Getting some slide film developed

I decided to try some slide film a while back and have only recently sent the rolls in to get developed.  Handling these on island is a bit too costly for me to afford locally, so I had to ship a box off to the mainland.  A friend had recommended a company called AGX Imaging out in Michigan. AGX was great on the pricing and turned the images around flawlessly.   This isn’t a sponsored post, but I really would like to talk about the experience working with them.   Mike at AGX handled all my questions about the mailing process and everything returned very well taken care of.   I probably should have had Mike scan the slides.

The second half of the process where I chose to scan the images myself, didn’t work out as well as I had hoped.  The roll of film appears to look great,  but I couldn’t seem to nail the scanning down properly as the colors looked off and a line appeared throughout most of the images. I tried adjusting the colors and cleaning the scanner but it couldn’t get the results I seen on the slide.  This is definitely my fault and I need to look up some tips on how to handle my scanner better.  It requires a lot of time and knowledge to be comfortable with all the different steps involved for getting your film to the medium you desire.

 

It’s the middle of January 2017 and some of these rolls went as far back as 2015.  I know a lot of people can build a huge backlog of undeveloped film, but this has been the longest I’ve personally taken to get the processing finished.

The Mamiya RZ67 got a taste, but those slides had the most trouble for me to scan correctly.

 

The Yashica 635 had one fancy rolls that has stopped production since I picked it up in Japan. Provia 400X

 

Lastly, I’m pretty confident these were shot with my Contax G1 on Provia

 

San Jose Part 3: Instax Mini

I had zero intention on using my Instax mini 90 for this trip so I left it at home.  I Randomly came across some of the newly released Black and White Instax film at a good price.  Naturally I was forced to pick up a few and eager to try it out.   Earlier in the year I had convinced my cousin to pick up the same camera as me, so it wasn’t too hard to track down a loaner for the trip. I also had my first sampling of the new printer at this time.  The printer entertained me a few times and before I knew it, I also had to purchase a 60 pack.

Kitten on the Beach

Met up with Kitten on a beach without really thinking of what the area would have for lighting at night.  It turned out to be pitch black and pretty damn creepy.  Luckily we didn’t run into anything and I had my flash.  In really dark spots like this, it helps to have a flash light so your camera can focus a lot easier.  Using an off camera speedlite is still a bit foreign to me if the light is heading straight for the subject. It took a while to find a groove with the flash and where to set it, I’m really trying to focus on speeding up how long this adjustment period takes.  Due to the sketchy feels and pitch black scenes, I liked the hard shadows coming across everything.

 

Fuji Instax Printer SP-2

I’ve seriously had my eye on one of the printers for a while, I was very tempted to grab the SP-1 at the huge price drop right before this printer was announced.  I managed to use my friend’s SP-2 during my recent trip to the Bay Area and was convinced that I’d pick one up as soon as it got a bit cheaper.  The day arrived much sooner than expected when I found it for $50 off.  This printer uses the same battery as the Instax Mini 90S, which has been generally long lasting . The printing quality has increased, images are sharper and the colors look better than the SP-1.   I can’t see a huge need to upgrade unless you really like burning through these prints, but it’s worth the few extra bucks if you’re thinking about grabbing one of the printers.

The setup was pretty basic. I didn’t bother reading the instruction manual before I started and managed to do the basic prints without any trouble.   The images may be cropped so be sure go through the editing in the Instax app.   There are some extra bells and whistles for making a collage or other things, but I prefer to just stick with a single image, the mini film feels too small to handle a mix of images. Well, my opinion may be biased due to bad eyesight.

 

Last Minute Trip to Cali Part 2

I had a great opportunity to shoot in a studio for the first time thanks to my friend Ed.   He held my hand as I worked with studio strobes and gave lots of great tips that I have generally forgotten.  The advice may need to be repeated a few dozen times. This experience has motivated me to set something up in my living room at home, the main problem is convincing people to come to this side of the island for photos.  Instead of going out on crazy adventures my trip was rather low key, spending a lot of time trying to meet up with my friends.  It may be considered boring to handle my time up there like I did, but I was so happy to meet up with everyone.

Last minute trip to Cali

I was given a chance to fly up to San Jose for Thanks Giving and was not able to make any posts due to a lack of a proper laptop. Now that I’m back, it’s time to catch up on everything or at least make an attempt.  I haven’t been to Cali during a winter in over 10 years and forgot how cold it can get.  Most of my time was spent eating pho, drinking boba and trying to take photos with frozen hands.  Granted the coldest it got was probably 40 degrees, Hawaii people do not do so well under these conditions.

I think this first round of posts will end up like a mini food blog.  I ate a lot of great stuff and kept going back for more.   The Vietnam Town in San Jose was down the street from where I stayed and it offered 4 different boba spots that were quality. Naturally, I’d get a drink, grab some pho then head back to another boba spot. Considering how much sugar is in these drinks, I’m lucky I didn’t come home with diabetes, everything would have been healthy’ish if I stayed away from the cheeseburgers but I got caught up in the Inn and Out goodness.

My Next Post will focus more on the things I got to join in and less about food.

Cat Daze

A good friend has loaned me the 100m L F2.8 Macro lens for my Canon EOS system.   It’s been one of the lenses on my wish list for a while, but I just never got around to purchasing it. I’ll probably make a post with a better overview of the actual lens, but for now I wanted to play around with the cats and this lens.  The cats aren’t really fans of having a camera shoved in front of their face so I need to start rewarding them with more treats.

Mori By Art + Flea Relocation

Mori is a store located in Ward Center that I recently got to know a bit better due to a pop up cat cafe that was held there.  They recently had their final day at their current location and I dropped in a tad late to the party, but still managed to enjoy one last look around their set up.  There was a vendor with tacos and some discounts on selected items.  Mori will be reopening at the new South Shore Market in Ward around the second week of November.

Neet Honolulu 2016

Neet is a small convention that happened on Friday Oct 21 at the Japanese Cultural center.  I wasn’t really aware it existed until recently when a fellow photographer asked if I planned to attend.  Luckily I was able to make it out and stay for a majority of the time.  The con lasted from 5-10pm and admission was $5, at that price range it doesn’t exactly feel like it needs to live up to any expectations.  So I personally had a pretty positive experience there. more “Neet Honolulu 2016”