I believe this is roll #10 and #11. I try to keep film always loaded in the SL66, so that I can pick it up and shoot a couple of frames whenever I'm inspired. Due to the cost of film and processing, I usually shoot portraits because I think pictures of love ones will increase the values of these negatives over time. Do you see a black bar about a third of the way from the left? It's back! Last time I thought it was solved by going to a different film processor, but now I think it may have something to do with shooting in bright day light. Maybe there's some kind of light leak that causes the stripe as I advance the film. I shall be more careful next time.
Here's another interesting place to visit on our way to Vegas. Take the Kelbaker Road exit off I-15 at Baker and go east for about 20 miles, then turn left on to Aiken Mine Road, which is a dirt/gravel path, for another 4 miles. While driving towards the destination, you can almost tell from the landscape where the lava flowed from, coating the land, and where it stopped, creating a wall.
Once I knew that we were going to visit this place, I wanted to buy the Sony A7s camera which would be perfect for this opportunity. But after some debate, I decided to stick with the M9 and bring a tripod instead. Limitation breeds creativity, right? Unfortunately, we got there a little too late to catch the sun ray beaming through holes. So, I setup the tripod and we took some silly long exposure shots.
It gets pretty dusty in there, so I wouldn't recommend anyone staying there for too long. After climbing out of the hole and look at the surrounding landscape again, you can't help but wonder how was this place ever discovered. Here's a shot of my friend, David, who at the time of this shot, had no idea his daughter Isabella will born in another 24 hours. Somehow, I feel the essence of happiness is captured here.
I also took a bunch of photo and videos via Google Glass, you can see them [HERE].
When I think about driving to Las Vegas from L.A., I usually dread that boring 3 to 4 hours drive. There is a high chance of slow moving traffic on certain spots, and some long stretches of nothingness through the desert landscape. So when I had to make that drive this past weekend, I tried to look for interesting places to visit along the way. The Bottle Tree Ranch can be found on the historic Route 66 between Victorville and Barstow.
Apparently, some guy named Elmer just decided to build this in the middle of nowhere. It has grown over the years and the "installation" has gained some notoriety. We spent around 15 minutes just look around the forest of bottle trees and saw other groups of tourists stopping by. Too bad we weren't able to speak to Elmer directly that day.
I'm a sucker for scenes like this. Not a super interesting shot, but I was walking by and saw the sparkling afternoon sun filtering through the leaves and hitting the blinds. By the time I got the camera out to take a shot, it was slightly too late as most of the golden sparkles was already gone. This image gives me a new idea, though... I wonder if one day I can capture 4 distinct feel/emotion in the same image, a different color/tone in each panel. I'll have to keep an eye out for that ;-)
Halloween is a big deal if you have kids. The M9, however, is next to useless if you want to capture some shots of kids going trick or treat. Doesn't stop me from trying, though. Here are a few shots from today... The elementary school had a parade this morning for the kids to show off their costumes, which I thought was a nice idea.
We were strolling around Fashion Island, the outdoor mall, the other day and I was taking some shots near the nice koi pond they had there. As I walk around the perimeter looking for shots, I noticed the contrasty reflections the building was casting in the water and how the colors were somewhat complimentary. So I brought the camera up, framed it, and waited for a koi swim right into the middle of the transition. Voila! I like how it turned out.
A few shots from my nephew's football game from last week. I think it was the first time I've gone to a high school football game. I brought the 90'MEM but didn't use it because I figured that f/4 wasn't enough light. So I shot it all with the 50'Lux. I wasn't really trying to cover the game or anything... it was just something to do to pass the time since Cerritos High School was getting killed... the final score was something like 56 to 7 :-(
Truth be told... if these were shot on the M9, I would have probably processed them as color. However, I'm not unhappy with what I see from the B&W film at all. On our trip to the Silver Saddle Ranch, I wanted to test out my Light Meter glassware, so I brought the Rolleiflex SL66 and used my Google Glass solely for exposure evaluation. I think they came out rather well. I brought the 50mm f/4 Distagon and I'm amazed by the sharpness and details in some of the shots. Here are a few more:
We spent the weekend in Silver Saddle Ranch, in California City, which is about 2.5 hours drive away from Los Angeles. It's a man-made oasis in the middle of the desert, lots of good'ol outdoor fun. We get to spend the weekend there for free, in exchange for listening to an hour long investment opportunity pitch. Even though the place is probably 30 years old, it's still kept in pretty good shape, and very friendly staffs.
I brought only the 35'Lux with me because I actually wanted to shoot more film. Since my light meter glassware was just recently approved for Google Glass, I was itching to apply it to some real film shooting to see how it'll work. I will have to post the results in another post, since the film just got sent out to be developed today.
To see the full set, please click [HERE].