Daniel Novak Photo: Blog https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Novak dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) Mon, 10 May 2021 20:55:00 GMT Mon, 10 May 2021 20:55:00 GMT https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/img/s/v-12/u364181526-o825092777-50.jpg Daniel Novak Photo: Blog https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog 120 60 Spring is in the Air https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/5/spring-is-in-the-air We are only 6 weeks away from summer solstice and the longest day of the year but I still get frost alerts almost daily. That is not really unique to this year and one does not usually clear the frost safety until after Memorial Day here in Western New York. Other than the cold mornings, the days are warm now and nature has sprung to life with greenery and blooms everywhere.

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To acknowledge that, I have updated the slideshow on my homepage to be warmer and more welcoming especially for the locals who are probably done with winter at this point. And you can tell by everyone working on their yards or in their gardens. There's clear excitement for the lively season of spring.

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Cherry Tree Blossoms, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Gold 200 film and developed in Cinestill C-41

For today's post, I have selected couple photographs from the Buffalo History Museum where the annual cherry blossom festival always provides beautiful views and summarizes what I tried to type up above into a single scene. It's a happy place!

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Cherry Tree Blossoms, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Gold 200 film and developed in Cinestill C-41

I posted other photographs from this location in the past but these are more in line with my return to film over the past few years. These were captured on a consumer grade Kodak Gold 200 film with a Nikon N75 plastic fantastic camera that was released by Nikon in 2003 as their last consumer film camera model before the digital revolution killed off that product class.

Cherry Tree Blossoms on Kodak Gold 200 Color Negative FilmFilm StripKodak Gold While you are reading this blog post and looking at the two photographs on a screen of a digital device, know that it lived as analog for a little longer that usual these days. Light hit a rectangle of light sensitive 35mm color negative film and changed its chemical properties forever. Then, the developer continued that chemical reaction and brought the "captured" light back into life, and the fixer made sure the chemical reaction was stopped and the photo on the film became permanent. After that point, I scanned the photo in and converted it into over 400 million of ones and zeros :-)

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Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo c-41 cherry tree cinestill colors film history museum kodak kodak gold landscape nikon n75 outdoors spring warm https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/5/spring-is-in-the-air Mon, 10 May 2021 20:54:38 GMT
Picturesque Pískovna https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/4/picturesque-piskovna We're traveling again today, this time to the north of the Czech Republic. There are a few fairy-tale rock cities over there. And that is both figuratively as well as literally as some Czech fairy tales were actually filmed there. And if anything is surprising to me it is that it was not even more. 

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However, the rocks are not the main focus of this post. The rocks are only in a supporting role here. The main character of today's story is a beautiful small lake called Pískovna, formed by the flooding of an old sandstone quarry. It's this lake that will both welcome you to the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks National Park as well as say goodbye at the end as it sits at the trail head into the city.

Stormy over Pískovna, Adršpach-Teplice Rocks National Park, Czech RepublicStormy over PískovnaCzech Republic

Stormy over Pískovna, Adršpach-Teplice Rocks National Park, Czech Republic

As you can see, we caught the lake as a rain storm was passing over turning this picturesque body of water with turquoise water a bit more dramatic, quite fitting the rock cliffs on the opposite side.

In a Fairy Tale, Pískovna, Adršpach-Teplice Rocks National Park, Czech RepublicIn a Fairy TaleCzech Republic

In a Fairy Tale, Pískovna, Adršpach-Teplice Rocks National Park, Czech Republic

The walk around the lake is only about 20 minutes and it's definitely worth it, at least in my opinion. You will get a few wonderful views of the lake as you circle it and it's a great complement to the rock city you are either heading into or have just left.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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Chvalkovice Wind Mill at Dusk, rolling hills of Southern Moravia, Czech Republic, Europe.Chvalkovice Wind Mill at DuskCzech Republic Winding road through rolling hills of Southern Moravia, Mouchnice, Czech Republic, Europe.Rolling Hills of Southern MoraviaCzech Republic

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy adrspach czech republic dramatic europe green lake landscape nature outdoors piskovna rock city storm summer travel water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/4/picturesque-piskovna Tue, 27 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Sleeping Farm https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/4/sleeping-farm I know that most people look towards summer for warmer days after the cold winter we had but with winter making a (hopefully) brief appearance tomorrow I figured I would sneak in a few more winter themed photographs.

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I really enjoyed our 2020/21 winter. While hesitant to arrive in December it showed up in January and stayed with us for many weeks. What I liked the most was that despite the few warmer days our snow did not melt several times like in the past few years.

Snow is the key winter ingredient to me. It coveres the land, the dirt, the mess and everything looks clean and neat. Add some nice freezing air and the experience of hiking or just walking outside becomes more intense. And cool it down further and the sound of snow creaking under one's boots makes it just about perfect.

Farmhouse in Winter, Knox Farm, East AuroraFarmhouse in WinterKnox Farm

Farmhouse in Winter, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed with a Zorki 4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 black and white film and developed in D-23

Winter also dresses up the landscape for a completely different look. Colors disappear, ground gets covered in a white blanket and why even bother with color film? This winter, I placed all of my color film either in th freezer or on a basement shelf and went 100% black and white. That has a wonderful benefit. Other than sharing the scanned photographs here and on social media I can take my black and white negatives to the darkroom and make traditional wet prints without a single step passing through a computer or a smart phone! And to me, that is a wonderful feeling during these times filled with technology and everything around us going digital.

Fence in Snow, Knox Farm, East AuroraFence in SnowKnox Farm

Fence in Snow, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed with a Zorki 4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 black and white film and developed in D-23

Knox Farm is one of those places that look great all year round. Every single season brings its special look and winter is no exception. Look at the photo above. That fallen fence just would not look the same with green grass under, would it? Or the hay bales below. The snow just beautifully sets them off!

Hay Bales in Snow, Knox Farm, East Aurora, NYHay Bales in SnowKnox Farm

Hay Bales in Snow, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed with a Zorki 4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 black and white film and developed in D-23

There may be another benefit to winter, at least for me. All of the beautiful places have fewer people as they choose to stay warm in their homes. And that is just fine with me. I have always enjoyed natural places without crowds and they are harder and harder to come by.

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Battle Lost, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed with a Zorki 4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 black and white film and developed in D-23

I hope you have enjoyed today's stroll through a simplified winter landscape and will come back to my blog for another visit soon. It will gradually turn to spring and summer themes but who knows, there may be one or two more cold posts.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 black and white cold countryside d-23 double-x east aurora farm film freezing knox farm kodak landscape new york outdoors rural snow winter zorki 4 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/4/sleeping-farm Tue, 20 Apr 2021 12:59:01 GMT
At the Edge of Kalalau Valley https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/4/at-the-edge-of-kalalau-valley As 2020 put an end to all travel, or at least travel to faraway places, I also stopped several of my blog series, specifically from the Czech Republic and also from Hawaii. It was not intentional, it just happened. And looking back at it now I am not sure why. Either way, I am restarting those series again and here's to 2021 being a better travel year than 2020 despite the continued challenges.

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In the last post from this series (in 2019; Further up Waimea Canyon), I offered views into the beautiful Waimea Canyon, or the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Today we are going to look down a deep coastal valley, the best known valley of the gorgeous Na Pali coast of Kauai. Its name is Kalalau Valley and the view you can see here is the only one you can get somewhat easily. Why?

The Na Pali coast at the northwestern part of Kauai is only accessible by kayaks (only in summer) or on foot. On foot, the Kalalau Valley Trail is a very difficult hike (feel free to search Kalalau Trail). By sea, it is a 3-hour kayak paddle to get there plus getting back or traversing the rest of the coast between Ha'ena Beach and Polihale Beach.

The next best thing is two fold. You can drive to the Kalalau Lookout on Kokee Road and enjoy the view from there, or drive as far as the road will take you followed by a short hike to the Pu'u O Kila Lookout. The latter option is more rewarding. Based on how much it rained recently expect to get dirty with the special Hawaiian red dirt that may leave you with a souvenir forever. Both lookouts are a subject to weather conditions. Sometimes, you can get wonderful clear view and other times you may not see anything at all as the valley below you gets covered by clouds. If that happens don't give up easily. Sometimes, even minutes can make a world of a difference, other times, more patience will be needed. But chances are you will get a glimpse of the valley below even if the break in the clouds is short lived. Have the camera ready.

Rainbow over Kalalau Valley, Kauai, HawaiiRainbow over Kalalau ValleyKauai, Hawaii

Rainbow over the Kalalau Valley, Kauai, Hawaii

That was the case on this particular hike. It was drizzling, all covered with clouds, and the ground wet. But the view did open up briefly and we were rewarded with a rainbow too. Just before this moment, the rainbow was actually stronger but I ended up selecting this photo because of the hints of sunshine hitting the valley floor.

And don't forget to look closer. Some of the most beautiful things may not be thousands of feet down a valley but literally right at your feet.

Paradise Ferns, At the Edge of Kakalau Valley, Kauai, HawaiiParadise FernsAt the Edge of Kakalau Valley

Ferns at the Edge of Kalalau Valley, Kauai, Hawaii

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

ReferencesKayak the Na Pali CoastEpic NaPali Coast Hike

Previously from Hawaii: The Beginning - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Tropical Clichés - Windy Drama of a Tropical Morning - Quite an Ad - Searching for Sun and Warmth - Not Your Sunrise Cliché - So Peaceful - Some Morning Drama - Farmland in the Canyon - Further up Waimea Canyon - At the Edge of Kalalau Valley

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy hawaii Kalalau kauai landscape natural nature outdoors photography rainbow scenic valley view https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/4/at-the-edge-of-kalalau-valley Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Kingdom of Ice, Part 2 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/3/kingdom-of-ice-part-2 Continued from Kingdom of Ice

I was planning on a slightly bigger gap between Part 1 and Part 2 but since it is supposed to warm up this week and I don't know what fate awaits this winter here it goes today so that it does not end up being a year apart. It's strange but when people start looking forward to spring they don't enjoy looking at winter photos much anymore.

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In Part 1 I focused on Hoak's Lakeshore Restaurant. In Part 2, let's take a look around. The immediately adjacent areas did not get spared the storm's fury either and got coated with ice resulting in some cool shapes and a true winter wonderland.

Hamburg Kingdom of Ice. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Hamburg Kingdom of IceKingdom of Ice

Hamburg Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.

Using color filters in black and white photography is quite common. Well, at least when using black and white film it is. With digital, capturing photos in color, and converting to black and white later, the effect can be dialed in after the fact. But with black and white film the color information is not captured and thus filtering must be done at capture time. To avoid a plain light gray or white sky, different filters can be used to achieve a different level of darkening. With a yellow filter, the effect is subtle, with orange, a bit more pronounced, and with red, the sky can go really dark, even black.

Hamburg Clock Tower, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Hamburg Clock TowerKingdom of Ice

Hamburg Clock Tower, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

What a strong blowing wind and water mist can do in really low temperatures is quite amazing. Surfaces get coated with a layer of ice and icicles grow in weird angles, sometimes almost horizontally. Look below. Can you guess what served as the foundation for the ice claw?

The Ice Claw, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.The Ice ClawKingdom of Ice

The Ice Claw, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY.
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

For the final photo, we're heading just a short distance south along Route 5 to Hamburg Beach. Unlike most, for me it's a place where I end up more often in winter than in summer. And on this day I really liked the juxtaposition of seasons with the longboards sign against the frozen beach in the background.

Longboards, Kingdom of Ice, Hambug Beach, New York. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.LongboardsKingdom of Ice

Longboards, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY.
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

So there you have it. Winter at it's creative finest. If you're in the northern hemisphere, enjoy the arrival of spring and the days getting longer. While I like winter I definitely appreciate the longer days both for just getting more fresh air as well as more opportunities for camera time. And with daylight savings time just ahead of us the evenings will definitely be better!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Ice Wrapped, Hoak's Lakeshore Restaurant, Hamburg, NYIce WrappedWinter Wonderland Icicle Formation, Lake Erie Shore in Winter, Sturgeon PointIcicle FormationWinter Wonderland Cart and Wheelbarrow in Ice, Hoak's Lakeshore Restaurant, Hamburg, New YorkCart and Wheelbarrow in IceWinter Wonderland

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white cityscape cold delta 100 film freezing hamburg ice ilford lakeshore nikon fe winter wonderland xtol https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/3/kingdom-of-ice-part-2 Tue, 09 Mar 2021 13:07:38 GMT
Orchard Park in Winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/3/orchard-park-in-winter Pentacon Six at Green Lake, Orchard Park, NY.Pentacon SixGreen Lake, Orchard Park, NY Today I'm taking you along on a walk down the back roads of Orchard Park, New York. I drive on them frequently but this day it was time to leave the car behind and walk on foot with a camera in hand.

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I had multiple motivations behind this walk. First and foremost, I really wanted some of these pictures while we were under winter's rule. I took an almost identical walk a week before and ended up with no images. I will never know exactly why but between the camera not liking the cold, a possibly older film, and maybe messing something up with my Caffenol mixture the roll was so faint that I did not even bother with it and into the garbage it went.

Mixing fresh D-23 film developer from ingredients: Sodium Sulfite and Metol.Mixing D-23Photo Chemistry I took the same camera along again, my newly acquired Pentacon Six. I wanted to know that it worked. Only later did I have a chat with a repairman for these cameras who shared that Pentacon Six was really susceptible to not running the shutter properly in low temperatures. This time, I loaded it with film I am very familiar with though, a roll of Fomapan 400. And I eliminated one big variable, the Caffenol. While I have had some wonderful results from it this year I also ended up with two blank rolls already and did not want to repeat that.

To make sure things would not be too predictable though and to go against my own best judgement of only changing one variable, which would have been the camera in this case, I decided to try out a new developer, one that could be easily mixed at home, that would last a while, and that would be fresh each time. Sounds intriguing? Indeed. The developer is D-23 and the magic of it lasting and being "fresh" each time is in its replenisher DK-25R. So far, all ingredients are easy to buy and easy to mix. And while the pre-mixed developers are not expensive at least one major brand has suffered quality problems after shifting their manufacturing oversees.

Railroad Crossing, 3 Tracks, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400, developed in D-23.Railroad Crossing, 3 TracksOrchard Park, NY

Railroad Crossing, 3 Tracks, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in D-23

The first photo was really the primary trigger for these photo ops. I had driven past this railroad crossing sign many times and either did not have a camera with me or was in too much rush getting somewhere. On this day, I parked the car nearby and headed around the area on foot with just the Pentacon Six in hand. And I was not disappointed. The intersection looked great again, the snow cover was just about perfect, and I was really happy with how the film came out of my first attempt at home-brewed D-23.

Beautiful Barn in Winter, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400, developed in D-23.Beautiful Barn in WinterOrchard Park, NY

Beautiful Barn in Winter
Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in D-23

The barn was a wonderful bonus. While I was aware of it I did not have it on my mental list to return to. It's also set in a bit of a dip making it harder to see while driving on the road above. The winter set up worked wonderfully again simplifying everything placing focus squarely where it needed to be.

And to close today's post? I will deviate from the theme a bit here as the last photo was from a separate walk. Even the roll of 12 pictures proved too long for the village walk and I still had 2 frames left. My favorite wetlands provided an opportunity for another 3-mile walk and some photography.

A Bridge over a Frozen Creek, Orchard Park, NY.A Bridge over a Frozen CreekOrchard Park, NY

A Bridge over a Frozen Creek
Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in D-23

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

References: D-23 on Pictorial Planet

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Snowy Birdsong Gate in Winter with a Reflection in the Creek, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New York (NY)Birdsong Gate in WinterWinter Winter Creek in Birdsong Park Covered in Ice and Snow, Orchard Park, New York (NY)Winter Creek at BirdsongWinter

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy back road black and white cityscape cold d-23 film fomapan 400 medium format new york ny orchard park pentacon six snow square village winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/3/orchard-park-in-winter Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:23:32 GMT
Kingdom of Ice https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/2/kingdom-of-ice By the time I developed and scanned this roll of Ilford Delta 100 in 2020 winter has gone and I did not feel it was right to post more winter pictures. Let me share these cold photographs with you while it's cold and white out there before I miss my chance again.

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After a few year's break we are having a really nice winter. Snow has been around for several weeks, temperatures stayed well below freezing and dipped to single digits (Fahrenheit) nightly, and new snow fell almost every day to give the world around us a beautiful clean white look. That provided me with plenty of opportunities to go after new photographs but also to organize and post some white scenes from years past.

Hoak's Lakeshore Restaurant, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Hoak's Lakeshore RestaurantKingdom of Ice

 

Hoak's Lakeshore Restaurant, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.

From this opening photo one would never know how the rest of the restaurant looked on this day. Being located right on the shore of Lake Erie at its southeastern tip it gets pummeled by weather quite often. Sometimes it is just the wind, other times high waves and water spray, and when that happens and temperatures drop below 32°F the building gets coated with ice.

Three Barrels in Ice, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Three Barrels in IceKingdom of Ice

Three Barrels in Ice, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

Let's step around the corner and all of a sudden the sunny and almost warm look is replaced with a frigid Kingdom of Ice. Anything that got in the way of the wind and the water spray it carried ended up with a frozen coat of ice, including these three barrels.

Cart and Wheelbarrow in Ice, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Cart and Wheelbarrow in IceKingdom of Ice

Cart and Wheelbarrow in Ice, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY.
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

And just one more corner and we are looking at the lakefront patio of the restaurant completely locked in ice. It's on this side that the restaurant gets the full dose of Lake Erie's fury when weather turns vicious.

Lakefront Patio All in Ice, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Lakefront Patio All in IceKingdom of Ice

Lakefront Patio All in Ice, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY.
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

To close today's set, let's step a bit further down Route 5 for a nice overall view of the decorations. As you can see, the shoreline wall and the utility poles were not spared either.

Ice Wrapped, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY. Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.Ice WrappedKingdom of Ice

Ice Wrapped, Kingdom of Ice, Hamburg, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Ilfod Delta 100 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Continued in Kingdom of Ice, Part 2

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white cityscape cold delta 100 film freezing hamburg ice lakeshore nikon fe winter wonderland xtol https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/2/kingdom-of-ice Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:34:43 GMT
Winter Squares https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/2/winter-squares So apparently, my excitement for twin lens cameras (TLRs) was not just a summer fling. They carried me through fall and now well into the winter and they're still my favorite cameras to reach for. They are simple, have fixed lenses, yet result in gorgeous images on 120 film that provide plenty of quality to enjoy in any size prints.

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It's also another Caffenol diary for me as I continue that ride. I have to admit, it's with mixed results. And I don't mean mixed as so-so. When things work out I get excellent images to my liking and would not even need a different developer. However, I also had some results that were very bad. One 35mm roll was so thin I did not think I'd get any results from it. In the end, after scanning, some severe curves adjustments saved half of it. I attributed the failure to mixing Caffenol in the wrong sequence of ingredients resulting in intense foaming during inversions thus developing the film in foam for at least half the time.

Snow Covered Winter Entrance to the Wetlands Woods, Orchard Park, New YorkWinter EntranceOrchard Park, New York

Snow Covered Winter Entrance to the Wetlands Woods, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a 1940s Rolleiflex Automat twin-lens reflex camera on Fomapan 400 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

Then one roll of 120 ended up in trash since it was even thinner and seemed to have a host of other issues, like overlapping frames, possibly suffering from camera shutter issues, and maybe more. I was testing a "new" camera, a Pentacon Six, which to a naked eye appears to be working perfectly fine. But could I really see a hesitating shutter at 1/60 of a second? I also suspected that maybe somehow the film slipped during loading it on the real and ended up multiple times in the same groove preventing proper development. But I am not yet sure about either. And finally, I've had that roll of JCH Street Pan 400 sitting in the basement for couple years. That should not really be a concern but it is a film I shoot infrequently. Bottom line? Some failures with unproven theories about why. It could be there's something wrong with my Caffenol process. But what? The other 50% of my rolls end up just about perfect. A conundrum indeed.

Snow Covered Spooky Winter Wetlands, Orchard Park, New YorkSpooky Winter WetlandsOrchard Park, New York

Snow Covered Spooky Winter Wetlands, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a 1940s Rolleiflex Automat twin-lens reflex camera on Fomapan 400 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

Anyway, let's switch over to the positive side. Today's roll of Fomapan 400 was a nice rewarding success. It followed a similar success with Fomapan 200, a film with a different emulsion. With the 200 version I expected good things. Since Caffenol Delta was tuned to develop Ilford Delta T-Grained film I was assuming it would work similar magic with the Fomapan 200 hybrid emulsion. Since that was a definite success I wanted to see how a traditional emulsion of the 400 would react. And I like what I got again!

Snow Covered Winter Camp Shelter, Orchard Park, New YorkWinter CampOrchard Park, New York

Snow Covered Winter Camp Shelter, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a 1940s Rolleiflex Automat twin-lens reflex camera on Fomapan 400 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

As you can see, the theme was very timely. We have had a nice winter so far in January and going into February and on couple occasions got some wet snow sticking to the trees creating a beautiful natural winter wonderland. It's times like that I love photography even more. It's often that extra push that gets me out of the door into the cold. And once I am out, it's all good. The laziness dissipates and winter beauty is all around!

Snow Covered Nose in Winter, Wetlands Woods and Trees, Orchard Park, New YorkThe NoseOrchard Park, New York

Snow Covered Nose in Winter, Wetlands Woods and Trees, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a 1940s Rolleiflex Automat twin-lens reflex camera on Fomapan 400 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white caffenol cold fomapan 400 forest landscape nature orchard park outdoors rolleiflex snow square tlr winter woods https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/2/winter-squares Mon, 08 Feb 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Some Thoughts on Film Digitization https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/2/some-thoughts-on-film-digitization Today, I have something definitely different for you. Today's post is about the process of film digitization, i.e. the process that takes the analog images captured on film and converts them into digital images that can be seen on our electronic gadgets, shared over the internet, or digitally printed. If you're here for photos and the behind the scenes stories, I am sorry but you will have to skip today's post and come back next week. In a way, this is more of a journal entry for me to have a reminder of the process I have already gone through so that I can improve it.

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This whole story has been developing for several months now. For the most part, I am comfortable with my digitization process having been doing it for over three years now. But I ran into problems with one of my rolls from the fall. It was a roll of Kodak Ektachrome E100, which I underexposed a little bit. And I am yet to get acceptable images out of it despite the frames looking quite well on a light table.

So first, the baseline. How do I digitize film? For 35mm black and white and 35mm color negative film, I use the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE scanner along with the supplied SilverFast software and I am very happy with the results I get. However, positive slide film has been a challenge with that scanner and software for me, even if counterintuitive. For medium format (120) film, I use the Epson V600 flatbed scanner with the supplied Epson software. And again, I am quite happy with my results. And finally, when I entered the area of large format photography, I had to find yet another solution. I looked into buying the Epson V850 scanner but was not all that excited about the $1,100+ price tag. On top of that, they've been out of stock for several months now and I am wondering whether they are ever coming back.

As you can see now I have three different digitization methods available to me, each with a specific purpose. However, it just so happens, that all of them can be used to digitize 35mm film. So I decided to give them all a shot with the troublesome roll. My goal? Which method would give me the most pleasing results. I wanted to get decent natural colors and acceptable sharpness. No, I was not looking for perfection, just really good if at all possible.

Below, I take you through three photographs, Sample A, Sample B, and Sample C, and show you the results I got from a dedicated 35mm scanner, a digital camera, and a flatbed scanner. For each digitization method I show the full size photo as well as a 100% crop to sow you the detail captured in full resolution.

--- Sample A ---

Sample A - Dedicated 35mm Scanner, Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SoftwareSample A - Dedicated 35mm ScannerPlustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample A - Dedicated 35mm Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample A - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% Crop, Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SoftwareSample A - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% CropPlustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample A - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% Crop
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample A - Digital Camera, Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger StandSample A - Digital CameraNikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample A - Digital Camera
Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample A - Digital Camera - 100% Crop, Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger StandSample A - Digital Camera - 100% CropNikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand
Sample A - Digital Camera - 100% Crop
Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample A - Flatbed Scanner, Epson V600, Epson SoftwareSample A - Flatbed ScannerEpson V600, Epson Software

Sample A - Flatbed Scanner
Epson V600, Epson Software

Sample A - Flatbed Scanner - 100% Crop
Epson V600, Epson SoftwareSample A - Flatbed Scanner - 100% CropEpson V600, Epson Software

Sample A - Flatbed Scanner - 100% Crop
Epson V600, Epson Software

--- Sample B ---

Sample B - Dedicated 35mm Scanner, Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SoftwareSample B - Dedicated 35mm ScannerPlustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample B - Dedicated 35mm Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample B - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% Crop, Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SoftwareSample B - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% CropPlustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample B - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% Crop
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample B - Digital Camera, Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger StandSample B - Digital CameraNikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample B - Digital Camera
Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample B - Digital Camera - 100% Crop, Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger StandSample B - Digital Camera - 100% CropNikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand
Sample B - Digital Camera - 100% Crop
Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample B - Flatbed Scanner, Epson V600, Epson SoftwareSample B - Flatbed ScannerEpson V600, Epson Software

Sample B - Flatbed Scanner
Epson V600, Epson Software

Sample B - Flatbed Scanner - 100% Crop, Epson V600, Epson SoftwareSample B - Flatbed Scanner - 100% CropEpson V600, Epson Software

Sample B - Flatbed Scanner - 100% Crop
Epson V600, Epson Software

--- Sample C ---

Sample C - Dedicated 35mm Scanner, Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SoftwareSample C - Dedicated 35mm ScannerPlustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample C - Dedicated 35mm Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample C - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% Crop, Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SoftwareSample C - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% CropPlustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample C - Dedicated 35mm Scanner - 100% Crop
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast Software

Sample C - Digital Camera, Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger StandSample C - Digital CameraNikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample C - Digital Camera
Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample C - Digital Camera - 100% Crop, Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger StandSample C - Digital Camera - 100% CropNikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand
Sample C - Digital Camera - 100% Crop
Nikon D610, Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, Enlarger Stand

Sample C - Flatbed Scanner, Epson V600, Epson SoftwareSample C - Flatbed ScannerEpson V600, Epson Software

Sample C - Flatbed Scanner
Epson V600, Epson Software

Sample C - Flatbed Scanner - 100% Crop, Epson V600, Epson SoftwareSample C - Flatbed Scanner - 100% CropEpson V600, Epson Software

Sample C - Flatbed Scanner - 100% Crop
Epson V600, Epson Software

So what did this rather time consuming exercise give me? Rather disappointing results. From a sharpness point of view, the Plustek scanner definitely won. I got disappointingly blurry images from my digital camera. Here, the film was held in place using the decently sturdy Plustek film holder. The flatbed was blurry too, probably mostly due to the absolutely flimsy film holders that didn't prevent cupping and thus the film plane was far from flat.

From a color accuracy point of view, the digital camera won, followed closely by the flatbed. The Plustek was by far the worst. It made the photos look more like something one would get from a color negative film, not even close to what I saw on a light table. I'd guess this is most likely due to Silverfast but why it does so well with negatives and so poorly with positives I don't know.

The bottom line is that I still don't have acceptable digital photos from this roll. And I am quite discouraged having invested so much time into it already. But I will give it another try as I am convinced I can get more out of the digital camera. Possible improvements? Several: I used a 3-second exposure delay with mirror lock-up but triggered the shutter manually pressing the camera shutter button. Even after 3 seconds, there could have been some camera shake remaining. I must use a remote release next time. Despite the Plustek film holder being sturdy and clearly yielding decent results in the scanner I can get an even better holder that should hold the film flatter. And I should be able to do the digitization in tethered mode while observing the results on a much larger screen for immediate focusing feedback.

There will be a follow up at some point ...

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

PS: And no, this was not my first time trying digital camera scanning. I have been trying to improve my process for quite a while while definitely not relying on it as my primary scanning method (see the top of the post for my current process). During that time, I improved my backlighting, mounted the camera on a sturdy stand, switched from using extension tubes to a dedicated macro lens, eliminated subtle reflections by enclosing my rig in a black tube, and probably more. I know several people who get excellent results to their full satisfaction but I am not one of them (yet). Until that day, I need my scanners.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog camera challenge color accuracy digital digitize film frustration positive problems scanner sharpness slide https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/2/some-thoughts-on-film-digitization Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:11:58 GMT
Winter Stopped By, Part 2 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/1/winter-stopped-by-part-2 ... continued from Winter Stopped By

While I did not intend on this being a two-part post here we are back to the wonderful Birdsong Park in Orchard Park, New York. Not only did I have more photos to share but I completely forgot about including some technical information last time. I usually skip the technical details and focus on the images and the experience but sometimes, I get excited enough about the process to share, and that is what I would like to do here.

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So what got me so excited to really want to go into the details? It's the chemistry! I develop almost all of my film in commercial developers and for black and white negatives, I've settled on Kodak XTOL or it's alternatives, like the LegacyPro EcoPro developer. I like the balanced contrast that gets me, the sharpness, and just the right amount of grain to my taste. And I really enjoy developing film myself. I am pretty sure I would not be a dedicated film photographer if I did not do my own development. To me, that is the essence of the experience, even if time consuming.

Through the Winter Landscape, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkThrough the Winter LandscapeBirdsong Park

Through the Winter Landscape, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a Yashica LM twin-lens reflex on Fomapan 200 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

However, here and there my curiosity gets the better of me and I need to try something else. This time, I intended from the very beginning to run this roll of Fomapan 200 through Caffenol. Fomapan 100 and 400 have been my go to black and white films for a long while but for a bad reason I stayed away from 200. A bad reason you ask? I read a few articles on various message boards and online groups and they all raved about how good the classic grain of the 100 and 400 is while they decried Fomapan 200. After years, I finally bought a roll of 200 and decided to give it a whirl.

The Creek Guard Tree in Winter, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkThe Creek GuardBirdsong Park

The Creek Guard Tree in Winter, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a Yashica LM twin-lens reflex on Fomapan 200 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

I also wanted to give Caffenol another shot. I had used it a few times in the past but was somewhat neutral about my results. I actually liked my results with darkroom prints in Caffenol more than my film developing. However, I had seen several outstanding photos developed in a different recipe, specifically Caffenol Delta. It is my understanding the recipe was fine-tuned specifically for Ilford Delta films, which have T-Grain emulsions. Since Fomapan 200 is a hybrid, I figured why not give the same recipe a try. It is a very simple recipe:

  • 1000ml Water
  • 45g Instant coffee
  • 24g Washing soda
  • 20g Vitamin C

Even though this recipe does not call for Potassium Bromide (KBr) I added 1mg. I had it available and I also wanted to develop a higher speed film with it. I used the first 500ml for Fomapan 200 and the other 500ml for Agfa APX 400 exposed at EI 800. To complete the technical details here, I developed this roll of Fomapan 200 at 68°F for 12 minutes. I am so happy with the results that I will definitely try even the classic Fomapan 100 and 400 in the same recipe. What gets me so excited about Caffenol? I love that it is easy to make at home with mostly easily accessible ingredients, and I love the almost zero toxicity. Yes, I ended up adding KBr, but only 1mg along with 1,089mg of other environment friendly ingredients, which is less that 0.1%.

White Trail of Wonders, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkWhite Trail of WondersBirdsong Park

White Trail of Wonders, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a Yashica LM twin-lens reflex on Fomapan 200 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

So there you have it, the look of winter combined with silver, coffee, vitamin C, and washing soda. What's not to like? I'll admit, I am hooked!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy birdsong black and white caffenol cold fomapan 200 landscape nature orchard park outdoors park snow square tlr winter yashica lm https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/1/winter-stopped-by-part-2 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 14:51:24 GMT
Winter Stopped By https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/1/winter-stopped-by On Christmas Eve 2020, the weather decided to cooperate and sent a nice dose of puffy snow our way. Waking up the next morning was quite magical with almost a foot of snow on the ground and trees coated in white. It was time for a family walk and definitely an opportunity to take a camera along. The location choice? Birdsong Park right in Orchard Park, New York.

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We were the first ones to arrive for a walk there. The road leading to the parking lot loop was plowed but the parking spaces were not. With a four wheel drive vehicle and a shovel in the trunk the foot of snow was not going to stop us even if the snow plow created an even higher barrier to enter. Off to the side we pushed in, parked, and set for our walk.

We had to make our own path through the field before entering the woods, which made walking more challenging but also more rewarding and definitely created a wonderful winter mood. Nothing quite matches the feeling of walking through fresh snow, feet sinking ankle deep or more with fresh cold air to breathe.

As always, this park does not kid around and has some beautiful sites to offer as soon as one turns into the woods on the first boardwalk. The path leads over a wet area and a creek and looks beautiful on both sides. I usually find the view to the left more appealing but this morning I believe the right-hand side actually had an edge with the trees and branches covered in pristine white snow.

Snowy Winter Creek at Birdsong, Orchard Park, New YorkWinter Creek at BirdsongOrchard Park, New York

Snowy Winter Creek at Birdsong, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a Yashica LM twin-lens reflex on Fomapan 200 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

It's beautiful occasions like these that the camera of choice drives my photography quite a bit. With the Yashica twin lens reflex camera being loaded with 120 film I only had 12 frames for the morning. And since this was a family walk I wanted to keep things simple and did not even bring a spare roll. Thus, 12 it was to be split between portraits and landscape photos. With a 35mm roll of 36 I would have probably gone crazy and used up the whole roll too. As a result, the shorter roll held me back and made me pick and choose. That is not a complaint, that was a good thing. This being one of my favorite local destinations I already have many photos in all seasons and being choosy is the right approach, I believe.

Branches Dressed for Winter, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkBranches Dressed for WinterOrchard Park, New York

Branches Dressed for Winter, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a Yashica LM twin-lens reflex on Fomapan 200 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

Despite the need for restraint, this spot got me. After two frames to the right I just had to take a picture of the scene on the left too. The tree bent over the creek forming a gate has been my favorite for a long time and it looked very nice this morning, Even its reflection in the creek looked better with all of the snow around.

Birdsong Park Gate in Winter, Orchard Park, New YorkBirdsong Gate in WinterOrchard Park, New York

Birdsong Park Gate in Winter, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed with a Yashica LM twin-lens reflex on Fomapan 200 Black and White Negative Film
Developed in Caffenol Delta Recipe

Later that day more snow arrived and we were knee deep making for even more charming walks. Unfortunately, true to the last few years, the winter wonderland did not last long and a warm front arrived and rained on the parade. I already look forward for the next winter visit. Still, even if brief, I love winter landscapes. Snow covers everything up and creates nice clean and simple landscapes. Come on winter, come back and bring it on!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Puffed Up Smoke Creek, Green Lake at Yates Park, Orchard Park, New YorkPuffed Up Smoke CreekWinter Frosty Horseshoe Falls of NIagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and New York State (NY), United States (USA).Frosty Horseshoe FallsWinter

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Fall Squares https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/12/fall-squares Here we are in mid-December but the little bit of snow we had is gone by now and we're squarely back to the season of gray. I think that's a great opportunity to look at some colorful scenes from the fall season that has recently retired, don't you?

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This time I hit the road with a classic camera from the 1940, the Rolleiflex Automat. I usually load black and white film in my twin lens reflex cameras but this was in the fall and colors were everywhere. Thus, Kodak Portra 160 went in. Over the last few fall seasons I have come to really appreciate the colors one gets from various film stocks, whether the subtle tones of Portra or even the vivid colors of Ektar. They all provide a pleasant alternative to the oversaturated world we're bombarded with these days.

Hay Bales by Mill Road, Fall in Western New York, Photographed with Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 color negative filmHay Bales by Mill RoadFall in Western New York

Hay Bales by Mill Road, Fall in Western New York
Photographed with a Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative Film

I took a slight detour on my way to the Emery Park to take a peek at the overlook at the top of Mill Road. It's just a minute out of the way and the view is always very nice. I was so glad I did that! It was just about the perfect combination. Great bright fall day with fall colors in the trees lining the large meadow and hay bales! I am a sucker for hay bales so this truly was a treat!

After that, turn around, a bit back down the hill, a left turn and off towards Emery Park. The park itself is very nice and provies beautiful scenic views in all seasons but even getting there is a treat. I often take further detours and explore the back roads zigzagging through the landscape in the general direction of my destination. There were even a few cases when I never made it to the park at all.

Stairs at Emery Park, Fall in Western New York, Photographed with Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 color negative filmStairs at Emery ParkFall in Western New York

Stairs at Emery Park, Fall in Western New York
Photographed with a Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative Film

I usually don't like blotchy scenes when sunshine finds its way though treetops. Not ony is it more difficult to photograph with the high contrast between the dark and light spots but it is usually also difficult to watch and make sense of the scene. However, I really liked the set up in front of me here. The stone walls, the steps, and a patchwork of light and shadows leading up to the tree line.

Colorful Alley at Emery Park, Fall in Western New York, Photographed with Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 color negative filmColorful Alley at Emery ParkFall in Western New York

Colorful Alley at Emery Park, Fall in Western New York
Photographed with a Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative Film

To close, a small road winding through the park lined with colorful trees of the season. Always great to take a drive or a ride on roads like this, or even better, park the vehicle of choice somewhere and take a slow walk, take a breath, and let all problems melt away!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colors emery park fall film foliage kodak landscape mill road ny outdoors portra rolleiflex scenic square western new york https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/12/fall-squares Tue, 22 Dec 2020 12:45:36 GMT
Holding on to Summer https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/12/holding-on-to-summer I know, it is December and there are snowflakes in the air this morning but since we're not all in white let's keep it warm today and go back to summer. Let's take a stroll along Buffalo's Outer Harbor and look around.

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Every time I am on the Outer Harbor I appreciate what has happened there in the last five to ten years. The comparison to the late 1990s or even early 2000s is striking. The land got cleaned up, opened to public, and lightly developed. As a result, people have a wonderful area on Lake Erie to enjoy. It's a great addition to the downtown Erie Basin Marina and it provides miles of trails for walking, running, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Up the Breakwall, Buffalo Harbor State Park; Photographed on FilmUp the BreakwallBuffalo Harbor State Park

Up the Breakwall, Buffalo Harbor State Park
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Fuji Velvia 50 Color Slide Film

However, every time I sit down to post my photographs from there I also like to search the internet and learn about what is happening there and what future plans may hold. And that is usually when my heart sinks. While I view the creation on this public space as one of the best thngs that has happened in Buffalo, NY over the last 20 years it seems like there are active efforts to make that success short-lived. There are efforts to capitalize on this premium waterfront property and turn it into privately owned condos or other ventures generating cash. What a shame if that happens. What took decades to get to might forever be lost.

Water Gas Station, Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo, NY; Photographed on FilmWater Gas StationSmall Boat Harbor in Buffalo, NY

Water Gas Station, Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Fuji Velvia 50 Color Slide Film

So in the meantime, let's enjoy what we have while we have it. This whole stretch of waterfront from the Cargill Pool grain elevator all the way up to Buffalo Main Light is truly remarkable right now, whether you traverse it on foot or two wheels. And in summer there is a ferry that can take you across Buffalo River to Canalside, another recent success story. And from there, Erie Basin Marina awaits as well as Lasalle Park and more trails north.

South End Marina and Cargill Pool Grain Elevator, Buffalo, NY; Photographed on FilmSouth End MarinaBuffalo, NY

South End Marina and Cargill Pool Grain Elevator, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Fuji Velvia 50 Color Slide Film

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

References: Our Outer Harbor (public comments sought now!)

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The Naval & Military Park and Liberty Hound at Night, Waterfront, Buffalo, NYThe Naval & Military Park at NightBuffalo, NY Sunrise over Gallagher Pier Roofs, Outer Harbor, Waterfront, Buffalo, New York (NY).Sunrise over Gallagher Pier RoofsBuffalo, NY

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo city scape film fuji velvia new york nikon n75 ny outdoors outer harbor public land small boat harbor summer urban waterfront https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/12/holding-on-to-summer Mon, 14 Dec 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Twin Lens Challenge Zine 2020 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/12/twin-lens-challenge-zine-2020 Twin Lens Challenge Zine (TLR), an International Collaboration of Film PhotographersTwin Lens Challenge Zine2020 This was such a fun project with a group of 23 international film photographers! And I am so glad I managed to wrap things up in time for everyone getting their copy before this crazy year of 2020 is over. And yes, we printed a few extra ones so if you are interested, click on one of the images below and get a copy of your own.

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It all started back on June 1, 2020 when we formed the group to do the project. All photos had to be made using a Twin Lens Reflex Camera. Each photographer committed to shooting three rolls of 120 black and white film and selecting one photo from each roll plus one wild card to submit to the group. Then we voted on each four selecting the final two for each photographer. Twenty-three photographers, two photographs each, that gives you forty-six total previously unpublished photographs to enjoy in the zine.

The zine is only available in this printed form to provide a tangible physical output from the project in this increasingly digital world where ones and zeros are quickly born and die a few seconds later. Whether you get a copy to enjoy yourself or give as a gift to someone, the hope is that they will pause, sit down with a beverage, and flip through the pages white reading the individual commentary each photographer provided.

Twin Lens Challenge Zine (TLR), an International Collaboration of Film PhotographersTwin Lens Challenge Zine2020

Yes, as you flip the pages, you will have an opportunity to learn about Twin Lens Reflex cameras, about this project, a little bit about each photographer and also about each featured photograph.

Twin Lens Challenge Zine (TLR), an International Collaboration of Film PhotographersTwin Lens Challenge Zine2020

Grab a copy, take a moment to pause the hustle and bustle, and enjoy!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white challenge classic collaboration community film international lens photo book tlr twin zine https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/12/twin-lens-challenge-zine-2020 Wed, 09 Dec 2020 22:09:34 GMT
Out for a Ride https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/out-for-a-ride A beautiful sunny evening and temperatures in the 70s made for wonderful conditions to combine two hobbies. I grabbed my Nikon FE2 with a previously started roll of Ilford FP4 black and white film, a bottle of water, placed both in the bag on the motorcycle and headed out to explore the countryside.

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Whether in a car or on a motorcycle I like small back roads, the smaller and less frequented the better. When I am out to enjoy the scenery the thing I want last is someone in a hurry on my tail. In fact, if I can find a road where I won't run into other cars at all that is ideal. Unfortunately, that is more and more difficult here around Buffalo, NY. It seems there are more and more cars everywhere with each year.

Country Roads on Motorcycle, Western New York; Nikon FE2, Ilford FP4Country Roads on MotorcycleWestern New York

Country Roads on a Motorcycle, Western New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Ilford FP4 Black and White Film

I had a vague idea where to start. I have always liked the Centerline Road as it finds its way over the rolling hills to the east. And a starting point is really all one needs. After that, it's just a matter of looking around and making random turns based on what looks interesting. In fact, the closer one gets to getting lost the better. No longer having a destination in mind provides a complete freedom to simply enjoy the moment.

Black Cow on a Pasture, Western New York; Nikon FE2, Ilford FP4 Black and White FilmBlack CowWestern New York

Black Cow on a Pasture, Western New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Ilford FP4 Black and White Film

The only limiting factor becomes time as the fading light of the evening makes picture taking impossible at some point. And returning home on the small country roads in the dark can be challenging too as they may not be that well maintained and potholes can lurk.

Happy Cows Resting on a Pasture, Western New York; Nikon FE2, Ilford FP4 Black and White FilmHappy CowsWestern New York

Happy Cows Resting on a Pasture, Western New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Ilford FP4 Black and White Film

My equipment for these rides is very simplistic. No camera bag full of gadgets, no tripod. Usually just one camera pre-loaded with film based on the weather and one filter already mounted on the lens. It's all tuned up for a quick action so that I can pull over, take the picture, and move on. The motorcycle has some advantages over cars as it fits easier on the side without blocking the road.

Geese on Pond Watch, Western New York; Nikon FE2, Ilford FP4 Black and White FilmGeese on Pond WatchWestern New York

Geese on Pond Watch, Western New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Ilford FP4 Black and White Film

By now, temperatures have dropped below freezing and we have switched from daylight savings time back to standard. Thus, it's dark after 5 p.m. And even worse, the roads have seen their first doses of salt. More rides like this may have to wait until spring or some longer heat waves coming through the region. Until the next one!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white countryside fe2 film FP4 harley ilford kodak landscape motorcycle new york nikon ny photography ride western new york https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/out-for-a-ride Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:14:23 GMT
Rybník Špinka in Fog https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/rybnik-spinka-in-fog With the complete lack of travel in 2020 I have not been motivated to post my past travel pictures either. As such, couple series have had a rather long break. As I sat down on Sunday evening and browsed through couple options for Monday I have decided to break the travel drought and am taking you on a trip to the Czech Republic.

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Fog is usually a fall phenomena so I was rather surprised to wake up into a think fog at the beginning of summer. My surprise turned into an alarm quickly though as I scurried to find some clothes, my camera bag, and shoes and I was out of the door in minutes. I love fog and I know how fleeting it can be. At least at this location I had no driving to do. The lake was just couple minutes on foot.

Špinka in Fog (Rybnik Spinka), Czech RepublicŠpinka in FogCzech Republic

Špinka in Fog, Czech Republic

I quickly explored the near shore and peed through high grass and bushes to explore a nice viewpoint. The fog remained very thick and I had to find some foreground to include that would actually remain visible. In the end, I found a few vantage points I liked and am sharing one of those with you today.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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Chvalkovice Wind Mill at Dusk, rolling hills of Southern Moravia, Czech Republic, Europe.Chvalkovice Wind Mill at DuskCzech Republic Winding road through rolling hills of Southern Moravia, Mouchnice, Czech Republic, Europe.Rolling Hills of Southern MoraviaCzech Republic

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy czech republic fog green lake landscape nature spinka summer travel https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/rybnik-spinka-in-fog Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:25:58 GMT
Bright and Happy Fall World https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/bright-and-happy-fall-world Last post was a celebration of the wonderful bright and sunny summer we had here in Western New York. And today, I am continuting in the same spirit while moving one season forward. The 2020 fall was absolutely gorgeous with plenty of sunshine for everybody to enjoy it and forget about all of the troubles this year brought.

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This was not a year of long-distance travel, this was a year to explore one's back yard. And there was so much when one cared to look. We revisited many familiar places and enjoyed sights we had seen many times before, we found new trails in those familiar places, and we found completely new destinations that we'd never visited before despite living so close to them for so long. And yes, my cameras joined us on these trips.

Today's post is very close to home. It is literally just up the hill. Chestnut Ridge park has beautiful colors to offer each year and this fall was no exception. I love looking for frames of pure nature excluding any signs of humanity but I also enjoy including paths and roads in my photographs. Maybe it is because they make the photographs more ordinary and closer to what we see every day. Maybe it is because the paths take us somewhere forward. Or maybe it is because of something altogether different.

Colors Turning at Chestnut Ridge, Fall Foliage, Orchard Park, NYColors Turning at Chestnut RidgeFall Foliage

Colors Turning at Chestnut Ridge, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative Film

On this bright fall day I had my 1940s twin lens reflex Rolleiflex camera with me loaded with 12 available exposures of Kodak Portra 160. Over the last few years I have really enjoyed the subtle colors of this film. To me it provides a nice counterbalance to today's digital world full of bold saturated colors that go way above and beyond what things look like naturally. As such, the subtlety allows me ro rest my eyes and take a stroll through the outdoors scenes without being immediately overwhelmed.

Red and Orange Chestnut Ridge Park, Fall Foliage, Orchard Park, NYRed and Orange Chestnut Ridge ParkFall Foliage

Red and Orange Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Rolleiflex Automat on Kodak Portra 160 Color Negative Film

How about you? Which photographic version of the colorful season do you prefer?

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy bright chestnut ridge colorful colors fall film foliage happy kodak landscape new york ny outdoors park portra 160 rolleiflex scenic trees https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/bright-and-happy-fall-world Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:49:48 GMT
Bright and Happy Summer World https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/bright-and-happy-summer-world Summer and flowers go hand in hand and while we're at the end of our colorful fall season let's take a trip back and enjoy some happy summer views. And what other flower says sun better than a sunflower? Let's fill the page with them!

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First thanks are in order to Sunflowers of Sanborn. Sure, if you're a professional photographer and get paid for shooting on their fields, you need to get a permit. However, if you're a hobbyist or fine art photographer that is not on a paid engagement you don't have to. And from what I have seen they are very generous towards photography. People take pictures of each other all over, selfies are flying through Instagram and other platforms, and yes, you will see a pro here and there on a mission.

Despite the fam being very popular and the parking lot being often filled there is enough space for the crowds to spread out even during these COVID times. If you come earlier in the day, there will be fewer people and vice versa.

So thank you, I have truly enjoyed photographing my family and sunflowers there, and our dining room table had a new centerpiece after the visit. This was a very refreshing experience to me as photographers are often frowned upon or hassled.

Orange and Yellow Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New YorkOrange and Yellow SunflowerSunflowers of Sanborn

Orange and Yellow Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 Color Negative Film

For this visit I decided to leave my trusty 35mm cameras behind and only used a single camera, the Mamiya 645 1000s with manual focus lenses. And I used a variety trying to cover both wide views as well as tighter close ups. The film of choice? I brought both color negative as well as positive transparency film. Today, I am sharing my photographs captured on Kodak Ektar 100, a film that should go well with bold colors. I will leave the judgement regarding how well it worked up to you. Aside for this roll I also left with a roll of Kodak Ektachrome E100.

A Single Orange Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New YorkA Single Orange SunflowerSunflowers of Sanborn

A Single Orange Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 Color Negative Film

For most of the photographs I wanted to use a very shallow depth of field, a very different approach from my usual landscape photography relying on a small aperture and hyperfocal distance. I really wanted to isolate individual flower heads and take advantage of the shallower depth of field inherent to medium format compared to 35mm.

Yellow Sunfower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New YorkYellow SunfowerSunflowers of Sanborn

Yellow Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 Color Negative Film

That, however, posed a focusing challenge with the fully manual system and my far from perfect sight. I took my time, focused carefully, and was happy that in the end the majority of the frames were properly focused. And yes, there were a few that did not make it.

Sunflower Profile, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New YorkSunflower ProfileSunflowers of Sanborn

Sunflower Profile, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 Color Negative Film

I failed to mention another great feature of this sunflower farm, which may have already become obvious from the included photographs. They grow a variety of sunflowers, which definitely help with the ultimate variety of photographs.

An Old Farm Truck, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New YorkAn Old Farm TruckSunflowers of Sanborn

An Old Farm Truck, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 Color Negative Film

Yes, there are other exciting props scattered through the farm. An old truck, a tractor or two, and even some old frames to frame your headshots with that are provided to people free of charge.

Have you heard that sunflowers follow the sun and turn their heads based on where the sun is? Well, not really. It's a bit of a myth and only partially true. Young sunflowers indeed turn their heads, however, at some point they stop and forever face east. As a result you may want to plan the time of day based on whether you want the sunflowers front or backlit or lit by the scorching noon sun. And your choices may be limited by the opening time of the farm you visit. Sunflowers of Sanborn did not open until 11 am in 2020 sunrise or the morning golden hour was not an easy option.

Tall Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New YorkTall SunflowerSunflowers of Sanborn

Tall Sunflower, Sunflowers of Sanborn, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 Color Negative Film

This was a very fun family visit and each of us had fun. And we left with some beautiful sunflowers as souvenirs and a way to say thank you. I will definitely be looking at more sunflower farms next year and hopefully return to Sanborn too.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

References: The Mystery Of Why Sunflowers Turn To Follow The Sun

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Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area near Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400 FilmOak OrchardColorful Nature Mossy Niagara River Banks at Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls, New York (NY)Mossy Niagara River BanksColorful Nature Leaning Trees of Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkLeaning Trees of BirdsongColorful Nature

Spring Day at Emery ParkSpring Day at Emery ParkColorful Nature Lower Akron Falls, New York (NY) in summer frequently reduced to a trickle that can be magical.The Akron FallsColorful Nature

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy bright colorful colors ektar film flowers happy kodak new york ny outdoors sanborn scenic summer sunflowers https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/11/bright-and-happy-summer-world Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT
The Creeks of Birdsong https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/the-creeks-of-birdsong Birdsong Park in Orchard Park, NY has grown on me over time becoming one of my favorite places to visit and photograph in all seasons. Today, I'm sharing a set of black and white photographs from there from early summer. Their common theme is creeks. They are also connected by all being photographed on one of my favorite films, the Kodak Double-X, aka Kodak 5222.

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That film captures tonality that is very appealing to me and I especially love how it handles highlights, despite the film being developed primarily for recording movies in dim conditions. Its increased sensitivity to blue and reduced sensitivity to red may not be the best for capturing blue skies through an orange or red filters but it shines in conditions like these. I was in the woods and the outside light was seeping in through all of that new foliage.

This opening photograph is what I usually encounter first when I turn into the woods the very first opportunity there is. The boardwalk almost immediately goes over this small creek and to the left there is this broken tree forming a gate over the water. I have seen this scene many times and it always strikes me as beautiful and never quite the same.

Birdsong Creek Gate with a Pentax K1000 on Kodak Double-X 5222, Orchard Park, NYBirdsong Creek GateOrchard Park, NY

Birdsong Creek Gate
Birdsong with a Pentax K1000 on Double-X 5222

Coming out of the woods the path winds its way by two wonderful ponds that each offer plentiful photographic opportunities. However, for this series of creeks we need to keep on walking, re-enter the woods, and come out on the other side. Just before the path exits the woods we are back over the creek on  boardwalk and what a creek it is. It moves through the woods in picturesque short zigzags and is covered with a canopy of trees growing in all kinds of directions anywhere from vertical to almost horizontal. And that's what caught my eye on this day.

Birdsong Creek in the Woods with a Pentax K1000 on Kodak Double-X 5222, Orchard Park, NYBirdsong Creek in the WoodsOrchard Park, NY

Birdsong Creek in the Woods
Birdsong with a Pentax K1000 on Double-X 5222

As if to confirm its charming looks, this creek proves the point further down the trail. Coming to the very end of the hike there is a creek visible just off to the right. And it just happens to be a middle section of the same creek just about midway between the first and second photos above. And again enclosed among trees growing in seemingly impossible directions.

Birdsong Creek with a Pentax K1000 on Kodak Double-X 5222, Orchard Park, NYBirdsong CreekOrchard Park, NY

Birdsong Creek
Birdsong with a Pentax K1000 on Double-X 5222

So there you have it, a quick walk through a wonderful town park and three photographs of the same creek. So yes, I admit, calling this post The Creeks of Birdsong is a bit misleading. But is that really important?

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Lower Niagara River Rapids - The Wave Crash, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Negative FilmLower Niagara Rapids - The CrashMonochrome Lower Niagara River Gorge & Rapids - The Cliffs, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Negative FilmLower Niagara Rapids - The CliffsMonochrome Lower Niagara River Rapids - The Wave Swell, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Negative FilmLower Niagara Rapids - The SwellMonochrome

Film Phtography: Upper Papermill Falls in Black & White, Letchworth State Park, New YorkUpper Papermill Falls in Black & WhiteMonochrome Eighteen Mile Creek Bend in Winter, Hamburg, NY on FilmEighteen Mile Creek Bend in WinterMonochrome

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 birdsong black and white double-x film k1000 kodak landscape light nature ny orchard park outdoors park pentax https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/the-creeks-of-birdsong Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Fall Favorite (A bit too much) https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/fall-favorite-a-bit-too-much Fall is different each year. Colors seem to progress at different speeds and to different levels and the leaves hang on for different times. But each year nature puts on quite a show, a show I love, but also a show that makes me wary of what's to come. And therefore I head out as much as possible to soak it all in, to have memories to get me through the six months of gray.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I goofed and overwrote my original post from Letchworth with a new article. I have done a minimal restore to show the original two photographs along with some minimal text around it. The rest of the original post is gone with the wind though.

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Thanks to having visited the park many times over the years I now feel more freedom to stay away from the main highlights and hot spots and seek natural beauty a bit more off-the-beaten-path, even if it's right next door. The park has so much to offer that a photograph is waiting on every step.

Mighty Old Tree, Fall in Letchworth State Park, New YorkMighty Old TreeFall in Letchworth

Mighty Old Tree, Fall in Letchworth State Park, New York
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Portra 800 Color Negative Film

I really love when parks integrate safety features into the landscape in an attractive way, like this stone wall in Letchworth State Park. Huge metal railings or concrete walls are eye-sores that often ruin the scenic nature of the natural places. Unfortunately, those brute features are becoming more and more common due to people's stupidity and often selfie seeking. Often you will see people behind barriers looking for the best vantage point or to snap the most adventurous selfie. And it's all goof until something happens. And then the authorities are either compelled or forced to act and an ugly barrier is born. What saddens me a lot is that it is often photographers who disregard the rules. And then those after them are faced with unattractive signs obstructing the view or a low stone wall turning into a massive steel railing.

Stone Wall, Fall in Letchworth State Park, New YorkStone WallFall in Letchworth

Stone Wall, Fall in Letchworth State Park, New York
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Portra 800 Color Negative Film

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge in Colors, Allegany State  Park, Salamanca, New York (NY)Covered Bridge Covered with ColorsFall Colors Fall Colors around Oak Hill Covered Bridge in New York State.Fall Colors around Oak Hill Covered BridgeFall Colors

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy bright colorful colors fall film kodak landscape letchworth new york ny outdoors portra scenic state park stone wall https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/fall-favorite-a-bit-too-much Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Darkroom: Lithographic Printing (Lith Printing) https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/darkroom-lithographic-printing-lith This darkroom session was very exciting and I am very happy to share my first ever Lith Print with you. While still a completely black and white process it results in a print with colors! Yes, colors in a black and white photograph, and that can be just the beginning. So let's dive right in.

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What is a lith print? Lith is an abbreviation for lithographic. And what I am sharing with you today has to do with applying the lith method to a darkroom paper during the printing process. Normal development goes through two stages: a short induction period (around 15 seconds depending on paper, developer, temperature, etc.) and an autoacceleration period. The development completes in about 90-120 seconds (again depending on variables).

For lith printing, a very dilute special developer is used resulting in a very long induction period that is in minutes, not seconds. Based on variables like temperature it can be from about 5 minutes to over half an hour. In my case, I had t wait over 10 minutes at 20°C for anything to appear. I guess when one gets used to it it will be more natural but the first time caused a dose ox anxiety. Did I mix the developer the right way? Since I've had it for over a year, did it oxidize? But then things start showing up and anxiety turns into excitement.

At 20°C things continue to go slow despite what's called infectious development. It causes the development to pick up speed exponentially. Blacks start showing up quicker and quicker and eventually mid-tones start joining in. Unlike the regular development process there is no fixed time with the lith method. One has to wait until the blacks look great and then pull the print out of the developer and go straight to the stop bath. That point is called a snatch point. Only experience and a lot of experimentation helps fine tune this point. It does not help that the fiber based paper also suffers from a dry down effect where a wet photograph appears brighter than a dry one. As a result, the print needs to be snatched a bit ahead of the blacks going deep black.

This technique does not work with all photo papers. Many modern multigrade papers with added developers are not usable and the selection of lithable papers is dwindling. I need to enjoy this technique while we have some papers and who knows, maybe posts like this with get more people excited about it raising demand for such papers and keeping them around long-term.

Let's leave theory behind and see what I actually went through to get my first lithographic print. I had a photo in mind for more than a year so my selection process was quick. I just had to reach into my 2019 binder, locate the right film strip, and load it into the enlarger. The photo was captured with a Nikon FE with a 28mm pre-AI lens on Ilford FP4 black and white film and I believe I had an orange filter mounted on the lens since the sky was beautifully blue with fluffy clouds floating by.

The first step was to get a regular print. I measured my dark and light points with a meter and set an f-stop to give me an exposure between 10 and 20 seconds. However, I had this process figured out based on printing on Ilford multigrade papers, not the Foma Fomatone 132 paper  I was using here. I also did not want to open the lens up beyond f/8. After two test strips, I landed on 35 seconds at f/8. It appears the Foma paper needs more light but it is hard to draw conclusions based on a single print. I also did not properly account for the dry down and ended up with a darker print. For a regular black and white print, I will have to go back to the darkroom and improve upon that.

Chautauqua Belle, Traditional Black and White Darkroom Print on Foma Fomatone 132 PaperChautauqua BelleTraditional Black and White Darkroom Print

Chautauqua Belle
Traditional Black and White Darkroom Print on Foma Fomatone 132 Paper

I have cheated with this scan of the 5x7 print and increased the overall brightness to what I would like it to be. The print unfortunately did not feature any whites, just light grays.

Alright, let's get to the exciting part. For a lith print, the recommended starting point for exposure was 3 stops over. I opened the lens up from f/8 to f/4, which accounted for 2 stops, and doubled the exposure time from 35 seconds to 70 seconds to add the third stop. I developed the print in a 5x7 tray filled with 200 ml of diluted developer (Arista Liquid Lith Developer, 4ml Part A + 4ml Part B + 192ml water for a 1:24 dilution). As mentioned above, I was a bit nervous when nothing was happening for minutes. I actually thought I saw something several times but it was not there. It was just wishful thinking. I should add that all of this is done under a dim red safe light as the paper is only blue sensitive. So while one can see it's not really bright, everything appears darker than it really is, and there is no color perception.

But somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes I could start seeing the top right of the ship's canopy and the lamp posts showing up. I was slightly rocking the tray back and forth the whole time to insure the paper always had fresh chemicals to respond to. Eventually I decided to snatch the print at 27 minutes, quickly submerged it in the stop bath, and then to the fixer. At this point, I could not really see any obvious difference between the earlier regular print and this lithographic print. Sure, contrast and tonality appeared different but not in any dramatic fashion. All looked black and white too.

After about a minute in the fixer I turned the light on for a quick inspection on the result. Wow! All of a sudden all of my uncertainty melted away. Maybe the print was not perfect but it looked absolutely gorgeous to me. For my first attempt, I was very happy. It worked and there was definitely color in the print. And the increased contrast of this process also held the highlights brighter and as such the lith print did not lack whites. What you see below is what I was looking at.

Chautauqua Belle, Lithographic Darkroom Print on Foma Fomatone 132 PaperChautauqua BelleLithographic Darkroom Print on Foma Fomatone 132 Paper
Chautauqua Belle
Lithographic Darkroom Print on Foma Fomatone 132 Paper

Encouraged, I repeated the process one more time to get more out of the developer. Things went a bit slower and in the end I pulled the print sooner to see how a brighter rendering would look. And then I tried a third print. And nothing. Absolutely nothing came up even 30 minutes into development. It was only then that I considered the capacity of the dilute developer.

I use Kodak Dektol for my normal developer and dilute it 1:2 or 1:3. That provides a lot of developer in the tray. My lith developer was diluted 1:24 and I only had 8ml of the actual developer in the tray. I guess I have determined that at minimum, I need 4ml per 5x7 print. Unfortunately, it's not so easy as the tray size, temperature, and other factors influence the speed of exhaustion.

That variability got confirmed for me since I went back one more time to get a few more copies of this print. This time, I mixed 1 liter (20+20+960) into an 11 x 14 tray and pre-heated it to 30°C to speed things along. The first individual print went much faster, the second one not so much. Then I developed two at once and unfortunately, I was back at almost half an hour. This was the point to determine why. I should have taken a temperature reading to see if I was back down to 20°C or if the developer exhausted after just 4 prints. Since I used five times more developer I was hoping for 10 prints. Maybe the temperature dropped on me, maybe the larger tray caused faster oxidation. The higher initial temperature definitely sped up exhaustion. I don't know, that's for next time to figure out. I may also need a heating pad under my tray to keep the temperature higher, especially with the winter season coming.

Thanks for reading along and sharing in my excitement! I hope you liked the behind the scenes story. If not, I hope you like the result. And if not, I thank you for being here anyway.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog b&w belle black and white boat chautauqua darkroom historic jamestown lith lithographic new york ny print ship technique traditional https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/darkroom-lithographic-printing-lith Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:45:48 GMT
The Force https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/the-force And we are back at the Niagara River Gorge to appreciate and enjoy the raw power of water again. I have had several posts from the location before so I am sure you already know how much I love the place. And while I already have a decent collection of photographs from there I always try to mix things up a bit.

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The Niagara River flows from Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY, to Lake Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Its 35-mile path creates the international border between the United States and Canada and is crossed by several major bridges (Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, Queenston-Lewiston Bridge). Once the water leaves Lake Erie the river immediately narrows to a width of 1,500 feet and depth of 17 feet as it reaches a rock ledge, which naturally controls its outflow. Along its whole way the river drops about 326 feet.

The Niagara Gorge extends from the Niagara Falls for 7 miles downstream to the foot of the escarpment at Queenston. In the wildest section that we are visiting together today, the Whirlpool Rapids, the river drops about 50 feet in a little more then a mile and terminates in the Whirlpool. About 100,000 cubic feet per second (2,800 cubic meters, 2.8 million liters) of water go over the crest of Niagara Falls every second during peak daytime tourist hours and all of that water enters the Niagara Gorge and the narrow Whirlpool rapids.

And that's only about half of the water as the other half is diverted for power generation before the Falls. It's hard to imagine how twice as much water would look.

The Wave, Lower Niagara River Rapids, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White FilmThe WaveLower Niagara River Rapids

The Wave, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Film

And now back to our photographic visit. What can be changed for a new take? I can plan to focus on different aspects of the gorge, I can bring different equipment, and I can hope that luck will throw a bonus or two my way. On my previous visit earlier in the year I used a Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) camera to capture the spirit of the area on the square format. For this visit I wanted to try something different again.

I traded my classic manual focus cameras for a more modern piece of equipment, the Nikon F4, and equipped it with a Nikkor 80 - 200 f/2.8 zoom lens with the intention to capture close ups of the wild water action going on here. I wanted to isolate the powerful buildup of water into large swells and waves and catch them falling over on themselves in huge water explosions.

The Crash, Lower Niagara River Rapids, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black & White FilmThe CrashLower Niagara River Rapids

The Crash, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Film

And the film of choice for the day? I wanted the water to look as clear as possible and decided to go for a black and white film. And since it was a bright sunny summer day I reached for the Kodak Double-X 5222 motion picture stock. It's interesting. It was made for filming in dim conditions but I love how it renders bright tones. And while it's increased blue and lowered red sensitivity may not always work the best for grand landscapes with big blue skies it is the perfect choice for capturing close ups whether natural or manmade.

The Swell, Lower Niagara River Rapids, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White FilmThe SwellLower Niagara River Rapids

The Swell, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Film

On location I headed to a few of my favorite spots and spent quite a bit of time at each watching the water, learning its tricks of the day, and then watching the action through the viewfinder attempting to capture the decisive moment. But what is a decisive moment in situation like this? Is it when a huge wave tips over resulting in a huge splash? Is it just before it tips over? Or is it when the initial swell starts forming? I tired to get a few examples of each of the situations and you can see a short selection out of those here today. And my favorites? Probably not the obvious ones. As of right now, I am leaning towards subtlety and the swell formations, as in the photograph directly above.

The Shore. Lower Niagara River Rapids, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White FilmThe ShoreLower Niagara River Rapids

The Shore, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Film

Towards the end of the roll I decided to put it all in context. Yes, it was a bit backwards and I went for the establishing shots at the end. I thought that was perfectly fine as I had already had many sets from my past visits. The river offers gorgeous rocky banks on both sides providing both great platforms to roam and explore and to point a camera at. And past these river banks are impressive tall cliffs rising high above.

The Cliffs, Lower Niagara River Rapids, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White FilmThe CliffsLower Niagara River Rapids

The Cliffs, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Film

And then there are the trees happily growing in what seems to be a very inhospitable place. It's all rocks everywhere! And winters at the gorge are tough too. In color, it can be quite a bold palette but I really like how the Double-X film's tones rendered this landscape in shades of black and white. The light is shimmering and sparkling, isn't it?

The Watchman at Whirlpool, Lower Niagara River Rapids, Nikon F4, Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White FilmThe Watchman at WhirlpoolLower Niagara River Rapids

The Watchman at Whirlpool, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Photographed with a Nikon F4 on Kodak Double-X 5222 Black and White Film

I could not leave without snapping the Watchman Tree leaning and watching over the Whirlpool that gave the state park its name. It's here where the river widens and makes a 90-degree turn right spinning up the Whirlpool in the process.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 analog black and white Double-X film gorge kodak nature new york niagara ny outdoors river state park water whirlpool https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/10/the-force Mon, 05 Oct 2020 12:07:49 GMT
A Wonderful Drive https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/a-wonderful-drive I have been holding off as long as I could not to be accused of accelerating the arrival of winter but there is no hiding it now. Colors are popping all around us and the pace has accelerated dramatically over the last few days. And now that a cool down and rain are coming, I hope it is going to leave some leaves up for all of us to enjoy before the dreaded season of grey is upon us.

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These pictures are from about this time last year as we were heading east from Buffalo to Syracuse, New York. As anywhere and any time the best idea always is to get off the expressway. And we certainly did, even if only for a section. We had a planned stop that we enjoyed very much. Afterwards, instead of heading back to I-90 we continued east on the smaller roads.

Old Water Tower in Western New York in the Fall with Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 filmOld Water TowerWestern New York

Sunset on the Rocks, Lake Erie Lakeshore
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative Film

All along the way we were surrounded by wonderful colors and not constantly stopping was very difficult. However, the trip had a goal that required actually making it to the destination on schedule. At one point we crossed through a small intersection and as I was checking the traffic from the left I saw it. I saw the gorgeous old water tower and was not going to miss it. We turned around, made a right turn, pulled over to the side of the road and out I headed with my camera.

Old Shed in Western New York in the Fall with Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 filmOld ShedWestern New York

Dipping In, Lake Erie Lakeshore
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative Film

And it turned out the location was even more generous. I wanted to check the tower out from the other direction too to make sure I would not miss an even better shot. While I did not find a better angle on the water tower I found this super antiques shop hiding in the colorful foliage of the season.

So get off the expressway, turn off the GPS for a few minutes, and just go wherever you feel like. It's a strangely liberating feeling that I love to employ as often as possible whether on the road or at home. You'd be surprised what you can find around the place you live if you allow yourself to take a few random turns.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colorful colors fall foliage landscape new york road trip scenic travel treasures https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/a-wonderful-drive Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Remembering the Beginnings https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/remembering-the-beginnings Today, we are traveling back to March 2016 and my only fourth roll of 35mm film since finding it again in 2015. These were the very early days of what would become a huge passion for me eventually dislodging digital photography altogether.

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My first film camera that helped me ignite the analog passion was a Nikon FE, on this occasion loaded with the American classic Kodak Tri-X 400. While the camera remains my main photographic tool the film did not win me over (yet). I love the film grain but Tri-X in 35mm can be a bit over the top for me. However, there are situations when that works really well. And I believe this was one of them.

Swannie House, Buffalo, NY with Nikon FE on Kodak Tri-X 400 Black and White FilmSwannie HouseBuffalo, NY on Film

Swannie House, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE on Kodak Tri-X 400 Black and White Film

In this set up I really liked the two crosswalks. All the paths lead to the bar :-)

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white buffalo cityscape film first ward kodak michigan street new york nikon fe ny tri-x urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/remembering-the-beginnings Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Over the Horizon https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/over-the-horizon A sunny summer day was coming to its end, clouds were floating in the sky, and there were no plans for the evening. Why not quickly hop in the car and catch a sunset over the lake? I did not see and photograph nearly enough of them lately anyway. Cliché you say? So be it. There may be a reason for it.

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I also had a secondary reason to go out and exercise my photographic muscles. I came into a possession of a wonderful Mamiya RB67 lately and wanted to see how well it worked after sleeping in a box for about 10 years. And there was a reason three. My first slide film development in the new Cinestill Dynamic Chrome D9 developer did not go all that well and I wanted to try it out with something fresher than a film shot a year ago. I know, I was asking for trouble. A new camera, a new developer, and heading out with slide film. But that was exactly what I decided on for the evening.

Sunset on the Rocks, Lake Erie Lakeshore, Mamiya RB67, Fuji Velvia RVP 100 slide filmSunset on the RocksLake Erie Lakeshore

Sunset on the Rocks, Lake Erie Lakeshore
Photographed with a Mamiya RB67 on Fuji Velvia RVP 100 slide film

A while back I have posted about the Stages of a Sunrise. And today's post is following a similar scenario just with a sunset. The alternate title could have been Stages of a Sunset but I have decided on Over the Horizon as that is where all of the important action took place. But did it really? Yes, the sun set over the horizon as if dipping into the lake but when I was selecting one of the thre photos here to go into my Buffalo and Western New York Landscape Photo Gallery I went mostly by the foreground rocks. More specifically I selected based on the light falling on the rocks. Thus this one was the subjective winner for me with all of the rocks having a nice rim light being backlit by the last rays of the quickly setting sun.

Dipping In, Lake Erie Lakeshore, Mamiya RB67 on Fuji Velvia RVP 100 slide filmDipping InLake Erie Lakeshore

Dipping In, Lake Erie Lakeshore
Photographed with a Mamiya RB67 on Fuji Velvia RVP 100 slide film

The second photo is just a moment after the first one. It always amazes me how the sun or the moon this close to the horizon speed through the sky. I like the position of the sun even better in that photo as it's already half way behind the horizon. However, the foregound rocks changed dramatically. They still retained a hint of the rim light but that one rock in bottom left completely lost its prominence and I really liked that in the first photo. But yes, it is a personal preference, the darker mood has its merit, however the rock won it for me, at least for now.

Sunset Glow, Lake Erie Lakeshore Mamiya RB67, Fuji Velvia RVP 100 slide filmSunset GlowLake Erie Lakeshore

Sunset Glow, Lake Erie Lakeshore
Photographed with a Mamiya RB67 on Fuji Velvia RVP 100 slide film

It was not just the sun that worked on the shadow play over the rocks. The gentle waves of the evening were making their contribution too based on how much water spilled over the rocks at the time of the exposure. I was actually trying to get the waves extend as much over the rocks as possible but the sun dictated my timing for the most part. In the end I prefer the photographs taken right after the water receded from the rocks allowing them to shine more.

So what happened with the slide film and the new developer? It all worked out in the end very nicely. I believe I metered better this evening and I made sure the developer temperature was set perfectly. There is still room for improvement but I like what I got. Fuji Velvia is a warm and vivid film. Combine that with the warm tone of the Cinestill Dynamic Chrome D9 developer and you have very warm and vivid result. The above photographs are scanned and presented as close to the slide film as I was able to make them. I only adjusted the black and white points and the overall curve a tiny bit but I did not touch the colors. I was tempted to cool these down a bit but left them alone in the end. That's part of the reason why I am sharing these weeks after scanning them. I wanted to look at them for a while and only decide then.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy beautiful colors erie film fuji lake landscape light mamiya nature outdoors rb67 summer sunset velvia warm water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/over-the-horizon Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:42:46 GMT
Industrial Pinhole https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/industrial-pinhole There are a few locations that are photographic treasure troves. Today, I'll share some photographs from one such location. Sometimes I return there with a specific new idea in mind, other times to try our a new camera or a new technique, and sometimes just to break out of photographic funk when no other ideas spring to mind.

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On this occasion, I wanted to exercise my Lensless 4x5 pinhole camera more after a bit of a break. It's my one analog camera I really like to use without the intermediate medium of film. Instead, I load the film holders with direct positive paper. I like the simplicity. It's almost like instant photography. Sure, it's not that instant and does not happen on location but after returning home, it just takes a few minutes to run the batch of photos through the developer, water, and fixer to see what I got.

Buldozer, Lensless 4x5 pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperBulldozerLensless 4x5 pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Bulldozer
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Since it's a fiber based paper, drying and flattening takes a bit of time too but it's easy and comes after I see what I got and whether or not it's worth any additional effort. Only rarely is it not.

The other challenge with the Ilford Harman direct positive paper is that it is very contrasty. There are several techniques to tame the contrast and end up with better balanced highlights and shadows, like pre-flashing (or post-flashing). I tried it but was not happy with the flat results I got then. Sure, maybe I took it too far but I still did not like it.

Engine, Lensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperEngineLensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Engine
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

So instead, I do one of two things. I either wait for a cloudy low contrast day. Then the paper contrast comes handy for bautiful punchy photographs despite the surrounding grayness. Or, I embrace the dontrast and look for subjects that I believe will benefit from the contrast and some nice deep black shadows. Either way, this further helps with the simplicity rather than the extra steps.

Cadillac Double, Lensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperCadillac DoubleLensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Cadillac Double
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

A pinhole camera without a lens, without a need to focus, and without a viewfinder to accurately frame one's shot further contributes to the simplicity even at the time of shooting. And that just might be why I love heading out with a pinhole camera once in a while. It's all a combination of past experience and guesswork resulting in surprises at the end. And when they're good, it's magic!

Vintage Truck, Lensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperVintage TruckLensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Vintage Truck
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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Custard Lite Ice Cream Stand, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive Paper Stained in Coffee for a Vintage LookIce Cream StandLensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper Roots of an Old Tree, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive PaperRoots of an Old TreeLensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper Train Tracks by the Orchard Park Train Depot, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive Paper Stained in Coffee for a Vintage LookBy the Train DepotLensless 4x5 wooden pinhole camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper One Truck, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive PaperOne TruckPinhole Photography    Tram, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive PaperTramPinhole Photography

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2020 4x5 art b&w black and white direct positive industrial large format lensless machinery monochrome paper pinhole vintage https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/9/industrial-pinhole Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Biking Route https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/8/biking-route I have a favorite cycling route that takes me from my house through small rural roads and back home in about 8 miles. There are so many treasures on that short loop! Old houses and barns some with silos and some without, fields yielding different crops each year, some machinery, interesting trees, wildflowers, and so much more.

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Those eight miles can take 40 minutes, or 60, or more. It depends on my mood, the weather, the camera I have with me and who knows what else. I ride that loop often and like documenting the usual suspects as well as looking for new opportunities.

By a Barn, Buffalo's Rural SouthtownsBy a BarnBuffalo's Rural Southtowns

By a Barn, Buffalo's Rural Southtowns
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 160 film

This barn grew on me over time. At first I was finding other photographic subjects I found more interesting but as the years went by I found the acquired taste of this one. The terminal utility pole, the machinery, and the barn, all surrounded by vegetation that varies wildly year to year and season to season.

The triplets in the next photo are the opposite. They have fascinated me for years as if knowing what time would bring. I have many photos with all of them proudly standing kind of upright. Here, the tallest one has paid the toll of age. And by now, it's no more.

Giving in to Time, Buffalo's Rural SouthtownsGiving in to TimeBuffalo's Rural Southtowns

Giving in to Time
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 160 film

And then, not much further, this ordinary farmhouse has been a favorite subject of mine too. I don't always photograph it but when the season and weather are right I cannot resist as in this photograph when the sunshine put it in a spotlight.

Farmhouse, Buffalo's Rural SouthtownsFarmhouseBuffalo's Rural Southtowns

Farmhouse
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 160 film

And that's it for today's bicycle loop. And I think it's time to ride ti again and see what this late summer brought.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy age barn biking buffalo cycling decay farm farmhouse local new york old passage rural southtowns time https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/8/biking-route Mon, 24 Aug 2020 11:00:00 GMT
The Little Things https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/8/the-little-things No matter where you go there is something to be enjoyed, to be appreciated, to be photographed. Sometimes, it's a grand view that opens up in front of us, other times, it's a tiny detail. And in today's post, I am sharing photos of the little things that are often overlooked at our feet.

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The first photo was waiting for me at the end of a hike in Letchworth State Park. While the park is most known for its wonderful waterfalls on the Genesee River there are many hiking trails that get you off-the-beaten-path. And this was one of them. It's actually so charming that this was not our first time circling the lovely bogs. Trails 2A and 3 form a very nice loop that shows you the park in a way you've probably not seen before. So next time you find yourself in the park, look at the trail map and head for the unknown.

Letchworth Daisy Close-Up, Little Things Under Our FeetLetchworth DaisyUnder Our Feet

Letchworth Daisy
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Gold 200 film

The next three photos are from a different place and hike. This time, we were exploring the Swallow Hollow Nature Trail located by the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.You have seen a dandelion before. Or have you?

Swallow Hollow Dandelion Close-Up, The Little Things Under Our FeetSwallow Hollow DandelionUnder Our Feet

Swallow Hollow Dandelion
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 film

And it's not just the tiny flowers and other plants that we often overlook. There are a lot of tiny living creatures that we either ignore, or that annoy us. But look closer!

Swallow Hollow Wasp Close Up, The Little Things Under Our FeetSwallow Hollow WaspUnder Our Feet

Swallow Hollow Wasp
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 film

And then there are tiny creatures that continue to amaze me at a whole other level. The whole concept of metamorphosis is just mind boggling. Living part of their life in one form, and finishing up in another.

Swallow Hollow Caterpillar Close-Up, The Little Things Under Our Feet; Possibly a Virginia Ctenucha MothSwallow Hollow CaterpillarUnder Our Feet

Swallow Hollow Wasp
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 film

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy flowers hiking insects little nature outdoors refuge summer tiny wildlife management area https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/8/the-little-things Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:16:45 GMT
Visiting a Fairy Tale https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/8/visiting-a-fairy-tale Sometimes, the magic is right in our back yard. That's actually what prompted me to start my #etbtsy hash tag a few years ago. It stands for Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You. If you want to find my work on Instagram, Facebook, or even just Googling on the Internet, tey #etbtsy.

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It was not different this late evening. Going for a walk in the woods across the street later than usual as dusk was settling in had us witness this unbelievable show taken straight out from a fairy tale. I took a mental note about the time, and headed back a night later with my camera and was happy to see it again.

Magical Forest Fireflies, A wonderful mid-summer firefly show in a small Western New York forest making one feel like being in a fairy-tale.Magical Forest FirefliesA Wonderful Mid-Summer Firefly Show

It was such a wonderful experience that this became our favorite activity for a few nights in the row. At first, the show was as powerfl as the first night we saw it. Then, there were fewer and fewer. It seems like we were rewarded for not giving up on walking that first evening and cauht th fireflies at their peak. 

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy fairy tale firefly forest magical nature new york night ny outdoors show woods https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/8/visiting-a-fairy-tale Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:49:53 GMT
Finally a Good Use for Coffee https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/finally-a-good-use-for-coffee I really enjoy pinhole photography on direct positive paper with my 4x5 camera. I believe it's the thrill of capturing a unique one of a kind original like a painting. There is no intermediate negative that needs to be printed onto the final product. What is captured in the camera is the final product. No dodging or burning or other further adjustments.

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All that is left after the capture is developing the latent image into a visible print. The paper needs to be unloaded from the "film" holders and run through a developer, stop bath, and fixer. Since the Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper is orthochromatic, sensitive only to blue light, one can do the whole process under a red safelight in the darkroom, which makes it an easier experience compared to developing large format film.

Roots of an Old Tree, Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperRoots of an Old TreeOriginal 4x5 Pinhole Photograph

Roots of an Old Tree
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

While the camera produces an original photograph my statement above that no further adjustments are possible was not completely accurate. There are methods for controlling the contrast, for example pre-flashing. And pre-flashing can be done before or after taking the photograph. And there are ways to change the final look of the print. Like with traditional darkroom photographs these prints can be toned, or stained.

For this set of photographs I decided to try coffee staining for the first time. It offers a similar look to sepia toning but in a more environmentally friendly fashion, cheaper, and also simpler way. All you really need is a strong hot coffee to soak the fiber paper in for a bit. And the results? I must say I really liked what I got and will definitely use this technique more.

Custard Lite Ice Cream Stand, Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperIce Cream StandOriginal 4x5 Pinhole Photograph

Ice Cream Stand
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

For subjects of this experiment I chose my two local favorite stops, each within 5 minutes of where I live. Above, a popular summer ice cream stand and below, a historic train depot. In my opinion, the stain adds depth to the photos and also gives them a more vintage look. Given the selected subjects I like how that worked.

By the Orchard Park Train Depot, Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive PaperBy the Train DepotOriginal 4x5 Pinhole Photograph

By the Train Depot
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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One Truck, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive PaperOne TruckPinhole Photography Two Trucks, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive PaperTwo TrucksPinhole Photography Tram, Large Format Pinhole Photograph on 4x5" Direct Positive PaperTramPinhole Photography

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2020 4x5 art b&w black and white cityscape coffee stained large format lensless monochrome new york orchard park paper pinhole urban vintage https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/finally-a-good-use-for-coffee Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:43:09 GMT
The Beautiful Lower Niagara River, Part II https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/the-beautiful-lower-niagara-river-part-ii Continued from Part I.

On this wonderful hot and humid summer day, even at eight in the morning, let's finish our exploration of a cooler place. This is the second and final part of the fall expedition to the Lower Niagara Rapids, a place I love every time I visit. 

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Here we are a bit further up the river by the second set of white water rapids. It is like a boiling pot with water bubbling all around. And it's a full audio-visual experience too. And something about it is very relaxing. Especially with a camera in hand I can sit in one place for long periods of time watching the action and trying to catch it at its peak.

Wild! Lower Niagara River White Water Rapids in the FallWild, Wild, Wild!The spectacular white water rapids of the Lower Niagara River with the last hints of fall in the background. Standing on the shore, watching the water repeatedly rise and crash, and hearing the roar makes one really appreciate the awesome power of water.

In the next photo we are at the very end of the trail. The true end where the trail disappears in the river. The end one can't officially go to any more, and it's just a few years when that changed. It's changes like this that really make me like the good old days when liability was not such an issue or maybe when people had more common sense and were not stupid causing trail closures and tall metal fences everywhere. Yes, it is a sore topic for me as it robs us all of having unobstructed access and view of many natural wonders.

The photograph was captured shortly after the water level was lowered by diverting more through the power plant for the winter season. That exposed many of the previously submerged rocks with their still lush green moss. Oh, yes, and the Whirlpool Railroad Bridge for a nice architectural background.

Whirlpool Rapids Railroad Bridge over the Niagara RiverWhirlpool Rapids Railroad BridgeNiagara River definitely provided an opportunity to build some wonderful bridges for both automobile and train traffic. Here's the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge as seen from the gorge below after the water flow has been reduced by diverting more water to the power plant for the winter season.

And to close? I will share a little bit of the action with you in a moving picture. It has sound so you may want to mute if you are somewhere where that might be an issue.

The Power of Lower NiagaraStanding on the shore, watching the water repeatedly rise and crash, and hearing the roar makes one really appreciate the awesome power of water. Those are the spectacular white water rapids of the Lower Niagara River.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colors fall force landscape nature niagara outdoors power rapids river water white water wild https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/the-beautiful-lower-niagara-river-part-ii Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:41:26 GMT
Summer Painting https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/summer-painting The summer is hot, the sun is bright, the outdoors are great. Here's just a quick post today from a recent nature hike exploring the faraway northern land. Yes, it's funny and a subject of local jokes how crossing between the northtowns and southtowns can feel like a cross-country trip.

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We hiked two separate trails that day and I enjoyed quite a variety of photographic material. Especially the first trail provided wonderful forest scenes, close up opportunities, and a great combo of a forest trail, boardwalk, and surrounding swamp land. But then, the open pond at the trail head of our second hike looked like, well, the photo below. An almost abstract painterly natural scene that I managed to stare at for quite a while before being ready to move on.

Oak Orchard, A beautiful painterly summer scene, Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400Oak OrchardA beautiful painterly summer scene

A beautiful painterly summer scene at Oak Orchard
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 400 film

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy bright hiking landscape nature outdoors painterly painting summer sunny wildlife management area wma https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/summer-painting Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:44:44 GMT
The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 2 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/the-partnership-of-the-passing-pentax-roll-number-2 The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 1

This shows my selections from the second roll of film for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax project photographed in June 2020. The project was organized by Eric of 4xfourtography and included 13 photographers who would each shoot a few rolls of Kodak Double-X (5222) black and white film in the Pentax K1000 before shipping it to the next person.

White Sheep, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000White SheepSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

White Sheep
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

After shooting my first roll on the day the case with the camera showed up I took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed out with the second roll the very next day. I have swapped the swamp environment for the beautiful Lake Erie shore.

Sparkles, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000SparklesSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Sparkles
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

In the past I had observed that yellow and orange filters did not provide enough of an effect with the Double-X film. I dug into the data sheets provided by Kodak and noticed that the film had an increased sensitivity to blue and reduced sensitivity to red, which seemed to explain the observation. Thus, on this sunny evening, I kept the red filter on the lens pretty much throughout. Still, the effect was very subtle.

Rocky Lakeshore, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Rocky LakeshoreSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Rocky Lakeshore
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

This film simply shines in different conditions than other films. I am no emulsion expert and many films look the same to me, especially after slight post-processing to my taste. However, I am starting to see the pros and cons of some of them after having shot over ten rolls of them in varying conditions and with and without filters.

Wall on the Shore, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Wall on the ShoreSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Wall on the Shore
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

I love how the Double-X handles highlights. Often, they seem to glow and the gradation in highlights is beautiful. I especially love that aspect with surfaces and textures. Metallic surfaces work great, bright painted surfaces too, and even skin tones are rendered beautifully.

Balanced Rock Towers, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Balanced Rock TowersSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Balanced Rock Towers
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

While I visited this area of the shore several times this year alone, I had a similar experience with the project camera as the day before at Birdsong. I spotted some new subjects of interest, some different angles, and some things were simply different this day. For example the glare reflected of the water a few images up is a regular sight at that time of the day but I never thought to make it the focus of a photograph. So this day I did. I took an incident reading, added the 2-stop filter factor, and captured the photo letting the highlights do as they pleased. And I was rewarded with magic! On the other hand, the balanced rocks above and below were newly built and I enjoyed looking for interesting angles.

Balanced Rock Towers Close Up, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Balanced Rock Towers Close UpSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Balanced Rock Towers Close Up
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

With natural landscapes I definitely shoot more horizontal photos than vertical and I have been consciously trying for more variety for a few years now. Who knows, maybe there's a magazine cover hiding somewhere, right? This in fact is one area where the Stories of social networks may be helping. Since Stories are vertical, that is what one wants to shoot. And seeing the vertical composition on the cell phone often prompts a follow up with the camera.

Rocky Beach, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Rocky BeachSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Rocky Beach
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

I find the smart phones a nice visualization tool anyway. Since I am not too big into the social sharing I usually work the location with my camera and here and there take a snap of the behind the scenes. And that reminds me of shooting a vertical for a story. And quite often, I like what I see and go back to the camera either for a different angle, or to turn it vertical.

Cave, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000CaveSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Cave
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

The strange round rocks on this beach have always caught my attention. But I have always preferred including water in my photos here. After all, it is the lake shore, right? This evening, I felt more free to stray from that constraint and include dry land only, with focus on the rocks and details.

UFO Rock Landed, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000UFO Rock LandedSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

UFO Rock Landed
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

And with this thought of an extraterrestrial mystery I will end today's post as well as the Partnership of the Passing Pentax series. The camera has long gone to its next stop for its next adventure, this time in Pennsylvania.

UFO Rock on Beach, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000UFO Rock on BeachSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

UFO Rock on Beach
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Eric, thank you again, this was a lot of fun!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 black and white community double-x film k1000 kodak landscape nature outdoors pentax project https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/the-partnership-of-the-passing-pentax-roll-number-2 Tue, 14 Jul 2020 20:14:40 GMT
Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake, Part II https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/jamestown-and-chautauqua-lake-part-ii Today I am closing off the two-part Lake Chautauqua series with a set of black and white photographs. The star is clearly the beautiful Chautauqua Bell steamboat that we were lucky to see in front of the Harbor Hotel.

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While we had plans to stop by both the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel as well as the home location of Chautauqua Belle we got lucky and saw the steam ship in action loading passengers at the hotel.

Passengers Boarding Chautauqua Belle at Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron, New YorkChautauqua BelleChautauqua Harbor Hotel

Passengers Boarding Chautauqua Belle at Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Ilford FP4

Some moments just make photographers instantly happy and this sure was one of those moments for me. As soon as I saw the boat I knew what my photo of the day would be. It looked gorgeous and I had a classic camera loaded with black and white film ready to go. The sky was blue with white puffy clouds. What could possibly be better? My focus just turned to making the most of the situation.

I usually prefer photos devoid of people and that is still what I have selected for the travel gallery of my website. However, I could not resist this documentary photo of the crowd, which reminded me of days gone by.

Chautauqua Belle Docked at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron, New YorkChautauqua BelleChautauqua Harbor Hotel

Chautauqua Belle Docked at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Ilford FP4

Only later did I realize my luck. At the time of the visit I had no idea about the different routes the steam boat takes neither did I review its schedule. I am so grateful luck was on my side on this beautiful summer day on the lake.

The rest of the photographic day was simply an add-on. I had no expectations that anything could possibly top this experience for me. We moved away from the lake and explored the River Walk in Jamestown. This beautiful location next to a railroad caught my eye.

Back Patio, River Walk, Jamestown, New YorkBack PatioRiver Walk

Back Patio, River Walk, Jamestown, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Ilford FP4

The whole day featured a truly wonderful photogenic sky. I could not have asked for better. As a result, pretty much anything and everything looked wonderful with such a backdrop.

Utility Pole under a Wonderful Summer Sky, Jamestown, New YorkUtility PoleJamestown, New York

Utility Pole under a Wonderful Summer Sky, Jamestown, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Ilford FP4

Last week, we returned to Chautauqua Lake but unfortunately, the boat was still beached at its home location due to the pandemic rules. It even had to skip its July 4 schedule. Based on the latest on their web site, it should be back in the water the next weekend. To a successful summer season!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

References: Chautaugua Belle

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Celoron Lighthouse in Black & White near Jamestown, NY. Nikon FE and Ilford FP4 film.Celoron LighthouseBlack & White Celoron Lighthouse in Color near Jamestown, NY. Chautauqua Belle in the background. Nikon N75 and Fujichrome Velvia.Celoron LighthouseIn Color

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy belle black and white celoron chautauqua historical jamestown lake landscape new york outdoors photography steamboat summer travel https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/7/jamestown-and-chautauqua-lake-part-ii Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:00:00 GMT
The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 1 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/the-partnership-of-the-passing-pentax-roll-number-1 This shows my selections from the first roll of film for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax project photographed in June 2020. The project was organized by Eric of 4xfourtography and included 13 photographers who would each shoot a few rolls of Kodak Double-X (5222) black and white film in the Pentax K1000 before shipping it to the next person.

Twinkle in the Trees, Birdsong on Double-X 5222, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Twinkle in the TreesBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Twinkle in the Trees
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

This was, and still is, a very long term project. Even if kept on schedule, it would have taken just over a year with 13 photographers included. However, things got a bit more complicated in 2020 and the project picked up a few months of a delay.

Creek Gate, Birdsong on Double-X 5222, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Creek GateBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Creek Gate
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

When the camera showed up on my doorstep earlier in June I was a bit unsure about my next steps. I quickly checked the originally published rules for the project just to be sure what I was supposed to do. I pinged the person I received the camera from to acknowledge receipt and I let the organizer know.

Old Branches, Birdsong on Double-X 5222, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Old BranchesBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Old Branches
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Then I had to get through the rest of my work day and I felt the excitement mounting. When my work was over I was definitely ready! I loaded a roll of Double-X in the camera, put it in my normal camera bag holding filters, cleaning supplies, batteries, etc. and headed out.

Hideaway and Swing, Birdsong on Double-X 5222, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Hideaway and SwingBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Hideaway and Swing
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Where? To one of my favorite local parks. I was there many times even this year and was not sure whether I could find anything new but I headed that way anyway. As seasons change, the park offers different looks. Weather changes, time of day changes.

In the Bloom, Birdsong on Double-X 5222, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000In the BloomBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

In the Bloom
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

And the equipment changes! I usually photograph with a wide angle lens. The Pentax K1000 came bundled with a 50mm lens offering a normal angle of view. That alone would also encourage a different take on familiar subjects.

Lily Pads, Birdsong on Double-X, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Lily PadsBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Lily Pads
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

I entered the first boardwalk and took my first photo, the tree trunks in the first photo of this post. I walked pass these so many times but never took this shot. Then the second photo, also second here. The broken tree trunk bent over the creek. I photographed that scene several times and no two look the same, including the one posted above. This evening, the sunlight was breaking through the trees illuminating a few sections of the tree creating a whole different lighting pattern.

Blooming Bush, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Blooming BushBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Blooming Bush
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

After I exited the boardwalk I took a side trip on a tiny unofficial path to the right and found some never before witnessed treasures. In all of my visits over the years I had never wandered that way. Somehow, this day felt like a license for freedom, license to go off the beaten path, a license to shoot a whole roll in a single evening.

Dead Tree Up Close, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Dead Tree Up CloseBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Dead Tree Up Close
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

And shoot I did, even though I had to change my original plans. When I headed out the sky was blue and my plan was to go for dramatic dark sky using the red filter. In the past, I felt that yellow and orange filters do not cut it with Double-X due to the limited sensitivity of the film to red light and extended sensitivity into the blues. The sky can easily come out washed out and haze gets exaggerated. Thus, I wanted to go a step further and try red.

Forest, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000ForestBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Forest
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

That plan was not to be though. By the time I arrived in the park not even 10 minutes later some heavier clouds arrived and created a rather boring backdrop. I was not going to be deterred though! I was on location and I would make the most of it. New plan? No filter and shooting mostly with no sky either in the woods or close enough to my subjects to eliminate any sky from the photo.

Creek in the Woods, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Creek in the WoodsBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Creek in the Woods
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

The other interesting thing that happened to me was the number of frames on the roll. This was bulk loaded Double-X and I kept re-using the cartridges I got a while back from Cinestill, i.e. their BwXX branded Kodak 5222. When the frame counter went above 38 I got nervous and more so with each additional frame. Did I not load the film properly? But the winder knob kept turning with each additional frame so that seemed ok. Eventually, I could no longer wind after frame 43!

Old Tree, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Old TreeBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Old Tree
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Why such a long roll? On my bulk loader, I always do 30 turns and I always get 36 - 38 frames per roll, except for the Double-X. Those are always longer. I never gave it much thought until now as this was a bit extreme. I attributed this to the way Cinestill originally attached the film to the spool. It created a thicker core and thus each revolution was taking on more film as it started at a larger diameter. In fact, the film was so long that I could not even use the film retriever on it. When I rewind I usually leave the film out of the cartridge but this time I was not sure about the sound and thus wound the film fully into the cartridge. I was able to push one of the tongues of the film retriever in but it jammed in to tightly that I could no longer spin the film and listen for the click. Solution? Had to crack the cartridge open in the dark and remove the film that way, thus destroying the cartridge. That was ok though as it had other problems too. The entry way seemed rather lose and light would seep in clearly ruining the first few frames with light leaks.

Creek, Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000CreekBirdsong on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Creek
Birdsong on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Even this little mishap had a positive spin on it though. I was mentally pacing myself to run out of film at the end of my hike. When I arrived at the end and still did dot reach the end of the roll I made an extra turn that I normally don't as it is a shortcut to about the middle of the trail. However, even that short connection inspired me to find a few never before photographed, and maybe even seen, forest scenes.

So thank you, Eric, this was a blast and until next time, ... :-)

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 black and white community double-x film k1000 kodak landscape nature outdoors pentax project https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/the-partnership-of-the-passing-pentax-roll-number-1 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:30:02 GMT
Don't Pack Up https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/dont-pack-up This has been proven to me over and over. When you think you are done shooting, retreat, head back home, but do not pack up the gear. Keep everything handy like you're just about to start.

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Why? The moment you pack up you will notice just one more perfect frame you did not notice before. As you head back to your starting point, you are facing the opposite direction often yielding other points of view not registered before. You're also in a different frame of mind, more relaxed, happy about the captured shots.

Then you hop in the car or on the bike to make the end of the photo session official. Still, don't pack up. Leave the camera bag handy. A curious cow might just appear on your left and if the camera is ready it is a done deal. But if you have to go back in the trunk and pull your equipment out, laziness might win.

Curious Cow in Western New YorkCurious CowWestern New York

Curious Cow in Western New York
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Portra 160 film

Do I always follow my own advice? I am sad to admit it but no, not always. But I certainly do it more and more. Leave things at the ready and keep eyes open. Serendipity often rewards the prepared.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy color countryside cow curious landscape meadow pasture photography rural summer Western New York https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/dont-pack-up Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:59:16 GMT
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020 - Part 2 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/worldwide-pinhole-photography-day-wppd-2020-part-2 Continued from Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020 - Part 1

After I got 5 photos in on the Lensless 4x5 and got thoroughly chilled on the cold and rainy Sunday that was WPPD 2020 it was time for a change of pace and a change of tools. The exposures on the direct positive paper I had in the 4x5 camera were just too long. It was time for the Holga WPC loaded with Rollei Retro 80s. ISO 80 film vs. ISO 3 paper definitely made a difference even accounting for the film's reciprocity failure.

Holga WPC - WPPD 2020 - Behind the ScenesHolga WPC - WPPD 2020Behind the Scenes Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. Thank you!

The difference was very noticeable and very welcome. I went from 15-minute exposures to about 90 seconds. The meter was showing around 30 seconds and I did not know the exact reciprocity failure characteristics of the Rollei Retro 80s film. As a result, I used the general guidance I found a while back and that had been working well for me. I have this info stored as a note on my phone but it's not hard to memorize either.

In my case, I did a times 3 for my 30 seconds and exposed for 90 seconds. These are not perfect numbers and if you look up your film's characteristics ahead of time you will most likely get even better results. Some more modern films, like the Fuji Across or Kodak T-Max don't need this much compensation.

Time  Multiplier
1+ sec x 1.5
10+ sec x 2
30+ sec x 3
2+ min x 4
4+ min x 5
8+ min x 6
16+ min x 7

Since the casino's back porch featured a roof and provided a relief from the rain I lingered for couple more shots and tried to take advantage of the very wide perspective of the Holga WPC. I really liked the architectural curves and textures.

Behind the Casino II - WPPD 2020Behind the Casino IIWPPD 2020

Behind the Casino II - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Holga WPC (Wide Pinhole Camera), Rollei Retro 80s Black & White Film

The next photo is from the other side of the passage in the first photo. What intrigued me there were the stairs to nowhere, or mystery stair. They're not really to nowhere as they lead to some sort of an attic of the building but the door has been turned into more of a wall for the commoners.

Behind the Casino III - WPPD 2020Behind the Casino III - WPPD 2020WPPD 2020

Behind the Casino III - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Holga WPC (Wide Pinhole Camera), Rollei Retro 80s Black & White Film

I warmed up, I felt like I exhausted what the location offered for the day, and it was time to move on to at least one more location for some variety. I decided to drive to an old farm turned into a state park as it offered a variety of subjects in a rural setting. Since the weather was awful I was not worried there would be crowds of people being Sunday. And indeed, the place was uncharacteristically empty.

As I was approaching the farm entrance the stone wall caught my eye. It's a beautiful wall and I had photographed it before but this day, the two spots where the wall gave in to the passage of time captured my attention. So I stopped and sprang into action. And it just so happened that the other locations happened spontaneously from there with me never actually heading for the official entrance and to the usual suspects. Starting at the wall and looking past it provided a whole new inspiration in a place I'd been to many times.

Broken Stone Wall - WPPD 2020Broken Stone WallWPPD 2020

Broken Stone Wall - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Holga WPC (Wide Pinhole Camera), Rollei Retro 80s Black & White Film

Once I captured the wall I went through the opening to see whether there was an interesting view of the wall from the other side. There wasn't but I saw something else in the distance. And who could resist hay bales in the field? Not me. One challenge was the unrelenting rain. The field was soaked and I was wearing sneakers! Yes, laugh if you want to, I felt rather silly myself. But at this point I was not going to let that slow me down. At first, I proceeded carefully trying to avoid the ankle deep puddles. As I was getting closer it became clear that was silly as my shoes were getting wetter and wetter with each step anyway both from below and from above. I just gave up and walked up to the subjects of my next photo.

Hay Bales - WPPD 2020Hay BalesWPPD 2020

Hay Bales - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Holga WPC (Wide Pinhole Camera), Rollei Retro 80s Black & White Film

From the hay bales I saw another potential target and headed in that direction, at that point my sneakers were completely drenched and my jeans wet up to my knees. In a way, that made the last shot simpler to get to as I really did not have to worry about water any more. The intended shot lost its appeal when I got there but on the way, I passed this wonderful chaotic scene. A tree, shrubs, a gap allowing a view through the window on the field behind, and an old collapsed fenced there. That became the last frame on the roll and the last pinhole photograph for the day.

Chaos - WPPD 2020ChaosWPPD 2020

Chaos - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Holga WPC (Wide Pinhole Camera), Rollei Retro 80s Black & White Film

Alright, that does it for WPPD 2020. While I hope for better weather in 2021 it goes to show that bad weather can lead to a good inspiration. I might have never found and photographed these subjects had it been sunny. Who knows?

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2020 80s annual architecture art b&w black and white buffalo film holga ny photography pinhole retro rollei timeless wide worldwide WPC wppd https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/worldwide-pinhole-photography-day-wppd-2020-part-2 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:00:00 GMT
The Beautiful Lower Niagara River, Part I https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/the-beautiful-lower-niagara-river-part-i This past weekend I made it back to the Lower Niagara Gorge to enjoy one of my Western New York happy places. The loud roar of the whitewater rapids along with the towering and crashing waves feed both hearing and sight.

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I could spend hours along the river banks there, just watching and listening. The waves are not like ocean waves. Ocean waves are more predictable. Or even if not predictable one can see them coming. Here at the river, the waves grow out of nowhere. The sheer power of water trying to move through the gorge faster than water can flow. The faster water behind pushing against the slower water ahead and all of a sudden a tower grows, grows, and grows until it tips over and falls backwards on itself. And then nothing for a bit. And then a similar sight just a short distance away.

White Water of Lower Niagara River, Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls, New York (NY)White Water of Lower Niagara RiverWhirlpool State Park

No, these are not photographs from this past weekend, these are from a fall visit there. Shooting film these days it usually takes me a little longer to process it and get photos ready for online posting. Instead, I realized I still had photos from my last visit I never got a chance to share. And that brings me to another magic about this place. Based on the season one visits the river banks can look completely differently. In summer, there's more water going down Niagara Falls and rushing into the gorge. In winter, more water is rerouted through the power station and it does not re-enter the river until further down river well past the Whirlpool itself. That significantly lowers the water level and exposes more rocks along the river banks, most of them covered with moss adding color to the landscape.

Mossy Niagara River Banks, Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls, New York (NY)Mossy Niagara River BanksWhirlpool State Park

During the colorful fall season I always prefer heading out earlier rather than later. That allows me to witness and photograph all of the yellows, oranges, and reds along with some greens still left over. On this day at the gorge, the greenery came from a different source. The freshly exposed moss was still lush and provided a picturesque combination with the colorful foliage.

Fall around Lower Niagara River, Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls, New York (NY)Fall around Lower Niagara RiverWhirlpool State Park

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colors hiking landscape moss nature New York niagara outdoors rapids river water white water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/the-beautiful-lower-niagara-river-part-i Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:42:47 GMT
Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake, Part I https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/jamestown-and-chautauqua-lake-part-i Here's another mini series of photographs, starting with Part I today. And while I usually separate my color and black and white posts I decided to go for a mix today but with the same subject matter.

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Last summer, we made a one-day trip to Jamestown, NY and the nearby Chautauqua Lake. And weather was on our side with gorgeous blue skies and white clouds streaming through. Photographically, it was a blast. Based on the situation I usually reach for eather black and white or color but this day was a blast with both.

Celoron Lighthouse in Color near Jamestown, NYCeloron Lighthouse in ColorJamestown, NY

Celoron Lighthouse in Color near Jamestown, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Fujichrome Velvia 50

To have the choice of color or black and white when I am not sure what I will face I usually take two cameras with me. Color usually ends up in the plastic fantastic auto-focus Nikon N75. That camera is a light-weight champion and the auto-focus is gret for family snapshots. I drive them crazy enough with my often slow progress forward so this helps with capturing family memories without smiles turning into grins. At least I like to think so.

Celoron Lighthouse in Black & White near Jamestown, NYCeloron Lighthouse in Black & WhiteJamestown, NY

Celoron Lighthouse in Black & White near Jamestown, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Ilford FP4

On the other hand, black and white goes almost exclusively through old manual cameras. My most used workhorse is the Nikon FE the second photo was captured with. There are a few others to mix things up but this Nikon is what I started with back in film and use it the most to this day. It always sits in the camera bag along with a set of color filters to tune the scene. I usually carry a red, orange, and a green filter. I find yellow to be too subtle so that one is not in the camera bag. On the other hand, red can be too overpowering for my taste. Most often, on a sunny day like this, it will be the orange mounted on the lens. And the green? That comes handy with vegetation, especially when sky is not part of the scene or has no blues to be found.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white celoron chautauqua color jamestown lake landscape lighthouse ny outdoors photography summer travel https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/jamestown-and-chautauqua-lake-part-i Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:54:23 GMT
Michigan Street Bridge at Night. Buffalo, NY https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/michigan-street-bridge-at-night-buffalo-ny In today's post we are returning to Buffalo, NY at night. This time it's to a different area though but still staying at the Old First Ward. I have photographed the Michigan Street Bridge before but this time my focus was on night photography and showing the area in a different light.

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In the first photo I was standing on the banks of Buffalo River looking down the river towards the city and the river mouth into Lake Erie. Michigan Street Bridge was reflecting in the river and street lights were brightining up the night. And General Mills was puffing clouds of smoke in the background and spreading the smell of Cheerios around.

Michigan Street Bridge over Buffalo River, Buffalo, New York (NY)Michigan Street Bridge over Buffalo RiverBuffalo, New York

Michigan Street Bridge over Buffalo River, Buffalo, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

For photograph number two I moved from the river banks to the bridge itself and looked for an interesting composition that would arrange all of the steel and the street lights in an interesting way. The shiny road reflected the lights adding light to the darkness.

Michigan Street Bridge at Night, Buffalo, New York (NY)Michigan Street Bridge at NightBuffalo, NY

Michigan Street Bridge at Night, Buffalo, New York (NY)
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

And that does it for our third 2020 excursion to the city of Buffalo at night. I hope you've enjoyed it and will join me again on the next one.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog bridge buffalo cinestill 800t cityscape film first ward Michigan Street night. nikon fm2n ny urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/michigan-street-bridge-at-night-buffalo-ny Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:42:00 GMT
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020 - Part 1 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/worldwide-pinhole-photography-day-wppd-2020-part-1 Sunday, April 26, 2020 was the worst day weather wise. Saturday was beautiful, Monday was beautiful, but Sunday was cold, cloudy, and rainy all day long. But it was the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2020!

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Thus, I did not let the weather stop me, even though I have to admit it did slow me down. I had two locations in mind for the day but not any specific shots. First, I headed to a local county park with some nature shots in mind. After parking at the main parking lot I started circling the casino building looking around. I never really use an umbrella but I had a large one on me this day. The water was coming down by the bucket and I had some long standing around ahead of me.

I took my first five photos of the day with my Lensless 4x5 on the Harman Direct Positive Paper. With the heavily overcast skies, ISO 3 paper, and f/154, my exposures were around 15 minutes. That's not normally a problem but with the rain and slight wind I had to hold an umbrella over the wooden camera and could not do parallel activities while an exposure was in progress. Did I say it was cold?

I stopped by one of the roofed casino entrances to load the first film holder in the camera and put the rig on a tripod to make things easier at my first location. And that's when I saw it - my first subject of the day. A tree, still bare, braving the elements. That is where I stood the first fifteen minutes. Maybe I need to think of a way to attach an umbrella to the tripod too. But this day, I was the holder. The standing was not in vain though. It was during that time that I noticed an old stump just a few feet away. The stump itself was not that impressive but its roots spreading above the surface mostly in one direction definitely were. So guess what my second shot of the day was?

Stump & Roots - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020Stump & RootsWPPD 2020

Stump & Roots - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

After the tree and the stump I went behind the casino looking for a change of pace and some neat architecture. And the stone wall seemed to fit the bill beautifully even as the rain continued.

Stone Wall - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020Stone WallWPPD 2020

Stone Wall - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

After this third picture and over 45 minutes in the cold rain the conditions were getting to me. But I knew there was a way out of the situation. When I walked from the stump to the wall in the above photo I passed by this wonderful patio. And the best part of it? It had a roof! At that point, I was not going to refuse a nice looking architectural photo under a roof even at the cost of even longer exposures due to the roof's shading.

And a bonus? No need to hold the umbrella. I was free to move around and do some light exercise to warm up. I also took that as an opportunity to pull out my cell phone and capture some behind the scenes photos.

Behind the Casino I - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020Behind the Casino IWPPD 2020

Behind the Casino I - Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020
Lensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper

My second camera for the day was ... continued in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2020 - Part 2.

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2020 4x5 annual architecture art b&w black and white buffalo event large format ny paper photography pinhole timeless urban worldwide wppd https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/6/worldwide-pinhole-photography-day-wppd-2020-part-1 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:32:52 GMT
The Would Be 20th Annual Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival, 2020 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/the-would-be-20th-annual-letchworth-red-white-blue-balloon-festival-2020 Since 2013, the Memorial Day weekend meant only one thing for me and my family. It meant getting up around 4:30 a.m. to make the 60-minute drive to Letchworth State Park and catch a beautiful sunrise right around 5:45. It meant moving on to the Archery Field and anxiously awaiting the decision. Then, given the cooperation from weather, we would watch one of the most colorful events possible.

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This year would have marked the 20th anniversary of the Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival in the park. Unfortunately, given this year's events, it is marking the first in twenty years that the festival is not happening. Let's take a look at a few photos and get excited about 2021. I hope it will be a go then!

Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally, Memorial Day Weekend, Letchworth State Park, Western New York. Hot Air Balloon over Great Bend.Annual Red, White, And BlueBalloon Festival, Letchworth State Park

One of the beautiful things about this ballooning event is that as soon as the hot air balloons take off from the Archery Field and clear the road and alley of trees they dip right into the Genesee River gorge. Some of them go low enough to dip in the water or to land on the river banks. Others hover up and down for a bit. Then, it's time to rise and let the wind blow them over and towards their yet-to-be determined landing spot.

Fogy Sunrise Magic over Letchworth GorgeFogy Magic over Letchworth GorgeSunrise

We never packed it there. Instead, we'd head out of the park's southern gate and follow the balloons to see them land. The crews were very nice, let us watch, would talk to us about their hobby, and would even incorporate us into their packing.

Bright and Happy Abstract Colors of Hot Air Balloons, Letchworth State ParkAnnual Red, White, and BlueBalloon Festival, Letchworth State Park

And then? Usually around 9 a.m., it was over and it was time to drive back home for a quick rest, some lunch, and possibly light activity. After the early wake up call, the days did not usually turn out to be productive.
Genesee River Great Bend at Sunrise, Letchworth State Park, New York State (NY).Genesee River Great Bend of LetchworthSunrise

Come about 4:30 p.m., it was time to repeat it all over for the second launch of the day, this time at the day's end. Huge advantage of the 2 launches a day is the very different light in the morning and in the evening. Looking and capturing photographs against the rising sun in the morning versus having the sun in one's back in the evening.

Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally Festival, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NYSky Riders at Red, White & Blue Balloon RallyBalloon Festival, Letchworth State Park

Do you see that wonderful fog filling the gorge and hovering above the river? It's always a wonderful sight but especially during the ballooning weekends. Beautiful white fog combined with colorful balloons and morning light create quite the sight!

Daybreak at Big Bend of Letchworth, Letchworth State Park, Castile, New York (NY)Daybreak at Big Bend of LetchworthCloudy Sunrise Balloon Crowd at the Gorge at the annual Red, White, and Blue Hot Air Balloon Festival in Letchworth State Park, 2018Balloon Crowd at the GorgeBalloon Festival, Letchworth State Park Fred B Rabbit at the annual Red, White, and Blue Hot Air Balloon Festival in Letchworth State Park, 2018Fred B Rabbit over LetchworthBalloon Festival, Letchworth State Park

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy annual archery field balloon big bend blue colors event festival hot air landscape letchworth outdoors photography rally red state park white https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/the-would-be-20th-annual-letchworth-red-white-blue-balloon-festival-2020 Sat, 23 May 2020 10:36:00 GMT
Spring Contemplation https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/spring-contemplation Hello everybody and thanks for stopping by again. I had a different post in mind for this week but it turned out to be more involved than expected and I do not have it ready yet. Hopefully next week. So in the meantime, please, accept a short post today. An encouragement to get visually lost in a simple scene and let your mind wonder to some happy thoughts.

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I love reflections and especially colorful natural reflections on water. They can be so different. Wind plays a huge role, the lens focal length plays a huge role as it can isolate a smaller section making things more abstract. And shutter speed can also make a huge change as it blurs the ripples on the water. I don't have a problem staring at the water for extended periods of time and just observing the different looks. Give me a camera and I could probably spend half a day at a single spot.

Spring Reflection In Sunset Light, Western New York 2020Spring ReflectionIn Sunset Light

Spring Reflection In Sunset Light
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

It's sunny, it's warm, so head out and find your quiet place to contemplate, to reflect, to be happy :-)

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy abstract colors contemplation film kodak light nature ny outdoors portra reflection spring sunset trees western new york https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/spring-contemplation Thu, 21 May 2020 15:46:55 GMT
A New Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/a-new-zine-issue-3-south-carolina-road-trip-2019 Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019 with a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm film cameraZine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019Zine and a Pentax Spotmatic After a brief pause  I am happy to announce that my third photo zine, Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019, is now available in my zine store

It is my first color zine offering a mix of color and black and white photographs from our 2019 winter break road trip to South Carolina, and a side trip to Savannah, Georgia.

The featured locations include Charlotte, Congaree National Park, Bluffton, Savannah, Port Royal, Beaufort, Pinckney Island, and Charleston.

The zine is press printed into a 8.5" x 5.5” landscape format booklet. It has 32 inside pages plus the front and back cover and offers 20 color and 15 black and white previously unpublished photographs. Each photograph is captioned with the location and the means of capture.

All photographs in the zine were photographed with a 35mm film SLR camera on a variety of color and black and white films from Kodak, Foma, and Ilford. All film was home developed in either Kodak XTOL for the black and white film or the Cinestill Cs-41 for color negatives. The one roll of Ektachrome was also hand processed in an E-6 KIT.

Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019, Parks & TownsZine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019Parks & Towns

Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019, Parks & Towns

The purpose of this zine is not to make money but to share my photography in a non-digital format. That concept is reflected in the zine's price. It is only $8.00, which includes a $1.00 charitable donation to The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). I always like to give back to organizations that take care of the places I photograph and one of the featured and much enjoyed locations in the zine is Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019, A Film Photography ZineZine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019A Film Photography Zine

Zine Issue 3: South Carolina Road Trip 2019, A Film Photography Zine

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2019 analog b&w benefit black and white booklet charitable color film landscape magazine nature outdoors photography south carolina towns zine https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/a-new-zine-issue-3-south-carolina-road-trip-2019 Fri, 15 May 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Spring Made it to Western New York https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/spring-made-it-to-western-new-york Maybe it's just me but spring 2020 has felt slow to come to Western New York. Sure, it paid us a visit a few times, it teased us with pleasant temperatures, with a gorgeous blue sky, and with a good dose of sunshine. But then it always left, leaving heavy clouds, lots of rain, and cold temperatures.

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Sure, at least we can't complain about drought. It's actually the other way around and farms have struggled getting machinery into the fields to seed the 2020 crops. And the forecast still calls for the white stuff by next weekend. As my wife passionately points out, it always snows in Buffalo, NY in May. It still surprises me and mildly annoys me nevertheless. Catkins, Blue Sky Theme, Spring in Western New YorkCatkins, Blue ThemeSpring in Western New York

Catkins, Blue Theme, Spring in Western New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

All of these photos were taken about 5 minutes from where I live along a trail we walk almost daily. While I did not have a camera on me this day these beautiful catkins provided enough of a reason to finish the walk, grab a camera, and had back for more. Yep, no leaving it for another day!

Catkins, Gray Theme, Spring in Western New YorkCatkins, Gray ThemeSpring in Western New York

Catkins, Gray Theme, Spring in Western New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

For these close ups I took advantage of the macro capability built into the zoom lens. It's a really nice convenience that was common when shooting fixed lens cameras or many point and shoots. With SLRs, one gives that convenience up for gain in versatility and quality and needs to carry a dedicated macro lens or extension tubes. This 28 - 105 mm lens provides a nice compromise. While not a true 1:1 macro lens it can get to 1:2 magnification in a convenient and lightweight combo. I have really enjoyed this lens as an all purpose lens on the plastic fantastic Nikon N75 (or F75 outside of the U.S.).

Catkins, Green Grass Theme, Spring in Western New YorkCatkins, Green ThemeSpring in Western New York

Catkins, Green Theme, Spring in Western New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

I also had fun changing my point of view to get different backgrounds. I angled the lens slightly up and the blue sky provided a wonderful backdrop. I went straight and against the woods and there was a nice woody background. And finally, a little downward tilt and a move to the side and the grass provided yet another color background.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy catkins colors film kodak nature ny outdoors plants portra spring western new york https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/5/spring-made-it-to-western-new-york Mon, 04 May 2020 14:49:33 GMT
Boathouse Row, Part III https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/boathouse-row-part-iii With today's post we are wrapping up the Boathouse Row series (Boathouse Row, Part I, Boathouse Row, Part II in Black & White). We started in color, did a black and white interlude, and are back to color now. I hope you will all enjoy this dose of subtle colors as color is returning to the world around us.

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The first photograph was mostly inspired by the boathouse decorations. Paddles, water skis, signs, flowers, and more. The boathouses have a charm of their own but add a small decoration or two and it further elevates the whole experience.

Paddling through Life, Canandaigua City Pier, New YorkPaddling through LifeCanandaigua City Pier

Paddling through Life, Canandaigua City Pier, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

For the second photograph we're changing angles a bit and looking over the water at the boathouse backs. It's rather tempting right now to hop in a boat, open up the garage door and pull out for a fun ride.

On the Water, Boathouses of Canandaigua City PierOn the WaterBoathouses of Canandaigua

On the Water, Boathouses of Canandaigua City Pier
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

And to close out today and the whole visit we are back to the decorations, this time prominent in the front. The old buoys definitely caught my eye and I knew I had to highlight them in one of my photographs.

Buoyed, Canandaigua City PierBuoyedCanandaigua City Pier

Buoyed, Canandaigua City Pier
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

I hope today's post allowed you to forget the real world in a minute of daydreaming. That is what photography has been helping me with lately, whether standing behind a camera capturing new happy moments or reviewing images from the past, like these. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy boathouse buoy canandaigua cityscape colorful colors decorations historical new york outdoors pier road trip travel https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/boathouse-row-part-iii Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:45:26 GMT
Gone https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/gone Going back in time today with two subjects that are never to be seen again. Both used to be on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. That's one of the powers of photography. It freezes time and stores it in a photograph potentialy for eternity.

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The first photo is of an old pier that always caught my eye when I walked by. There was something attractive about the missing planks. It always made me wonder whether it would get fixed or dilapidate even more. And then one day it was gone!

A Requiem to a Pier, Buffalo's Outer HarborA Requiem to a PierBuffalo's Outer Harbor

A Requiem to a Pier, Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 pre-AI, Kodak Tri-X 400

The second photograph is of quite a bit larger structure with quite a bit more historic significance to Buffalo, NY. However, as with the pier, it bit the dust and is no more. A new development is planned for the location and it seems like the plans are still fluid. I personally am not a fan of a high-rise standing here neither would I like to see a swath of land being locked out for a private property. I have really enjoyed the revival of Buffalo's water front including the Outer Harbor and having public land on the lakeshore is wonderful.

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Freezer Queen, Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 pre-AI, Kodak Tri-X 400

And it seems like I am not the only on wiht that opinion. On warm days (under normal circumstances), you will find hundreds of people enjoying various activities along the lake. Buffalonians waited for many decades for that opportunity and I'd hate to see it go away.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white buffalo cityscape demolished film kodak nikon fe ny outer harbor tri-x urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/gone Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:48:40 GMT
Buffalo at Night https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/buffalo-at-night Today I am picking up where the Welcome to Buffalo, New York left off. Let's continue walking and looking around Buffalo, NY at night and see what the light shines on. Indeed, there was more looking than walking in this case as all of the photos are from a single location, a location that fit the bill for night photography perfectly.

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The first photo is a great combination of warm light coming from inside of a grain elevator and the cool outside illumination resulting in an interesting contrast of colors. I really enjoyed the scene and this photograph was a nice completely unplanned bonus. That's always the great thing about heading out with a camera. Whether the destination is planned or not some interesting surprises usually emerge and often become the best ones of the day or night.

Night at a Grain Elevator, Riverworks, Buffalo, New York (NY)Night at a Grain ElevatorBuffalo, NY

Night at a Grain Elevator, Buffalo, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

The next photograph is also based around a surprise. A grain elevator on the very left and then one partially demolished turned into a sculpture. Overall an industrial scene. And look, there's a London double-decker pulling out from around the corner!

Bus 'round the Corner, Buffalo, NYBus 'round the CornerBuffalo, NY

Bus 'round the Corner, Buffalo, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

Let's take a closer look at that bus. Is that a Routemaster?

Night Bus Route, Buffalo, NYNight RouteBuffalo, NY

Buffalo, New York, Night Urban Photography
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

I hope you have enjoyed this second installment of night photographs from the city of Buffalo. And if you're wondering, wonder no more, this is not the end. I really enjoyed this different point of view and will definitely head out for more.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog buffalo cinestill 800t cityscape film first ward night. nikon fm2n ny riverworks urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/buffalo-at-night Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:53:54 GMT
A Cadillac Theme https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/a-cadillac-theme There's a place near me that's a photographer's treasure trove. I like to return there often and look for something new. Sometimes it's different conditions, other times different tools. This day I showed up with a Nikon FE2 loaded with a classic Fomapan 400 black and white film. And the lens of choice? A 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor.

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Thanks to the macro lens choice the obvious draw was to go for some close ups and I had not done those at the location before. For the first photo, the halogen headlights of an old Cadillac called for a photo. Do we ever take the time to study the glass covering the headlights?

Cadillac Headlight Close Up, Nikon FE2, Fomapan 400 Black & White FilmCadillac HeadlightClose Up

Cadillac Headlight Close Up
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Fomapan 400 Black & White Film

For the second photo, we'll stick with the same Cadillac. This time, off to the side looking into the car, this masterpiece of a spider web was in place instead of the normal pane of glass. I considered my focusing options and decided to go for a sharp web with the interior for the backdrop.

A Web in a Cadillac Close Up, Nikon FE2, Fomapan 400 Black & White FilmA Web in a CadillacClose Up

A Web in a Cadillac Close Up
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Fomapan 400 Black & White Film

People sometimes complain when they are constrained by their shooting locations. I have definitely not reached that point. For now, revisiting locations is an opportunity to capture them differently and leave with different images then before. Sometimes the differences can be subtle, other times quite pronounced. This was my first time shooting a macro lens there and that alone could provide years of photographic opportunity.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white cadillac close up detail film Fomapan 400 headlight macro Nikon FE2 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/4/a-cadillac-theme Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:20:46 GMT
Greens Replace Grays https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/greens-replace-grays Alright, I will be brave and say it. Here's my annual farewell to winter and cheers to spring. May the grayness rest in piece for a bit and may colors rule for a few months. To spring!

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And to add to the romantic feeling I'd like to share some lush photographs from the Murder Creek itself. At first, it was definitely the waterfall drawing me to that park but over the years, I have grown really fond of the creek itself. Just take a look, the rushing water, the rocks, the moss, the surrounding woods. What a wonderful place to celebrate nature coming back to life.

Spring Flow, Nature Comes Alive, Murder Creek at Akron Falls ParkSpring FlowNature Comes Alive

Nature Comes Alive with a Spring Flow, Murder Creek at Akron Falls Park

I feel like this is the best place near and far to observe spring coming. The greens are so intense here and the rushing water of the creek makes them stand out even more. Just sit on one of the many rocks along the banks, stare into the water, listen, and let your mind leave the hustle and bustle of the real world and disappear in the scene.

Nature Comes Alive! Murder Creek at Akron Falls Park.Alive!Nature Comes Alive!

Nature Comes Alive! Murder Creek at Akron Falls Park

The Rumble of SpringMurder Creek

The Rumble of Spring, Murder Creek at Akron Falls Park

Yes, there is a video to go along with today's post ...

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A water cascade rushing over rocks on Murder Creek down stream from Akron Falls, Akron - Buffalo, New York (NY)Morning on Murder CreekAkron Falls Park Before sunrise at Lower Akron Falls, New York (NY) in early summer. Frequently reduced to a trickle that can be magical.Before SunriseLower Akron Falls Murder Creek Rock & Water in early morning, downstream from Lower Akron Falls, Akron - Buffalo, New York (NY)Murder Creek Rock & WaterAkron Falls Park

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy akron colors creek falls greens lush murder creek outdoors park spring vegetation water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/greens-replace-grays Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:56:46 GMT
Boathouse Row, Part II in Black and White https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/boathouse-row-part-ii-in-black-and-white As promised, here's the continuation of the boathouse post (Boathouse Row, Part I). At first, it was the colors of the individual boathouses that combined into a peculiar rainbow that caught my eye but as I walked around I started feeling a whole different attachment to the place. It radiated with an intense lonely mood of the many years it remembered.

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For the first photograph, I opted for a different composition than the other ones. I went for a more symmetrical arrangement with the boardwalk straight down the middle. Stroll into the scene, look around, explore. I saw photographs everywhere and had to hold back.

Down the Pier in Black & White, Canandaigua City PierDown the Pier in Black & WhiteCanandaigua City Pier

Down the Pier in Black & White, Canandaigua City Pier
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Kodak Double-X 5222 (Cinestill BwXX)

This second scene should look familiar. I rarely do a double take, one in color and one in black and white, but this house with its siding, the posts, and the rope was too much to resist. With film photographs, I usually do not convert color to black and white, I prefer to stick with the choice I made on location. Here, I wanted both. One for the colorful eye catching feeling and one for the mood. And I bet this black and white version will make for a super darkroom print.

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Boathouse Row in Black & White, Canandaigua City Pier
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Kodak Double-X 5222 (Cinestill BwXX)

Spoiler alert! This does not conclude our exploration of the area, I have yet one more post before this series wraps up. I hope you'll come back soon to check it out. Feel free to use the "Leave a Comment" feature right under the headline to leave me your thoughts about whether you prefer the color or black and white photographs of the boathouses.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white boathouse canandaigua cityscape historical new york outdoors pier road trip travel https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/boathouse-row-part-ii-in-black-and-white Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:35:08 GMT
Welcome to Buffalo, New York https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/welcome-to-buffalo-new-york This photo expedition was to try something new and to add photographs with a different mood to my Buffalo photo gallery. It was my first venture into night photography on film. And I decided to go for a true night, with the sky gone black and my focus on urban landscapes full of light and shadows from various sources of artificial light.

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I headed to Buffalo's First Ward, and walked around guided by highlights from my past daytime explorations. As I moved from one to the next I kept my eyes open for new opportunities. Eventually, I walked my way towards this fantastic commercial for visiting the city of Buffalo:

Welcome to Buffalo, NY, Night Urban PhotographyWelcome to Buffalo, NYNight Urban Photography

Welcome to Buffalo, NY, Night Urban Photography
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

I know, it is probably not what the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce would choose for its poster but the photo is full of Buffalo's history. A standing grain elevator in the background and a leftover of one colorfully lit up in the foreground turned into a sculpture symbolizing reuse. I really like it when new owners get ceative with what can be done with these symbols of the past. And as shown with some of the other ones they often don't even have to be brought down as long as they're still structurally sound.

Moving just a few feet this wonderful mural serves as another wonderful reminder of the city's history and one of its companies.

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Dunn Tire, a Proud Buffalo Company, Night Urban Photography
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

And even for the final image we're staying on location for an interesting mix of elements. The steel sculpture of a bison definitely fits in as a symbol of the city of Buffalo and its steel mill history. The grain elevator in the background is Buffalo's signature. And then there is the new addition, the old red double-decker bus. I love it there as it adds an eye-catching third element to the photo and it can also symbolize the rebirth of Buffalo and specifically its new micro brewery business as it will serve as the The Buffalo Brew Bus for brewery tours.

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Buffalo, New York, Night Urban Photography
Photographed on film: Nikon FM2n, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, Cinestill 800T

So that's the first glimpse into the city of Buffalo at night. Needless to say, I am hooked and will definitely be going back for more. I love the color palette the Cinestill 800T film gave me but since that is  mostly out of stock everywhere I may have to try different films too and that can make it all even more interesting. Stay tuned.

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Illuminated Peace Bridge at Dusk with a reflection of the bridge and lights in the Niagara River below. Connects Buffalo, NY, USA and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.Illuminated Peace Bridge at DuskBuffalo, NY Shea's Performing Arts Center, downtown Buffalo theater.Shea's in the RainBuffalo, NY Night over the South End Marina Cargill Pool Elevator, Waterfront Outer Harbor, Buffalo, New York (NY).Night over the South End Marina Cargill Pool ElevatorBuffalo, NY The Naval & Military Park and Liberty Hound at Night, Waterfront, Buffalo, NYThe Naval & Military Park at NightBuffalo, NY Crescent Moon over the Main Light, Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NYCrescent Moon over the Main Light, Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NYBuffalo, NY Nostalgic Black and White Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant, Larkin Square, Buffalo, New York (NY)Nostalgic Hydraulic HearthBuffalo, NY

 

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog buffalo cinestill 800t cityscape film first ward night. nikon fm2n ny riverworks urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/welcome-to-buffalo-new-york Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:17:32 GMT
Boathouse Row, Part I https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/boathouse-row-part-i It seems we're not leaving the cottage theme just yet even if in a different form. Today, I'd like to share photographs of boathouses at the northern tip of Lake Canandaigua. I had the location on my list for a while and on this day it all finally came together and we made a half day stop there to walk around and explore.

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The photographic possibilities seemed endless, in both color and black and white. Wide views, different boathouses, different angles, wide or narrow views, focus on details, and so on.

Boathouse Row, Canandaigua, New YorkBoathouse RowCanandaigua, New York

Boathouse Row, Canandaigua, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

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Colorful Boathouses, Canandaigua, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

There were also plenty of decorations and other little details to use in one's composition or to fill the frame with, like the buoys in the next photo.

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Tiny Red Cottage, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

I had high expectations for the location and yet, it managed to be even better despite the uninspiring gray skies. I suspect and hope this was not my last visit there. And as you can tell by the Part I designation this is not the last time you'll see these wonderful historical boathouses on my blog. In fact, unlike my past series I intend to run this back to back so the wait should not be long.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy boathouse canandaigua cityscape colorful historical new outdoors pier road trip travel york https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/boathouse-row-part-i Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:36:49 GMT
Red Cottages in Snow https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/red-cottages-in-snow Dedicated to Paul

Zeiss Ikon Contessa, a 35mm Rangefinder Film CameraZeiss Ikon Contessa35mm Rangefinder Today we're heading to a place I've visited many times as it grew on me over time. Knox Farm has quite a bit to offer, from its woods, fenced off fields, ponds, through the rural setting of its barns to the beautiful red cottages. It is too bad these may not survive for much longer. But maybe it is this status that drives me back even more frequently to document them before they disappear.

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The first one here is my favorite of the bunch. This day, the winter setting definitely worked with the old red paint very well. The contrast was excellent especially since sun played along too. And I felt that the camera in my hands was the prfect tool to capture the scene. It was an old Zeiss Ikon Contessa loaded with Kodak Colorplus 200 film.

Red Cottage across Winter Field, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New YorkRed Cottage across Winter FieldKnox Farm

Red Cottage across Winter Field, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Kodak Colorplus 200

Does the cottage in the second photo seem familiar? I admit, It's the same one and from almost the same angle after walking forward for a bit and using my legs as a zoom. Despite their similarity I feel they're both different enough to show them side by side here. What do you think? Does one of them speak to you more than the other?

Grass, Snow, and a Red Cottage, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New YorkGrass, Snow, and a Red CottageKnox Farm

Grass, Snow, and a Red Cottage, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Kodak Colorplus 200

Next, we're heading to a tiny cottage that stands by a field that was a home to a heard of sheep for quite a while. Unfortunately, those are not there any more and the fate of the cottage is quite uncertain too. While the larger cottage above is my definite favorite at Knox Farm I always struggle with this small one. How does one capture it so that its spirit shows through? On this sunny winter day I got some help from snow. It seemed to be the missing ingredient.

Tiny Red Cottage, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New YorkTiny Red CottageKnox Farm

Tiny Red Cottage, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Kodak Colorplus 200

To close today's red cottage set let's look at one that's rather large. The bright winter sun and the sprinkle of snow on the ground did not hurt here either. Winter might just be the best season to show these red cottages off.

Red House, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New YorkRed HouseKnox Farm

Red House, Knox Farm, East Aurora, New York
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Kodak Colorplus 200

And that closes our trip to rural Western New York, or at least an old farm preserved as a state park that's supposed to remind us of the days past.

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Beautiful Winter at Niagara Falls https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/3/beautiful-winter-at-niagara-falls Despite their proximity and fame I do not post much from Niagara Falls. Or is it because of their fame? Let's make an exception today and look at a couple winter scenes from there before this winter bids us farewell.

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I always enjoy the walk through the state park on the US side. While definitely not a wilderness I prefer the more natural setting there to the theme park on the Canadian side. First up the river from the edge of the American falls where one can enjoy the immense power of the river at the upper rapids. Then the bridges to Green Island and Goat Island. Those I have not enjoyed much since the monster overlays have been installed years ago. The old stone bridges, that was a different story! On Goat Island, the path takes us back to the edge of the falls and a view of the American Falls from the opposite side than where we started. In summer, the walk to Luna Island is a nice add-on but in winter, that path is closed for some strange reasons.

Winter Rainbow at Niagara Falls, American Falls photographed on film: Nikon N75, Fuji Provia 100FWinter Rainbow at Niagara FallsAmerican Falls

Winter Rainbow at Niagara Falls, American Falls
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Fuji Provia 100F

From this wonderful viewpoint the path takes us to the Horseshoe Falls, which is the main attraction for many. And yes, it's quite the sight. But for me, the adventure does not end there. I like to continue up the river again towards the Three Sisters Islands where a completely different experience awaits. The power and the roar are replaced with more gentle scenes.

Even here, civilization is taking its toll. Everything is fenced off. I definitely enjoyed this area even more when one could stroll around without these eyesores, enjoy the humming of the water, watch birds, and make photographs of this hideaway from the hoards of tourists. At least on the touristy side, my experience has been that this area does not get as crowded as the main points.

Winter at Three Sisters Islands, Niagara River just above Niagara FallsWinter at Three SistersNiagara River just above Niagara Falls

Winter at Three Sisters Islands
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Fuji Provia 100F

And that is it for today. Whether you enjoy winter or not so much I hope you have enjoyed these winter scenes, even if from the comfort of your couch next to the fireplace.

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Winter Stoic 2020 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/2/winter-stoic-2020 A few weeks ago I met up with a group of film photographers in Burlington, Ontario for a winter photo walk. The event was called Winter Stoic 2020 and we were supposed to witness the coldest month of the year, shoot old Soviet cameras and possibly some Soviet film too.

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Cameras & Film for the Day, Lubitel 166B, Zorki 4, Jupiter 8, Fomapan 400, Lomography MetropolisCameras & Film for the DayLubitel 166B, Zorki 4, Jupiter 8, Fomapan 400, Lomography Metropolis January did not live up to its reputation though. There was no snow, and temperatures were just above freezing. While that made the walk itself easier I felt like it took away from the mood I anticipated. It really was one of those gloomy gray winter days that come by the dozen.

Nevertheless, we met at a cafe, treated ourselves to a breakfast and hot beverages, waited for any stranglers that might show up late, and headed out. I did follow the camera theme and the choice of the day was a twin lens Lubitel 166B and a 35mm rangefinder Zorki 4 with a Jupiter 12 35mm lens. I did not have any Soviet or Russian films available so I loaded with my trusty Fomapan 400. And just in case I found something colorful on that gray day I threw in the new Lomography Metropolis film in the camera bag. So far, I had enjoyed its muted colors in winter. They seemed to fit right in.

Right out of the cafe our first stop was the signature Brant Street Pier. We definitely spent quite a while there taking pictures of the pier from different angles, some people photos, and a group shot.

Brant Street Pier on Lake Ontario, Burlington, ON, CanadaBrant Street PierBurlington, Ontario

Brant Street Pier on Lake Ontario, Burlington, ON, Canada
Photographed on Film: Lubitel 166B, Fomapan 400 Black and White Film

Then we proceeded to wind our way along the lakeshore and eventually started a loop back towards our starting point. At one spot there was a row of very nice houses that looked like they were from a fairy tale. While I usually shy away from taking pictures of residential properties I just could not resist this one.

A House behind a Fence, Burlington, Ontario, CanadaA House behind a FenceBurlington, Ontario A House behind a Fence, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Photographed on Film: Lubitel 166B, Fomapan 400 Black and White Film

Some walking later we were passing the church below. It had a very nice front yard offering nice photo opportunities. For the square photo on the Lubitel, I have selected this up close view though. I really liked the stairs from this angle and the door they led to looked wonderful too.

Church Steps, Burlington, Ontario, CanadaChurch StepsBurlington, Ontario

Church Steps, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Photographed on Film: Lubitel 166B, Fomapan 400 Black and White Film

Zorki 4 and Beer, Queen's Head Pub and Bar, Burlington, ON, CanadaZorki 4 and BeerQueen's Head Pub and Bar Before we knew it, the official part of our walk was over and we headed in for a restaurant and lunch. The originally selected place seemed a bit high end to the group (they had table cloths!) and we all quickly agreed that a pub would be a better fit. We backtracked a tiny bit and Queen's Head Pub and Bar felt like a great fit from the get go. Soon, the table was filled with old cameras, beer, and menus. Food was great, beer was great, and the company was great! This concluded the official planned part of the day.

However, having driven in for an hour and a half I did not have enough yet and decided to continue the exploration of Burlington even after lunch. And another photographer felt the same way so off the two of us went, just in the opposite direction than before. It was also a wonderful opportunity to walk off the lunch and beer before sitting back behind the wheel.

Beer, Menu, and Zorki 4, Queen's Head Pub and Bar, Burlington, ON, CanadaBeer, Menu, and Zorki 4Queen's Head Pub and Bar Not knowing the area and not having studied the map ahead of time, it was just a random walk along the lakeshore. We found a few alright photo ops but I did not really get excited about them much.

That was until we stumbled upon this wonderful little village square that brought me to a fairy tale land for the second time that day. We found it completely by chance making somewhat random turns along the way but as soon as I entered this area I knew that was what I was waiting for. Not only did I easily finish the roll of 12 exposures in the Lubitel 166B, but my Zorki 4 also reached the end of its roll. With two black and white rolls in the pocket, and given the right inspiration (more on that in a later post) I loaded the Zorki with the Lomography Metropolis film that I am still new to. I had only shot one 120 roll before and liked that one a lot.

 

Village Square, Burlington, Ontario, CanadaVillage SquareBurlington, Ontario Village Square, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Photographed on Film: Lubitel 166B, Fomapan 400 Black and White Film

Since the equipment was pretty lo-fi and the day gray I decided for a change of pace developing the 12 frames from the Lubitel. I use exclusively Kodak XTOL or the LegacyPro EcoPro developer and am very happy with the results. But for this roll, I thought Caffenol was the right choice. I used Caffenol before with photo paper but have not yet used it with film. A bit risky with a roll from this trip but I figured I also had some shots from the Zorki as a backup, and was hoping that even if things don't come out perfect they would be usable.

Caffenol IngredientsCaffenol Ingredients Thus, it was time for some powdered chemicals and a scale. I referenced the Caffenol Cookbook freely available on the Internet. I did not stick with one of the basic recipes though. Instead, the first variation mentioned in the book caught my eye, the Caffenol C-M(rs). Whether I goofed things up or had some momentary idea I am not sure but in the end, I proceeded with my own Caffenol C-H(rs) recipe. I took the C-H and reduced the soda content as the author of the C-M(rs) recipe.

Why Caffenol? It's made from almost all non-toxic ingredients like coffee and vitamin C and given how much humanity abuses the planet I always look for ways to do my part. That's actually why I use XTOL too as it is the least harmful to the environment out of the commonly used developers. Caffenol also provides a little different look as it stains the film. And it is a bit more Lo-Fi resulting in coarser grain, which I thought would work well, especially with the medium format film.

A few grams here, a few grams there, and the ugly dark looking coffee based developer was ready. The rest of the development process was as usual. 14.5 minutes in Caffenol, about a minute in the stop bath, then my usual 10 minutes in the fixer, followed by a 1-minute wash in water, 1-minute soak in the FPP Archival Permanent Wash, and 1 more minute in running water.

When I pulled the film out, I immediately had mixed feelings. There were pictures and that is always a great thing. But they were quite faint, what's called a thin film. As that is a negative, that would mean rather dark photos. Sure, one can deal with that with shorter exposures in the darkroom or with post-processing after scanning. However, it's usually at the cost of even more grain. That being said, I liked the results and will definitely develop more film in Caffenol in the future. However, I will pay better attention to the recipes and try to explore more of them before getting too creative again.

Alright, that was my roll of Fomapan 400 shot in the Lubitel 166B and developed in Caffenol. Like I mentioned above, there are two more rolls from the day that I ran through the Zorki 4. I will go over those in a future post.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) black and white burlington caffenol canada cityscape lubitel photo walk square urban winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/2/winter-stoic-2020 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:00:00 GMT
New Year's Walk in Orchard Park, Part II https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/2/new-years-walk-in-orchard-park-part-ii In New Year's Walk in Orchard Park I shared my struggle to narrow the selection down to just a few photos from my New Year's Day walk in Orchard Park, NY. I had a really good time in the village and am using today's post to fill the gaps, to show you around the rest. Some places are fairly new while others have quite a history!

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Enough talking, let's dive right in ...

Spot Coffee on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NYSpot Coffee on New Year's DayOrchard Park, NY

Spot Coffee on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

Rider's Gallery on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NYRider's Gallery on New Year's DayOrchard Park, NY

Rider's Gallery on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

Arthur's TrueValue Hardware on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NYArthur's TrueValue Hardware on New Year's DayOrchard Park, NY

Arthur's TrueValue Hardware on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

Speedway on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NYSpeedway on New Year's DayOrchard Park, NY

Speedway on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

Gingham Gallery on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NYGingham Gallery on New Year's DayOrchard Park, NY

Speedway on New Year's Day 2020, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cityscape film lomography metropolis new year ny orchard park snow village white winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/2/new-years-walk-in-orchard-park-part-ii Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:47:50 GMT
Winter in the Fields https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/2/winter-in-the-fields I love winter on black and white film but when an opportunity presents itself to combine colors and snow I don't mind loading a color film and heading out at all. Actually, it's a great change of pace and a super opportunity to be on a lookout for something different.

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Although I must admit, this time I found that something different along my favorite road in the Southtowns of Buffalo, NY. Yes, we're right back by one of my favorite barns only this time the colors of the corn husks provided a wonderful foreground for the winter scene.

Corn & Snow, Rural Southtowns in Winter, Buffalo, NYCorn & SnowRural Southtowns

Corn & Snow, Rural Southtowns in Winter, Buffalo, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

And the second photo? Not far from the first one at all as it was just across the road. It's my favorite group of dancing trees only this time with that special foreground of corn and snow and in color.

Corn & Dancing Trees, Rural Southtowns of Buffalo, NY in WinterCorn & Dancing TreesRural Southtowns

Corn & Dancing Trees, Rural Southtowns of Buffalo, NY in Winter
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

I will admit, for more than a year, I've been hooked on the color palette of the Kodak Portra film. I realize it may not be for everybody but I dig it. Feel free to leave me a comment about how you feel about it.

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Barn and silos in white in winter storm in Buffalo and Western New YorkBarn and Silos in WhiteWinter Huddle, A Group of Trees in WinterHuddleWinter Barn & Silos, Rural Southtowns of Buffalo, New York (NY) - RurexBarn & SilosWinter

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo colors film kodak new year ny orchard park portra portra 400 rural snow white winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/2/winter-in-the-fields Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Winter on Lake Erie https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-on-lake-erie Most people head to the beach and to the lake in summer. Not me. A wonderful freezing winter day is what's more likely to get me there. And that's exactly what happened here.

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Photo number one was a wonderful and completely unexpected surprise. As I headed for the beach and turned the corner these magical ice formations on the rock wall screamed for attention. And attention they got! I had a blast coming closer, backing away, and changing camera angles trying to isolate the most interesting creations and to capture an engaging composition.

Icicle Formation, Winter at Sturgeon Point, Lake ErieIcicle FormationWinter

Icicle Formation, Winter at Sturgeon Point, Lake Erie
Photographed on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Cinestill BwXX (Kodak 5222)

The winter world above the rock wall was no less picturesque. The walkway was one sheet of ice, the rocks were glazed over, and that fence! Huge icicles were stacked one next to the other and were reaching almost down to the ground. What a winter view! I could not have asked for a better set up!

Icy Pier, Winter at Sturgeon Point, Lake Erie ShoreIcy PierWinter

Icy Pier, Winter at Sturgeon Point, Lake Erie Shore
Photographed on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Cinestill BwXX (Kodak 5222)

After having loads of fun around the rocks and the pier it was time to walk the rocky beach. And even here I felt like Alice in Wonderland. The artistic icy creations were everywhere, even if more subtle here. The details and the combination of the white ice and a black rock inspired me to click the shutter for this photo.

Winter Lakeshore, Lake Erie at Sturgeon PointWinter LakeshoreLake Erie

Winter Lakeshore, Lake Erie at Sturgeon Point
Photographed on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Cinestill BwXX (Kodak 5222)

Oh, and on the technical side, the Cinestistill BwXX also known as Kodak 5222 was perfect for this situation and I look forward to capturing more winter scenes with it. What a winter photo outing!

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Winter Colors of Green Lake, Yates Park, Orchard Park, NYWinter Colors of Green LakeWinter Victim of Winter - Frozen till SpringFrozen till SpringWinter Snow Volcano, Winter on Lake ErieSnow VolcanoWinter

Horseshoe Falls in White, Winter at Niagara Falls, Southern Ontario, Canada.Horseshoe Falls in WhiteWinter Frosty Horseshoe Falls of NIagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and New York State (NY), United States (USA).Frosty Horseshoe FallsWinter

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 buffalo bwxx cold film ice kodak lake lake Erie landscape nature new york ny outdoors snow sturgeon point white winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-on-lake-erie Fri, 31 Jan 2020 11:55:08 GMT
New Year's Walk in Orchard Park https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/new-years-walk-in-orchard-park It has become my tradition to head out with a camera on New Year's Day and start the photographic year on a good note. I always hope for a nice cold winter's day and maybe even a ray of sunshine. Thus, it was great to get a white New Year's despite this winter's pathetic performance so far.

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First stop? A location on my way to the village of Orchard Park that I enjoy a lot. And yes, you have seen it here before too. And the means? My medium format Mamiya 645 camera loaded with the new film from Lomography, the Metropolis. I was really curious how it would come out. Seeing some results of others I knew I could expect muted colors and I thought that would go well with winter.

Custard Light on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NYCustard Light on New Year's DayOrchard Park

Custard Light on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

Did it? It's definitely a matter of personal taste but I am quite happy with the results, feel it captured the mood of the cloudy day rather well, and am glad I have a few more winter photos of Orchard Park specifically on this film.

For the next photo, we're in the heart of the village walking down (but north) from Four Corners. We're passing the Mangia Ristorante on the left and the old Orchard Park Lanes sign is just ahead. I like the look of the village in this area quite a  bit. And a dose of nostalgia with the old sign definitely does not hurt as it brings back memories of days gone by.

Mangia Patio on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NYMangia Patio on New Year's DayOrchard Park

Mangia Patio on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

Just past that wonderful sign full of nostalgia is a new storefront. A bakery that has only been around for a few years but has established itself as if it's forever been there. I can't help it but I really like how the film's color palette worked here in the mostly white scene.

Kaylena Marie's Bakery on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NYKaylena Marie's Bakery on New Year's DayOrchard Park

Kaylena Marie's Bakery on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

And since I really like the new storefront as well as that wonderful sign, why not combine them in a single photograph? Let's turn around and look back up towards Four Corners. And again, I am a fan of the colors. I will definitely be shooting more of this film and defnitely before this winter is over. Let's hope we're not out of the white stuff yet. Right now, it's coming down nicely so maybe there's more in storage.

Kaylena Marie's Bakery on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NYKaylena Marie's Bakery on New Year's DayOrchard Park

Kaylena Marie's Bakery on New Year's Day, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Mamiya 645 1000s, Lomography Metropolis

This was a roll of 15 exposres and I will admit, it was an unusual struggle for me to narrow down the set to share with you today. The New Year's Day walk just worked so well for me. Wonderful winter scenes all around and a great film to match it. That has me thinking, was this the first time I did not head out of civilization?

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Green Lake and Yates Park in Snow, Orchard Park - Buffalo, New York, NY.Green Lake in SnowOrchard Park Where the Trains Don't Go Any More, Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh Depot in Orchard Park, New York  (NY).Where the Trains Don't Go Any MoreOrchard Park

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cityscape film lomography metropolis new year ny orchard park snow village white winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/new-years-walk-in-orchard-park Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:46:15 GMT
Winter on Green Lake https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-on-green-lake It was a beautiful winter day in Orchard Park just south of Buffalo, NY. Everything was dressed in white, air was fresh and even the sun came out to see it all.

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Do you see that leaning tree in the distance behind the boat launch? I photographed that tree, with and without the boat launch, many times. It's a Green Lake classic for me. However, on this day, a different and a wider scene caught my eye with two leaning trees standing guard over the lake like two twin watchmen.

The Green Lake Watchmen, Yates Park, Orchard Park, NY in WinterThe Green Lake WatchmenOrchard Park, NY

The Green Lake Watchmen, Yates Park, Orchard Park, NY in Winter
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

Trees and especially lone trees or groups of trees always draw my eyes too. It may have been a while but you would have heard me talk about dancing trees on these blog pages. And I found an interesting group of trees here at Green Lake too. They were not dancing. They were huddled up on standby at the watchmen's service.

Winter Guard, Green Lake, Yates Park, Orchard Park, NYWinter GuardOrchard Park, NY

Winter Guard, Green Lake, Yates Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

And then, back to the original scene, but much, much closer. So close, that we're now at the foot of the first watchman looking at his big toe sticking out through the snow. I love it when I find a nice combination of photos like this; a combination of a wide scene with a close up. I don't always remember to seek these but in the last couple years have been conscious of this opportunity and am always glad when I remember and even happier when I find one.

Watchman's Big Toe, Green Lake, Orchard Park, NY in WinterWatchman's Big ToeOrchard Park, NY

Watchman's Big Toe, Green Lake, Orchard Park, NY in Winter
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 400

And that is it for today, hope you are enjoying this recent winter theme. What else should a Buffalo photographer blog about in January?

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cold dancing trees film green lake kodak lake landscape nature new york ny orchard park outdoors portra snow sunny trees white winter yates park https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-on-green-lake Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:49:26 GMT
Still left remembering past winters https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/still-left-remembering-past-winters Winter visited us for one day and left in a hurry taking the white blanket with it. Now we're back to warm, rainy, and gray. The pattern continues. If you see sunshine, head out! If you see snow, head out! There are both at a premium this year.

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Let's take another walk back in time to see what a winter looks like. Thick clouds rolled over the lake and released its supply of snowflakes covering Buffalo, NY and its suburbs in white. It looked very intense and I felt the need to hop in the car and take a drive through some of my favorite local country roads. I have photographed the three structures you can see here many times and still hope to catch them many more times. However, age may be closing in on the big barn. Each time, I feel it's leaning more and more and getting closer to its demise. I love old barns. Actually, I like new barns too. There is just something simple and majestic about them. Unfortunately, I now have photographs of some that no longer stand, and that makes me sad. May this one have a bit of life left!

Snowstorm over Three Roofs, Clouds rolled in, obstructed the sun, and unleashed one of many Western New York's winter scenes.Snowstorm over Three RoofsClouds rolled in, obstructed the sun, and unleashed one of many Western New York's winter scenes.

Snowstorm over Three Roofs, a Western New York's Winter Scene
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Rollei Superpan 200

Just a little bit down the road is an area that a tornado moved through just a few years ago. We don't get them here much and this was a bit too close to home. The next photo shows a broken stump of a tree facing yet another storm with snow and wind creating whiteout situations.

Broken by one storm standing up to another. A stump of an old tree in a Buffalo winter storm.BrokenBroken by one storm standing up to another

Broken by one storm standing up to another
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Rollei Superpan 200

Winter Woods, winter storm in the woods south of Buffalo, NY.Winter WoodsWinter storm in the woods south of Buffalo, NY.

Winter storm in the woods south of Buffalo, NY
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Rollei Superpan 200

And finally to the last stop of the day, another barn that you see on my pages quite often. And why not? It's so photogenic, at least in my opinion. On this day it was facing the beating from one of many winter storms it has witnessed over the years.

Barn and Silos in White, a typical winter day in Western New YorkBarn and Silos in WhiteAn open field, an old barn with couple silos, and a typical winter day in Western New York.

Barn and Silos in White, a Typical Winter Day in Western New York
Photographed on film: Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Rollei Superpan 200

And back in the car, crank up the heat, and let's go get some hot tea.


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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white buffalo contessa countryside dramatic film landscape monochrome new york ny outdoors photography rural snow southtowns storm vintage weather winter zeiss https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/still-left-remembering-past-winters Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:23:43 GMT
Winter as it should be https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-as-it-should-be Where is the famous Buffalo winter? So far its performance has been rather underwhelming. Yes, we got the landscape dressed in a thin white layer a few times but it did not last. I know some people don't mind but I do not like looking at green grass and everything else in shades of gray in January.

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Let's go couple years back and look at what winter around here should look like. And I really miss that look! I love heading out to Lake Erie in winter and witnessing the total transformation into a winter wonderland.

Frozen Gallagher Pier, Winter in Buffalo, NYFrozen Gallagher PierBuffalo, NY

Frozen Gallagher Pier, Winter in Buffalo, NY

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cold freezing frozen gallagher pier ice lake new york ny outdoors outer harbor white winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-as-it-should-be Tue, 07 Jan 2020 13:24:07 GMT
Winter wandering https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-wandering Catching winter while it's happening is getting increasingly difficult in Buffalo, especially in December. About a foot of snow on the ground, sun in the sky, what could be better than a long walk with a camera in hand?

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Such was this winter day. The primary purpose of the expedition was to photograph bridges; large, small, and tiny. But it had a wonderful side effect of walking several miles through snow and definitely getting some fresh air in my lungs.

The longest section of the walk was definitely in Chestnut Ridge Park. It had a wonderful layer of snow, way more than even just under the hill, that gave everything a magical clean winter look and pictures were all around. Walking off trail was difficult but felt so good! I love taking pictures of lone trees no matter how much of a cliché that has become (but really, what hasn't?). In summer and fall, I usually reach for color film, but in winter, black and white is so natural.

Lone Tree at Chestnut Ridge, Winter, Photographed on Film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400Lone Tree at Chestnut RidgeWinter

Lone Tree at Chestnut Ridge in Winter
Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400

Another couple miles later I stood in front of a scene I have photographed before. And not just once, the cottage in the woods has become somewhat of a celebrity in my photographs. It's just in such a perfect location surrounded by the woods and taking on different looks based on the season and weather.

Cottage in Winter Woods, Chestnut Ridge Park, Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400Cottage in Winter WoodsChestnut Ridge Park

Cottage in Winter Woods, Chestnut Ridge Park
Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400

I almost forgot to mention it. There was a strong secondary purpose to this photo outing. In summer, I brought back a beautiful Flexaret V twin lens reflex camera from the Czech Republic. I have cleaned it up since but have not run film through it yet. It was time!

Flexaret V in SnowFlexaret VIn Snow Allow me a little bit of space here to provide a summary of what I have found out. Overall, the shooting experience is very close to that of using any TLR. This model's focusing screen is not the brightest and as a result it is not easy to identify the point of perfect focus. Even with the provided magnifier the focus snap is not obvious, at least not to me with my sight challenges. And yes, add the fact I was wearing progressive glasses to the mix and it was a slow process of me getting to pressing the shutter. For each shot, I looked at the focusing scale to confirm that I was in the ballpark, thus using zone focusing as a safety net.

Another lesson learned was that shooting into a bright light showed the limitation of the lens producing quite a flare. However, keeping that in mind, I was very impressed with the results some of which you see in today's post. Quite impressive for a camera from the 1950s in my opinion.

Am I going to use the camera often? It's not going to be my primary TLR. Both of my Yashica LM and Rolleiflex Automat are easier to focus with their focusing screens. But to be fair, I actually had the focusing screen on the Rolleiflex replaced with a brighter screen. So maybe that is an option here too. And unlike the Yashica LM, which vignettes quite heavily, I did not experience any vignetting with the Flexaret. Given a bright day, I will be happy to take this camera out again.

Alright, back to the story of the day though. After the cottage, another mile or so of walking back to the car and a change of location was in order to point the camera at sights around Green Lake, including the old railroad bridge below. That, the cottage above, and many more photographs of mine show the advantage of being local. Nothing really looks the same on repeated visits. The seasons change, the weather changes, the time of day changes, there are so many factors that will drive the look of the final image. An of course, the choice of camera and film plays a significant role too.

Waiting for the Express Train, Orchard Park, NY, Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400Waiting for the Express TrainOrchard Park, NY

Waiting for the Express Train, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400

All photographs in today's post so far were taken in Orchard Park, NY. For the final one, we're heading all the way to Buffalo, NY for a picture of, dare I say, an iconic bridge. Yes, a bit of exaggeration, but this permanently raised railroad bridge is quite prominently visible from I-190 and hundreds of people see it every day. But do they really see it?

Triplets, Raised Bridge and Utility Poles, Buffalo, NY, Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400TripletsRaised Bridge and Utility Poles

Triplets, Raised Bridge and Utility Poles, Buffalo, NY
Photographed on film: Flexaret V TLR, Fomapan 400

And that's it for today and for the first post of 2020. Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for stopping by!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white bridge buffalo cityscape film flexaret monochrome new york ny outdoors photography tlr twin lens winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2020/1/winter-wandering Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:02:35 GMT
The 135mm Challenge Zine 2019 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/the-135mm-challenge-zine-2019 In 2019 I wanted to focus on getting my photos printed in a physical form. One of the ways I went about it were simple zines showcasing a theme of photographs.

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The 135mm Challenge Zine 2019The 135mm Challenge Zine 2019Film Photography I started the year with Zine Issue 1: Road Trip 2018 with 15 black and white photographs of said road trip combining some landscape photography and sights along Route 66. $1 from each benefits National Historic Route 66 Federation and another $1 the National Park Foundation.

Then came the Zine Issue 2: Chasing Waterfalls featuring the many waterfalls of Robert H Treman State Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park, also in black and white. $1 from each benefits Robert H Treman State Park via the Natural Heritage Trust, the official charity of New York State Parks and another $1 the Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Then came couple collaborations with photographers around two of my favorite podcast.

The first one was The Lensless Zine 2019 featuring 32 previously unpublished black and white pinhole photographs from 16 different photographers around the Lensless Podcast. The profits from this zine went to the podcasters to assist with their costs.

The 135mm Challenge Zine 2019The 135mm Challenge Zine2019 The second collaboration, The 135mm Challenge Zine, closes the year. It is a collaboration of 21 different film photographers around the Negative Positives Film Photography Podcast featuring 42 previously unpublished black and white film photographs, all photographed with a 135mm telephoto lens providing a specific look to the included photographs as well as a name for the zine. The profits went right back to the podcast to assist with the podcast costs.

Why a challenge? 135mm is not a usual all around focal length. Thus, capturing a whole roll of 36 photographs challenged our photographic vision. I like wide angle lenses and usually walk around with a 28mm lens. 135mm required a bit of calibration. However, a few pictures in, I was a fan.

I found two basic use-cases for the lens. The obvious one was to shoot things that were further away that I could not get closer to. In the same category, stepping further away and using a telephoto lens instead of getting closer with a wide angle provided a different perspective. Things appeared closer that way. For example a group of wild flowers can look sparse with a wide angle lens but telephoto can make it look like they're much denser.

The other use-case was for shallow depth of field. With a 28mm lens (or wider) it is almost impossible to render foreground objects in focus while throwing the background out of focus. With a 135mm it becomes very easy. That provided an opportunity to lean into this, shoot wide open, and clearly show where the interest laid in each frame.

The 135mm Challenge Zine 2019, The Negative Positives Film Photography PodcastThe 135mm Challenge Zine2019

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 135mm 2019 analog b&w black and white booklet challenge collaboration film magazine photography telephoto zine https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/the-135mm-challenge-zine-2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:59:12 GMT
In the Woods https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/in-the-woods Today's photos are an example of what I mean by my #etbtsy hashtag. It stands for enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! And it is so true. So often do we just walk by beautiful things without noticing, without stopping, without appreciating. But those moments when we do are so worth it!

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This morning, a day off and a walk in the woods was what the doctor ordered. And yes, it was at a park that is well knows for some of its sights. But it was not those sights that called to me the most. It was way simpler. It was just the enjoyment of being in the outdoors and enjoying every single step through the woods.

The bright morning light was making its way through the trees setting up the dreamy scene of the first photograph. Add the randomly crisscrossing trunks of the leaning trees and the scene was just about perfect and I could not resist.

Letchworth tate Park Forest, Trees in Morning Light, The Beauty of OutdoorsLetchworth ForestTrees in Morning Light

Trees of the Letchworth State Park Forest
Photographed on film: Nikon F4, Agfa Vista 200

Then I keep walking, paying attention to all of the details that I am surrounded by. The moss on the forest floor, the moss on tree bark, stumps resembling other things, my imagination goes wild. And look, there's a beautiful mushroom growing on that tree!

Mushrooms in the Woods, Letchworth State Park, New YorkMushrooms in the WoodsLetchworth State Park

Mushrooms in the Woods, Letchworth State Park, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon F4, Agfa Vista 200

To complete today's admiration of woods we're going to finish at another local place that is very close to where I live and as such I have the luxury of visiting it often. Yes, I have photographed it many times and have some favorite and over-photographed scenes there but I like the challenge of finding more, of capturing things in different light, different seasons, different weather and so on. We started with leaning trees, let's wrap up with them too.

Leaning Trees of Birdsong, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkLeaning TreesBirdsong Park

Leaning Trees of Birdsong, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon F4, Kodak Gold 200

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy agfa analog buffalo details film gold kodak landscape letchworth light local nature new york ny orchard park outdoors simple vista https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/in-the-woods Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:56:38 GMT
Seaside Pinhole Photography IV https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/seaside-pinhole-photography-iv Zeroimage Pinhole, Wooden 35mm Film Pinhole CameraZeroimage Pinhole35mm Film Pinhole Camera We are now well into the gray period here in Western New York and as such I hope you're all fine with two black and white posts in a row this week. To add some variety today's two photographs are captured on a 35mm pinhole camera at a rather colorful place, a place of dreams, a paradise on Earth.

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Welcome to the wonderful lava-filled coast of Maha'ulepu in Kauai, Hawaii. Just walking along the coast is a total feast for one's soul and eyes. And having a camera in hand can further enhance this exhilaration. Not only does it bring happiness knowing that there will be pictures to look at and enjoy long after arriving back home faraway from this paradise but it also helps me open my eyes even more and look for answers to what it really is that I love about the place.

Yes, I often get philosophical while on location. Rather than randomly pointing a camera in many different directions trying to capture the key elements is a worthwhile challenge. And in my opinion, that is where a different set of tools can help by forcing a different approach.

So here we are with a pinhole camera. It's clear the resulting pictures will not be sharp. It's also clear the exposures will take several seconds given the tiny hole (f/138) and slow film (ISO 50). With these limitations in mind it's time to lean into them and turn them into strengths. After all, long exposures at a beautiful coastline seem like the right recipe.

Maha'ulepu Lava, Pinhole photography, Kauai Coast, HawaiiMaha'ulepu LavaPinhole photography

In the first photograph, the focus is on the lava rocks filling the shore. To me, that is what makes the Hawaiian coastline so photogenic. In the following photograph, it's the next thing that catches one's eye. The regular rhythm of the waves hitting the shore, wave after wave.

Maha'ulepu Lava
35mm Zeroimage Pinhole Camera, Ilford PANF Plus 50 Black & White Film

Maha'ulepu Coast, Pinhole Photography, Kauai, HawaiiMaha'ulepu CoastPinhole Photography

Maha'ulepu Lava
35mm Zeroimage Pinhole Camera, Ilford PANF Plus 50 Black & White Film

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Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format PinholeLarge Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain ElevatorLarge Format Pinhole of Orchard Park Train DepotLarge Format Pinhole of Green LakeCobblestone on Pinhole, Buffalo, NYWPPD 2018Seaside Pinhole Photography IISeaside Pinhole Photography IIIPinhole & TrucksSeaside Pinhole Photography IV

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy b&w black and white film hawaii kauai landscape lensless monochrome outdoors photography pinhole water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/seaside-pinhole-photography-iv Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:51:31 GMT
Still in Operation https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/still-in-operation This was a nice late afternoon stroll through Buffalo's Old First Ward looking for new photo opportunities. It's always great to re-visit a previously photographed place as I know the lay of the land and at the same time it is an interesting challenge to leave with something new.

The Old First Ward Sign, Buffalo, NY - Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Kodak 5222 / Cinestill BwXX FilmThe Old First Ward SignBuffalo, NY

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Sometimes, those opportunities are hard to find when visiting a place for the hundreth time, other times, recent changes make them jump out. Or as on this day, having a photo companion helped me look at the places in new light. And of course, a little bit of luck never hurts. One has to be ready for it, though!

Buffalo's grain elevators have attracted my attention for years. It's always nice to see these behemoths of the past still in operation. Here, a truck is getting a truckload of grain at the Standard Grain Elevator in Buffalo, NY. It was quite opportune to stumble upon this scene with a camera loaded with black and white film. Rather fitting, in my opinion.

Loading a Truck - Standard Grain Elevator, Buffalo, New YorkLoading a TruckStandard Grain Elevator

Loading a Truck, Standard Grain Elevator, Buffalo, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Kodak 5222 / Cinestill BwXX Film

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white buffalo building cityscape elevator film functional grain history monochrome new york ny photography standard timeless truck urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/12/still-in-operation Tue, 03 Dec 2019 23:40:10 GMT
Colors https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/colors Winter stopped by for a while, announced itself, and then disappeared again, probably just for a short while. We have entered the 6-month gray period. While waiting for snow to come and brighten our world let's enjoy some colors of October.

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One of my favorite places to visit in the fall, and in all seasons for that matter, is the beautiful Letchworth State Park. When a beautiful sunny day shows up during the colorful season, why not take a day off and head out for a stroll with a camera in hand?

Sunny Fall Day in Letchworth, Letchworth State Park, New YorkSunny Fall Day in LetchworthLetchworth State Park

Sunny Fall Day in Letchworth State Park, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Kodak Ektar 100

I love that the park has a great variety of subjects. There are wonderful grand vistas featuring the Genesee River gorge, there are beautiful big and small waterfalls, and there are some hidden treasures if one ventures off the beaten path.

Colorful Shadow Cascade, Letchworth State Park, New YorkColorful Shadow CascadeLetchworth State Park

Colorful Shadow Cascade, Letchworth State Park, New York
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Kodak Ektar 100

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Upper Papermill Falls Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StateUpper Papermill FallsLetchworth State Park Papermill Falls Sidekick Waterfall, Silver Lake Outlet, Letchworth State Park, New York StatePapermill Falls SidekickLetchworth State Park Fog over Genesee River at Dawn, Letchworth State ParkFog over Genesee River at DawnLetchworth State Park
Get Inspired!, Genesee River Gorge, MIddle & Upper Falls, Two Bridges, Letchworth State ParkGet Inspired!Letchworth State Park The Letchworth Gorge, Tea Table View of Genesee River Valley.The Letchworth Gorge, Tea Table ViewLetchworth State Park

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog autumn colors ektar fall film kodak landscape letchworth nature nikon fe outdoors photography https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/colors Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:16:29 GMT
Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2019 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/twelve-months-twenty-photos-2019 It’s that time of the year, it’s time for a recap. 2019 was photographically a great year. Three long distance family trips full of photo opportunities as well as countless local expeditions with the camera.

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2019 was also a bit different than the last few years. While I returned to film photography back in 2015 I remained mostly a mixed digital and analog photographer. As the years progressed I became increasingly biased towards film though. And in 2019, my photography turned completely analog. There were only two events I photographed on my digital camera to be able to share photos quickly with the participants and to make sure the camera did not collect too much dust. It was also a great opportunity to cycle through the batteries and get them all recharged just in case.

Most of my photography was on 35mm film, even though I enjoyed using a few of my medium format cameras too. And almost new to me this year is large format photography. While I have had my 4” x 5” pinhole camera for a while, it does not have any of the movements typical for lens based cameras.

This year, a family friend gifted me a 5” x 7” camera. It laid unused for a very long time and as such was not in a 100% shape. I cleaned up where I could get to, figured out how everything works, and took it out for a spin. The curtain shutter will need some more work as it tends to hang a bit but going through a few shots to work it out seems to get the exposure times close enough.

Transporting it across the ocean resulted in a cracked ground glass too and instead of buying an expensive replacement I opted for using a cheap picture frame glass and doing the grinding myself. All worked out very well and I believe my replacement is better than the original.

So anyway, as I have done since 2014, here’s my Twelve Months, Twenty Photos collage of my color and black and white photographs shot across a wide variety of films. My current favorites? On the color front, it is Kodak Portra 400 and 160. On the black and white side, my preferred films of the year are Fomapan 400, especially in medium format (6x6cm, type 120), and Kodak 5222 (aka Double X, or Cinestill BwXX).

Can’t wait to see what 2020 brings …

Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2019Twelve Months, Twenty Photos2019

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Twelve Months Twenty Photos 2018Twelve Months Twenty Photos2018

Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2017Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2017A 2017 year-end collage of natural landscapes and cityscapes from around Buffalo, NY.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2019 buffalo collage in pictures landscape local mosaic ny photo photography portfolio review selection twelve months western new york year https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/twelve-months-twenty-photos-2019 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 01:38:07 GMT
That Didn't Take Long https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/that-didnt-take-long It looks like the forecast was right on and our world was painted white shortly after submitting the last post. In response, I've acknowledged that development by switching my home page into winter mode, and now by sharing some wintery landscapes.

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It's a location I love going back to as it has so much to offer. On this visit, I was focused on the landscape and the beautiful sunny winter day it was. Frigid or not, sunshine seems to always mentally help, even though it can be rather deceiving in winter. No clouds usually mean even colder temperatures.

Sunny Winter Day, Winter's Pond, South of Buffalo, NYSunny Winter DayWinter's Pond

Sunny Winter Day, Winter's Pond
Photographed on Film: Mamiya 645, Fomapan 400

But who would not like a bright sunny day? We don't get enough of those around here thanks to the lake effect moisture and a resulting almost permanent layer of clouds. But when the sun does show up and there's plenty of snow and ice on the ground, the world is twice as bright! It's a great time to head out, feel the snow cracking under one's boots, and breathe in that intense cold air.

Pieces Falling into Place, A winter jigsaw puzzle at Winter's Pond, South of Buffalo, NYPieces Falling into PlaceA winter jigsaw puzzle at Winter's Pond

Pieces Falling into Place, A winter jigsaw puzzle at Winter's Pond
Photographed on Film: Mamiya 645, Fomapan 400

Don't let winter slow you down, it's got it's beauty even if it has a bite.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white cold film fomapan landscape mamiya monochrome ny outdoors photography snow sunny winter winter's pond https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/that-didnt-take-long Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:04:16 GMT
Through Fall https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/through-fall Only a few trees have retained some of their leaves at this point but I don't see a problem living in the colorful dream for a little longer. Let's keep the colors around for a bit. It's Sunday evening now and the forecast for Monday seems a bit white so let's see how much longer we can keep the dream going.

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A beautiful fall day, a wonderful alley of colorful trees and a winding road. First a zig, then a zag. That is the spot! A quick look through the viewfinder, a few steps back and forth, left and right, then a gentle push of the shutter and the moment is preserved. If not for eternity then at least for the next few winter months until the first greens show up in spring.

Country Road through Fall, Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, New York (NY)Country Road through FallKnox Farm State Park

Country Road through Fall
Photographed on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Ektar 100

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge in Colors, Allegany State  Park, Salamanca, New York (NY)Covered Bridge Covered with ColorsFall Colors Watkins Glen Window, Fall ColorsWatkins Glen WindowFall Colors Foggy Meadows and Fences at Sunrise, Knox Farm, East Aurora - Buffalo, New York (NY)Meadows and Fences at Sunrise, Knox FarmFall colors

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog autumn colors ektar fall fence film knox farm kodak landscape outdoors pentax photography spotmatic trees https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/through-fall Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:42:54 GMT
Changing Times https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/changing-times Sometimes it's the grand landscapes that catch my eye, other times it is the minute details. Details we all may pass every day without ever noticing or paying attention to them. I find I pay more attention to my surroundings when I have a camera in my hand.

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I have selected a single black and white photo to share with you today. It's of an old stump in a park very close to where I live. I must have walked by the stump many times. But this day, with an old Rolleiflex from the 1940s in my hand I was really paying attention. If only the stump could talk. How did the tree come to life? Was it planted or did a random seed successfully germinate at the spot? What was the final nail in its life before it was cut down?

Film Photography: The Stump, A Witness of Times; Rolleiflex Automat, Fomapan 100The StumpA Witness of Times

The Stump, Chestnut Ridge Park
Photographed on Film: Rolleiflex Automat, Fomapan 100

I have just visited the same location last week while chasing fall colors and the stump was gone, ground, only wood chips left. Yes, it was only a stump but I am still glad I photographed it while it was still there.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white changes details film fomapan monochrome nature ny outdoors photography rolleiflex stump https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/11/changing-times Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:14:37 GMT
Fall Colors around Murder Creek https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/fall-colors-around-murder-creek We're at the tail-end of the season of color so let's throw some more colors on these pages. Today, we're returning to the beautiful Murder Creek in Akron Falls Park.

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The green moss-covered rocks, colors all around, water humming its way through, what's not to like? It's a really short hike along the creek to get to the Lower Akron Falls, but I always enjoy it very much. And it can also take me quite a while!
Fall Colors around Murder Creek, Akron Falls ParkFall Colors around Murder CreekAkron Falls Park

Fall Colors around Murder Creek, Akron Falls Park
Shot on Nikon FE and Kodak Ektar 100 Film

At some point along the hike the humming intensifies and grows louder and louder with each step announcing the upcoming waterfall. Many people prefer the high flow of spring for waterfalling, I prefer a nice gentle medium to low flow. Yes, in this case, it's missing the flow from the high ledge - see the rock at the top right? In high flow, water rockets out of there. But do you see those beautiful individual  strands of water here? And see how they're clean and white?

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Fall at Akron Falls, Western New York Outdoors
Shot on Nikon FE and Kodak Ektar 100 Film

And finally, the waterfall and the creek are surrounded by the colors of fall. Even in summer, the greenery adds to the beauty. In spring, I really miss those add-ons.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Lower Akron Falls, New York (NY) in summer frequently reduced to a trickle that can be magical.The Akron FallsGentle Trickle Before sunrise at Lower Akron Falls, New York (NY) in early summer. Frequently reduced to a trickle that can be magical.Before Sunrise at Lower Akron FallsWaterfall Panorama A water cascade rushing over rocks on Murder Creek down stream from Akron Falls, Akron - Buffalo, New York (NY)Morning on Murder CreekGreen & White Spring under Akron Falls near Buffalo, NYSpring under Akron FallsHigh Flow Murder Creek Greens, Rock-HoppingMurder Creek GreensRock-Hopping

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy akron analog colors creek ektar falls film foliage hiking kodak landscape murder nature outdoors photography rocks water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/fall-colors-around-murder-creek Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:08:33 GMT
Along the Trail https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/along-the-trail Hiking to one place while keeping one's eyes open is always a good idea. There can be so many treasures along the way that maps and other research ahead of time simply won't show. And that's a good thing! There's nothing like hitting a trail and exploring in person.

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It's a Thursday so let's do a black and white post. Both photographs were shot on a Pentax Spotmatic camera loaded with a black and white Fomapan 100 film. They also both originally featured in my Zine Issue 2: Chasing Waterfalls. If you'd like to pick up a copy of that one or one of the other two currently available, you can find them in the Zines section of my website.

Film Photography: Old Bridge Wall, Letchworth State Park, Pentax Spotmatic and Fomapan 100Old Bridge WallLetchworth State Park

Old Bridge Wall, Letchworth State Park
Shot on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Fomapan 100

Hiking past the wall and a few other wonderful treasures that caused quite a pause in my forward progress we arrive at the intended destination of this short trail, the high vantage point above this beautiful waterfall.

Film photography: Upper Papermill Falls in Black & White, Letchworth State Park, Pentax Spotmatic, Fomapan 100Upper Papermill Falls in Black & WhiteLetchworth State Park

Upper Papermill Falls in Black & White, Letchworth State Park
Shot on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Fomapan 100

Yep, that's it for today's dose of black and white Thursday. Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you back soon.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Phalanx of Trees Standing Guard by Trail, Birdsong, Orchard Park, New York (NY).PhalanxBirdsong Park Horseshoe Falls in White, Winter at Niagara Falls, Southern Ontario, Canada.Horseshoe Falls in WhiteNiagara Falls Film photography: Edward M Cotter's Solo Show in Black and White, Buffalo, NYEdward M Cotter's Solo ShowBuffalo's Canalside

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black and white distraction film hiking landscape monochrome nature New York outdoors photography treasures waterfall https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/along-the-trail Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:09:42 GMT
More from Lower Niagara https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/more-from-lower-niagara Another look at the Lower Niagara Gorge today, just a few feet up the river (last visit: By the Niagara River with a Camera & Film). In this location, my eyes were firmly on the ground exploring the river bank.

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The rocky river banks seem to always look different. Different colors, different levels of water and in different light. Especially the difference between high summer flow and low winter flow is striking.

For this section I also swapped film in my camera. While I started the day with a color negative film I already had Fuji Velvia 50 slide film loaded by this point. That also provided a different look for today's pictures.

Rocky River Bank, Lower Niagara RapidsRocky River BankLower Niagara Rapids

Rocky River Bank, Lower Niagara Rapids
Shot on Nikon N75 and Fuji Velvia 50 Film

The interaction of water and the rocks is very interesting too as the powerful flow creates waves that flood some areas only to immediately retreat. In one area, there is a notch in the rock that allows water to flow in and out. I could sit there for hours watching the water rush in, overflow at the other end, then back out, and repeat. It seemed no two waves behaved exactly the same. Simple, hypnotic, magical. Maybe I am just too easily pleased.

Rushing In and Out, Lower Niagara RapidsRushing In and OutLower Niagara Rapids

Rushing In and Out, Lower Niagara Rapids
Shot on Nikon N75 and Fuji Velvia 50

After a few beautiful fall days of sunshine and color our weather turned rather wet overnight. What is ahead of us? Is there still going to be an opportunity to squeeze in another fall visit to this wonderful river gorge? We'll see.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Niagara River Rumble, Lower Niagara White Water Rapids just above Whirlpool on Kodak Portra 400 FilmNiagara RumbleLower Niagara Rapids Sunrise over the rising mist of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada looking back into the United States (USA).Sunrise over the Horseshoe FallsNiagara Falls Class 6 Rapids, Niagara River at the Whirlpool Rapids Gorge, Niagara Gorge, Niagara Falls / Buffalo, New York (NY).Class 6 Rapids, Niagara River at the Whirlpool Rapids GorgeLower Niagara Rapids

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog changes colors film landscape nature niagara outdoors photography power rapids river rocks rocky velvia water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/more-from-lower-niagara Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:15:50 GMT
Stages of a Sunrise https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/stages-of-a-sunrise The coolness of the morning, the breeze in one's face, and darkness slowly giving way to daylight. The weather situation slowly becoming more apparent and the excitement combined with the doubts. How is the scene going to develop on this day? Will the sun find a way to paint the sunrise magic, even if ever so briefly, or are the clouds going to win?

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Such are my thoughts on these morning expeditions. But there's never any regret. No matter what eventually happens, it's always great to be there, let it all in, and watch, and breathe. Sure, it's always a great bonus if I get a chance to capture a few photographs to remember the morning forever but it is not required.

Sun Trying to Break Through at Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Stage 1Trying to Break ThroughStage 1

Sun Trying to Break Through at Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Stage 1

This specific morning on the shore of Lake Michigan was no different. It was my first time at this particular spot and as such the morning was already a success having explored a new area. And finding this old leftover of a structure was nice too, something different to place in my foreground. Clearly, I was not the only one enjoying it's presence.

Sun Breaking Through at Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Stage 2Breaking ThroughStage 2

Sun Breaking Through at Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Stage 2

I saw the possible opening in the clouds ahead of time and was full of anticipation. Would it be enough? As the sun started moving into the window I kept my finger on the shutter waiting for the circle of the sun to center itself perfectly.

Sun Trying to Break Through at Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Stage 3Sunrise GlowStage 3

Sun Trying to Break Through at Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Stage 3

For the final stage, I decided to wait a little longer and wait for the sun to fully hide again. When its rays started glowing above the cloud I had my Stage 3, as if a second sunrise of the days was about to happen.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you (#etbtsy)!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy chicago colors great lakes lake lake michigan landscape light nature outdoors photography sunrise water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/stages-of-a-sunrise Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:13:05 GMT
Lucky Find https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/lucky-find Sometimes, my photographs are a result of a careful research and a planned execution. Other times, a bit of luck helps. And sometimes it is a combination. Such was the case here. While traveling to one location, I stumbled upon this one. No complaints!

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If you have followed my blog for a while you must have noticed I was a fan of covered bridges. Chasing them down is a favorite activity during our road trips. Yep, waterfalls and covered bridges never hurt. However, our own home state of New York is not exactly famous for them. But that does not mean there are none to be found! Not at all!

Oak Hill Covered Bridge, Fall Colors, New York StateOak Hill Covered BridgeFall Colors

Oak Hill Covered Bridge, Fall Colors, New York State

And this beauty showed up at a perfect time too, surrounded by the vivid fall colors of October and illuminated by a wonderful sunny day's light.

Fall Colors around Oak Hill Covered Bridge, New York StateFall ColorsOak Hill Covered Bridge

Fall Colors around Oak Hill Covered Bridge, New York State

And so it goes. Find places to travel to and explore and keep your eyes open for the unexpected bonus along the way.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge in Colors, Allegany State  Park, Salamanca, New York (NY)Thomas L. KellyCovered Bridge Covered Bridge of Winter's Pond, Winter in Western New York, Landscape PhotographWinter's PondCovered Bridge Holliwell Covered Bridge, Bridges of Madison County, Winterset, Iowa (IA)Holliwell BridgeCovered Bridge

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy bridge colors covered fall landscape new york ny oak hill outdoors photography rushford https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/lucky-find Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:43:12 GMT
By the Niagara River with a Camera & Film https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/by-the-niagara-river-with-a-camera-film I like exploring new places with a camera in hand but I also love going back to some of the same places over and over. I know I mentioned it here in the past and not just once but today's post is another witness to that. Why would I want to photograph the same place again?

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It may be the same place but will it look the same? I doubt that. First, the place itself might have changed with the passage of time. The changes can be subtle and may take a while to notice or they may be rather striking. Second, the conditions will surely be different. Different seasons, different weather, different time of the day, all resulting in different images.

And then there is the equipment. Yes, as a photographer I believe that photographs are more about the person behind the camera than the equipment itself but that's not to say the equipment does not matter. Yes, great images are possible with any equipment, as the history of photography shows us, and as something as simple as a pinhole camera can prove. But the equipment choice will have an impact.

Rock Garden, Lower Niagara River RapidsRock GardenNiagara River Rapids

Rock Garden, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Shot on Nikon N75 and Kodak Portra 400 Film

The lens selection will drive the perspective. Even the camera selection will change how we look at a scene. In my experience, we use smaller cameras with an LCD on their back, including our smart phones, differently than if we have to look through a viewfinder. Then one can choose to use a digital camera and apply different processing or filters after the fact, or shoot on film, in which case some of the look is determined ahead of time as different film will provide a different look. And yes, even that can be further worked on either digitally or in a darkroom.

Niagara Rumble, Lower Niagara River RapidsNiagara RumbleLower Niagara River Rapids

Niagara Rumble, Lower Niagara River Rapids
Shot on Nikon N75 and Kodak Portra 400 Film

And of course, there are the creative choices of the photographer as far as how they decide to use all of the above to render the final image. Even simple camera settings have a huge impact. A slow shutter speed of 1 second or more will certainly give flowing water a very different look than an action stopping 1/1000 sec or faster. An aperture of f/1.4 will provide a very shallow depth of field where only the intended point of interest is in focus while f/16 or smaller show a landscape in focus front to back. And yes, the focal length matters too.

Anyway, all of this contemplation to really get to a simple point. I was at this location many times before but this was the first time I brought a film camera loaded with color negative film. Did I leave with different photographs than before? Absolutely! The film had an impact, the camera had an impact, and the different lens had an impact. And I found a few new spots and angles too.

I can't wait to return to this magical place on the Niagara River again for more new images.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Class 6 Rapids, Niagara River at the Whirlpool Rapids Gorge, Niagara Gorge, Niagara Falls / Buffalo, New York (NY).Class 6 RapidsNiagara River Gorge The Horseshoe Falls in White and Blue, Niagara Falls. Mist rising over the illuminated waterfall at dusk during blue hour.The Horseshoe FallsNiagara Falls Long exposure of Niagara River at the Whirlpool Rapids Gorge, Niagara Gorge, Niagara Falls - Buffalo, New York (NY).Niagara RiverWhirlpool Rapids Gorge

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog changes colors falls film force kodak location nature niagara outdoors photography portra power rapids revisit river wild https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/10/by-the-niagara-river-with-a-camera-film Thu, 03 Oct 2019 01:53:11 GMT
Inviting for a Hike https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/9/inviting-for-a-hike Very hot and very dry but still so very inviting for a hike among the endless rock formations. Where does the trail lead? What's waiting around the first corner? And the second? The wonders of hiking and outdoor exploration.

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When I am in environments like this they trigger a sensory overload for me. A pleasant one but an overload nevertheless. The heat, the intense light, the warm colors all around, and of course, the red rocks and their formations. There are photographs to be made everywhere. It always helps to have enough time and not be in a hurry. Then I can head out for a hike, or even just a short stroll around to let it all soak in. And once the location feels a tiny bit more familiar, it's easier to make sense of it and capture its highlights, its essence.

Canyon Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave Desert, NevadaCanyon TrailValley of Fire

Canyon Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave Desert, Nevada
 
The next photo summed up this particular location for me. While standing at the beginning of a trail I can follow its double curve until it disappears around the first rock formation making me wonder what's awaiting there? It provides a dose of mystery, it encourages to head in and explore.
 
Desert Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave Desert, NevadaDesert TrailValley of Fire

Desert Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave Desert, Nevada

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you (#etbtsy)!

Previously from Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire: Road Trip through Mars - Road through Fiery Wonders - Out of This World - Further Out of This World - Driving through Painted Mojave DesertValley of Fire in a PaintingDesert Colors - Inviting for a Hike

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Valley of Fire Colors, Mojave Desert, NevadaValley of Fire ColorsMojave Desert Painted Tree, Valley of Fire, NevadaPainted TreeMojave Desert Painted Mojave Desert, Valley of Fire State Park, NevadaPainted DesertMojave Desert

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colors desert dry hot landscape mojave nature nevada outdoors photography state park valley of fire https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/9/inviting-for-a-hike Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:20:31 GMT
Vintage Decay https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/9/vintage-decay Today I'm sharing a couple of black and white photographs I really enjoy coming back to. Several things came together resulting in photographs that I am really proud to share here.

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Film Photography: Cadillac, Vintage & Decaying, Pentax Spotmatic, Cinestill BwXX / Kodak 5222, XTOLCadillacVintage & Decaying My journey back into film photography has been about 4 years long at this point and I am still learning with so much ahead of me. There are so many different films that can be shot so many different ways and developed in different developers. The choices are truly endless. And it's very different from the digital world. There, you start with an as good of a photograph as you can and later play with it in software applying filters or different post-production techniques to get to the final output.

With film, it's  a reverse process. Many of the creative choices are made before ever seeing the photograph. Color or black and white? What film? How to expose the film? Some films like more exposure than the posted ISO speed (box speed), some less. Further, does the situation call for pushing or pulling? Even after the shots are taken, there are additional choices before seeing the image, like the choice of developer, the agitation during development, and more.

And then there's the image, with its own unique look. If you like it, great, mission accomplished. If not, the process has to be repeated with adjustments made. It takes patience and a lot of time, but to me, the results can be very rewarding.

Such was the case here. The cinematic Kodak 5222 black and white film, now also sold by CInestill as BwXX, fit the subject matter perfectly. The film is sensitive to most of the visible light but is somewhat limited in the reds, thus heavily shifting focus to the blues. That results in highlights and shiny surfaces taking on a different look than with other films. While the theory of this can be hard to visualize, the pictures seem to explain it the best.

Film Photography: REO Gold Comet, Vintage & Decaying, Pentax Spotmatic, Cinestill BwXX / Kodak 5222, XTOLREO Gold CometVintage & Decaying

REO Gold Comet, Vintage & Decaying
Shot on film: Pentax Spotmatic, Cinestill BwXX / Kodak 5222

I hope you've enjoyed today's photo pair as much as I enjoyed the whole process from the choice of equipment and film all the way to digital presentation here as well as darkroom printing - but more on that in the future.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Road, Pole, Sky - Road TripRoad, Pole, SkyRoad Trip Film photography: Historic Grosse Point Lighthouse, Evanston - Chicago, Illinois (IL) at sunriseHistoric Grosse Point LighthouseFilm Photography A House Past Prime, Black & White DecayA House Past PrimeDecay

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 5222 analog black and white bwxx car cinestill decay film kodak monochrome photography truck vintage https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/9/vintage-decay Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:38:02 GMT
Summer Greens https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2019/9/summer-greens Alright, it's Monday morning and it's time for some colors. And this time, it's the endless palette of shades of summer greens! A few posts back, (Artifacts of the Past), I mentioned our base for exploring the wonderful Rock Cities of that region of the Czech Republic. This offers another glimpse into what that base looked like as this lake was literally within a stone's throw.

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Serendipity is a wonderful thing! And I was really glad I was ready for this one. Having scouted the lakeshore before I already had a few favorite spots. So when a hot air balloon showed up in the distance I grabbed my camera and knew exactly where to run. A few shots later, the balloon disappeared.

 

All in Green around Špinka, Hot Air Balloon, Czech RepublicAll in Green around ŠpinkaHot Air Balloon

All in Green around Špinka, Hot Air Balloon, Czech Republic

Ballooning above Špinka, Červený Kostelec, Czech RepublicBallooning above ŠpinkaČervený Kostelec

Ballooning above Špinka, Červený Kostelec, Czech Republic

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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Previously from the Czech Republic: Of Trains & StationsA Stroll through Moravian CountrysideSunset Stroll through Southern Moravian CountrysideRolling Hills and Poppy FieldsThere are as many pubs as there are poppy seeds ...More Travel Treasures, Drying GarlicTreasures of TravelsThe Power of Simplicity (of the iPhone)Take Me Home, Country Road ...Sound of Music Induced Moment of Nostalgia