New EIR on the way!

I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that the one thing I can no longer get but really wish I could is Kodak’s discontinued Ektachrome/Aerochrome EIR (especially in 35mm).  There is nothing like it in the digital realm and especially when processed as regular slide film (E6), the results were pretty amazing.  Orange grass.  Milky white skin where you could see the veins underneath.  Good stuff, and sadly no longer produced.  I snagged a few of the last rolls of 110, hand-rolled from some bulk stock that a guy in Germany had, but it’s not really the same as being able to buy it at your local camera store.

It still might not be the same, but the wonderfully strange folks at Lomography started producing their own version called LomoChrome Purple XR.  I honestly don’t know what it will be like but after waiting upwards of 6 months since my order, I just got a tracking number, so I’ll know soon!

I Like You

I’ve been writing this blog for a while now.  You’ve been stopping by, here and there, to check in and look at a picture – maybe read a few words on how it got made.  Maybe you just do it to pander to me, but somehow I doubt that – I don’t often convince people to pander, which leads me to believe you like what you see.  I’m also under the impression you’re a facebook subscriber.  Everybody is a facebook subscriber, unless you’re one of those people uppity enough about preserving your privacy that you’ve quite facebook by now.  Talk is cheap, as they say, so I assume you’re still there.  Lucky enough, now your two favorite work diversions have come together.  You can like and share my blog with your facebook chums:

See that red circle?  You can now find the like and share buttons after each post.  If you could find it in your heart to spread the love, I’d appreciate it.  I do indeed like you.

UPDATE 6/23@2:45 pm: It is a rare day that any post comes close to touching what is clearly my most popular.  This bokeh post stands head and shoulders above all others on this blog but today, this guy made it to the top.  Thanks for liking me!

Please Kill Me Before I Have To Do That Again

I might have told you a few days back that I had migrated the blog to a new host.  That was true, except for one thing.  During the migration, somehow the database that runs the show and makes everything sparkling and magical got a bit borked.  Everything seemed to work, except the plugin I use to show you all the info on each picture couldn’t find things.  I tried all sorts of configuration until I realized it just wasn’t going to happen.  My options were to attempt to edit the database (a really bad idea), manually remove and reupload all my pictures (a super time consuming bad idea), have my great friend Josh try and fix it (a very promising but ultimately unsuccessful bad idea), or figure out what happened and how to fix it.

In the end, I had to delete my whole blog, including the wordpress install and database , which scares the living crap out of me, and rebuild it.  Since the files are all in the same places, after reimporting the XML file I had saved, it mostly came back to life.  I had to rebuild all the pages, reconfigure everything, fix some CSS, blah blah blah.

Along the way, there was a little damage.  If you were subscribed to a post, that went away.  I’m sure I’m more sorry about it than you are and I heartily encourage you to resubscribe if you’d like.  If you made a comment on my last post or two, that’s gone too.  I really like comments.  I miss them already.

Long story short, although there was a bit of damage, I really think we’re back online and relatively trouble-free.  I’m not going to touch anything unless I really have to.  Please tell me if you see anything funny, otherwise, back to doing the photography thing, no more doing the “make it work” thing.



Welcome Home

2017.09.19 Update: Two things since I posted this:

  1.  I’m currently hosting my blog myself.  This isn’t for everyone and it isn’t the most robust, but it’s certainly the cheapest if you already have the gear.
  2. One of the folks at Cloudwards reached out to me about linking to their rundown on what to look for in a cheap web host and the article isn’t bad.  Take a look here.

If you are reading this, odds are my blog has been migrated to a new host.  I meant to focus on this a week or two back, but I managed to mangle the translation a few times and well… I need a little me time first.

As far as I know, we’re sitting on a new host.  The masthead has been refreshed as well – nice elephant, eh?  Other than that, I know of one problem – the exif information (specifics about each photograph) that usually appear in a little table underneath the shot aren’t showing up right.  I need your help finding out what else is wrong, because I’m sure there is something.

If you could be so kind as to randomly click three links deep, wherever you want to go, and tell me if you see anything else messed up, I would be forever in your debt.  Do it for me, before google finds the problems and destroys my meager page rank.

Thanks team!

Transmogrification – Trash to Light Tent

If you were ever curious about how those pictures of objects seemingly hovering over an endless background (like the ones of my new camera) were shot, you just got a taste of a Light Tent.  Most are constructed about the same – like this one.  You have what is essentially a box, with opaque panels on most sides that you can shine lights through.  There is a long seamless sheet of white or black material that starts at the upper back and swoops down and ends on the foreground floor.  They often collapse to a smaller size for easy movement, and unfortunately seem to cost upwards of $150.  I’ve been looking for a better way to take pictures of small objects, but at that price, it didn’t seem too attractive.  Luckily, I stumbled on a great Strobist article which shows you how to do the same for $10 or less, depending on what sort of trash craft supplies you have laying around.  For me, the grand total was $0.

DIY Light Tent from the front

Interested?  Read on after the jump.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

My Precious

Canon T1i Body, 3/4 shot

About four years since my trusty Digital Rebel XT came home with me, I decided it was time for something new.  The Canon Digital Rebel T1i, stupid name not withstanding, finally forced my hand.  The camera showed up a couple days agoand after far too little time to have much worth saying, maybe I won’t say anything at all – maybe the big smile on my face should say enough.   If you want to hear about the new camera and see more pictures, click the jump.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s

Housekeeping… Fixing? Maintenance, ok?

Hey All,

I was just looking back through the Through the Viewfinder stuff I did and noticed that 5 or so of the old posts were missing their pictures.  Luckily it seems like I had a backup (can you believe that?) and actually managed to restore them.  The problem is that I can’t easily tell if there are any other issues.  If you do happen across posts missing pictures or in any other way screwed up, let me know, will you?