First stop: Dagget.
DAGGET PIONEER CEMETERY. (Canon S90.)
Which looks more like a cemetery?
So then which is technically better, if the idea is to show a cemetery?
Next stop: Newberry Springs.
That's frame 9 and 10 from the Kodak Brownie.
Next, we were invited to this property by its owner.
ROCKWELL IN THE WINDOW, PRIVATE PROPERTY, NEWBURY SPRINGS. (Canon S90.)
AHA! What's that funny camera in my hands?
A 1963 LEICA M3, a 1980 LEICAMETER MR-4 CdS light meter clipped to the top, a 1957 50mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON with near-focusing range, a B+W MRC 39mm 81A filter on the lens and a 12 585 hood. More tech details.
Again, this was shot on frame 38 of a 36-exposure roll. Hallelujah!
Will miracles never cease? This is frame thirty-nine on that same 36-exposure roll!
OK, OK, enough again with the color film. Let's get back to the basics, this time with high-speed Kodak T-Max 100.
CHARRED REMAINS, PRIVATE PROPERTY, NEWBURY SPRINGS. (Kodak T-Max 100, 39mm LEITZ 1 yellow filter, 1957 50mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON mit near-focusing range, 1963 LEICA M3, 1950s selenium LEICAMETER MC set to ASA 50, NCPS scan.)
RUIN, PRIVATE PROPERTY, NEWBURY SPRINGS. (Kodak T-Max 100, 39mm LEITZ 1 yellow filter, 1957 50mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON mit near-focusing range, 1963 LEICA M3, 1950s selenium LEICAMETER MC set to ASA 50, NCPS scan.)
We saddled up and headed east.
LUDLOW. (Canon S90.)
Digital capture: dull colors and contrasts compared to actual photographs.
GARAGE, ROUTE 66. (Kodak T-Max 100, 39mm LEITZ Or orange filter, 1959 21mm f/4 LEITZ SUPER-ANGULON, 1963 LEICA M3, 1950s selenium LEICAMETER MC set to ASA 50, probably about f/11 at 1/50 hand-held, NCPS scan.) enlargement.
Is this 21mm lens from 1959 sharp enough for you?
GARAGE, ROUTE 66. (Kodak T-Max 100, 39mm LEITZ 1 yellow filter, 1965 35mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON, 1963 LEICA M3, 1950s selenium LEICAMETER MC set to ASA 50, probably around f/13.5 at 1/30, NCPS scan.) enlargement.
Is this 50-year-old 35mm lens sharp enough for you?
That's frame 11 and 12 from the Kodak Brownie. Not all great shots, but all fun enough to share, and all different from one another. I've shown every shot from that roll on this and the previous page. With digital capture, the only purpose for which most files are good is deleting, so tell me again why I should bother with the expense and tediousness of digital capture?
On this trip I didn't even bring batteries, much less power cords, computers or battery chargers.
Holy guacamole, this is again shot on frame 39 of a 36-exposure roll, this time on Kodak film. With film, you always beat the odds. On digital, you're usually shorted about 20% of the gigabytes for which you paid.
We continued east.
Light. Shadow. Warm. Cool. Got it all. One shot. No tweaking. Film. Duh.
This shot had no color since it was shot into the light, so I slammed it all the way back to black-and-white. Note that with a hand-held medium format camera, probably at about f/8 or f/11, that the depth of field doesn't make it to infinity.
And then we headed east to Kingman, Arizona.