Daniel Novak Photo: Blog https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Novak dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) Sun, 26 Jun 2022 22:10:00 GMT Sun, 26 Jun 2022 22:10:00 GMT https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/img/s/v-12/u364181526-o825092777-50.jpg Daniel Novak Photo: Blog https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog 120 60 Nights around Buffalo, East Aurora https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/6/nights-around-buffalo-east-aurora Previously at Night: Ice Cream at NightMichigan Street Bridge at NightBuffalo at NightWelcome to Buffalo

This will be a four part series of night photography around Buffalo, NY. Today, we are starting in East Aurora. The next three sequels will be Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Buffalo. We're also traveling back in time a bit to 2020 and some photos may date themselves as such. Can you spot them?

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For these night photography outings I loaded my Nikon FM2n with a roll of Kodak T-Max P3200 film. I like that specific camera for night photography because of its LED light meter that is very easy to see at night. On my other cameras, like the Nikon FE, I enjoy their analog match needle meters quite a bit but those become of limited value in the dark. And that's where the LED lights shine. I paired the camera with a fast 50mm f/1.8 lens to see through the night even better.

Let me get another technical detail out of the way right at the beginning. While I like the grain that film brings to the photography game I like it in measured doses. Based on my previous experience with this film, it came out of the developer rather thin when exposed at 3200. Setting my meter to 1600 and developing normally certainly worked much better for me. For this roll, I took things one step further. I exposed the roll at EI 800 (overexposed by 2 stops) and later developed for 1600 (1 stop pull) in Kodak XTOL. I'm quite happy with the results and will stick to this method in the future unless I absolutely need a higher ISO. However, it turns out 800 speed film and an f/1.8 lens are a great combo for night photography, whether black and white or color.

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill at Dusk, East Aurora after Dark. Nikon FM2n, Kodak T-Max P3200, XTOL.Rookies Sports Bar and Grill at DuskEast Aurora after Dark

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill at Dusk, Night Photography, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on Kodak T-Max P3200 Black and White Negative Film

Nights in the suburbs can be devoid of people even under normal circumstances but these photographs document September 2020, the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. I never went after documenting that period directly but the emptiness definitely crept into some of my photographs, like here, and you can definitely spot other clues about the times.

Aurora Theatre Showing Fifty Shades of Grey Sweatpants, East Aurora after Dark. Nikon FM2n, Kodak T-Max P3200, XTOL.Aurora Theatre Showing Fifty Shades of Grey SweatpantsEast Aurora after Dark

Aurora Theatre Showing Fifty Shades of Grey Sweatpants, Night Photography, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on Kodak T-Max P3200 Black and White Negative Film

The Head over Heels Women's Boutique across the street was just about perfect for a night photograph. I definitely enjoyed the brightly lit shop window.

Head over Heels Women's Boutique after Dark, East Aurora after Dark. Nikon FM2n, Kodak T-Max P3200, XTOL.Head over Heels Women's Boutique after DarkEast Aurora after Dark

Head over Heels Women's Boutique after Dark, Night Photography, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on Kodak T-Max P3200 Black and White Negative Film

And we're going to close today off with an East Aurora classic, the Vidler's store. It opened in 1930 during the early days of the Great Depression and despite the odds made it and is a staple on today's East Aurora's Main Street. The first photo captures the store at dusk before things turned dark. In the background, you can see "Vidler on the Roof", or the store's long-time president Edward W. Vidler, welcoming you to the store from its rooftop.

Vidler's 5 & 10 at Dusk, East Aurora after Dark. Nikon FM2n, Kodak T-Max P3200, XTOL.Vidler's 5 & 10 at DuskEast Aurora after Dark

Vidler's 5 & 10 at Dusk, Night Photography, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on Kodak T-Max P3200 Black and White Negative Film

And then the night settled in. I always enjoy the one-figure clock when walking along the Main Street. Alright, it is not a clock but a thermometer but I always go through these thoughts. Too bad there was no illumination in the actual clock in the background, that would have made the photo even better. I don't know if that was just a malfunction or if it is never illuminated and now that I realized it I may have a new reason to revisit the location.

Vidler's 5 - 10 & $ at Night, East Aurora after Dark. Nikon FM2n, Kodak T-Max P3200, XTOL.Vidler's 5 - 10 & $ at NightEast Aurora after Dark

Vidler's 5 - 10 & $ at Night, Night Photography, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on Kodak T-Max P3200 Black and White Negative Film

So there you have it, this has been Part 1 of Nights around Buffalo. I hope you'll be back for parts 2, 3, and 4. Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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All posts in the Nights around Buffalo series: #1 Nights around Buffalo, East Aurora - to be continued

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy aurora black and white boutique cityscape east aurora film head over heels kodak lights local monochrome new york night nikon fm2n ny p3200 photography rookies theatre urban vidler's https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/6/nights-around-buffalo-east-aurora Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:00:00 GMT
Lomo Buffalo, NY https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/6/lomo-buffalo-ny Smena 8M, a simple plastic Lomo cameraSmena 8MA simple plastic Lomo camera This day's photography was all about experimenting and seeing what I could come back with from familiar places using not so familiar tools. In my hand, I had a very simple plastic camera, the Smena 8M, which was actually the camera I started my photographic endeavors with back in the 1980s.

It's a very simple fully manual camera that requires no power as there is not meter or any other electronics. Both shutter speed and f-stop are set on the lens. The shutter is cocked with a dedicated lever also on the lens and is thus separated from film advance. While that may take some getting used to it's not really a problem. And if you forget and click the shutter release button? No problem, cock it and fire away again. It's also very simple to do multiple exposures if one so desires. Focus is accomplished by zone focusing. The real bonus? Given the simplicity the camera can deliver some surprisingly good quality and sharp photographs.

To complete the Lomo experience I loaded the camera with a Lomography Metropolis color negative film, which delivers photographs featuring a different color palette and pronounced grain. Colors are mostly muted and somewhat shifted towards the greens. I used that film before and was not much of a fan for natural landscapes but enjoyed the results from urban settings.

BUFFALO, a scene from Canalside, Buffalo, New York.BUFFALOA scene from Canalside, Buffalo, New York.

BUFFALO, a scene from Canalside, Buffalo, New York.
Photographed with a Smena 8M 35mm camera on Lomography Metropolis color negative film

For the first photograph I struggled a bit as the space in front of the building is limited and the camera has a fixed 40mm lens. At first, I was reluctant to raise the camera up as I am not a fan of converging vertical lines in architecture but I eventually had to accept reality. Plus, it was a lo-fi kind of a day so why not? In the end, I am now very glad I did. I like both the version above as well as the Cyanotype print I made with it.

Next up was a walk over to the Naval Park to see how the ships would look with this lomo combo. In the end, I opted for an obvious angle I had photographed before. I think the colors of the film go well with the steel hulls.

USS Croaker and Company, Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.USS Croaker and CompanyBuffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

USS Croaker and Company, Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
Photographed with a Smena 8M 35mm camera on Lomography Metropolis color negative film

And finally, away from the Canalside and waterfront, the next photo is on Buffalo's Main Street with its signature Buffalo Metro Rail.

Train on Main, The NFTA Metro Rail train on Buffalo's Main StreetTrain on MainThe NFTA Metro Rail train on Buffalo's Main Street

Train on Main, The NFTA Metro Rail train on Buffalo's Main Street
Photographed with a Smena 8M 35mm camera on Lomography Metropolis color negative film

Overall, this photographic outing revealed that this extremely simple plastic camera is perfectly capable and I will certainly be using it again. And I still like the Lomography Metropolis film for urban settings. I guess they picket the name (Metropolis) well.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 35mm buffalo c-41 canalside city cityscape color downtown film lomo lomography metropolis new york ny smena 8m urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/6/lomo-buffalo-ny Mon, 13 Jun 2022 11:00:00 GMT
Cyanotypes X: From Black and White or Color https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/6/cyanotypes-x-from-black-and-white-or-color 1940s Rolleiflex AutomatRolleiflex Automat1940s Rolleiflex Automat Welcome back to my cyanotype series and its tenth installment. After focusing mostly on the tiny village of "Horní Rozsíčka" where I spent a lot of time as a child, we're moving over to the city where I live currently. With city scenes, buildings, and architecture I remain a fan of the rough texture of the Shizen Design watercolor paper. After going monochrome, blue in this case, the rough texture obliterates a lot of the details and I am left wit a further abstracted photograph, which I like.

For photo number one we're headed to Broderick Park in Buffalo, NY and to the Bird Island Pier that starts there. It frequently suffers weather and winter damage, which is a shame, because it is a really unique and wonderful way to walk several miles literally in the middle of the mighty Niagara River. So far, it was always repaired in the end and I hope that continues, even though some of the recent damage has been slow to fix and the pier is cut short as a result.

Camera of choice on this day? A World War II time Rolleiflex Automat. It needed quite extensive repairs to be in its current shape but right now it's like clockwork. I loaded it with Fomapan 400, attached a yellow filter to the taking lens and headed out.

What you see in today's first cyanotype is the view one gets when reaching the unpassable damage area and turning around. It's the pier heading back to Unity Island and Broderick Park and the signature Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada.

Bird Island Pier Cyanotype, Buffalo, NYBird Island Pier CyanotypeBuffalo, NY

Bird Island Pier Cyanotype, Buffalo, NY, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper

Smena 8M 35mm CameraSmena 8MSmena 8M 35mm Camera For cyanotype number two we're headed into the heart of the city. It's hard to believe Canalside really wasn't a thing until a few years ago. I did something different for this cyanotype. I normally select from one of my black and white photographs but for this one, I picked a photo captured on Lomography Metropolis color negative film. These cyanotypes are printed using a digital negative and even for this one I first converted the color photo into a monochrome.

However, I have heard of people printing their negatives in color and getting great results. Maybe I'll have to try that soon and compare with a monochrome one to see if there's a difference in practice. In theory, each color allows different levels of UV to pass through. That is similar with different density of black. Would the color negative result in more or less contrast?

Oh, and the camera of choice for this downtown Buffalo expedition? Smena 8M was the camera I started my (film) photography endeavors with back in the 1980s. Indeed, there was no discussion about film versus digital back then. Film was all there was and our family's film choice were black and white film stocks from Orwo. I don't remember why but my Dad was not a fan of Fomapan. He used to buy Orwo in bulk on our occasional trips to East Germany. I used that camera on several school trips and got alright results for the purpose they were supposed to serve. Some of them even saw the light of day as darkroom prints. Even now in 2022 I was rather pleasantly surprised about what one can get from a simple camera like this.

BUFFALO, Canalside, Buffalo, NYBUFFALOCanalside, Buffalo, NY

BUFFALO, Canalside, Buffalo, NY, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper, bleached and toned in green tea

Yes, a short post today, just two photographs. Come back soon and maybe there will be a new post with more to share. Do you like one of these two cyanotype prints or one from the past posts in this series? You can see them all in my Cyanotype Gallery and if you're interested, you can order one there too and get your own unique and original print. No two are the same. I coat the paper by hand and print of textured papers. As a result, they each have their own look and feel.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Previous posts in the Cyanotypes series: 1. First Cyanotype - 2. More Cyanotypes - 3. Highlands Cyanotypes - 4. How do Cyanotypes Happen? - 5. Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve - 6. Cyanotypes VI: Toning - 7. Cyanotypes VII: More Toning - 8. Cyanotypes VIII: Toning Different Papers - 9. Cyanotypes IX: Horní Rozsíčky - 10. Cyanotypes X: From Black and White or Color

If you like cyanotypes you can explore the Cyanotypes Photo Gallery dedicated to my growing collection of them. Would you like to browse through traditional darkroom wet prints? Visit my Darkroom Photo Gallery and enjoy! Do not hesitate to contact me whether you would like to learn more or would like to purchase one of my prints.

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Stormy over Buffalo, NY https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/5/stormy-over-buffalo-ny Mamiya RB67Mamiya RB67 I don't understand how it took me so long to post these photos. There's a bit of a gap between me taking pictures and then developing and scanning them but everything eventually makes it to a physical binder as well as bits on a hard drive. However, only a tiny fraction sees the light of day afterwards. Some of it is just a selection process when I don't feel like I should share the photographs but other times, it is just not spending sufficient time on the publishing task.

Whether it is digital posts on my website or social media, making inkjet prints, darkroom prints, zines, or cyanotypes, I feel like it is that phase that deserves a lot more attention. In the end, what is the purpose of capturing the world around us if the pictures cannot be seen again? To be fair, photo taking motivates me to spend more time outside in fresh air and under the sun so there's still that purpose for me. But is that enough?

So how long has it been? These photos are from summer 2020. It was only my second roll with a new to me Mamiya RB67 and as such I was mostly focused on learning to use it rather that having any high expectations. The camera is a beast, heavy as a tank, and requires a certain process to execute a photo session successfully. In many aspects, it is similar to large format work.

Yet, when I arrived on location my hopes of cooperating weather seemed to meet and exceed my expectations. The storm that was rolling through the area at sunset time was just clearing the western sky and moving overhead and over the city. While absolutely perfect that put a bit of a time pressure on me as I did not have time to waste.

Passing Storm over Buffalo, Dramatic Buffalo, New York. Mamiya RB67, Kodak Tri-X 400,  Kodak XTOL.Passing Storm over BuffaloDramatic Buffalo, New York

Passing Storm over Buffalo, Dramatic Buffalo, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film

As you can see, it all worked out. I got my photo! The scene lasted for a few minutes before the sun dipped under the horizon at my back, which gave me a chance to point the camera in a few different directions.

Erie Basin Marina after Storm, Buffalo, NY. Mamiya RB67, Kodak Tri-X 400,  Kodak XTOL.Erie Basin Marina after StormBuffalo, NY

Erie Basin Marina after Storm, Buffalo, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film

For the last photograph in this set, I decided to place the focus on the boats in the marina and use the city and the storm as a backdrop. I moved closer to one of the docks and the fence and framed the below photo. I really like how it all came together even now two years later. The clouds look like someone painted them in with a paint brush and their jagged edges fit the Dock D sign perfectly.

Dock D, Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NY.Dock D, Erie Basin MarinaBuffalo, NY

Dock D, Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film

I was really happy with the results and yet, this remains the last Tri-X I used. It's been almost two years and maybe it's time to get a roll or two ready for the next summer storm? We'll see.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 120 black and white buffalo city cityscape clouds dramatic erie basin film Kodak light mamiya rb67 marina medium format monochrome ny ominous storm summer Tri-x https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/5/stormy-over-buffalo-ny Mon, 23 May 2022 11:00:00 GMT
Cyanotypes IX: Horní Rozsíčky https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/4/cyanotypes-ix-horni-rozsicky From the wonderful Chautauqua Belle of my last cyanotype blog post we're heading over to a tiny village in the Czech Republic, a village where time stopped a long time ago. A village with a strong personal connection for me.

After I visited the village of Horní Rozsíčka in 2019 after more than two decades and mentioned to my Mom that it felt like time stopped there she agreed and added that time had in fact stopped there back in the 1980s. I spent about an hour walking around with two cameras. I had Kodak Double-X loaded in my trusty Nikon FE and Kodak Ektar 100 in the plastic fantastic Nikon N75. I walked the main loop circling the village, I added the loop that went by the orchard, fields, and barn, and I also walked down the short hill towards a house called Pazderna. And of course, I idled a bit by the two houses where my grandparents lived.

The "new" one they lived in was hard to see. The whole house was overgrown by the surrounding vegetation reminding me of a Czech version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale where the whole castle of the Rose Kingdom was overgrown by roses. The one across the street, the "old cottage" serving as a farm house, was also rather overgrown on three sides but at least the side facing the street was unobstructed. That became the focus on my photographic attention and later became the "House of Memories" darkroom print, a lith print, and a cyanotype.

In today's post I am sharing a new take on the "House of Memories" printing it from a different negative where I opened the shadows a bit more and chose the Shizen Design watercolor paper with its strong texture. The texture disrupts the photo in a way I really like, the recycled content of the paper further adds to its unpredictability, and finally, I also printed two versions. One straight blue cyanotype and one cyanotype toned in green tea.

House of Memories, Cyanotype II, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech RepublicHouse of Memories, Cyanotype IIHorní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic

House of Memories, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper

The alternative version was printed the same way as the blue cyanotype above. However, once the print was done, I allowed it to dry and react to oxygen for about 24 hours. Then I fully bleached it and toned it in green tea. 

House of Memories, Tea Toned Cyanotype II, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech RepublicHouse of Memories, Tea Toned Cyanotype IIHorní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic

House of Memories, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Tea Toned Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper, 
bleached and toned in green tea

I also remembered another path we used as kids. It was a dirt road shortcut to an old school house and then down to a sister village of Dolní Rozsíčka. Cherry trees lined a section of the path and were a favorite spot when the cherries were ripe. I only walked a short distance and back. On my way back, this wonderful view opened up.

On the Way from School, Cyanotype, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech RepublicOn the Way from School, CyanotypeHorní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic

On the Way from School, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper

Since this was a tea toning session, I also printed an extra to be bleached and toned in green tea. Compare the feel of that version below.

On the Way from School, Tea Toned Cyanotype, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech RepublicOn the Way from School, Tea Toned CyanotypeHorní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic

On the Way from School, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Tea Toned Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper, bleached and toned in green tea

And finally, the third pair of today's cyanotypes is from a corner that I must have walked and run countless times as a child. It led to couple of my friends, it led to the village pond where we climbed its fence and fished, it led to the village center with a small circle a mobile grocery bus would stop  at twice a week and people would form a line for their chance to do their shopping.

U Vlachů, Cyanotype, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech RepublicU Vlachů, CyanotypeHorní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic

U Vlachů, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper

And of course, the second green tea toned version.

U Vlachů, Tea Toned Cyanotype, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech RepublicU Vlachů, Tea Toned CyanotypeHorní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic

U Vlachů, Horní Rozsíčka, Czech Republic, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Tea Toned Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured watercolor paper, bleached and toned in green tea

At some point, I want to do more with my photos from this tiny forgotten village where I spent many summers and weekends as a kid. I may even need to return once or twice more to gather additional material. Initially, I thought I'd hold all of these photos until such grand reveal but then decided to take it one step at a time and share what I have now. I hope you have enjoyed this cyanotype sequel and a brief glimpse into a place of my childhood.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Previous posts in the Cyanotypes series: 1. First Cyanotype - 2. More Cyanotypes - 3. Highlands Cyanotypes - 4. How do Cyanotypes Happen? - 5. Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve - 6. Cyanotypes VI: Toning - 7. Cyanotypes VII: More Toning - 8. Cyanotypes VIII: Toning Different Papers - 9. Cyanotypes IX: Horní Rozsíčky

If you like cyanotypes you can explore the Cyanotypes Photo Gallery dedicated to my growing collection of them. Would you like to browse through traditional darkroom wet prints? Visit my Darkroom Photo Gallery and enjoy! Do not hesitate to contact me whether you would like to learn more or would like to purchase one of my prints.

 

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, Shizen Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Chautauqua Lake, New York.Chautauqua Belle SteamboatShizen Design Cyanotype Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, Tea Toned Shizen Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Chautauqua Lake, New York.Chautauqua Belle SteamboatTea Toned Cyanotype Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, Meeden Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Chautauqua Lake, New York.Chautauqua Belle SteamboatMeeden Cyanotype  

Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech RepublicKarlštejn CastleCyanotype Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls, Tea Toned Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic..Karlštejn CastleCyanotype

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy alternative analog blue blueprint childhood cyanotype darkroom green tea horní rozsíčka house of memories monochrome photography process rozsíčky technique toning ultraviolet village vintage https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/4/cyanotypes-ix-horni-rozsicky Thu, 28 Apr 2022 15:40:39 GMT
Country Roads in Winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/3/country-roads-in-winter With film photography and the delay in having pictures available that I introduce with my development and scanning process, the seasons I share usually spill over from one to the next. And I usually don't mind that at all. However, I always hesitate to share white winter photos into the spring as I worry that no one really wants to see those.

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So while few of you may be enjoying the hopefully last blast of winter 2021/22, I am taking advantage of this window to share a few more cold frames. On one hand, they are photographed with a medium format Mamiya 645 1000s camera providing increased quality over smaller formats but on the other, my film of choice was Foma Retropan 320, which has a pronounced grain. It makes for an interesting combination that I like, especially with the bright winter photos.

On top of the grain, there are also some dark spots visible in a few areas, which resemble the emulsion problems specific to Fomapan 200. Does or did Retropan 320 share those at least for a while? It would appear so.

Farmhouse in Winter, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Farmhouse in WinterOrchard Park, NY

Farmhouse in Winter, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

For this photo op I did not head too far, only a couple miles south down some of my favorite country roads I love driving and riding on. In winter, the vehicle of choice definitely is a car but the rest of the year if can be either a motorcycle or a bicycle. No matter what the mode of transportation, I love watching the changes.

Triplets that Are No More, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Triplets that Are No MoreOrchard Park, NY

Triplets that Are No More, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

The photograph above is a bit of a sad story that I get to see all too often. The two structures on the left gave in to time and are no more. Many local barns are disappearing. It is always a great feeling when I run into a new one being built, even if those moments are in minority. Or maybe because of it?

Winter on a Country Road, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Winter on a Country RoadOrchard Park, NY

Winter on a Country Road, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

And for the last picture, I really liked how the utility poles framed the drive into nothingness, including the overhead cable zigzag.

Utility Poles, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Utility PolesOrchard Park, NY

Utility Poles, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

I hope you did not mind this winter themed post too much and based on which turn the weather takes I may squeeze in one more. Who knows? Either way, I am sure spring truly is right around the corner and I will admit that while I enjoy a good winter I also look forward to warm weather at this point. Once we're past the warm weather teaser the white relapses do become a bit of a nuisance, don't they?

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 35mm agfa apx black and white buffalo film forest landscape nature new york nikon fe2 ny orchard park photography snow white winter woods https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/3/country-roads-in-winter Mon, 28 Mar 2022 13:07:46 GMT
Cyanotypes VIII: Toning Different Papers https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/3/cyanotypes-viii-toning-different-papers Today we're going to explore how different papers effect the look of cyanotype prints and even more importantly how they effect toning. This is my eight installment on the topic of cyanotypes. If you missed the previous ones, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this post where I have included a short reference to the previous posts.

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Let's start with a straight Cyanotype of the Beautiful Chautauqua Belle on two of my favorite papers so far. The first is the Shizen Design textured surface cold press recycled watercolor paper. It has a very rough texture, accepts the emulsion coating very unevenly, and produces sharp images with high contrast that lack fine detail. I really like this paper and the vintage look it gives my photos.

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat Cyanotype, Shizen Design Watercolor PaperChautauqua Belle Steamboat CyanotypeShizen Design Watercolor Paper

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold press recycled watercolor paper

The second paper is the Meeden Textured Surface Cold Press Watercolor Paper. Overall lot more subtle than the first, with noticeable texture but regular and accepting the emulsion very evenly. Results are of lower contrast, lot more details are preserved but the images appear a little blurrier overall. It is really important to use heavy glass or weigh it down to insure the negative keeps as close of a contact with the paper as possible.

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat Cyanotype, Meeden Watercolor PaperChautauqua Belle Steamboat CyanotypeMeeden Watercolor Paper

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated
Meeden Textured Surface Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Now let's repeat the same sequence but bleach the blues and tone the prints in green tea. The properties of the Shizen Design paper remain the same and it shows another advantage for this process. The paper itself seems to resist staining very well. The tea toner attaches mostly to the previously coated and bleached areas and leaves the bare paper alone.

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, Tea Toned Cyanotype, Shizen Design Watercolor PaperChautauqua Belle Steamboat, Tea Toned CyanotypeShizen Design Watercolor Paper

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Tea Toned Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold press recycled watercolor paper, bleached, and toned in green tea

The Meeden Textured Paper is very different from this point of view. While its other Cyanotype properties also still hold true, green tea tones the previously coated, exposed, and bleached surfaces as well as a stains the paper itself, which is clearly visible in the last print included here today. The lower contrast and the stain work together to produce a different warm tone vintage look.

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, Tea Toned Cyanotype, Meeden Watercolor PaperChautauqua Belle Steamboat, Tea Toned CyanotypeMeeden Watercolor Paper

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Tea Toned Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated
Meeden Textured Surface Cold Press Watercolor Paper, bleached, and toned in green tea

Which paper do you like better? I'd love to hear from you. Please, feel free to use the comments function.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Previous posts in the Cyanotypes series: 1. First Cyanotype - 2. More Cyanotypes - 3. Highlands Cyanotypes - 4. How do Cyanotypes Happen? - 5. Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve - 6. Cyanotypes VI: Toning - 7. Cyanotypes VII: More Toning - 8. Cyanotypes VIII: Toning Different Papers

If you like cyanotypes you can explore the Cyanotypes Photo Gallery dedicated to my growing collection of them. Would you like to browse through traditional darkroom wet prints? Visit my Darkroom Photo Gallery and enjoy! Do not hesitate to contact me whether you would like to learn more or would like to purchase one of my prints.

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Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech RepublicKarlštejn CastleCyanotype Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls, Tea Toned Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic..Karlštejn CastleTea Toned Cyanotype

Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype - Blue, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn ArchwayCyanotype Blueprint Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Black Tea, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn ArchwayBlack Tea Toned Cyanotype Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Red Wine & White Tea, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn ArchwayRed Wine & White Tea Toned Cyanotype  

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy alternative analog blue blueprint chautauqua belle cyanotype darkroom green tea historic monochrome photography process steamboat steamship technique toning ultraviolet vintage https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/3/cyanotypes-viii-toning-different-papers Wed, 16 Mar 2022 11:26:25 GMT
Western New York Winter Woods https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/2/western-new-york-winter-woods Fresh winter's snow can turn any landscape into a land of magic and a forest is no different. And when the snow is sufficiently sticky not only does it coat horizontal surfaces it sticks on everything in any direction. Trees wrapped in white look so wonderful!

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This day, I felt like I woke up to a wonderland. All of the neighborhood trees had winter coats on and the ouside was calling me. It really was a simple decision. All I had to do was to put winter clothes on, add good boots, grab a camera, and head out. The edge of the woods in the first photograph is just minutes of walking and serves like a visual season meter. On this day, the dial was clearly showing winter.

Trees of the Winter Woods, Winter in Western New York, Orchard Park, NY.Trees of the Winter WoodsWinter in Western New York

Trees of the Winter Woods, Winter in Western New York, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 35mm camera on Agfa APX 400 black and white negative film

And into the woods I went next. I tend to take the same route every time, which is good and bad at the same time. The good part comes from knowing it well and having many favorite little things to notice along the way and watch them change with passing time. Take this stump as an example. I have photographed it in all seasons and for different reasons. Here, the puffy hat it was wearing was the trigger for another photo of it.

Buried Stump, Winter in Western New York, Orchard Park, NYBuried StumpWinter in Western New York

Buried Stump, Winter in Western New York, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 35mm camera on Agfa APX 400 black and white negative film

I like to shy away from signs of civilization in my photos but the snowed in boardwalk seemed to express what I was enjoying perfectly. A coat of fresh snow on the ground that no one has been through yet, trees wearing white, and I with a camera soaking it all in. Oh, and I love the fresh air that comes with winter. Somehow, the cold air is more intense and feels cleaner and very refreshing.

Boardwalk in Snow, Western New York Winter, Orchard Park, NY.Boardwalk in SnowWestern New York Winter

Boardwalk in Snow, Western New York Winter, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 35mm camera on Agfa APX 400 black and white negative film

Many people prefer warm weather and that is fine, to each their own. I think it's an acquired taste. One needs to head out often enough to find the magic and there is so much winter can offer photographically and in general. So next time you see everything coated in white, don't hesitate to leave the warmth of your home, put on some good winter clothes and head out.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 35mm Agfa APX black and white buffalo film forest landscape nature new york Nikon FE2 ny orchard park photography snow white winter woods https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/2/western-new-york-winter-woods Wed, 16 Feb 2022 12:39:07 GMT
Cyanotypes VII: More Toning https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/2/cyanotypes-vii-more-toning This cyanotype session was mostly to gain more experience as see what worked and what did not. There are two themes directly continuing from the last episode. I continued with the castle theme and with both straight blueprints as well as bleached and tea toned cyanotypes.

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I also stuck with the rough texture of the Shizen Design Cold Press Watercolor Paper. For me, there's something oddly satisfying in the rendering of that paper. Capturing the photos on film sent me down the retro path, then I printed them as cyanotypes, another step down that path, so why not add a paper with texture so rough that details almost disappear and it all becomes more about the overall form, shape, and the interaction of light and dark.

Helfštýn Castle Tower and Walls CyanotypeHelfštýn Castle Tower and WallsCyanotype

Helfštýn Castle Tower and Walls Cyanotype, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

For the first photo, we did not even leave Helfštýn, the castle we entered last time around. This time, the focus was on the castle walls and the watch tower in one of the corners. The lighting set up was quite different for this photo and I wanted to see how it would come out as a cyanotype. Dark clouds and a rainstorm rolled over and then sunshine lit the castle brightly up while the sky remained an ominous dark. Definitely a different look but I like how it worked out.

Despite the many recommendations I read not to use white tea but green instead, I am a white tea fan so far. Unlike what the internet says I find 4 tea bags per 500ml working perfectly fine, darks become dark enough, and white tea barely stains the paper. I also like the colder tones compared to the browns of green tea. For now, I will continue experimenting with both as I bought a monster pack of green tea bags too. For drinking, I prefer loose tea so green tea toned cyanotypes it is until the box runs out.

Helfštýn Castle Tower and Walls, White Tea Toned CyanotypeHelfštýn Castle Tower and WallsWhite Tea Toned Cyanotype

Helfštýn Castle Tower and Walls, White Tea Toned Cyanotype, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

And now it is time to leave Moravia and travel over to Bohemia not far from the capital of Prague. There's one of the most picturesque castles in the whole of Czech Republic and Europe for that matter too. It's name is Karlštějn and it overlooks a namesake village. It was named after one of the greatest Czech Kings, Karel IV (Charles IV), who was very successful and also became a Holy Roman Emperor. The Karlštejn Castle was founded in 1348

Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls CyanotypeKarlštejn Castle Tower and Walls Cyanotype

Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls Cyanotype, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

I was really happy with how this particular photograph turned out as a cyanotype. It fit the process and the rough paper texture very well and so far remains one of my most favorite cyanotype creations. It will be hard to top. Seeing how well it worked as a blueprint there was just one other thing to try. You guessed it. How would it look toned in white tea?

Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls, White Tea Toned CyanotypeKarlštejn Castle Tower and WallsWhite Tea Toned Cyanotype

Karlštejn Castle Tower and Walls, White Tea Toned Cyanotype, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

That session proved to be another success. Which one do you like better? I'd love to hear from you. Please, feel free to use the comments function.

And a final thought before I sign out. A few posts back I wondered whether one could pre-treat a large batch of paper with the cyanotype chemicals and then use them as needed. Now the answer is shaping up for me. Yes, it can be done and it works fine as long as the paper is in a dark and dry place. But I would not recommend that. I like my results best when I use the treated paper within 48 hours. Otherwise, the chemicals turn yellowish and even processed cyanotypes then retain this yellow cast, which I do not like. A rinse in vinegar sometimes helps clear it out a little but it lingers. Bleaching for toning seems to take care of it so that can be one strategy if you leave your paper around too long.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Previous posts in the Cyanotypes series: 1. First Cyanotype - 2. More Cyanotypes - 3. Highlands Cyanotypes - 4. How do Cyanotypes Happen? - 5. Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve - 6. Cyanotypes VI: Toning - 7. Cyanotypes VII: More Toning

If you like cyanotypes you can explore the Cyanotypes Photo Gallery dedicated to my growing collection of them. Would you like to browse through traditional darkroom wet prints? Visit my Darkroom Photo Gallery and enjoy! Do not hesitate to contact me whether you would like to learn more or would like to purchase one of my prints.

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Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype - Blue, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn ArchwayCyanotype Blueprint Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Black Tea, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn ArchwayBlack Tea Toned Cyanotype Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Red Wine & White Tea, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn ArchwayRed Wine & White Tea Toned Cyanotype

An old house by a train station. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Eureka Springs, Arkansas.Old HouseCyanotype House of Memories Cyanotype, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.House of MemoriesCyanotype

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy alternative analog blue blueprint castle cyanotype darkroom helfstyn historic karlstejn medieval monochrome photography process technique toning ultraviolet white tea https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/2/cyanotypes-vii-more-toning Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:08:46 GMT
Ice Cream at Night https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/ice-cream-at-night I've been focused on local photography of the southern suburbs of Buffalo, NY for quite a while now. More and more, it is the ordinary that surrounds me every day that not only catches my eye but gets me out with the camera. I  am sure you will see even more posts like that from me in 2022.

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Instead of a single walk through a single neighborhood we're visiting three different food stands today. They're each very popular with the local community in their own way and each have their specialty. However, they are also stands that look great at night thanks to their bright lights or neons that make them very eye catching when the daylight runs out.

The idea started with a wonderful vintage ice cream stand in Orchard Park, New York. I drive by it almost every day and quite often even after dark. I figured I could include the popular local ice cream stands on a single roll of film of night photography. And of course, I had to start where the idea was born. I had to start by Custard Lite in Orchard Park, NY.

For this purpose, I loaded my Nikon FM2n with a roll of Cinestill 800T film. I like that specific camera for night photography because of its LED light meter that is very easy to see at night. On my other cameras, like the Nikon FE, I enjoy their analog match needle meters quite a bit but those become of limited value in the dark. And that's where the LED lights shine. I paired the camera with the original all metal pancake Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Custard Lite Corner at Dusk, Night Photography, Orchard Park, NYCustard Lite Corner at DuskNight Photography

Custard Lite Corner at Dusk, Night Photography, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on  Cinestill 800T Color Negative Film

This first establishing photograph has become a favorite of mine. I really enjoy leaving enough room in the frame for the utility poles and playing with their position in the frame. Most streets in the are run in a perpendicular pattern but here and their one is the oddball. And the end of the Ellicott Road is just such a road placing Custard Lite on a small triangular plot of land.

Since this was at night, there was a new opportunity though. There was an opportunity to show off the lights, to show off the vintage look of this stand. The 50mm lens worked well too and just allowed me to fill the frame with the building while staying within the safety of the lot. I was very happy I went for this frame filling photo and even happier when it showed up on my monitor screen. That's one of the quirks of film photography. It adds a dose of suspense as there is no LCD to quickly check to make sure the exposure and the focus were in order.

Custard Lite Lit Up, Night Photography, Orchard Park, NYCustard Lite Lit UpNight Photography

Custard Lite Lit Up, Night Photography, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on  Cinestill 800T Color Negative Film

I enjoy photography very much but prefer to do so away from people. For me, getting some peace and quiet and time just for myself are part of it. As soon as people are around the experience changes for me and it is no longer so relaxing and enjoyable. Night photography has its pros and cons from this point of view. There are usually fewer people around and that opens up new locations to photography that would otherwise be full of people. However, the people that are around will be even more suspicious of someone walking around and taking pictures at night. A lot of people just can't understand why I would take a photo of a building at night without any bad intentions. And if you run into a paranoid person that had one too many drinks the situation can get quite ugly.

Taffy's after Dark, Night Photography, Orchard Park, NYTaffy's after DarkNight Photography

Taffy's after Dark, Night Photography, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on  Cinestill 800T Color Negative Film

The second location is on the other side of Orchard Park. Whereas Custard Lite's specialty is ice cream, Taffy's is a popular open-air location for summer lunches and for milkshakes. And while their food selection is what one would expect their milkshake selection is wild. I don't remember the total but it must be over 100. Are you adventurous? Try to get each at least once! I will admit, I usually stick to a few of my favorites, and often go with the good old boring choice of strawberry banana.

For the final photo we're heading back across Orchard Park and all the way to Hamburg. And we will end with the same treat we started with, ice cream. Nick Charlap's ice cream stand stays open longer into the night than the other two and people stream in all the way through the closing time. And since I don't want people in my photographs, it can become quite the exercise in patience. To get this photograph, I actually had to return back twice. But it was worth it!

Nick Charlap's Open at Night, Night Photography, Hamburg, NYNick Charlap's Open at NightNight Photography

Nick Charlap's Open at Night, Night Photography, Hamburg, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Nikon FM2n on  Cinestill 800T Color Negative Film

That's it for today. I hope you've enjoyed this change of pace and the night time photographs.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 800T cinestill cityscape colors film hamburg ice cream local neon new york night nikon fm2n ny orchard park photography urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/ice-cream-at-night Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:46:48 GMT
A Winter Walk https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/a-winter-walk Snow was late to come this winter season but it's here for the moment so let's enjoy it and celebrate it with some white scenes. These two photos have been waiting in my blog queue for a while. They go back to 2018 and my cold winter's day walk in Beaver Island State Park.

Commission House, Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, New YorkCommission HouseBeaver Island State Park, Grand Island, New York

Commission House, Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, New York

It was very cold, air freezing my nose, and snow beautifully cracking under my boots. There was also a lot of mist over the Niagara River creating a nice mysterious mood and simplifying my backdrops. It's sometimes tough to convince myself to go out in these conditions but I always enjoy it once out there.

Tree on the River Banks, Beaver Island State Park,  Grand Island, New YorkTree on the River BanksBeaver Island State Park, Grand Island, New York.

Tree on the River Banks, Beaver Island State Park,  Grand Island, New York

Hope you all have a wonderful day whether you choose to brave the low and still dropping temperatues or watch the white world from the comfort of your home, maybe sitting by a fireplace and sipping hot beverage of your choice.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy beaver island cold frozen grand island landscape new york niagara river outdoors river snow state park white winter https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/a-winter-walk Thu, 20 Jan 2022 12:53:10 GMT
Cyanotypes VI: Toning https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/cyanotypes-vi-toning Cyanotypes are known for and easily identified by their blue color. But are they? Yes, straight printing with cyanotype chemicals will result in blue prints. That's what gave the name to the term blueprint. However, one does not have to stop there.

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This was my first venture into altering the final results of my cyanotypes. In concept, it is a very simple process, however, it adds quite a bit of time until one gets to the finish line. First step is to print a normal blue-looking cyanotype and let it fully dry and cure by being exposed to oxygen. It seems like the general recommendation is about 24 hours. At this point, you may have something like the below print.

Helfštýn Courtyard Cyanotype, The Original BlueHelfštýn Courtyard CyanotypeThe Original Blue

Helfštýn Courtyard Cyanotype - The Original Blue, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

After 24 hours, the print is ready to go through the next two or more toning phases. First, the print needs to be bleached and I followed the recommendation of using washing soda (not baking soda), approximately one tea spoon per liter. In my case, I estimated half a tea spoon and only mixed 500ml.

The length of bleaching depends on one's desired results. The highlights and then mid-tones start bleaching first and very quickly, in about 15 seconds. Then the apparent speed goes down and full bleaching my take 2 to 3 minutes depending on the print, the paper, the bleach concentration, the temperature, and probably the weather outside (joking). I do the bleaching step in a darkroom tray while constantly agitating the bleach by rocking the tray back and forth.

Removing the print after about 10 - 30 seconds results in a partially bleached print with the shadows keeping some of their blues. You can see a sample of that stage below. This remaining blue will combine with our toner in a successive step. Based on how long the bleach worked on the shadows their color may also change and they may appear black, gray, cyan, or even have a greenish tone.

Helfštýn Courtyard Cyanotype - Partially BleachedHelfštýn Courtyard CyanotypePartially Bleached

Helfštýn Courtyard Cyanotype - Partially Bleached, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

Continued bleaching will start removing even the mid-tones and shadow areas and the look will depend a lot on the paper. Smooth papers bleach differently than textured papers. In this case of the rough texture of the Shizen Design Watercolor Paper, the dark areas turn yellow and "never" really disappear, at least not within a few minutes. For full bleaching, I wait for all other colors do disappear and only faint yellows and whites remaining.

After bleaching, whether partial or full, the print needs to go back into a water wash to get the bleach out. I have seen wildly differing recommendations but based on my testing so far, 4 minutes of flowing water in a print washing tray does the trick. However, ask me in 100 years to confirm whether those 4 minutes provide archival washing quality.

Once washed, the print goes into a toner of your choice. In today's example, I used the partially bleached print from the above step and toned it in black tea, 4 tea bags per 500ml. Temperature does matter and going with room temperature is generally recommended. Higher temperatures will result in faster toning but will also cause general paper staining, front and back.

Helfštýn Courtyard Cyanotype - Toned in Black TeaHelfštýn Courtyard CyanotypeToned in Black Tea

Helfštýn Courtyard Cyanotype - Toned in Black Tea, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

You can see the remaining unbleached areas in the above print. You can increase their presence by bleaching less or decrease by bleaching more, all the way to removing them completely.

Alright, that's it for black tea. But how about other toners? How about green tea? Or white tea? Or something more adventurous like red wine? Let's take a look. First, I printed a whole bunch of cyanotypes from the same negative so that I could keep some in blue and experiment with the rest.

Helfštýn Archway - Cyanotype BlueHelfštýn Archway CyanotypeCyanotype in Blue

Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype - In Blue, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

I really liked the blue look. I am definitely nowhere close to getting tired of these blue beauties. As a result, it was quite hard to keep only couple and proceed through the next stages with the rest. During this session, I decided to stick with the partial bleaching process. If you'd like to see what one can get with fully bleached prints, you'll need to return to my blog in a week or two, I hope to have that post up by then.

Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Black TeaHelfštýn Archway CyanotypeToned in Black Tea

Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Black Tea, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

The theory has it that as far as teas go black tea tones the most and the closest to black tones. It results in rich blacks. It also stains the paper on both sides. At first, I did not like the staining much and was excited about trying other teas but at this point, I will admit I am more and more partial to going back to black tea. The charcoal look appeals to me more and more and I am over my initial problem with the slight general staining. It can also be somewhat controlled by keeping the toner at room temperature or at least between 20ºC to 30ºC. Hotter liquid will stain more. I also found that at this temperature and with this paper, 15 minutes provides a good balance between effective toning and limited staining. Leaving the print in black tea for significantly longer results in limited toning improvement but significant staining all over.

Next planned experiment was with cheap red wine at about $6 for 1 liter. I was not sure what to expect but wanted to try something other than tea. I also intentiopnally stayed away from coffee for now. I use coffee and Caffenol for another project and wanted to try my hand in other materials first.

Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Red Wine & White TeaHelfštýn Archway CyanotypeToned in Red Wine & White Tea

Helfštýn Archway Cyanotype Toned in Red Wine and White Tea, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

After 15 minutes in red wine, the toning was very faint and I did not yet have the experience that would prompt me to either raise the temperature or let the print sit in the wine for longer to see what would happen. I still have not tried that and it is coming soon. On this day, I decided to pull the partially toned print out, wash it, and then tone in white tea. Why white? I was afraid black tea would overpower the faint wine toning results and I did not have cheap green tea on hand. I did not want to "waste" fancy loose tea for these experiments. However, I had some cheap white tea handy that I normally use for my kombucha. I used the same strength of 4 tea bags in 500ml of water and went for it. I read that white tea was not good for toning but I figured I could try and hoped that in combination with red wine it would be enough, And it worked really nicely and I am sure this was not the last time I tried this combo.

Future plans? I am working on a project that will require me to print traditional cyanotypes as well as cyanotypes toned in green tea. I need to try red wine again on its own and be more patient. I am also more and more curious about coffee. And there are quite a few herbs that can also be used. I really liked prints toned in marjoram I saw soemwhere on the web.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Previous posts in the Cyanotypes series: 1. First Cyanotype - 2. More Cyanotypes - 3. Highlands Cyanotypes - 4. How do Cyanotypes Happen? - 5. Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve - 6. Cyanotypes VI: Toning

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House of Memories Cyanotype, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.House of MemoriesCyanotype Helfštýn Castle Palace Cyanotype, an original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Helfštýn Castle PalaceCyanotype Highland Hay Bales Cyanotype, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Highland Hay BalesCyanotype

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog black tea blue blueprint cyanotype darkroom historic monochrome photography process red wine technique toning ultraviolet white tea https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/cyanotypes-vi-toning Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:43:32 GMT
Shenandoah: The Unfinished Hike https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/shenandoah-the-unfinished-hike I realize it's no longer fall but I have had this post sequenced since October. Then I always got excited about some new photographs and pushed it a week, and another, and another. In fact, the gorgeous Rose River Falls hike has remained unfinished since 2019! I hope you enjoy the burst of color in our mostly gray world.

Hopping Down the Steps, Rose River Falls Trail, Shenandoah National ParkHopping Down the StepsRose River Falls Trail

Hopping Down the Steps, Rose River Falls Trail, Shenandoah National Park

Looking at these two photos induced a bit of nostalgia and I went back to photo archives and realized how long it has been since our last trip to Shenandoah National Park. Wow, two back to back trips in 2013 and 2014 and not since then.

Waterfall Zigzag, Rose River Falls Trail, Shenandoah National ParkWaterfall ZigzagRose River Falls Trail

Waterfall Zigzag, Rose River Falls Trail, Shenandoah National Park

I hope this brought a dose of warmth to this cold day and maybe even a smile.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

Previously from Shenandoah: Trouble with ColorThe Details or the Wide and Grand? - The Skyline Drive View in Autumn - The Lonely Tree - Dark Hollow FallsCozy at ShenandoahSkyline Drive of ShenandoahShenandoah SunsetDifferent Look of Shenandoah at Big MeadowShenandoah is Waking UpOn Skyline Drive - Colorful FlashbackLuray CavernsLuray Valley MuseumFox Hollow Trail - The Treasures of Shenandoah - Distant Sunset Views - Hiking - Rose River Falls Trail - Still on the Rose River Falls Trail - More Waterfall Wonders along the Rose River Falls Trail - Continuing our hike along the Rose River Falls trail - Shenandoah: The Unfinished Hike

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy autumn cascade colors creek fall hiking landscape national park nature outdoors photography river rose river shenandoah trail virginia water waterfall https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/shenandoah-the-unfinished-hike Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:38:42 GMT
Twelve Months, Twenty Photos - 2021, Black and White https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/twelve-months-twenty-photos-2021-black-and-white As promised in the previous color edition of this post here's the 2021 in review in black and white. During the selection process it was very obvious what role the seasons play in me choosing black and white or color. While my color photographs did not kick in until April I could fill this whole grid with black and white photographs between January and March.

Twelve Months Twenty Photos 2021 - Black and White, Annual collage selection for a year in review.Twelve Months Twenty Photos 2021Black and White

As a result we're starting this grid on the home front with winter scenes from Orchard Park and East Aurora. Everything was beautifully covered in snow. The sky was almost permanently not so beautifully gray. Nature looked black and white to me and that drove my choice to stick with black and white film during those months. I'll see what 2022 brings but so far we are lacking the white cover, everything seems to be gray, and my bias towards black and white holds. But who knows. If we get some nice sunny days with blue sky it might be cool to go for color contrast. Stop by in a year and we'll see.

Then came the road trip to Arkansas with a repeat stop at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. It provided a nice driving break, an opportunity to stretch our legs, and had plenty to offer photographically too. Then a short drive along the wonderful Route 66 that we like to seek anytime we get close enough, and finally Arkansas. We visited the charming little town of Eureka Springs several times, hiked several areas of the Hobbs State Park, and went for a longer 1-day trip to explore the Buffalo National River area.

Next up was a summer trip to the Czech Republic with a mix of hiking and castle chasing. Some of the places we enjoyed that made it to the 2021 collage are Rymice, Radhošť, Milotice, Holešov, Helfštýn, Karlštejn, definitely a dirt road, and Praha (Prague). 

And finally, the selection is closed by a home front sample from the long-term large format Niagara River Project photographing locations along the river with a 4x5 camera on Foma film developed in Caffenol. It was a big year for Caffenol. After some experimentation I settled on developing Fomapan 100 and 400 in Caffenol Delta and was able to get consistent results very much to my liking. The project is far from over and I will stick with the chosen constraints into 2022.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2019Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2019A cut through 2019. All photos captured on film. 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. Twelve months, twenty photosTwelve months, twenty photos

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2021 annual arkansas black and white buffalo collage czech republic in pictures landscape local monochrome mosaic ny photo photography portfolio review selection travel twelve months united states usa western new york year https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/twelve-months-twenty-photos-2021-black-and-white Thu, 06 Jan 2022 14:55:39 GMT
Twelve Months, Twenty Photos - 2021, Color https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/twelve-months-twenty-photos-2021-color I did not make it before the year's end so let's start the New Year with a photographic recap of the one before. A wonderful spring road trip, a great summer trip to the Czech Republic, and many local expeditions, all full of photographic opportunities to preserve the memories.

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What's in the grid? It starts with the road trip to Arkansas. Along the way, we had an opportunity to drive Route 66 again and that's something we do not turn down. Then Table Rock Lake with it's many boat marinas and a sometimes even rental offices on the water. Further south, Beaver Lake and Hobbs State Park offered many hiking trails and natural and historic sites for the camera. The Van Winkle Historic Site at the edge of the Beaver Lake seemed like a paradise. The trail was short thus there was not much hiking to do but the natural beauty was intense there with the West Fork Little  Clifty Creek flowing into Beaver Lake. Next a trip to Buffalo National River, established in 1972 as America's first National River. Being just a 1-day trip this was more of a scouting expedition for a future trip than a thorough exploration. Still, we managed two hikes and saw that the river as well as the surrounding area are true natural wonders well worth their protected status. All along we had an opportunity to stop at and explore the wonderful small towns of Arkansas. Eureka Springs was definitely a gem.

In my photography I usually stay away from photographic gimmicks but once in a while they provide a nice change of pace. In 2020, I had an opportunity to photograph a roll of Adox Color Implosion film, which definitely yielded unique photos. I also tried cross-processing E-6 slide film in C-41. It was also the year of Lomochrome Metropolis. In 2021, I continued to play with Metropolis but have to admit I struggled finding suitable opportunities for that film. I also tried Lomochrome Purple for the first time. It's definitely an in-your-face type of an effect with no subtlety but I rather liked it. Not a film I'd use all the time but I liked that it provided a change of pace as well as gave old subjects new looks. I spent time with it in nature and next up are cityscapes.

Next up the beautiful little country of the Czech Republic. For the longest time the country had no official abbreviation. Now, for couple years, Czechia has been an approved one but I really don't like it and am sticking to the full name. We hiked in the Beskydy Mountains and their Radhošť Peak. We explored more medieval castles including Helfštýn, Karlštejn, and Konopiště. And we visited several historic cities including Kroměříž, Holešov, and Praha (Prague). While this was between Covid waves its impact was quite stark. The touristy places lacked tourists. They were not empty but significantly below the normal levels. And we had some areas just to ourselves. While that was great for us to explore it definitely placed small businesses relying on tourism under stress.

As every year, I also made sure to photographically explore and document the home front. And I took it even closer to home this time and while still venturing to Buffalo, NY quite a bit I photographed Orchard Park, NY even more. I also gave in to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) in the second half of the year after a long break and could not resist the pricing of Minolta cameras on Facebook Marketplace. For $30 one could get a great camera with a lens. And that range held for both the old manual line up as well as the newer auto-focus cameras. The good news? The cameras and lenses needed testing and the home front was the best place to do that!

I used to do a combined collage of color and black and white photographs. For 2021, I decided to change things up and create one of each. You've seen the color one today and the black and white one is coming soon!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2019Twelve Months, Twenty Photos 2019A cut through 2019. All photos captured on film. 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. Twelve months, twenty photosTwelve months, twenty photos

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2021 arkansas buffalo collage czech republic in pictures landscape local mosaic ny photo photography portfolio review selection travel twelve months united states usa western new york year https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2022/1/twelve-months-twenty-photos-2021-color Mon, 03 Jan 2022 13:48:16 GMT
Moody Orchard Park Backroads https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/12/moody-orchard-park-backroads After showing off some of the main areas of Orchard Park, NY, we're onto the back roads today with a few moody black and white photographs. A weather front has just moved over and it was dark to the east and almost bright to the west.

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To add to the moody light I was out with a roll of old Agfa APX 400 black and white film. It's common to rate older film stocks at lower speed to insure they get enough exposure. On this occasion though, I went in the opposite direction and pushed the film to EI 800. I developed the roll in Caffenol Delta and added time for a 1-stop push but the negative came our very thin. That ended up exaggerating the contrast and grain during scanning.

Moody United Materials, Orchard Park, NY.Moody United MaterialsOrchard Park, NY

Moody United Materials, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Zorki 4 35mm camera on Agfa APX 400 black and white negative film

What caused the thin negatives? Hard to tell. It could have been the older film as mentioned above, it could be that this emulsion does not respond well to Caffenol Delta or extra development time in it, or it could be my mistake when mixing the Caffenol developer and starting with coffee instead of ending with it. The whole mixture was very foamy!

Moody United Materials Office, Orchard Park, NYMoody United Materials OfficeOrchard Park, NY

Moody United Materials Office, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Zorki 4 35mm camera on Agfa APX 400 black and white negative film

After spending some time with my favorite plant in Orchard Park, NY, I pointed the camera to the skies. The tops of two utility poles caught my attention. It was not the first time that happened. There is something captivating in the criss cross of wires we all depend on so much.

Power in all Directions, Orchard Park, NYPower in all DirectionsOrchard Park, NY

Power in all Directions, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Some cities and states have begun renewed electrification push in order to lower and maybe one day discontinue the use of fossil fuels for heating, cooking, and lighting. There are so many questions going through my head. How will the electricity be made? Coal-fired plants would certainly not serve this purpose, would they? But more pointedly to these poles, is the grid ready for the accelerated use of additional electricity? The power plants claim so but I have my doubts living the regular power outages every time the wind picks up.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 35mm Agfa APX black and white buffalo cityscape film new york ny orchard park photography urban Zorki https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/12/moody-orchard-park-backroads Mon, 27 Dec 2021 20:30:55 GMT
Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/12/cyanotypes-v-tweaking-the-curve I have fell down this cyanotype rabbit hole really deep and thus started numbering this series for an easier reference. This is the fifth installment and I already have a few more in the works. If you'd like to catch up on the previous episodes, I've provided links at the bottom of this post.

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So what was the next thing to learn? As you can see in the first photograph below, I have been getting very dark mid-tones resulting in a compressed tone curve with mostly dark tones and then usually blown highlights.

Milotice Chateaux Cyanotype - Original Tone CurveMilotice Chateaux CyanotypeOriginal Tone Curve

Milotice Chateaux Cyanotype - Original Tone Curve, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

To fight back, I had tried to select mostly bright photographs that seemed to work much better, as in the Helfštýn print below. However, I did not want to be at the mercy of the process and wanted to be able to print any of my black and white photographs.

Helfštýn Castle Palace Gate - Original Tone Curve with a Brighter PrintHelfštýn Castle Palace GateOriginal Tone Curve with a Brighter Print
Helfštýn Castle Palace Gate - Original Tone Curve with a Brighter Print, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

Since I am printing inkjet negatives for my Cyanotypes, I decided to address the problem by adjusting the tone curve of the original print. Aparently, what looked great on screen or in an inkjet print did not look its best as a Cyanotype. I fired up Gimp and created the below swatch of tones. I started at an RGB value of 0 for all colors and added squares of increasing brightness all the way through 250 for each color. At the end, I had room left for a few more squares so I also added 215, 225, 235, and 245 just in case the fine details mattered but that did not end up being the case. Then I printed my negative as usual and created a Cyanotype.

A Cyanotype Test Tone Swatch - Original Tone CurveA Cyanotype Test Tone SwatchOriginal Tone Curve

A Cyanotype Test Tone Swatch - Original Tone Curve
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

As you can see above, the results confirmed what I saw in my prints. There was pretty much no tonal difference between 0 and 90, then a nice range between 100 and 200, and then cut, max brightness reached. I did a bit of Internet searching and found that some take this to an exact science where the print can be scanned and run through software to generate as accurate of a curve as possible. I chose to wing it and leave more to the chance. I actually liked the deep tones of my prints and did not want to open the shadows to a point of the prints looking like a regular black and white print, just in blue.

Looking at the swatch I decided that my current value of 50 really should be at 100 and pushed the curve up accordingly. I also lowered the peak from 255 to 230. I don't claim these adjustments make it perfect neither do I know whether I am settled on these values with finality but it was certainly a step in the right direction, at least to my taste. Take a look below.

A Cyanotype Test Tone Swatch - Optimized Tone CurveA Cyanotype Test Tone SwatchOptimized Tone Curve

A Cyanotype Test Tone Swatch - Optimized Tone Curve
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

I liked I got a much nicer gradation even if there was still a bit of compression left in the darkest and brightest tones. So what was left? It had to be tested, right? I made the same tone curve adjustments to the original Milotice photograph and reprinted a new negative and a Cyanotype. You can see the result below.

Milotice Chateaux Cyanotype - Optimized Tone CurveMilotice Chateaux CyanotypeOptimized Tone Curve

Milotice Chateaux Cyanotype - Optimized Tone Curve, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Shizen Design textured surface cold pressed recycled watercolor paper

And to close things off for today's post? Let's put the two side by side.

Milotice Chateaux Cyanotype - Original Tone CurveMilotice Chateaux CyanotypeOriginal Tone Curve Milotice Chateaux Cyanotype - Optimized Tone CurveMilotice Chateaux CyanotypeOptimized Tone Curve

If you decide to try Cyanotypes I hope this quick overview will help you out. If you have any questions about this process, don't hesitate to ask, I'd be happy to help. And if you like one of mine and decide to buy it, that would be great too and I'd enjoy shipping it your way very mcuh.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Previous posts in the Cyanotypes series: 1. First Cyanotype - 2. More Cyanotypes - 3. Highlands Cyanotypes - 4. How do Cyanotypes Happen? - 5. Cyanotypes V: Tweaking the Curve

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Steel sculpture of a bison in front of an old double-decker bus and a grain elevator for the background. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Buffalo, NY.Buffalo, NYCyanotype Edward M Cotter's solo at Buffalo's Canalside. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Buffalo, NY.Edward M Cotter's Solo ShowCyanotype An old house by a train station. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Eureka Springs, Arkansas.Old HouseCyanotype

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog blue blueprint cyanotype darkroom historic monochrome photography process technique tone curve tweak ultraviolet https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/12/cyanotypes-v-tweaking-the-curve Mon, 20 Dec 2021 11:54:19 GMT
A Walk through Orchard Park https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/a-walk-through-orchard-park I am sharing a little different post with you today. Instead of the usual introduction of a photo or two I am sharing a selection of photos from a whole roll of 35mm film. That's right, 36 pictures to start with edited down to a more manageable number that still shows some hallmark locations in the village of Orchard Park, NY.

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The reason for this walk and for going through a whole roll of film was a new camera test. After couple years of holding back and not adding to my film camera collection I have had a few momentary lapses of reason in 2021 and entered the world of Minolta cameras. It was hard not to as many can be had under $20 - $30 with a lens. The one that started it was a Minolta XG-7. Nothing too special about this particular model, it just happened to be available couple miles from where I live, came with a 45mm f/2 Rokkor.X lens, and even a bag!

I loaded the camera with a Kodak Max 400 expired over 10 years ago. I was not sure whether testing a "new" camera with an expired film was the best choice but I had good luck with this specific batch before so I figured why not. The camera's shutter speeds sounded ok and everything seemed to work but one never really knows until a test roll goes through. I did make one slight adjustment and set the camera's ISO dial to 200 instead of 400. And since I still have couple more rolls I'll go with 100 next time.

But enough of the technical mumbo-jumbo, let's take the walk, starting at Terry Young's Auto Plaza heading south. It's a little counter-intuitive as south is up the hill from this spot and and south is supposed to be down (on the map), right?

Terry Young's Auto Plaza, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on expired Kodak Max 400 film.Terry Young's Auto PlazaUnited States Postal Service Trucks awaiting repair at Terry Youngs in Orchard Park, NY.

Terry Young's Auto Plaza, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Just across the street is a gas station that has recently changed hands and went from Noco to Speedway. However, Charlie the Butcher's Express stayed and even has a nice bright sign now.

Charlie the Butcher's at Speedway in Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on expired Kodak Max 400 film.Charlie the Butcher's at SpeedwayCharlie the Butcher's Express at the Speedway Gas Station (used to be Noco until recently) in Orchard Park, NY.

Charlie the Butcher's at Speedway, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

The village of Orchard Park struggles to keep small businesses open and to have enough to attract a walking crowd. There are some businesses but the wrong type to get general public in there. I feel there are not enough cafés, bakeries, restaurants, and other small shops to make it worth parking a car and strolling along. That is one big and not so positive difference compared to nearby East Aurora, and Hamburg. I have heard that rents are too high and there may be other reasons too. Unfortunately, this is just another example when a recently opened small business, Kaylena Marie's Bakery, closed down its doors in he village and moved furthter out beyond the walking reach.

Empty Kaylena Marie's in Orchard Park, NY.Empty Kaylena Marie'sIt was great to have a small artisan bakery right in the village of Orchard Park, NY but it moved out.

Empty Kaylena Marie's, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Judith Krantz Salon & Boutique, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Judith Krantz Salon & BoutiqueJudith Krantz Salon & Boutique in Orchard Park, NY

Judith Krantz Salon & Boutique, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Mangia Ristorante has taken over one of the four corners and has been steadily expanding over the last few years. Each summer they have a beuautiful flower garden in front, which definitely cheers things up.

Mangia Flowers, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Mangia FlowersThe always beautiful flower garden in front of Mangia Ristorante in Orchard Park, NY

Mangia Flowers, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

I love vintage items, including old gas pumps. We even travel to Route 66 to get the does of nostalgia that comes with a more old-fashioned travel. But I was unaware of this gem right here in Orchard Park until very recently. Doesn't this analog dial of a vintage Mobilegas pump look awasome even if it's now located at a Kwik Fill gas station? I am glad they kept it!

Vintage Mobilegas Pump, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Vintage Mobilegas PumpVintage Mobilegas gas pump at the Kwik Fill gas station in Orchard Park, NY

Vintage Mobilegas Pump, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Now we are starting to talk real vintage. And having mentioned how small businesses struggle in Orchard Park, here's an example of one that has lasted for a while. The Anthony Brown Pharmacy opened all the way back in 1880! And with so many Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS locations around, I don't think pharmacies have it easy.

Anthony Brown Rx Pharmacy, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Anthony Brown Rx PharmacyA unique family owned pharmacy in Orchard Park, NY

Anthony Brown Rx Pharmacy, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

As I was scanning the photos from this roll of film, all looked well so far. But with the next photo I saw the first signs of troubles. See that faint vertical stripe all the way from top down crossing through the "THO" letters in Anthony? I've seen that before and it usually means the camera needs cleaning and lubrication to insure the shutter curtain moves smoothly and evenly across the whole frame. Here, the opening hesitated a bit and created a ore exposed stripe. Call me strange, but I actually like that imperfection in this photo.

Anthony Brown Rx Pharmacy, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Anthony Brown Rx PharmacyA unique family owned pharmacy in Orchard Park, NY

Anthony Brown Rx Pharmacy, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

The next photo is of private residence that I usually shy away from taking pictures of. I do not want to spook anyone and neither do I want to trigger a confrontation if challenged. But once in a while, I feel like it has to be done. And this unique house is one of those situations. There's none other in the village that I know of and I really like it. I call it the Castle House. Unfortunately, it's in a bit of disrepair at the moment and I hope it can make it.

Old Castle House, Orchard Park, NY.Old Castle HouseA small unique house in the village of Orchard Park, NY

Old Castle House, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Yes, it's a public library in the next photo. In this digital age of do everything from your couch they are often overlooked and I have run into young people that do not even know public libraries exist. Yet, in my opinion, they remain very relevant. They provide "free" access to an almost unlimited library of books. And since the whole county is interconnected you can order material from any library in the system and pick it up in your local library. Isn't that convenient? And it's not just books. You can get music CDs and movies on DVDs and Blueray too!

And guess what! The libraries are also going with the times and if you have a library card you also have access to free e-books and even audio books right from your couch after all. With the price of audio books, who would not enjoy free? So head out, check out your local library, and their website too to see what's available to you.

Orchard Park Public Library, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative FilmOrchard Park Public LibraryMaybe old-fashioned but still a great source of books, music, and movies.

Orchard Park Public Library, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Next we're stopping by one of my all time most favorite locations in Orchard Park, the historic train depot. It has recently undergone a renovation and looks better than ever, as you can see with the beautiful new platform. What could be better? Well, a steam locomotive rolling in and stopping next to it certainly would not hurt.

Orchard Park Train Depot, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Orchard Park Train DepotThe Historic Orchard Park Train Depot, Orchard Park, NY

Orchard Park Train Depot
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Just a few steps down the tracks is a bridge I have also photographed quite a bit. In the past, I enjoyed its old rusty look but I have to admit this new black paint is not too shabby either. And while you cannot see that here, it certainly looks much better from the street level below.

Railroad Bridge at the Train Depot, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Railroad Bridge at the Train DepotThe recently painted railroad bridge over South Buffalo Street in Orchard Park, NY.

Railroad Bridge at the Train Depot, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

If you visit my website regularly, you must be familiar with Green Lake, or Yates Park. However, I usually focus on the natural part of it trying to hide the signs of civilization. On this occasion I did the opposite and went for the park's sign throwing the lake itself into the background. Yes, this is what you will see right from South Buffalo Road.

Yates Park at Green Lake,Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Yates Park at Green LakeThe Yates Park and Green Lake wooden sign by the South Buffalo Street in Orchard Park, NY

Yates Park at Green Lake, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

The future of the Custard Lite ice cream stand is uncertain after it being in business for decades. While the business itself may go on the building's years may be counted, we will see. I have always photographed it and even more so recently while it is still here. And yes, that shutter problem creeped right back in here. The curtain's travel was even more choppy here as it created couple hard edges. Yet again, I like what it did for this photo of a vintage ice cream stand. I actually excluded couple photos from this walk where the shutter problems were really severe. Needless to say, this test roll resulted in me liking the camera but needing to send it out for a CLA (Clean, Lube, and Adjust). I am hoping that it will be back in several weeks working like new.

Custard Lite Ice Cream Stand, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Custard Lite Ice Cream StandA favorite local ice cream stand in Orchard Park, NY

Custard Lite Ice Cream Stand, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

We're now nearing the end of this day's walk and are stepping into the jungles of Orchard Park. I am very grateful for some of the nature trails available here, whether it is this wetlands area or the Chestnut Ridge park no too far. And anytime I walk or run along this trail I always look forward to this section. There's something different about it than the rest of the trail and I admit, I refer to it as the jungle section.

Wetlands Jungle, Orchard Park, NY.Wetlands JungleThere's a wonderful trail through the local wetlands in Orchard Park, NY.

Wetlands Jungle, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

The wetlands also feature three ponds. They're actually part of the flood control system but make the wetlands look even better. And they provide nice progress markers especially for runners. We have creative names for them all: first pond, second pond, and third pond. Here, you're looking at wildflowers by the third pond.

Wetlands Pond Wildflowers, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film.Wetlands Pond WildflowersWildflowers Just off the wetlands trail, Orchard Park, NY.

Wetlands Pond Wildflowers, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Minolta XG-7 on Expired Kodak Max 400 Color Negative Film

Alright, that's it for today's visit to Orchard Park, NY.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cityscape colors expired film kodak kodax max minolta XG-7 new york ny orchard park photography test urban https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/a-walk-through-orchard-park Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:57:54 GMT
Colors of Letchworth https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/colors-of-letchworth The joke was on me. We usually arrive in Letchworth through the Castile entrance but this time, having picked up some to go lunch in the village of Orchard Park, we followed 20A and entered the park through the Mt. Morris entrance at the park's northern tip. The first stop was at Mt. Morris Dam an my first comment was that there was barely any water behind the dam.

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Well, it turned out I could not be more wrong. There was a lot of debris held away from the dam by some type of a boom, like what they use on Lake Erie to keep ice away from Niagara River, and my initial impression was the dam was pretty much empty with just a puddle by the dam itself. The first clue something was off was the water bursting with force from the outlets below the dam. The second clue was my wife giving me a strange look and questioning my assessment. Maybe she remembered our past visits better or maybe she saw through the debris quicker or both.

Either way, the park kept me acutely aware of my mistake through the rest of that day's visit. No matter where we went the river was swelling like I could not remember ever before. And my initial statement became the running joke of the day - "not enough water".

My photos from this visit are still on undeveloped film in the basement waiting their turn. Instead, these are the 2020 photos when there truly was very little water. And having looked through all of them I now find my mistake even more funny, actually quite ridiculous.

Big Bend in the Fall, Letchworth State Park, New York. Mamiya 645 1000s, Kodak Ektachrome E100,  E-6.Big Bend in the FallLetchworth State Park

Big Bend in the Fall, Letchworth State Park, New York
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 1000s on Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film and developed in E-6

The Big Bend area is breathtaking in any season and any time of day. Many moons ago, arriving here for a sunrise used to be not only a wonderful experience and a photo adventure but also an opportunity for solitude and a quiet contemplation. That has changed though and it's rare to have the location to yourself. There will usually be one or two other photographers. There's nothing wrong with that but it does change the experience.

This day it was not the sunrise though that drew us to Letchworth, we came to enjoy the colorful show. And having arrived through the Castile entrance this was also our welcoming view. Looking into the zigzagging valley down below I always like to catch a glimpse of the Genesee River to complete the view. Somehow, the scene feels incomplete without it.

Tea Table Cliffs in the Fall, Letchworth State Park, New York State. Mamiya 645 1000s, Kodak Ektachrome E100,  E-6.Tea Table Cliffs in the FallLetchworth State Park

Tea Table Cliffs in the Fall, Letchworth State Park, New York State
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 1000s on Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film and developed in E-6

Almost all Letchworth's viewpoints are beautiful and Tea Table is no exception. As a side note, it's also being renovated and all of the old crumbling stone and concrete tables are getting fixed up with the stonework repaired and new concrete slabs for tabletops. Once finished it will be a top notch picnic spot. So bring your lunch or snack and a thermos filled with hot tea and come enjoy the Tea Table area. The views you'll have are hard to rival.

Tea Table Gap in the Fall, Letchworth State Park. Mamiya 645 1000s, Kodak Ektachrome E100,  E-6.Tea Table Gap in the FallLetchworth State Park

Tea Table Gap in the Fall, Letchworth State Park
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 1000s on Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film and developed in E-6

You can enjoy the views of the near cliffs to the side, there are often turkey vultures or other birds to keep an eye on, and you can also look across and into the valley as the river winds through. As a photographer, bring along different focal lengths. This spot and the whole park has plenty for each of them.

Hog's Back in the Fall, Letchworth State Park. Mamiya 645 1000s, Kodak Ektachrome E100,  E-6.Hog's Back in the FallLetchworth State Park

Hog's Back in the Fall, Letchworth State Park
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 1000s on Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film and developed in E-6

We definitely frequent the south section of the park more and usually start at the Castile entrance and wind our way down. As such, it was a nice change of pace to travel north and explore the less familiar views. I have to admit, I could not even reliably remember the sequence of the viewpoints. I hope that's not a sign of deteriorating memory but rather a hint I should visit more often.

As you head north the river mostly straightens up and the number dramatic views disappear. Don't forget to stop at Hog's back though where the river makes a final zigzag. And it was at this stop where I realized how silly my opening comment about low water level was. Above, you are looking at the 2020 view with the river cutting just a very narrow path through the flood plain with the rest of it covered in vegetation. The 2021 view was much different. Genesee River was side to side, cliff to cliff, completely filling the whole valley floor. I can't wait to develop that film and put the photos side by side for a stark comparison.

Hog's Back Plain in the Fall, Letchworth State Park. Mamiya 645 1000s, Kodak Ektachrome E100,  E-6.Hog's Back Plain in the Fall, Letchworth State ParkLetchworth State Park

Hog's Back Plain in the Fall, Letchworth State Park.
Photographed with a Mamiya 645 1000s on Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film and developed in E-6

As a bit of contradiction to one of my statements above I took advantage of the dry situation here and found framing that eliminated all of the water from my view. The river is still there if you know where to look but  no water is directly visible. Wow, how different a view of the same spot can be!

I hope you enjoyed the brief excursion to one of the best State Parks in New York. If this preview encourages you to come, you will not regret. It's a carry in and carry out park so please, remember to leave only footprints and take only photographs

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy autumn bold buffalo colors fall foliage landscape leaves letchworth nature new york outdoors state park water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/colors-of-letchworth Mon, 22 Nov 2021 12:53:48 GMT
Enjoy the Colors https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/enjoy-the-colors This fall season threw its own unique curve ball to the foliage chasers. Things started as usual with a few cold nights but it quickly warmed back up and progress slowed down and almost stalled. Late summer and early fall were a bit dry too and it seemed like the leaves were drying up and falling before really reaching their colorful glory.

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Then it all mostly recovered though. Some rain, some more colder weather, and we got colors after all. Maybe not as bold as in some of the past years but beautiful to look at anyway. And I will admit, despite being a big fan of black and white photography, I do take a bit of a break from it in the fall and think color. It is hard not to as it is all around. It is also the last opportunity for a while. It's the opposite of "the silence before the storm". This is the storm before the silence. Once the last leaf falls we dive into the Season of Gray that can feel endless. At least here in Western New York it will be 6 months before we see the cheery greens and yellows of spring.

I may not enjoy getting up early but I do enjoy arriving at my chosen destination before sunrise and more importantly before other people. Having a beautiful slice of our world just to myself feels great and provides a great counterbalance to the hustle and bustle of our lives. And if it is still so dark that pulling out a camera is pointless it encourages quiet contemplation.

Glow of a cloudy dawn at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora near Buffalo, NY.Knox Farm DawnMorning Glow

Glow of a cloudy dawn at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora near Buffalo, NY

After a bit of walking, thinking, breathing, and just overall enjoyment of the surroundings the sun got things under way. And as it was a cloudy morning it played right into the mood of the morning. Clouds filter the light nicely and bathe the landscape in less contrasty diffused light that illuminates everything more evenly. The clouds themselves also provide for a nice moody backdrop too.

Colorful Knox Farm State Park Alley in the Fall, East Aurora, NY near Buffalo, NYKnox Farm Alley in the FallMoody Morning

Colorful Knox Farm State Park Alley in the Fall, East Aurora, NY near Buffalo, NY

I really love this tree alley and the road going through but since I've been there so many times I also enjoy looking for new takes. Sometimes I find them, sometimes I leave satisfied with a variation or two on old ones. On this occasion I walked a little bit further down the road, turned around, and stepped to the side. An all new view emerged!

Fall Colors at Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, NY near Buffalo, NYFall Colors at Knox FarmMoody Morning

Fall Colors at Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, NY near Buffalo, NY

So there you have it, that's what's still out there if you rush out quickly. Yes, we're now past peak and losing colors with each day but there is still plenty to enjoy. No worries, the couch will still be there next week!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy autumn bold buffalo colors east aurora fall foliage landscape leaves moody morning nature outdoors western new york wild https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/enjoy-the-colors Tue, 09 Nov 2021 13:49:59 GMT
How do Cyanotypes Happen? https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/how-do-cyanotypes-happen Over the last few weeks I have shared several posts about making cyanotypes, my new obsession. Some of you asked about how they're made. In today's post, I am attempting to answer that without words.

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Yes, instead of my usual photography I went for a video this time. No worries though, this is definitely the exception rather than the rule. And yes, there is a music track included so adjust your computer based on where you are watching.

Cyanotypes Process Demo

Cyanotype Process Demo

If the process and results caught your eye, don't hesitate to head over to my newish Cyanotypes photo gallery. It's small for now, just six photos as of this writing, but it will grow from here. I already have several blue projects in mind!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

PS: Music for the video by Mike Gutterman. Thank you!

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Highland Hay Bales Cyanotype, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from the Czech Republic.Highland Hay Bales CyanotypeCzech Republic An old house by a train station. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Eureka Springs, Arkansas.Old House CyanotypeEureka Springs, Arkansas Buffalo Main Light Cyanotype, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Buffalo, New York.Buffalo Main Light CyanotypeBuffalo, New York

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy alternative analog blue cyanotype darkroom experience monochrome photography process technique wet print https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/11/how-do-cyanotypes-happen Mon, 01 Nov 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Back for more mystery https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/back-for-more-mystery Rock cities are so full of mystery. Quite often, they have a rich history in which they played an important role. Other times, especially those located in the Czech Republic, they provided the setting for some wonderful fairy-tales. And then there's one's imagination when wondering through these small labyrinths where it's not all that difficult to get lost.

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The rock city at the Ostaš table mountain is no different. Actually, it may be. While the rock cities of Adršpach and Teplice Rocks are very famous and very touristy Ostaš has been saved that fate so far. Every time I post about a place like this I pause. Should I be writing the post? Or would it be better not to and let it be a secret gem for a little longer. So please, if it is this post that prompts you to visit, be respectful, take only pictures and leave only footprints. I hope places like this can survive and keep their mystique for many future generations,

Up to Rock City Ostaš, Czech RepublicUp to OstašCzech Republic

Up to Rock City Ostaš, Czech Republic

The initial climb to the hiking loops through the labyrinths of Ostaš is very unrevealing. There's really no indication of what's to come. It is just an ordinary path through the woods, right? And then the incline gets a little steeper and then things start popping up. And before you know it it's easy to experience a system overload. There are gorgeous sights everywhere!

Rock City Ostaš, Czech RepublicRock City OstašCzech Republic

Rock City Ostaš, Czech Republic

Squeezing through some very narrow passages, wondering what's around the next bend, being concerned about one's way out or way back, climbing up to get a better view, reaching the peak of the mountain and being in awe about what Mother Nature created here. Yes, those are just some of many emotions you may be prone to experiencing at Ostaš. It's a paradise for many types of people: the nature lovers, avid hikers, fearless climbers, thrill seekers, and yes, photographers. Finishing a roll of film or even filling up a memory card is not out of question here!

Cat Rocks, Rock City Ostaš, Czech RepublicCat Rocks, OstašCzech Republic

Cat Rocks, Rock City Ostaš, Czech Republic

I hope I can return soon :-)

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High Rock Walls and Narrow Gaps in Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály), Czech RepublicHigh WallsRock Cities Rock walls rising high around narrow passages in Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály), Czech RepublicRising HighRock Cities

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy climbing czech republic europe hiking landscape mystery nature ostas outdoors photography rock city rocks thrill travel https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/back-for-more-mystery Thu, 28 Oct 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Highlands Cyanotypes https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/highlands-cyanotypes Can you tell I am hooked? By now, I have printed five batches of cyanotypes from different negatives and on different watercolor paper, stocked up on even more paper, and already have plans that will keep me busy for a while. And it feels like the fun I am having is barely starting!

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Alright, before we head over to the highlands of the Czech Republic, here's one local from Buffalo, New York. The main lighthouse is a gorgeous historic structure welcoming boats to the inner harbor of the city. I have photographed it many times under many different conditions and it was only fitting to make sure I had a version of one of those photos printed as a cyanotype.

Buffalo Main Light, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype.Buffalo Main Light CyanotypeAn original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype

Buffalo Main Light, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Meeden textured surface cold pressed watercolor paper

Now that the home front print is out of the way, let's visit the highlands of the Czech Republic where I grew up and created many memories. Back in my childhood the giant round hay bales did not exist and straw was pressed into smaller square bales instead. That was for practical reasons as many small farmers handled the bales manually. However, photographing the landscape these days the large round hay bales are usually the only ones to be found.

Highland Hay Bales, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotypeHighland Hay Bales CyanotypeAn original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype  
Highland Hay Bales, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Meeden textured surface cold pressed watercolor paper

Today's last cyanotype is one I have a strong personal connection to and as such it comes with a high dose of nostalgia. Various alternative processes seem to work really well with it.

It's a very old farm house where my great grandparents once lived. My grandparents later built a new house just across the narrow village road. It originally had one small bedroom, a kitchen, a decent size workshop, a cellar, a cote, and an attic. I don't remember anyone ever living there. During my childhood, the cote always had a pig or two, the cabinets in the kitchen were used to store all kinds of pickled stuff, and the kitchen was mostly used once or twice a year to process everything after a slaughter of the pigs.

Most of the family showed up for these events and they made for a tiring weekend of activity. Tiring but always fun. Days were busy taking care of business and evenings dedicated to my dad's accordion, singing, and Slivovice. Not much drinking for the kids but we always had our own fun alongside the distracted adults.

I spent long periods at my grandparents' every summer and helped with the farm work there. Feed the chickens, feed the pigs, collect the eggs, feed the rabbits, and much more. There were plenty of opportunities to be a kid though too - head out with my friends from the village and go fishing, pick plums, apples, or be up to no good in one of the many barns scattered throughout the village.

House of Memories, An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotypeHouse of Memories CyanotypeAn original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype

House of Memories, An Original Hand-Made 5" x 7" Cyanotype
Chemically printed on a hand-coated Meeden textured surface cold pressed watercolor paper

Now a tiny bit for the technical side of thigs. So far, I have focused on printing on heavy-weight water color paper and really like the results. I like the paper texture showing through and also like how it reduces the apparent detail of the prints. It supplements the hand-made look very nicely. The two papers I came to like so far are very different.

First, the Shizen Design Professional Grade Watercolor Paper (Cold Pressed 100% Recycled) is very bright white with a strong texture and some random "impurities", probably due to being a fully recycled paper. I love the combination of the cyan tones and the bright white. However, it further increases the already high contrast in the cyanotype prints.

Second, the Meeden Textured Surface Watercolor Paper (Cold Pressed) provides a more subtle and less contrasty look. All three photos in today's post were printed on this paper. It's warmer and less bright base gives prints a completely different look.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Steel sculpture of a bison in front of an old double-decker bus and a grain elevator for the background. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Buffalo, NY.Buffalo, NYCyanotype An old house by a train station. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Eureka Springs, Arkansas.Old HouseCyanotype Edward M Cotter's solo at Buffalo's Canalside. An original hand-made 5" x 7" cyanotype print from Buffalo, NY.Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog blue blueprint cyanotype darkroom historic monochrome photography process technique ultraviolet wet print https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/highlands-cyanotypes Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:25:37 GMT
More Thoughts on Film Digitization https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/more-thoughts-on-film-digitization ... Continued from Some Thoughts on Film Digitization

In the first part, I walked you through my usual film scanning set up, and the scanning options available to me. I concluded I was happy with my results from negatives but ran into an unintuitive challenge with scanning Kodak Ektachrome E100. That being a positive film I figured what could be so difficult taking the already existing colors and turning them into pixels. No magic was needed in the software. It turned out I was wrong.

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I encourage you to look the first part over first before reading the below. It had samples showing my results from the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, Nikon D610 with Tokina atx-i 100mm f/2.8 FF Macro Lens, and finally the Epson V600. I showed both the full frames as well as 100% crops as I was comparing sharpness and color accuracy.

I was so baffled by the bad colors from the slide film using my Plustek and the SilverFast Software that I kept digging, searching the internet, and engaging some online film photography groups. And a recommendation soon surfaced. And it seemed so very simple.

SilverFast, currently in version 9, comes in four different versions: SE, SE Plus, and Ai Studio, and Archive Suite 9. Bundled with various scanners you may get the SE or SE Plus. You can go to their online store, select Scanner Software, fill in some basic info about your scanner and computer operating system and you will get pricing for all of them, ranging from $49 to $399. Next to each edition there is a question mark icon that pops up a comparison of the different editions. The one feature that was key to my challenge is called Auto IT8 Calibration.

Long story short? I threw money at my problem. I upgraded my SilverFast from my version 8 to the latest version 9 and also to the AI Studio 9 edition, which was the first to have the above mentioned Auto IT8 Calibration. In order to use that feature I also had to buy their Advanced Target (ISO 12641-2 compliant 2019) consisting of three 35mm Fuji transparency slides. The SW upgrade was instant but I had to wait for the slides to arrive in the mail.

Once I had all pieces, the calibration was a breeze. I clicked a button in SilverFast and the screen guided me through scanning the three calibration slides. Once completed, it saved a profile for my scanner and I was ready to scan the troublesome roll again. The suspense! Was the investment worth it?

--- Sample A ---

Sample A - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast SE Plus 8Sample A - Plustek OpticFilm 8200iSilverFast SE Plus 8

Sample A - Kodak Ektachrome E100 - Uncalibrated Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast SE Plus 8

Sample A: Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast Ai Studio 9, Advanced Calibration TargetSample A: Plustek OpticFilm 8200iSilverFast Ai Studio 9, Advanced Calibration Target

Sample A - Kodak Ektachrome E100 - Calibrated Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast Ai Studio 9, Advanced Calibration Target

--- Sample B ---

Sample B - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast SE Plus 8Sample B - Plustek OpticFilm 8200iSilverFast SE Plus 8

Sample B - Kodak Ektachrome E100 - Uncalibrated Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast SE Plus 8

Sample B2 - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i. SilverFast Ai 9 Studio, Advanced Calibration TargetSample B2 - Plustek OpticFilm 8200iSilverFast Ai 9 Studio, Advanced Calibration Target

Sample B - Kodak Ektachrome E100 - Calibrated Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast Ai 9 Studio, Advanced Calibration Target

--- Sample C ---

Sample C - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast SE Plus 8Sample C - Plustek OpticFilm 8200iSilverFast SE Plus 8

Sample C - Kodak Ektachrome E100 - Uncalibrated Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, SilverFast SE Plus 8

Sample C2 - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast Ai 9 Studio Advanced Calibration TargetSample C2 - Plustek OpticFilm 8200iSilverFast Ai 9 Studio Advanced Calibration Target

Sample C - Kodak Ektachrome E100 - Calibrated Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, SilverFast Ai 9 Studio, Advanced Calibration Target

You can draw your own conclusions but I am happy with the outcome. To me, even with zero fussing with the different adjustments, the scans look much better. If you scan your own transparency film and are not happy with the results, I definitely recommend calibrating and creating a custom profile for your scanner. And a side effect of the exercise? On my 11 years old MacBook Pro, SilverFast 9 runs noticeably faster than SilverFast 8 and I like the dark theme I can now set.

#shootfilmbenice

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog calibration calibration target camera color accuracy colors digitize ektachrome e100 film positive scanner slide transparency https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/more-thoughts-on-film-digitization Wed, 13 Oct 2021 13:14:41 GMT
Seen in Square at Canalside, Buffalo, NY https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/seen-in-square-at-canalside-buffalo-ny ... Dedicated to Dad

This was a late spring exploration of Buffalo's waterfront as it came to life after the annual winter hibernation. And of course, it would not be a proper exploration without a camera in my hand. The choice that day was Pentacon Six, an East German medium format camera loaded with Fomapan 400 black and white negative film.

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I had wanted a Pentacon Six ever since I returned to film photography back in 2015 and it had been so for purely sentimental reasons. In my childhood, my Dad's primary camera was a black 35mm Pentax. Unfortunately, I have not been able to figure out which exact model as there are apparently no photographs of him with his camera. I think I remember it did not have a bayonet mount but rather was a screw mount but I am not 100% sure neither does that conclusively narrow the model down. Anyway, while that was his primary camera for most of is photographic work, I remember he would always borrow a medium format camera for family portraits. He wanted those to be of better quality. And yes, you guessed it, the camera he was able to borrow was a Pentacon Six.

Different Types of Ships, USS Little Rock CL-92 guided missile cruiser and Spirit of Buffalo sailboat at Canalside, Buffalo, NYDifferent Types of ShipsCanalside, Buffalo, New York

Different Types of Ships, USS Little Rock CL-92 guided missile cruiser and Spirit of Buffalo sailboat at Canalside, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400 black and white negative film and developed in D-23

I finally made that purchase happen in late 2020 and am still working on becoming closer buddies with the camera. My first two rolls were in winter months and I learned that the camera does not like Buffalo winters much. Whatever design and lubrication is used for the shutter it does not like frigid temperatures resulting in the shutter moving unevenly across the film plane and creating vertical stripes of different exposure levels.

However, it seems to be just fine when it is warm outside or inside and is relatively small for a medium format camera. It is an SLR, however, I did not get the eye level viewfinder for it yet and use the waist level finder instead, as is more common with TLR cameras. As a result, it offers a rather unique photographic experience. As with TLRs, it creates square images on 120 film at 2¼ x 2¼ inches. In the parts of the world using the metric system, it would be called a 6 x 6 camera as the square is approximately 6 x 6 centimeters. However, unlike TLRs, the Pentacon's viewfinder is not as large as the captured image. Working with that smaller image can be more difficult including achieving sharp focus, however, it allows for an overall image evaluation at a single glance similar to a thumbnail on a computer.

Many dislike the camera for its quirks and low reliability and only time will show where I end up. For now, I know to avoid winter and have had fun with it otherwise. And as you can see in this post, it can definitely capture images. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Sailboat and a Cruiser, USS Little Rock CL-92 guided missile cruiser and Spirit of Buffalo sailboat at Canalside, Buffalo, NYSailboat and a CruiserCanalside, Buffalo, New York

Sailboat and a Cruiser, USS Little Rock CL-92 guided missile cruiser and Spirit of Buffalo sailboat at Canalside, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400 black and white negative film and developed in D-23

As you can see, my spring outing took me to the inner harbor of Buffalo, NY. I enjoyed a walk from the Erie Basin Marina, through the Naval Park, to Canalside. It was a route I walked many times but there is always something that catches my eye. Sometimes, it is a different take on previously photographed subjects, other times, it is something completely new. Most of my photographs are rectangular and heading our with a camera capturing squares also introduces a new way of looking at and photographing the cityscapes around.

The first two photographs are of the two very different ships I had photographed before. This time they are in square and black and white and I really like the resulting mood. The third and final image is different and one I do not believe I photographed before. The open water and open space was what caught my eye. This was the waterfront! I decided to accentuate the openness by raising the camera upwards and filling most of the frame with the sky. I am a fan of minimalism but do not embrace it as often as I would like to. I did try to simplify this scene as much as I could though given the camera and a single focal length I had available.

On the Water, the mouth of the Buffalo River as it flows into Lake Erie in Buffalo, NYOn the WaterCanalside, Buffalo, New York

Sailboat and a Cruiser, USS Little Rock CL-92 guided missile cruiser and Spirit of Buffalo sailboat at Canalside, Buffalo, NY
Photographed with a Pentacon Six on Fomapan 400 black and white negative film and developed in D-23

Is there a camera you have wanted for sentimental reasons? Have you bought it yet?

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white buffalo canalside cityscape d-23 film fomapan medium format naval park pentacon six urban water waterfront https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/10/seen-in-square-at-canalside-buffalo-ny Wed, 06 Oct 2021 11:00:00 GMT
So Long, My Three Friends https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/9/so-long-my-three-friends I love landscape photography as it gets me out of the house and into the outdoors. I usually find myself away from other people with a slice of our wonderful world to myself. No politics, no arguments, just a sight to enjoy, to contemplate. A sight that I try to capture forever in a photograph.

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While natural landscapes are definitely the best for getting away from civilization I enjoy rural landscapes too. Landscapes with obvious presence of humanity yet lacking humans. These landscapes usually include a dirt road or a country road, a fence, a barn, or another manmade structure. In these landscapes, documentary photography creeps in as manmade objects tend to have a rather short lifespan compared to the natural world. Even though trees don't live forever either, grass can grow, a bush pops up here and there, it all changes. And when one takes a camera along on their favorite route often enough over several years the changes show.

Bold Three Barns, My First Photo of the Trio in 2014Bold Three BarnsMy First Photo of the Trio in 2014

Bold Three Barns, My First Photo of the Trio in 2014

Sometimes the changes are neutral, just the world changing around us, other times they're positive with things getting fixed or new ones built, but many times the changes can be negative, or at least perceived as such at the moment. Take this section of a local country road for example. It has long been my favorite for bicycle rides and later for riding my motorcycle. And as you'd suspect with me, I often pack a camera.

One of my favorite subjects was the trio of barns and sheds pictured above. Every time I would go by I would notice. With or without taking a photo I would always take a moment to see what the triplets were up to. And unfortunately, soon after that first photograph in 2014 I started noticing signs of trouble.

Three Barns in a Snow Storm, February 2019, Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35mm Camera, Rollei Superpan 200 Black & White FilmThree Barns in a Snow StormFebruary 2019

Three Barns in a Snow Storm, February 2019
Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35mm Camera, Rollei Superpan 200 Black & White Film

I was surprised about the five year gap between my photos. Maybe I will still find more photos showing the state of affairs in between. However, by 2019 the main barn was clearly showing signs of getting tired. Especially the main doorway no longer had its original right angles at the corners.

Three Barns Tired in the Fall, September 2019, Nikon N75 35mm Film Camera, Fuji Velvia Slide FilmThree Barns Tired in the FallSeptember 2019

Three Barns Tired in the Fall, September 2019
Nikon N75 35mm Film Camera, Fuji Velvia Slide Film

And even just two months later the situation deteriorated further with the whole barn giving in to time. And look, not just one but two bushes popped up, one completely obscuring the middle structure.

Three Barns' Last Fall, October 2019, Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Kodak Gold 200Three Barns' Last FallOctober 2019

Three Barns' Last Fall, October 2019
Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Kodak Gold 200

Last Winter for the Three Barns, February 2020, Mamiya 645, Foma Retropan 320Last Winter for the Three BarnsFebruary 2020

Last Winter for the Three Barns, February 2020
Mamiya 645, Foma Retropan 320

As it turned out, the 2019/20 winter proved to be the last. Not sure if it was just the passage of time or the harsh winter conditions followed by a wet spring but there was no way back at this point, the barn passed to the other side.

It's over for the Three Barns, April 2020, Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 160It's over for the Three BarnsApril 2020

It's over for the Three Barns, April 2020
Nikon N75, Kodak Portra 160

And indeed, this April 2020 photo was the last one I was able to capture before the barn could take no more. Then, for several months, a pile of rubble was left that I passed several times. I will admit though, I did not feel like raising the camera and firing the shutter. Maybe I should have but that's in the past now. It felt like I lost something familiar, something I got used to counting on. Maybe even something I took for granted too much.

Things disappearing is an all too familiar pattern now. I've been really passionate about photography since 2005, which is about 16 years now. The number of photographs I have taken during that time is pretty crazy and during the last few years I have noticed the number of "historic" never-to-be-seen-again photos in my photo library grow steadily.

How do you all feel about this aspect of documentary photography?

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog barns countryside decay demise. film landscape life ode orchard park over rural rurex so long https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/9/so-long-my-three-friends Wed, 22 Sep 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021 https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/9/thunder-on-the-buffalo-waterfront-air-show-2021 Today is definitely a catch up post going back to June but at least of the same year 2021. I am not an event photographer and most often, time does not play a critical role in my photographs. However, yes, this was a public event of significant interest and by now it is deep in the history for most airplane fans.

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Yes, here we are revisiting the Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, which used to be the Thunder of Niagara Air Show. However, due to Covid and a cancelation of the original show the event morphed into a great show over the Outer Harbor of Buffalo, NY, with lots to be seen from many other areas along Buffalo's waterfront and beyond. It was quite picturesque to see the airplanes low over Lake Erie as well as over downtown.

For the rest of today's post, let's let the photos do the talking..

RCAF McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet over Buffalo, NYRCAF McDonnell Douglas CF-18 HornetThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20.

RCAF McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet over Buffalo, NY

P-51 Mustang Mad Max over Buffalo, NYP-51 Mustang Mad MaxThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. P-51 Mustang Mad Max over Buffalo, NY

USAF Boeing V-22 Osprey over Buffalo, NYUSAF Boeing V-22 OspreyThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. USAF Boeing V-22 Osprey over Buffalo, NY

Two USAF Boeing V-22 Ospreys over Buffalo Main LightTwo USAF Boeing V-22 Ospreys over Buffalo Main LightThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Two USAF Boeing V-22 Ospreys over Buffalo Main Light

USAF A-10C Thunderbolt II over Buffalo, NYUSAF A-10C Thunderbolt IIThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. USAF A-10C Thunderbolt II over Buffalo, NY

USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo, NYUSAF Boeing C-17 GlobemasterThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo, NY

USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo WaterfrontUSAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo WaterfrontThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo Waterfront

USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo Main LightUSAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo Main LightThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster over Buffalo Main Light
P-51 Mustang Quick Silver over Buffalo, NYP-51 Mustang Quick SilverThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. P-51 Mustang Quick Silver over Buffalo, NY

USAF F-16CM Fighting Falcon Viper Demo over Buffalo, NYUSAF F-16CM Fighting Falcon Viper DemoThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. USAF F-16CM Fighting Falcon Viper Demo over Buffalo, NY

Blue Angels - F-18 Super Hornet over Buffalo, NYBlue Angels - F-18 Super HornetThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20.  US Navy Blue Angels - F-18 Super Hornet over Buffalo, NY

Blue Angels 4x - F-18 Super Hornet over Buffalo, NYFour Blue Angels F-18 Super HornetsThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Four US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets over Buffalo, NY

Blue Angels Diamond - F-18 Super Hornet over Buffalo, NYBlue Angels Diamond - F-18 Super HornetThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20.  US Navy Blue Angels Diamond - F-18 Super Hornet over Buffalo, NY

Blue Angels 6x - F-18 Super Hornet over Buffalo, NYSix Blue Angels F-18 Super HornetsThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20.  Six US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets over Buffalo, NY

Blue Angels 2x - F-18 Super Hornet - Over Buffalo Main LightTwo Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets over Buffalo Main LightThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Two US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets over Buffalo Main Light

Blue Angels 2x - F-18 Super Hornet - :ow over Buffalo WaterfrontTwo Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets Low over Buffalo WaterfrontThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Two US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets Low over Buffalo Waterfront

Blue Angels 6x - F-18 Super Hornet - Over Buffalo Main LightSix Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets over Buffalo Main LightThunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show 2021, originally known as Thunder of Niagara Air Show, in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Six US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Super Hornets over Buffalo Main Light

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2021 air show aircraft airforce airplane buffalo city life cityscape combat event june lifestyle military navy new york ny plane recreation thunder waterfront https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/9/thunder-on-the-buffalo-waterfront-air-show-2021 Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Tropical Sunrise https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/9/tropical-sunrise I think you will all agree that it has been too long since we visited paradise on this blog. It seems that my last post from Hawaii was in April. Don't despair, we're getting that fixed right now.

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While Kauai definitely has an unlimited supply of grand vistas, whether along its beautiful coastline or inland, there is also lots to see when one pays attention to details. A lot of details, textures, and patterns can be found when one takes a pause and looks a bit more carefully. Often, these are right under your feet, other times right in front of us. Take the strangler fig as an example. There is so much to study, admire, and learn about later when one has a computer or a library handy. But leaving the biological facts aside, there is also beauty in its sheer existence.

Strangler Fig Close Up, Kauai, HawaiiStrangler FigKauai, Hawaii

Strangler Fig Close Up, Kauai, Hawaii

No worries though, I am not going to leave you hanging without sharing one of those breathtaking ocean vistas. As almost every day at a place like this, it pays to wake early before sunrise and find a spot to enjoy the start of a new day. On this day, I took a walk along the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and explored Makawehi Lithified Cliffs. Then, I stopped and enjoyed the wave action for a bit, fixed my camera to a tripod, and click, preserved a memory forever.

Sunrise over Makawehi Lithified Cliffs, Kauai, HawaiiSunrise over Makawehi Lithified CliffsKauai, Hawaii

Sunrise over Makawehi Lithified Cliffs, Kauai, Hawaii

For those curious about the technicalities, while I am still a sucker for long exposures the effect has definitely been overused a bit. At each location, I try to decide what settings will express the feeling at the location the best. Sometimes, it's a very quick shutter speed and other times I still go for a very long one. And then there are situations like this one. Let's keep the shutter open just long enough to show the motion but not long enough to obliterate the details - 1/15 sec in this case.

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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 - Tropical Sunrise

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy coastline hawaii kauai landscape makawehi natural nature ocean outdoors pacific photography scenic https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/9/tropical-sunrise Thu, 02 Sep 2021 11:00:00 GMT
More Cyanotypes https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/8/more-cyanotypes Continued from First Cyanotype

I have not planned it this way but as I admitted in the previous post, printing cyanotypes is addictive. So here you have it, a second post in a row dedicated to it.

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UV Lamp Set Up, Without CoverUV Lamp Set UpWithout Cover What have I learned or changed since the last time? First, you cannot trust weather. So while I relied on natural sunshine last time around and got plenty of it I had to adapt as it has been either hazy or rainy since. As a result, I have invested in a strong UV lamp that allows me to continue with cyanotypes on bad weather days and also when the days get shorter. There were many options for UV bulbs or lamps and it took a bit of research to narrow my selection down. Between the several UV spectral ranges, one needs a source in the UVA range, also referred to as black light, covering 320 nm to 395 nm. I settled on the ZHMA 100W IP66 Black Light. In the end, when used at about 1 foot distance, my exposure times match those with sunshine outside.

Before deciding on a bulb or lamp for your needs, please, consider not only the right spectral range and strength but also its potential health implications and build a solution you will be comfortable with. The set up photo is just for illustration purposes and I surround this area with cardboard when used to shield myself from the UV. Please, do your own research.

Another thing I learned since my first attempt was that an uncoated paper is a must if I don't want to have weird unpredictable problems with development and washing. As a result, buy a regular heavy paper, like watercolor paper, from crafts supplies rather than coated paper for inkjet printers. Even the heavy watercolor papers for inkjet printing are coated and that coat will mess with the chemical processes involved in printing cyanotypes.

Since I did accidentally buy inkjet watercolor paper I used it and so far, at least the one I bought, it worked alright if used fairly quickly after coating, say within 24 hours. After that, the initially light yellow coat would start turning darker green, and eventually dark brown. While is still reacted to UV and an image was created it did not look nice and there was no way to wash the highlights back to white. I was left with a strong yellowish stain. I also doubt the result will be archival at all despite thorough washing.

Buffalo. NY Cyanotype, Exposed and unwashed lookBuffalo. NY CyanotypeExposed and unwashed look

Buffalo. NY Cyanotype
Exposed and unwashed look

Let's go over my second printing session. I selected two photographs from Buffalo, NY. One from the Grain Elevator Alley as that always provides a classic Buffalo backdrop, and one from the waterfront as that is also one of Buffalo's signature looks. The first two photos shared here are the weird look the prints have after exposure to UV but before development and washing in water. The image is already formed and visible but still obstructed.

Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype, Exposed and unwashed lookEdward M Cotter's Solo Show CyanotypeExposed and unwashed look

Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype
Exposed and unwashed look

And then the magic comes. As soon as the prints are submerged in water changes start to happen and in just 2 - 3 minutes the prints look great. I leave them in the wash for about 5 minutes total but I have seen recommendations anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes. Since I use a darkroom print washer tray that constantly replaces the water in the tray and keeps it flowing I am staying on the short wash side.

Buffalo, NY Cyanotype, Exposed and washedBuffalo, NY CyanotypeExposed and washed

Buffalo, NY Cyanotype
Exposed and washed

Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype, Exposed and washed / developed in waterEdward M Cotter's Solo Show CyanotypeExposed and washed / developed in water

Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype
Exposed and washed / developed in water

Once the initial wash and development is done, I've tried two different directions so far. The prints can come out of the water and dry, or they can go through another bath with a splash of vinegar, or citric acid. The acidity helps with a more thorough wash  and clearing of the highlights but I have also noticed that some of the very subtle mid-tones can also wash away. I guess one has to be really careful about the about of vinegar and the wash time in this acidic bath need to be quick, 30 seconds or so at the most. I can imagine though that with additional experience this will be a more predictable step. Then back to the plain water bath for the final wash.

Buffalo, NY Cyanotype, Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and driedBuffalo, NY CyanotypeExposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried

Buffalo, NY Cyanotype
Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried

As you can see, when the prints dry they darken and take on a full scale of tones. Do you see some of the "blotches" in the dark areas? That is the actual texture of the paper showing through. Of course I could not have selected a normal water color paper even this time around. Instead, this was printed on a 100% recycled Shizen Design watercolor paper.

Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype, Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and driedEdward M Cotter's Solo Show CyanotypeExposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried
Edward M Cotter's Solo Show Cyanotype
Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried

Yes, that can probably be another rabbit hole to experiment with all kinds of paper types. I will definitely stay with heavyweight cotton rag for now (300+gsm, 140lb) as I have not run into any problems even with washes extending over 15 minutes. I have had no tearing during washing or drying and the paper easily dried flat.

I also wanted to get another print of the Old House from the first printing session but on this paper instead of the inkjet coated one. Even thought this print actually worked very well even on the inkjet paper (probably because I used it quickly after coating and coated the paper lightly) I still wanted to see the difference.

Old House Cyanotype, Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and driedOld House CyanotypeExposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried

Old House Cyanotype
Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried

And putting them side by side the difference is quite noticeable. However, my scanner got in the way in this regard and even with zero post-processing the difference almost disappeared as the auto-settings increased contrast, clipped highlights, and adjusted the white balance. I was surprised how the two pictures ended up almost identical despite being in a single image. Anyway, to illustrate the difference I took a quick snap of the two side by side with my cell phone.

Old House Cyanotype, Watercolor paper comparison, inkjet vs regular paper, face.Old House CyanotypeWatercolor paper comparison, inkjet vs regular paper, face. Old House Cyanotype, Watercolor paper comparison, inkjet vs regular paper, reverse.Old House CyanotypeWatercolor paper comparison, inkjet vs regular paper, reverse.

Old House Cyanotype
Watercolor paper comparison, inkjet vs regular paper, face

I know I stated it above but I will repeat it here. Do not use coated (inkjet) papers for your cyanotypes. Use regular uncoated watercolor paper. A heavy-weight 100% cotton rag is what I would recommend at this early stage of my experience.

All of the prints above were from film originals. However, I've recently returned from a trip and did not have a chance to process all of my film. Yet, I was curious how some of the sights would look in blue. Thus, I printed a 5x7" negative from one of the photos I took with my phone. You can see the outcome below.

Charles Bridge Cyanotype, Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and driedCharles Bridge CyanotypeExposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried
Charles Bridge Cyanotype
Exposed, developed in water, cleared in diluted white vinegar, re-washed, and dried

And with that travel post, I will close today out. I realize this was a long post and if you made it all the way here, thanks for reading and until next time!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog blue cyanotype darkroom experience monochrome photography technique ultraviolet wet print https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/8/more-cyanotypes Mon, 23 Aug 2021 15:01:11 GMT
First Cyanotype https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/8/first-cyanotype Yes, today is going to be about another analog photo printing process. In the past, I shared traditional darkroom prints with you, as well as lith prints. Both of those techniques required a darkroom. The technique I am sharing today does not and thus may be more accessible to many of you.

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What am I talking about? I am talking about the Cyanotype Process invented in 1841 by Sir John Herschel. If you're interested in more history, either an Internet search or your local library will provide plenty of resources. The same holds true for details about the chemistry used for this process.

The Cyanotype process allows you to contact print a negative onto a sensitized material using UV light. You can simply rely on sunshine or buy a UV lamp. Since the process relies on UV light and not regular daylight the clear advantage of this printing method over other darkroom techniques is that it does not require darkness to be carried out.

Old House Cyanotype - Exposure in ProgressOld House CyanotypeExposure in Progress First, some material needs to be coated with the sensitizer. You can either mix your own concoction or rely on a ready-made KIT like the Liquid Cyanotype KIT by Photographers' Formularly I used. To keep things simple, I started with a heavy watercolor paper for my material but already look forward to trying fabric, wood, and other materials. I used a cheap paintbrush to coat 5x7 pieces of the paper. It turned out I used about 1ml of sensitizer per 5x7 sheet but that depends on your paper and on the desired results. I could see myself using a little less in the future.

The material then has to completely dry. If it remains wet it would start developing immediately upon exposure to sun instead of being fully exposed first. That drying period gives you a chance to get your negatives ready. If you are a large format photographer, your 4x5, 5x7, or even larger negatives might serve the purpose. If you shoot smaller film or digital, you can use an inkjet printer to print your negatives at the desired size. I used my HP Envy 5055 to print on Inkpress Media Transparency Film (8.5 x 11"). I printed 2 5x7 images on a single letter-sized sheet that I later cut in half.

How did I prepare my negatives? I used GIMP to slightly increase the contrast of my previously processed photo. I clipped both highlights and shadows very slightly (by about 5 points) and then added a gentle S-curve for an overall contrast increase. Did I have to do this? I am not sure, only more experience will tell. I remembered people talking about higher contrast negatives being better for Cyanotypes and that is what I did to get started. Based on my results, I will definitely be trying a straight file next time as there seems to be plenty of natural contrast. The other thing I did was I flipped the image horizontally. Since the exposure is done with the face of the film down, things will get reverted back and print the right way.

Enough talking, let's see what happened! For my first print, I used the last paper coated where I ran out of the sensitizer. Thus, this was the least coated paper of all. I wanted to see how the length of exposure mattered and I exposed the whole frame for 8 minutes in direct sunshine, then covered 1/3 and exposed for 2 more minutes, then covered 2/3s and added 2 more minutes. When the 12 minutes were over I took the picture frame, in which I sandwiched the negative and the sensitized paper, to the basement to be washed. When I removed the paper from the frame, it looked like the below.

Old House Cyanotype - ExposedOld House CyanotypeExposed

Old House Cyanotype
Exposed

As soon as I started pouring water over it in the sink the look started changing. I washed the print for about 5 minutes at which point no more changes seemed to be happening. At this point, I was pretty happy with my first result.

Old House Cyanotype - Washed in WaterOld House CyanotypeWashed in Water

Old House Cyanotype
Washed in Plain Water

However, this was not the only print I made that day and all of the ones afterwards had a heavier sensitizer coat. They all also had a yellowish tone in the highlights after washing. After some digging it seemed like alkaline water may not be able to fully wash the sensitizer off. Either vinegar or citric acid was recommended in various places. Since I had a bottle of white vinegar right next to the sink I added a splash into my tray and rewashed the photo.

Old House Cyanotype - Washed in VinegarOld House CyanotypeWashed in Vinegar

Old House Cyanotype
Re-Washed in Water with White Vinegar

The effect? Immediate and rather noticeable. The highlights cleared up very nicely and the tones changed towards more bluish from the previously greenish tones. I realize that what you are looking at is a scanned version of my results. I placed the actual print next to my monitor and tried to make the scan look as close as possible to the print by slightly tweaking the white balance and contrast. And that was it, I was ready to call this one a finished product.

If you remember from above this was an exposure test with an 8, 10, and 12-minute exposure. Can you see the vertical stripes on the print? Neither can I. I attribute that to the extremely light sensitizer coating on this sheet. How would things look with a heavier coat?

Old House Cyanotype - Heavier Sensitizer CoatOld House CyanotypeHeavier Sensitizer Coat

Old House Cyanotype
Heavier Sensitizer Coat

As you can see, a lot of details got completely lost in the first version as there was either very little or even no sensitizer at all in some areas. Which version do you prefer? I like that the first version looks almost like a pencil drawing, which I am a big fan of. However, I don't like that the wall in front of the house is completely missing. I am sure I will further experiment with very light coats but I will need to make sure I don't plain run out and leave parts of the paper blank.

A warning? Try at your own risk. I have to admit that this is addictive and I have already printed two more prints and have even more coated paper ready to go. I also want to try other materials. I really like the simplicity. Pre-coat some paper a day ahead and let dry (at this point, I don't know how long one can keep pre-coated paper). Print out a negative or several at the desired sizes. Next day, about 10 minutes in the sun and a 5-minute wash and you have yourself a cyanotype.

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PS: Loosely continued at More Cyanotypes.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy analog cyanotype darkroom experience monochrome old house photography technique wet print https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/8/first-cyanotype Wed, 11 Aug 2021 21:49:41 GMT
Winter’s Pond Up Close and Personal https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/7/winter-s-pond-up-close-and-personal I have no problem revisiting my locations over and over again. Sure, it's nice to travel and see new places but that usually comes with a limited time to explore. Returning to familiar places, especially those close to where one lives, removes that limitation and allows for exploration beyond the cover.

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So why go back? Locations usually don't look the same even on many repeated visits. The seasons change, the time of day changes, the light changes, the weather changes, you get the idea. And those are the things one cannot control, just observe and react to. Then thee are the changes one can actively trigger.

Tower Symmetry, Industrial Artwork at Winter's Pond, Langford, New YorkTower SymmetryIndustrial Artwork

Tower Symmetry, Industrial Artwork at Winter's Pond, Langford, New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

The gear of choice is one of those variables. Different camera, different film format, different emulsion, different lens, or even a different developer can each contribute to different results. Sometimes the differences can be subtle, other times rather pronounced. For example, color is very different from black and white while color slide film or color negative film can be more nuanced. And the difference between Kodak Gold 200 and Kodak Colorplus 200 may be almost impossible to spot.

Tall Tower, Industrial Artwork at Winter's Pond, Langford, New YorkTall TowerIndustrial Artwork

Tall Tower, Industrial Artwork at Winter's Pond, Langford, New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

While I always try to find new subjects when returning to a location I also feel the urge to photograph some old faithfuls. The Gold Comet below is a great example. I have quite a few photographs of the vintage truck, even from similar angles. However, like I said above, they don't ever end up looking the same.

REO Gold Comet, Vintage Truck at Winter's Pond, Langford, New YorkREO Gold CometVintage Truck

REO Gold Comet, Vintage Truck at Winter's Pond, Langford, New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

And after the familiar shot, look, I can get closer. How much closer? Only the right composition was the limit. After all, this day I was there with my Nikon FE2 and the Nikon 55mm f/2.8 macro lens. So why not go for the grill and the REO logo?

REO Face to Face, Vintage Truck Grill at Winter's Pond, Langford, New YorkREO Face to FaceVintage Truck Grill

REO Face to Face, Vintage Truck Grill at Winter's Pond, Langford, New York
Photographed with a Nikon FE2 on Fomapan 400 black and white film and developed in Kodak XTOL

So there you have it. Not only a repeat visit to one of my most favorite locations but also a repeated blog post. I hope it did not bore you because I can guarantee that I will be taking you back soon.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy black and white foma fomapan industrial langford rural transportation travel truck vintage winter's pond xtol https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/7/winter-s-pond-up-close-and-personal Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Birdsong in Purple, Part I https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/6/birdsong-in-purple-part-i Last week's post was somewhat serious and technical but also lightweight talking about pinhole photography, which could be considered experimental. Today I'll continue the experimental thread sharing results froma place you have seen on my blog and in the Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes photo gallery many times.

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So where are we going and what are we doing? The place is the beautiful Birdsong Park in Orchard Park, NY. It's a small park with several ponds, two of which fill up with water lilies in summer, surrounded by a picturesque old forrest. By now, I have shared color and black and white photographs from there as well as covered all seasons. So today, let's do something different.

A Majestic Old Tree, Birdsong Park, photographed with Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmA Majestic Old TreeBirdsong Park

A Majestic Old Tree, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

For this evening walk I carried a 35mm Pentax Spotmatic camera loaded with Lomography's Lomochrome Purple color negative film. It was a bright sunny evening, the park featured lots of greenery, and things were meant to work. The film can be rated between ISO 100 and 400 and the results are supposed to vary a bit, with the colors shifting slightly.

Lily Pond Reeds, Birdsong Park, photographed with Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmLily Pond ReedsBirdsong Park

Lily Pond Reeds, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

Spoiler alert! Even though I split my roll and set my camera for ISO 100 for the first 12 photos, ISO 200 for the next 12, and ISO 400 for the last 12, I have not seen the prescribed variation. However, I have certainly received purple results with all of that greenery the park is filled with. I dislike most digital filters, I really dislike over-processed photos, and I am not a fan of special effect films. But here we are and I have to admit I enjoy the results and I've definitely come back from my favorite location with completely different photos.

Birdsong Phalanx Guard, Birdsong Park, photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmBirdsong Phalanx GuardBirdsong Park

Birdsong Phalanx Guard, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

In this park, I like to keep my routine the same and walk the same loop in the same direction almost every time. It's a nice opening with the old forest and some hallmark tree formations, followed by two water lily ponds, and back in the woods about midway through. It's that area that has some gorgeous trees, tees of various shapes, leaning trees, interlocking trees, and yes, there is a creek going through making for even more photographic opportunities.

Wonderful Old Trees, Birdsong Park, photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmWonderful Old TreesBirdsong Park

Wonderful Old Trees, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

So there you have it. An unfamiliar look to a very familiar place. And that's just half of the walk so stay tuned, Part II is coming soon.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy c-41 colors film landscape lomochrome lomography nature orhard park outdoors park pentax purple special effect spotmatic summer vegetation water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/6/birdsong-in-purple-part-i Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:25:10 GMT
Custom Made Pinhole for a 3d Printed Pinhole Camera https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/6/custom-made-pinhole-for-a-3d-printed-pinhole-camera Let's see how today's blog post turns out. It's intended to be a mixed feature on 3d printing a pinhole camera as well as the results from it. It's not a camera design by me but instead one that Todd Schlemmer freely shared on Thingiverse a while back.

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terraPIN ACME, 3D printed camera designed by Todd SchlemmerterraPIN ACME3D Printed Camera I was aware of Todd's pinhole terraPIN camera designs for a while and time finally came to print one for myself. Todd did not share just one but a few. I can't really tell you why I settled on the terraPIN ACME but I did. I liked that it did not require too many non-printed components and that the top plate snapped closed with no need for screws.

What you see in the first photo is my first print of the camera, printed on the Prusa I3 MK3S+ 3d printer. It's printed in two colors using a PLA filament. You can find more details about this build on Thingiverse.

One of the parts that could not be 3d printed was the pinhole itself. The design called for a pinhole of 0.22mm diameter. But how does one come even close to a precise diameter like this?

One option is buying a laser drilled pinhole. There are several places online that offer those but the prices are rather steep for my taste and the fact that the rest of this camera was rather cheap. Once source I can recommend is James Guerin of Reality So Subtle (RSS). Not only does he make exceptional pinhole cameras but he also makes his laser drilled pinholes available to all worldwide. And even with the shipping from France the price ends up being less than many US based companies and domestic shipping. You can shop his laser drilled pinholes on his website. I recommend the 5 for €20 option. Get the various sizes you may need all at once and you will save a bundle and will only wait for shipping once. I used these pinholes for my 8x10 paint can pinhole camera and their quality was exceptional. Not sure what size pinhole is ideal for your camera design? You can use the calculator by Mr. Pinhole.

Measuring Pinhole Size in Soda Can AluminumPinhole in Soda Can AluminumMeasuring For this camera I wanted to go in a different direction though. I decided to make my own pinhole and see what I would get. The material of choice was aluminum from Ginger Ale soda cans. I cut the can vertically and then cut the top and the bottom of the can off. From the resulting sheet of aluminum I cut a piece about 1.5 x 3 inches that I would make four pinholes into, review them, measure them, and pick the one closest to my needs and the target size.

The pinhole making process was very low tech and in the end much more precise than I initially thought. I started with some really thin needles but rather than puncturing the hole all the way through I only pressed just enough to make a tiny bump on the opposite side. Then I flipped the sheet over and used regular sanding paper to sand the bump off, thus making a hole. The first hole was the largest one of them all and not exactly regular but as I went I made the holes smaller and smaller and was surprised how each became about 0.01mm smaller than the previous.

How did I measure the pinhole size? I used Gaffer tape to tape around the edges to prevent scratching of my scanner glass, placed the aluminum rectangle with four pinholes on the glass, and scanned it as a negative transparency at 6400 dpi. With these settings I got black aluminum and white holes where the backlight was shining through.

The image went into GIMP then and I activated and displayed a very fine square 0.01mm grid: 1) Image > Configure Grid > 0.01mm horizontal and vertical, 2) View > Show Grid, 3) Magnify to 1100%.

After selecting the "best" pinhole of the four, I cut it from the rectangle, cut around the hole to form a hexagon with the pinhole in the center (the camera has a hexagonal bevel to drop the pinhole into hiding under the sliding shutter) and used a tiny drop of Super Glue to affix the aluminum to the camera body. The design of the camera is such that no glue is required but I figured it could not hurt, and even the designer recommended doing so.

With pinholes, the material thickness matters too. The thinner, the better. If you'd like the best possible pinhole, consider the 0.001" brass shim. While I used the soda can aluminum this time I will probably experiment and compare to the brass shim in the near future.

And what can all of this get you? Let's take a look at some sample photos. The terraPIN ACME takes 120 film and I would recommend something with good reciprocity failure characteristics. My first roll was the Rollei Retro 80s and I would definitely not recommend that. I could not find reciprocity data for the film and used some generic guidance that worked for me in the past, however, it turned out to be an almost utter failure with this film. When I hung it to dry, there were barely any images on the negative and the negative proved unprintable in the darkroom. Only thanks to scanning and digital technology was I able to rescue the images, a bit ironic.

Dandelion Heart, Pinhole Photography, terraPIN ACME, Rollei Retro 80sDandelion HeartPinhole Photography

Dandelion Heart
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on Rollei Retro 80s film and developed in D-23

Pinhole Wagon Wheel, Pinhole Photography, terraPIN ACME, Rollei Retro 80sWagon WheelPinhole Photography

Wagon Wheel
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on Rollei Retro 80s film and developed in D-23

The famed Fuji Acros is much better for pinhole photography and long exposures as it pretty much does not have any reciprocity failure up to 2 minutes. However, it does not dry flat and cups quite a bit, making scanning a bit of pain.

USS Croaker 246, Pinhole Photography, terraPIN ACME, Fuji Acros 100USS Croaker 246Pinhole Photography

USS Croaker 246
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on Fuji Acros 100 film and developed in D-23

Lemonade Wagon, Pinhole Photography, terraPIN ACME, Fuji Acros 100Lemonade WagonPinhole Photography

Lemonade Wagon
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on Fuji Acros 100 film and developed in D-23

Refueling Truck, Pinhole Photography, terraPIN ACME, Fuji Acros 100Refueling TruckPinhole Photography

Refueling Truck
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on Fuji Acros 100 film and developed in D-23

terraPIN ACME 2, a 3D printed camera designed by Todd SchlemmerterraPIN ACME 2terraPIN ACME, a 3D printed camera I really liked the results I got from the two test rolls and I really wanted a photography related gift for a friend and decided to print one more and even spruce it up a bit. I printed the main body in two colors.

Most of the body remained in black as I needed the inside black but I printed the bottom and top 1mm in solver, loosely resembling the chrome on the cameras from the 60s and 70s. And for another color variety, I printed the knobs in copper rather than orange,

And of course, I had to test drive this version too before sending it out on its merry way to Canada. I tuned my film choice again and was actually the most happy with this one.

Due to the Fuji Acros cupping, I would recommend Kodak T-Max 100 the most. While you need to add 1/3 stop between 1 and 10 seconds and 1/2 stop between 10 and 100 seconds, that is no bother and the film dries perfectly flat. The extra exposure time may come handy too on a sunny day.

 

Pinhole Little Free Library, Pinhole Photogaphy, terraPIN ACME, Kodak T-Max 100Little Free LibraryPinhole Photogaphy

Little Free Library
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on Kodak T-Max 100 film and developed in D-23

Basketball Hoop, Pinhole Photography, terraPIN ACME, Kodak T-Max 100Basketball HoopPinhole Photography

Basketball Hoop
Photographed with a terraPIN ACME pinhole camera on
Kodak T-Max 100 film and developed in D-23

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 3d printed acme black and white d-23 film lensless pinhole terrapin https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/6/custom-made-pinhole-for-a-3d-printed-pinhole-camera Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Spring is Still in the Air https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/5/spring-is-still-in-the-air We're back at the Buffalo History Museum today for another crisp morning walk. Last time the focus was on the beautiful cherry trees, today it is on the sunshine illuminating everything in beautiful warm light.

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Look at the building and how wonderful it looks in that morning light! Lincoln, the Emancipator, had quite a view over the lake that morning.

Spring Morning at the Museum, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, New YorkSpring Morning at the MuseumBuffalo History Museum

Spring Morning at the Museum, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, New York
Photographed with a Nikon N75 on Kodak Gold 200 film and developed in Cinestill C-41

What lake you ask? Let's look at the scene from a different vantage point a bit further east and away from the building. Let's walk down through the Japanese Garden, circle around the lake and find a spot with a nice view of the museum.

Morning Reflection, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NYMorning ReflectionBuffalo History Museum

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

Aren't reflections magical?

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo c-41 cinestill cityscape colors film history museum kodak kodak gold landscape light lincoln nikon n75 outdoors reflection spring statue urban water https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/5/spring-is-still-in-the-air Thu, 27 May 2021 12:36:52 GMT
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.

Cherry Tree Blossoms, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NYCherry Tree Blossoms in BuffaloBuffalo History Museum

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!

Cherry Tree Blossoms, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NYCherry Tree BlossomsBuffalo History Museum

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 :-)

Are you curious about the old-fashioned art of analog photography? I wrote an article for Emulsive a while back that should provide you with all you need to get started. And if it leaves you with questions, please, feel free to contact me via this website or on Instagram or Facebook.

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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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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.

Battle Lost, Knox Farm, East Aurora, NYBattle LostKnox Farm

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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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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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

References: You can find a whole publication dedicated to Caffenol recipes here: The Caffenol Cookbook.

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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.

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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 ... (There finally is. If you want to get the best colors out of your scanner, continue reading More Thoughts on Film Digitization).

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

References: You can find a whole publication dedicated to Caffenol recipes here: The Caffenol Cookbook.

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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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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy birdsong caffenol cold fomapan 200 landscape nature orchard park outdoors park snow tlr winter yashica lm https://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2021/1/winter-stopped-by Mon, 04 Jan 2021 13:15:57 GMT
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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The Music of Fall at Birdsong, Path between Colorful Trees, Autumn in Orchard Park, New York (NY).The Music of Fall at BirdsongWestern New York Country Road through Fall, Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, New York (NY)Country Road through FallWestern New York

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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!

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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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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?

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Previously from the darkroom:

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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 :-)

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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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.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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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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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. 

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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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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

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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Letchworth Forest, Leaning Trees in Backlight Sparkle, Letchworth State Park, New YorkLetchworth ForestGreat Outdoors Mushrooms in the Woods, Letchworth State Park, New YorkMushrooms in the WoodsGreat Outdoors Leaning Trees of Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, New YorkLeaning Trees of BirdsongGreat Outdoors Fall Colors of the Hanging Bog, Caneadea, New YorkFall Colors of the Hanging BogGreat Outdoors Moss Lake Colors of the Fall / Autumn, Western New YorkMoss Lake ColorsGreat Outdoors

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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

The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 1

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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