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Monday, April 11, 2022

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I shot a roll with the Hasselblad yesterday. It was disappointing. I had more trouble than I remember with focusing. And a third of the frames were underexposed. I need more practice. I’ve now swapped out the split prism focusing screen for the plain matte (Acute Matte D) version. That should help. Here’s my favorite from the roll…

Mom and her “butler” Hasselblad 500C/M.

It bothers me a little that I don’t know how the “image” plugin works in Hugo. It solves the problem with relative URLs when referencing images when using page bundles, but I don’t know how.

I need to learn that when I’m about to take a photo and the light looks boring, the photo will be boring. Every time.

The things I care about are changing. I care less and less about the things everyone else seems to cares more and more about. Is it just my usual zagging?

I don’t feel much like sitting at the computer today, but that’s probably what I’ll do anyway.

I recently considered bulk loading film, but decided against it. This decision was reinforced today when (re)reading Dante Stella:

It is not entirely clear what bulk-loading gets you here – an opportunity for scratched film, the chance to expose a bulk roll while getting into the loader, losing consecutive frame numbers, and ending up with a cassette that is either missing DX codes or pops apart if you drop it. One thing it does not get you is an actual cost advantage, especially after you spend an hour or two cleaning and loading the cassettes for each 100 foot bulk roll.

Dante Stella, Three tired tropes of analog photography

Finally finished Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. That there is an impressive fella.

So it seems that Jack White is a digital sellout now, eh?

All the years of the razor blade editing gets you to a point where I don’t want to waste my energy on that when I could put that energy to this now.

Jack White

I’m growing weary of fighting with the Focomat IIc. It’s such a wonderfully-built contraption that is capable of amazing enlargements, but it’s behaving badly. Exposure times are in the 3-8 second range for anything but the densest negatives. What’s worse, the autofocus isn’t working correctly. Autofocus is kind of the whole point of this thing. I’m starting to think I should find something modern, with readily-available replacement parts. Tired of struggling with this ancient beast.