Canonet 28

I took the time this weekend to take some nice photos of my Canonet 28 film camera. I recently upgraded it with a metal lens hood which looks really cool and is also very functional. The Canonet lens has unusual 48mm thread diameter so I bought a 48-52mm step up ring, and the hood fits that. I’m almost done with the roll of HP5 in the camera and I’ll be posting a detailed gear review with some sample photos once I have it developed. A preliminary thought however…

I thought I wouldn’t enjoy the Canonet 28 as much as its older brother the Canonet QL 17, because the 28 is fully auto. However, I’ve found this not to be true. Despite not being able to control the depth of field as much as I’d like, it is still extremely enjoyable to shoot with.

Canonet 28

Canonet 28

canonet 28 top view

Auf wiedersehen,

Chris

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Bend, Oregon and Cascade Lakes

For Memorial Day I took a trip over to central Oregon with my mom and brother. Central Oregon is mountainous, high-desert country that makes for gorgeous scenery. On Saturday morning we drove the Cascade Lakes Highway (really a two lane road) which has some great spots to stop and photograph the mountains. The snow covered conical peak you see in these photos is Mt. Bachelor. Today’s set up is my Nikon D40 w/ 18-70mm lens. I had fully intended to shoot only film for the weekend, but my N80 is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment and I’m still working through the first roll of my Canonet 28 (want to make sure it’s exposing properly before I use it more exclusively).

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Mt. Bachelor is home to one of the biggest ski areas in North America. What’s cool though is that it’s day use only. There are no upscale developments or residential areas to spoil the nature. It gives the place a much more rugged feel.

 

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I can’t decide whether I like the black and white better, or color. They both work but have such different looks. The big fluffy clouds are what really make these pictures though.

 

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I took this photo one evening near the cabin where we were staying. The clear skies and high clouds provided some incredible sunsets.
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The Cascade Lakes Highway.
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Thanks for stopping by today!
Chris

La Brea Tar Pits

I rode the bus over to the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of LA this morning, intending to visit LACMA and the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. Unfortunately, when I got there the museum was closed. 😦 Fortunately however, the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum are right next door 🙂 The tar pits themselves are a bit…underwhelming, but there is a very nice park and Mid-Wilshire is a cool area to hang out in and have lunch. I brought along my Canonet 28 and also took some photos using the Camera Plus app with my iPhone 4. 

The Page Museum is sort of built into a hill and there’s a neat lattice structure on the roof which made for some interesting shadows. I also took this on HP5 film. I’m curious to compare the two photos when I get the roll developed. 

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These purple trees are in bloom all over LA. This city can be surprisingly beautiful at times. 

 

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The Camera Plus app is great, but it loses sharpness at even the slightest zoom. Not terrible though, especially for a phone. 

 

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Enjoying the park 🙂

 

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And finally…I snapped this while waiting for a bus and used the built in tilt-shift effect from the app. Rather cruddy, but again, not terrible for a camera phone. 

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Stay tuned for my film shots!

Chris 

Graduation and looking forward

Next Friday I will be officially graduating from USC! I can’t believe how quickly my undergraduate career went by. Every year seemed to go faster and faster, and I honestly could not be more ready to be done. I am coming back in the fall for my masters degree. However, I will be working almost full time and living well off campus.

On May 31st I am moving to Berkeley for the summer and working at a large biomedical company doing IT and emerging market analysis. I cant wait to take advantage of all the photographic opportunities the Bay Area has to offer. I’m getting more comfortable with film and will be focusing on that aspect of my work. Also, look for more changes to this website in the near future!!! Big things to come.

And because this is a photography website I will leave you with this photo of my fraternity brothers lounging around when they should be studying for finals 😉

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Thanks for stopping by!
Chris

I redesigned my blog!

…And by redesigned I mean I picked a new WordPress theme. Eventually I’d like to do a little bit more, but I simply don’t want to spend $60-$100 on a ‘premium’  theme that I can customize (and full on web design is really beyond me at this point). Perhaps over the  summer when I have a more steady stream of income.  I like to change things up and experiment with how the website looks, but I will always have the linear style posts as opposed to tiles or something else. Let me know what you think of this particular theme! I’d really like some feedback.

Looking to the near future, I’m planning on posting a few reviews of the equipment I use. I’ll focus more on my film cameras and lenses because there is already an encyclopedia of information on my digital Nikon D40 body. I’m still shooting the first roll on my Canonet 28 so expect some preliminary thoughts on that. I also have a lot to say about my Nikon N80 film body.

Now I have a question for you…I’m considering getting into medium format film within the next few months and have been thinking about what type of camera I’d like. My price range is less than $500. I’ve been looking at a Fuji GW690ii or a Mamiya 645, two very different options. What do you think? What else would you consider? Leave a response in the comments 🙂

I’ll leave you with this…

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Have a great day!

Chris

Hollywood and Vine

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I think that photo-walks are a really good way to get to know your city. I love just walking for a few hours around an area with my camera. I did this all the time in Japan over the summer, but I haven’t had as many opportunities to do so in LA this year. The city is not the most ‘walkable’ ever, but it’s not terrible. I just haven’t had the time to get out there.

A few weeks ago I did get a chance to walk around Hollywood with my girlfriend. I’ve been to Hollywood a bunch, but I hadn’t had a chance to explore it on foot. We took the LA metro (which I think is aesthetically the worst subways system ever…more on that later) to Hollywood Blvd and Vine, and then walked up to Hollywood and Highland. Hollywood is full of interesting people and it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to do street photography. The area is also a lot more grimey than it’s portrayed by…well, Hollywood.

The sun had set completely by the time I took this second photo. I was surprised I was able to hand-hold the camera still enough that the picture came out this clear. The whole front of this tattoo shop was visually enticing but I would’ve been standing in the middle of the road to shot it. I’m still happy with the end product.

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Thanks for dropping by!

Chris