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February 10, 2015

Jac and Heath on Instagram

filed under Jac and Heath on Instagram Just a short post to let you know that we welcome followers on Instagram. We are happy to answer questions or give advice on our Jac and Heath account, which is simply: @jacandheath Jac and Heath on Instagram Another account that gives a lot of inspiration, that is curated by a respected trio of photographers: James Bennett, Hannah Robinson and Oli Sansom, is @the_inspired_post. Definitely worth a follow. You'll see images from the masters of yesteryear amidst bright talent from today. I'm sure you've heard people saying that there are no new ideas, just recycled ones. Knowing the great photographers work of the past 200 years could give you some nice ideas to recycle. Hopefully this account doesn't get too popular as Einstein himself said “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” =) Enjoy it.
January 29, 2015

Pinhole Cyanotype 8×10 and first darkroom enlargement

A blast from the past. A Pinhole Cyanotype 8x10 from my high school days in 1998. pinhole cyanotype 8x10 It's a vague memory now, and my teacher helped throughout (meaning she probably did most of the work), but I remember clearly how excited I was with it. The exposure was roughly 15 minutes, and the bell sounded for the next period during the exposure. Lots of people walked up and down the hallway here, but they are all invisible due to the length of exposure. I love the brushstrokes from the application of the chemicals. From a quick google search, the chemistry is a mix of two, ammonium iron (III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. More information can be found about the process on a wikipedia page here. Here is my first darkroom enlargement from around the same time or a year earlier, from an old Minolta 35mm camera: darkroom enlargement My organizational skills from high school weren't great, but luckily I gave these to my father who has them hanging in his office to this day. I'm really happy now that they still exist! It's interesting to me that neither of these shots are of people. I was quite shy. Filed under Pinhole Cyanotype 8x10
January 6, 2015

Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000

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Shooting film is pretty expensive. But the colour when scanned with the Frontier SP-3000 is super pretty. Sure, if I shot a digital camera side by side with a film one I could match the colour pretty well. However without the film shot as reference, it takes longer to get to the look I want. I highly recommend anyone looking at getting the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 for self scanning to go for it. If you need resolution, the Noritsu gives higher resolution, sure. However the Frontier seems to more consistently have the colours people shoot film for. That's more important to me for most applications. I do realise that I have changed teams on the Noritsu vs Frontier debate a few times now! There are more thoughts on self scanning with the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 after the examples below. This post sums up our month of December. We took the month off to spend some time with our Californian family. It was my first time snowboarding in Mammoth and surfing at Oceanside. The surf hovered at the 4-6 foot mark for a solid week. It was the best I've seen it in my limited time in the area.

Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000 california_3 california_4 california_1 california_5 california_6 california_7 Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000 california_9x california_9 california_10 SP-3000 california_12 california_13 california_38 Fuji Frontier SP-3000 california_14 california_15 california_16 SP-3000 california_17 california_18 california_19 california_20ix california_21 california_22 california_23 california_24 california_24ii california_24iii Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000 california_26 california_28 SP-3000 california_30 Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000 california_32 california_33 california_34 california_35 Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000 If you are worried about the self scanning learning curve with the Fuji Frontier SP-3000, the thing works amazingly well without much fiddling. You can adjust the straight scans in Lightroom until you learn what you are doing. The biggest stress for me was plugging the thing in. So many cables, each of which need to be in the right place. It may be best to have a technician install it for you if you don't have much computer hardware knowledge. I had to replace the power supply in the Toshiba computer that sits inside the scanner twice in the first month. If you buy one, I'm happy to answer questions, just email me. It's really worth it to go for the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 over the SP-2000 or SP-2500. For many reasons. Mainly though, the dust eliminating ICE technology. It saves so much time. Other advantages include higher resolution and faster scanning. It's best to buy a standalone unit that has been setup to scan. Otherwise you'll have to chase down a PIC that receives the scans from the unit. The Frontier was designed to print directly rather than save to a disk. Also worth noting is what you need for scanning 120. You'll need a manual carrier, a 120 DF (light diffusion box), and whatever mask (6x7, 6x45, 6x6 is rare, 6x8, 6x9). All film was processed by Millers for $2 a roll. Amazing value and consistent results. Highly recommended. I bought my Fuji Frontier SP-3000 from AAA Imaging near LA. My contact was Greg Wolfe, he was very helpful setting up a PIC for me. UPDATE 2016: I've since sold my Frontier and moved to Australia, and thankfully James, a family member here has one nearby that I use. If you'd like to see more dreamy colours that the Frontier and film create, I recommend checking out my brother's post here.
December 23, 2014

Juneau Helicopter Photos

Filed under Juneau Helicopter Photos Juneau Helicopter Photos Some hiking shots in the mix too. Plus more general stuff from the Pacific Northwest. We hope to be able to make the journey a lot more to Alaska, especially to see family and friends there. I've got a bunch more 35mm scans that I'll have to add at some point. In the meantime here is a bunch of Kodak film, shot on the Pentax 67 with the 105 and 45mm lenses. Juneau29 Juneau3 Juneau5i Juneau4 Juneau107 Juneau106 Juneau Helicopter Photos Juneau111 Juneau7 Juneau8 Juneau Helicopter and Hiking Photos Juneau11 Juneau13 Juneau16 Juneau18 Juneau19 Juneau22 Juneau23 Juneau24 Juneau21 Juneau25 Juneau26 Juneau27i Juneau45 Juneau44 Juneau43 Juneau42 Juneau Helicopter and Hiking Photos Juneau40 Juneau39 Juneau38 Juneau37 Juneau33 Juneau32 Juneau104 Juneau Helicopter and Hiking Photos Juneau34 Juneau28 Juneau31 Juneau105 Juneau103 Juneau101 If you'd like to see Jac's photos from Alaska (especially worth it for the whales), click here.
December 12, 2014

Street Portraits 2014

My 2014 film street portraits taken in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Juneau and Florida. Chattanooga Tennessee may be in there somewhere too. 90% taken with the Pentax 67II. A few taken with the Pentax 645n. A mix of Portra 800, 400 and 160, plus the black and white is expired B&W Portra (which is a C41 black and white film stock, handy for keeping dust away). Street Portraits 2014 The processing was a mix of home jobo processing with home scanning on the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 and Indie Film Lab basic scans, which are done on the Noritsu. I think they get along ok here, but matching colours is an unnecessary complication if you can do it all on the one setup. For 2015 I'll be using Miller's Lab's $2 film processing with my shiny new (but old) Fuji Frontier. It's great to know I'll now have access to one in both Australia and the US. street2 street3 Street Portraits 2014 street5 San Destin Beach Florida street7 street8^ This guy taught me how to tie a bow tie. He sells them. street10 street11^ Why is he photographing a brick wall? street12 street14 street15 street16^ If you look closely the hairdresser is giving me the bird. Street Portraits 2014 street18 portraits 2015 street portrait nyc portraits street23^ I interrupted this girl loading Kodak Portra 400 into her camera. What a champion. street24 street25 street26^ The guy on the right was an Australian. He said I wasted a shot on him. I disagree. street27 street28 street29 street30 street31 street32 street33 street34 street35 street36 street9^ I chatted with this guy for quite some time. He was really depressed. He had a gentle nature under a mistrusting shell. street37 street38^ The guys on the right are a news crew for prime time Japan TV. street39 street42 street43 street44^ The guy on the left is an Aussie fashion shooter who was in NYC for Fashion Week. street45 street47 street48 street49 street50 street51 street52^ The team on the right are from Plastik Cafe in LA. Highly recommended, great food especially. street53 street56 street54 street57 street55^ The guy with the love heart balloon said yes to a photo but no to stopping. Walking backwards while manually focusing on the street. Juneau street photography street59 street58 Click here for the similar 2013 blog post. A few bridal shots crept in last year, but this year it's all play and no work. Hope you enjoyed this mix of 2014. Street portraits only get easier the more you do them. They teach you to focus fast and to be a more relaxed photographer. I'd recommend giving them a try to anyone. Just keep it simple. FYI, Miller's lab is here. More street portraits here.
July 23, 2014

Los Angeles Street Portraits

Brother-in-law Jordan accompanied me for these Los Angeles street portraits just before I flew back to Sydney this week. We took out two old pushbikes (pictured below) and rode around trying to avoid cars. To their credit, LA drivers were super friendly and kind to us. For our random models, everyone I asked said yes except for one, and she was really kind in letting me down. I have put info about the pictures below. I took just the one roll of 120 (Kodak Portra 160), on the Pentax 67II with the 105/2.4. So here are the 10 shots from that one roll I shot. Sometimes I enjoy really limiting the amount I can shoot, so I can see things more than photographing everything. These were self processed at home with my brother James' Jobo (in Kodak chemistry) and Frontier SP-3000. Los Angeles Street Portraits ^ This girl graciously said yes to the photo and started to do her hair, and I said 'freeze' and shot it, then asked her to turn and face the camera. She was interested in the Pentax so I took off the prism and let her look down through it. I love people's amazement about how cool the vertical finder looks. LosAngeles02 ^ Our lovely bicycles. Perfect for Los Angeles. Street Portrait seekers. Street Portraits Los Angeles ^ LHS: Jordan pretending I didn't tell him to stand there. RHS: Guy with cool hair outside Paper or Plastik. Los Angeles Street Portraiture ^ LHS: Stylish guy at the Grove. RHS: Stylish guy walking along Melrose. LosAngeles05 ^ LHS: Miss Kirkman's art. RHS: Staff at Paper or Plastik. Great food, nice light thanks to big windows and nice people. street portrait LA Hope you liked these. If you'd like to see some street portraits from last year (with more Los Angeles Street portraits, specifically Venice), click here.