Film Tastes Good

Playing around with a Hasselblad XPAN panoramic camera. It’s a 35mm negative size times two in full frame terms. So that’s bigger than full frame by twice as much. Yeah, that’s right. Twice as much. Suck on that you full-frame D-SLR worshippers. LOL! Anyway, I recently bought one with a 45mm lens to try out. I love it. I love cinematic panorama shots. I bought a variety of film to use as well. It’s going to be my main camera for a while. I am trying to shoot more film, though it can be a bit expensive. Still, you can buy a cheap 35mm Nikon or Canon film camera for cheap and use film in it for a few years before you hit that D-SLR full frame camera body purchase price. So, it’s a good 2-3K of cash you can burn before even worrying about price. Also, don’t forget, computers and the photo programs to run them cost cash as well. The Hasselblad is an expensive beast because no other camera shoots panorama shots as one shot without panning which makes it great for street photography if done right. I remember when the camera first came out and I almost bought one, but being so expensive back then it was out of my reach. I thought about buying one again about 15 years ago but dropped the notion. Then my health tanked and I came to the realization that it’s now or never in life. I’m happy I made this decision. It will be a long while before I have many rolls to develop, but I developed a test roll using Fuji Superia Reala (a now-defunct Fuji film sadly). I had about 4 rolls of this particular film left in my fridge. Here is the result of my first test roll. No fancy shots, just a test. I still like the results a lot and plan on using this as my daily film camera.

All shots below are Fuji Superia Reala ISO 100 color negative film. Some shots were converted to black and white via Photoshop. My favorite shot from this roll is the horse in the sun.


Utah Visit

My best friend Mona moved to Utah a year ago. I visited with my sister Diane. We drove for 10 hours and saw parts of Arizona and Utah landscape. Exhausting drive, but glad I did it. It was an adventure! Diane and I enjoyed our stay with Mona and we thank her for having us there. Then I flew out and visited her as well. Such a quick flight.  I would do it more often but I don’t want to leave my dog with a boarder or make my sister watch him. Anyway, I love it there. It’s beautiful. Here are some shots from when Diane and I visited. The second visit will be forthcoming.


Gilbert Farmer’s Market

So, I went to the Gilbert Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. It was very busy and many people had their dogs with them. It was absolutely gorgeous out and after the few shots I took, I headed to Bergie’s Coffee for an espresso. That’s right, an espresso. I did add a bit of sugar to it. No cream though. There were a lot of vendors there. I loved going and am going to go again. I actually want to check out Chandler’s which is done on a late weekday afternoon.

South Mountain

My sisters and I went to South Mountain. We drove up. Maybe one day I can hike it.

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Extra shots. Crazy clown courtesy of the neighbor’s house. Some shots at Sue’s house. I think the Gargoyle looks like Ozzy. Picture of my Mom as a child with Poppy in background.


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More Polaroids: SX70 and Polaroid Land Camer 100

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These are wicked old, but I add them anyway. Not about Arizona, but I don’t care.



I have been using a Polaroid SX 70 camera with The Impossible Films and a Polaroid 100 Land Camera with Fuji film packs. It’s a blast, though a tad expensive.




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