad and I could probably work on the digital files so it would look better.

Film Scan

Film Scan


Digital File

Digital File

The third try (or may have been the fourth) was the digital capture.  I don’t do HDR so I exposed for the highlight and got this original (as well as about 5 other exposures).

Original Digital File

Original Digital File

Chose to work on this one and arrived at this final image.

Final Image

Final Image

The next step is to try again with film and develop N-1 or N-2 to subdue the highlights and make a silver print as well.  It’s always a learning process.  It really is practicing and what you learn can apply to other situations.  Happy photographing.