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Zeiss Ikon

Zeiss Ikon, HP5, Xtol 1+1, Zeiss ZM 28mm f/2.8

Zeiss Ikon, HP5, Xtol 1+1, Zeiss ZM 28mm f/2.8

I love this camera. That’s all I have to say. I posted this image simply because I walked around Dublin today shooting with the Zeiss Ikon and was reminded about how much I like this camera.

First off, I love using a rangefinder. I’ve waxed at length about this topic here before. But, I guess, today I needed reminding.

Second, the action of the film advance and shutter is just solid, solid, solid. The shutter fires WHEN you want it to, not after the camera focuses. Sorry, X-Pro 1, but this is STILL an issue, but mainly an issue when in comparison to this beauty.

Third, the frame lines move to adjust for parallax. Did you hear that, Leica? When you focus on something closer, the frame slides to one side so that you know where the frame ACTUALLY is. The X-Pro 1 does this, so good for Fuji.

Fourth, a little thing. When you rotate the camera to portrait mode, the meter adjusts, assuming that the sky might be at the top of the frame. In other words (LISTEN TO THIS) when in landscape, the meter is center weighted, like you’d expect.

When it is in portrait, it is weighted towards the lower part of the frame, assuming that the top is probably lighter. Not much, maybe a half-stop, but the meter is helping you out.

And, of course, Zeiss lenses just rock the house. I’m lucky to have two.


I’ve posted a frame from this roll before, and people complained about grain in the sky. Well, I had a look at the negs under the loupe… while this IS HP5 and while HP5 is NOT grain free, the grain you see in the sky is a scanning artifact multiplied (heightened) by the JPEG compression. I just looked at the TIFF file and while it is worse than the neg, it is not as bad as the JPEG. I coulda de-Clarified it, by why bother…

21 Apr 2014

Foggy Style

Fuji X-Pro 1, 23mm f/1.4, Lightroom 5.4

Fuji X-Pro 1, 23mm f/1.4, Lightroom 5.4, Silver Efex Pro

I have noticed that many times when I process a certain type of B&W image (I say certain because I don’t do it to every B&W image, only certain kinds) I intentionally underexpose the image during processing by 1 stop. I like moody, I guess. But I think there is more to it than that.

Using Silver Efex Pro (still my favorite member of the Nik family) makes this easy to do. And I find that, when I load an image into SFX, the ‘underepose 1 stop’ preset — which doesn’t just lower the exposure but also affects contrast and structure (it is trying to mimic the effect underexposing a frame of film one stop would create) — is where I go first.

Lord, I *think* I might be headed towards a ‘style.’

19 Apr 2014

Tears of Rust

F100, Delta 100, Xtol 1+1

Nikon F100, Delta 100, Xtol 1+1, ZF.2 50mm f/1.4

I do have a backlog of scanned b&w images which I am slowly working my way through and will be posting. This is a huge water tower by my house in Gibsonia…

16 Apr 2014

Dublin Tram

In-camera JPEG, Fuji X-Pro 1

In-camera JPEG, Fuji X-Pro 1

My wife is fascinated with my affection for trains and riding on trains. I don’t have a car here, and, so far, I don’t feel like I need one. The ‘elevated train’ that gets me into the city is an 8-minute walk from the apartment; it’s a 20-minute ride to a major exchange point, where I change to a tram, pictured above. The tram drops me off a ten-minute walk to the office.

I know Ireland is small, but the small-ness is sometimes stunning. One of the tram stops is a terminus train station where you can get a train all the way across the country, running to Cork. There are other trains, obviously, but this one is just an example. It takes 2:45 to get to Cork from Dublin. You could catch the 7:00 am train to Cork, get there by 9:45 AM, spend the day, get the 7:00 PM train back, and be in bed by 11. That’s amazing to me.

21 Mar 2014

More rambling

Delta 100, Xtol,

Shanghai, October 2013, Delta 100, Xtol,

Keep your eyes on the road, bud.

17 Mar 2014

Going through the archives

Shanghai, F100, ZF.2 50mm

Shanghai, F100, ZF.2 50mm, Delta 100

When I came over here I didn’t load up a container with stuff because Peg and I aren’t really certain yet what we’ll be doing with the house… rent it, have it house-sat, something. So I moved over here in a minimalist sort of way, large duffle bags on planes and carry-ons. One thing that certainly didn’t make it over was my scanner and darkroom.

Goodness knows if I haven’t had much time to shoot digital, I certainly haven’t had much time to shoot b&w and develop it and scan it! Yikes, that thought astounds me, having enough time to develop film and scan it.

Well, recently I found a place to develop the film, so that part I can do. It’s the film scanning I haven’t figured out yet. There’s a camera club in Dublin, seems like it’s pretty organized, but getting there’s a bit of a hike and they meet on Tuesday nights, which pretty much guarantees I’ll have work conflicts. I’m hoping to go, and maybe they’ll have some scanning facilities. The issue, of course, is the time to get those negs scanned.

So, in the meantime, I’m going through the archives and looking for interesting negs I never posted. Here’s one…


16 Mar 2014

Seeing the subject

Nikon F100, Delta 100, Epson 1400

Nikon F100, Delta 100, Epson 1400

Last week there was a discussion with Ray where I talked about my approach to a subject. Taking multiple images, looking for different ways to get to the ‘truth’ or at least a useable truth about the subject as I see it. All the while I was writing that response, I was thinking about this shoot, the one shown on the contact sheet above, where I walked around this tower near my house armed with my F100, a roll of Delta 100 and a ZF.2 50mm Zeiss lens.

Each frame has a number with year_month_date_ roll_frame (murphy’s law is in effect here, normally I number as I just described but this roll was missing the roll number, sigh). I every case where there are multiple exposures of a subject, I am normally playing with either focus or exposure.

3 Jan 2014

CSS Help Needed; Apply here

OMD, Color Efex

OMD, Color Efex

So, Ray asked me to change the color of the comments text. Fair enough, because I had actually never seen the color of the comments text, and when I looked at it, I was aghast at how hard it was to read.

So, I went into my theme settings, and discovered that the color of the comments text specifically wasn’t set-able. Then, I remembered that when I had set up this theme, I had a student of mine (ahem, yes, a student helped me set this theme up) had hand-altered some of the theme’s settings because the calendar at the right didn’t have the right color for the days in that month when I had posted. What probably happened was that when he altered the days I had posted, he inadvertently altered the color of the comments.

So I started poking around and proceeded to f**k the child theme altogether (don’t know why) so I had to go to this light version of the theme.  Which is not bad, mine you, and at least the comments are now READABLE (again, 1,000 apologies) but, as you can see in the calendar, those days I posted are now Un-readable (white against a white background) which pretty much confirms that that student hacked the theme and hard-coded those days to read the way they do now.

I do have a recent backup of the site but also need someone to help me fix the alterations to fix the comments font color only.

Anyone out there up for giving me a hand?

29 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas


Christmas Dreamy

To keep myself occupied over the Christmas vacation, I rented an E-M1 for a week. This is a quick holiday snap with Clarity at -100 just for that dreamy look.

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Love to all!

25 Dec 2013

Irish Light

Fuji X-Pro 1, Nik Silver Efex

Fuji X-Pro 1, Nik Silver Efex

I’ve been in Ireland the last few days and one thing that immediately strikes me is the quality of light. This far north the angle of the sun in the sky is very low, and with the cloud cover it has an interesting light-box like effect. In this image I’m looking right into the sun about 2:30 in the afternoon or so.

18 Dec 2013