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8-9-12 Car Update

by on Aug.09, 2012, under Text

I’ve wanted new seats for my project car for a couple of years now and finally decided to bite the bullet. Now that the car has paint, it makes more sense to get the car updated. After over a month of debate and looking, I ordered some Corbeau seats choosing the FX-1 for the driver’s side and the Wide A4 for the passenger. As it turns out, I really should have gone to sleep instead of ordering the seats when I did because in my online price seeking delirium, I forgot that the FX-1 is the wider version and the FX-1 Pro is the smaller version. Only after getting the seats and sitting in them did I realize my mistake. The kicker is that the Wide A4 fit perfectly in the shoulders and loose in the hips, which is what I wanted out of the driver’s side seat. I decided to install the FX-1 in the car just to be sure I didn’t like it and sure enough, it was a no go. With that in mind, I spent rest of my budgeted/ saved project car money and ordered a Wide A4 for the driver’s side. It should be here in a few weeks and then I’ll try to sell the FX-1 locally to recoup some of my funds. That said, I should be getting the side skirts on the car soon so I’m looking forward to having the car almost all the way back together. Once it’s all back together, It’ll be time to really clean the garage up. fun fun.




Changing Directions – updating

by on Jul.25, 2012, under Text

I haven’t been on here in a while as most no one will actually notice, but that’s mainly because my photography has taken a back seat (no pun intended) to my car hobby and being a father. As such, I’m going to start posting my project car related info on here. If I’m going to continue to pay for the site (domain fees) then I might as well use it however I want. Done. Updates will be sporadic at best, but there will be some soon.


Charles Towne Landing

by on Mar.20, 2012, under Text

If you’ve never been to Charles Towne Landing and are looking for a place to combine portrait and landscape photography then this is a great place to start. The only reason I know anything about it is because my Sister in Law’s Wedding was held there and I was in charge of taking the “getting everything ready” pictures before the hired photogs arrived. While I didn’t get the chance to take many pictures outside on the grounds (which were pretty incredible), I did manage to take a few interior pictures of the Legare Waring House. I’m posting these here as a reminder of the house and that great afternoon light.


11-11-11 @ 11:11

by on Feb.29, 2012, under Photos

It’s pretty bad when it takes almost 4 months to post two pictures.

At Work.


Ross No. 4

by on Feb.07, 2012, under Text

I’ll try to keep this simple. Ross No. 4 lens (15″ FL) from 1860′s + Calumet 4×5 Camera + 2 tripods + some “interesting” rigging = how I got the pictures above. I don’t recommend this set-up for ease of use, but it did it’s job. Explanation of what is going on: The dark cloth was rubber banded and pinned for use as bellows material, the bracket on the tripod was made for my diy tilt shift rig that I never got around to using, the black rubber band is actually an old bike inner tube that I use for purposes just like this, the towel is cotton, and the duct taped folded wheel protector cardboard has black felt taped onto it for use as a lens cap/ shutter. The film was well expired Polacolor 64 with around a 3.5 to 4.5 second exposure. By the way, that’s not a light leak; this particular box film had the same line on almost every sheet of film and the other film I used had no similar quirks. Take it or leave it, this was a fun little one night project.


1-7-12 Polaroid Type 669

by on Feb.02, 2012, under Text

Shot through some expired 669 Polaroid Instant Film using a Polaroid 405 back. All in all, very easy to load and use as long as you take into account the film speed slowing down when doing longer exposures. Not every image came out as expected, but I attribute some of that to the expired film, some to user error, and some to a combination of all of the above.

Didn’t come out at all, pulled off the negative with emulsion and placed it back on the image for the 2nd transfer

These two were with very expired (92) Type 59 Polacolor ER 4×5 with a 545i back.


Wedding Favors

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Photos

I took pictures for my sister-in-law’s wedding (mostly candid and I do plan to post a few pictures here eventually) back in September of 2011 and my wife was able to bring home some of the decorations that her mom made which you can see below. They’re paper flowers made from old thrift store books and they’re the coolest little things. Now I can’t help but read any text I see on crafts and artwork just to see if I can figure out where it came from. The tissue rose in the middle was made by hand by the bride and my wife on the day of the wedding because any day they’re together is a good day for crafts.


Welcoming in the New Year

by on Jan.03, 2012, under Photos

My cold is finally almost completely gone. My headaches are hopefully on their way out as well. The Holidays (though they were great) are over and it’s back to work. 2011 was a good year. Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise, 2012 will be as well. Here’s hoping the best to you and yours. -Jon


Introduction to medium format

by on Dec.16, 2011, under Text

Everything is a story with me. I feel the need to explain it all and to tell you how it all came to be. I could do a lot of explaining here, but you don’t really need to know most of it. The basics are, I found a Calumet 4×5 camera at work along with multiple polaroid backs. Add in expired film (half of which was completely dry) and I get a learning experience.

The images below were my first few attempts at setting up and using the camera. I’ve learned a decent amount already with the whole hour and a half I’ve messed around with it (3 lunch breaks), but I still have a ways to go. My reason for only taking pictures of my 5DII is…well I don’t really have one, it’s just what was out and available. These were done with Polacolor 64 with a 150mm Caltar at 5.6 with only the shutter speed and distance from subject changing.

Attempt #1. Possible light leak and underexposed. Metered with the 5D, exposure a good 3 stops off.

Attempt #2. Tried covering the camera better (though I saw no light leaks when I checked the shutter, bellows, etc.) but the light leak was still there and still underexposed.

Attempt #3. Changed the polaroid 545 back to a 545i back. No light leak (?) and a decent exposure; used a small amount of swing and tilt to bring the whole body into focus. I might have to underexpose another image to re-check for the light leak.



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