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Batu Karas, 25-28 June 2010

A rather spontaneous vacation trip, although planning to go there to visit a friend, the actual decision to go was done in one night!

Pictures taken from the day of departure to the trip home, all taken with Nikon F2, Nikkor-S 50mm f 1.4, Fuji Superia 400 film (1 month expired). straight from scanner.

Original contents copyright 2010 by Dave A. Andiputra. All Rights Reserved.

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Dark Room Project #1

I’ve wanted to build a darkroom since I started to know photography back in 2003, back then analog photography were still the mainstream, and digital were almost out of reach. my first experience with a dark room was when i join my campus photography club, they got a small dark room with a very basic B/W enlarger, but seeing pictures appear magically from nowhere for the first was amazing. The way the pictures appear gradually, the smell of the chemicals, unfortunately never did learn how to develop my own film, and sadly when the building was renovated, the dark room was closed for good.

After that brief encounter, I’d always thought that someday, at least i will learn to develop my own film, and if lucky enough, set up my own dark room. That thought always linger, but never get realized, until last month when I decided to buy a kiev rangefinder that spark my passion for analog photography. a quick look around on a local classified forum sprung an offer of a second hand Fujimoto Lucky 69M Fujimoto Lucky 90M-S enlarger, when i visit the seller (an elderly Chinese man), it turns out that he used to operate a photo studio that gone broke, and now decided that he will sell clothes instead. With the enlarger also included are three lenses (50mm f3.5, 75mm f4.5, and 105mm f5.6), three negative carrier (35mm, 6×6, and 6×9), a digital timer, a metal developing tank with metal reels (two 135 and a 120). He initially offered it for approximately US$100, which is a little too high for me, so I decided not to pursue it, two week later the seller texts me with a new offer roughly US$70 for the whole lot, so I decided to take it. The guy was fairly nice, he even give some additional extras, such as some powder developer and papers (he even included some kind of fuel additive for no apparent reason other than just wanting to give it).

As for the darkroom, i planned to use a corner on my room for the dry side, and using the nearest bathroom for the wet side. I’m planning to use overlapping curtains with railing as the “room” and add a changing bag for maximum darkness. But the time being the first i want to do is practicing on developing some film first, I’ve read everywhere that loading a metal reels is very hard, so I’m practicing to do that first, before using real film, but if it proved to be too difficult, I’m thinking of buying a plastic one instead.

Fujimoto Lucky 90M-S enlarger

to be continued…

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Bahaya

Bahaya

2010, Kodak T400CN, 35mm

Taken at Sempu Island, East Java. using Nikon F2 with Nikkor AF 28mm 1 : 2.8, Kodak T400CN film. minor adjustments on Adobe Photoshop ( channel mixing and selective leveling using layer masks )

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Gedung Merdeka #1

Gedung Merdeka #1

2010, Digital Print, 30 x 42  cm.

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Filed under: Canon EOS 300D, EF-S 18-55 f 3.5-5.6, pictures, , , ,

Cheap Nikon F mount to Canon EOS lens adapter

I’ve just received my cheap lens adapter for my Nikon lenses so they can be used on my Canon 300D, I’ve got it for approximately US$15, the quality is quite good actually although i don’t have any other adapter to compare it with. this adapter will allow me to use my existing array of Nikon lenses (haha..). i got it from this website

the US$15 Nikon F mount to Canon EOS lens adapter*

Canon 300D with Nikkor 200mm f 4 mounted*

the Nikon lenses i use on my F2 are an old style 50mm f 1.4, an auto focus 28mm f 2.8, and 200mm f 4. not the best Nikon lenses i know, but it will be fun using them on my 300D, especially the 200, since i rarely use it on film, i think it will be very interesting to experiment. the other lens that i think would be very useful is the 28 as the equivalent focal length will be close to my favorite length, the “venerable 50”

samples (all the images are shot wide open and i think there are some camera shake on the 28mm sample):

(50mm sample)

Joedith captured with AF nikkor 28mm 1 : 2.8 D on 300D with adapter

captured with AF nikkor 28mm 1 : 2.8 D on 300D with adapter

Joedith captured with nikkor 200mm 1 : 4 on 300D with adapter

I’d say all the lens performs admirably, considering the lens condition are far from perfect, all of them had different amount of fungus due to the humidity. the colors and tone are outstanding, i like especially the 200, if not for the 2 m / 7 ft closest focusing distance, it would be a very nice portrait lens. the 28 is nice as it is small, light, a perfect match for the 300D, and as stated above the equivalent focal length is prefect for me, at least now i have a very good reason to stop lusting over either the EF 24, 28, or 35. I don’t think the 50 will get much use, as i already have the EF version.

*camera and adapter pictures shot with Joedith’s Canon 1000D with Pentax SMC 50mm f 1.4 mounted using adapter bought from the same seller.

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Kiev Saga pt.1

well i am in the process of buying a Kiev 4A rangefinder from eBay… this will be a first time experience for many different reasons if it goes well. first, it will be the first time i buy something from the internet. two, and from eBay of course. three, it will be my first rangefinder (always wanted one). and four, my first FSU (Former Soviet Union) camera.

at the moment, i even can’t finalized the transaction, as the verification process on PayPal is not finished yet, didn’t think it will be this complicated.

on the other side, reading stories about buying FSU cameras on eBay is actually a kind of gamble, many stories about the unreliability of the FSU cameras, especially when buying them straight from eastern European dealers. having my finger crossed for this one.

will post the continuation of this epic saga…

more info on Kiev 4 cameras
Keith Berry’s very informative site
Matt Denton’s Kiev

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Studies on Light and Movement

a study on how light and movement affect your mood

2009, Digital Print, 25 x 40 cm (8 panel)

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Filed under: Canon EOS 300D, EF 50mm f 1.4, pictures, ,