Article History

December 2009

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14th

My Hoya R72 infrared filter arrived. I put it on my parent's digital camera (Fujifilm S6500) and experimented. It worked quite well!

15th

More digital IR experimentation. I started shooting raw and decided not to use the red channel in processing the images - it's clearly getting some visible light as well as IR. The results are much more contrasty.

16th

A replacement covering for my Electro 35 arrived in the mail from Camera Leather. The slate blue colouring is much darker than I was expecting. I'd call it more navy blue.

After some experimenting with Purell hand sanitiser, I decided to use what Camera Leather call the “wet method”. I thoroughly cleaned up the front of the camera and applied the hand gel around the lens (not on the lens, on the front). It allowed me to place the pieces and align them before pressing them down on the dry areas.

17th

New straps from Op/tech arrived. I got an “Envy” strap with attachments for my Pentacon Six (“type B”), and XR-20 (3/8“ webbing). I also got a one-handed ”Cam strap" for my Electro 35.

21st

Glenn popped over with a bunch of oysters from Bateman's Bay for Dad, and an old iMac for me. He and Tania had found it in a carpark - it's one of the original tray-loading iMac G3's from early 1999. Glenn had left a CDR of Kubuntu 9.04 for PowerPC in the drive and it only got part-way into booting the ‘live’ distribution. Rebooting without the CD didn't appear to get anywhere. Maybe it had been dumped because the hard disk got corrupted or started failing? Who knows. Looking up its information later on Wikipedia, I found that this model had only 32 MiB of RAM when it originally shipped. If that's all it still has, that could very well be what's stopping it from booting a modern Linux desktop. It uses PC100 SDRAM though, and can take up to 512 MiB. That should be plenty for anything I'd like to do with it. But getting into the guts of the machine to upgrade it could be difficult.

Grandpa, Margaret, and Uncle Graeme arrived.

22nd

Mum's 60th birthday!

Andrew and Alissa arrived with the kids, and so did Grandma. We went down to the Kelso pub for Mum's birthday dinner. The kids soon discovered the “playground” outside and I watched them go ape-shit in the maze-like play set while waiting for our dinners to be prepared. They started off in the fenced-off “under 4” section but soon grew frustrated at not being able to get to the adjacent section where some older kids were playing. So I let them out to play in the “over 4” section. Even though Zac's not quite three. He's a pretty rough kid though. They both had a great time and kept wanting to go out when our dinners had arrived.

I had loaded a roll of Ilford HP5+ into my XR-20 earlier in the day and used my new f/1.4 lens.

Then we went back home and ate Mum's birthday cake, which Glenn and Tania had bought. They had also put up some helium-filled balloons in the lounge room.

23rd

I loaded my first roll of Fujifilm Acros 100 into my Electro 35, but couldn't find its battery. I did later, but only got one shot of Grandma.

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25th

Christmas!

I shot more of the Acros in my Electro 35.

26th

Andrew, Sarah, and Zac played with the water pistols they got for Christmas in the backyard. I finished the roll of Acros in my Electro 35.

28th

Went out to the Kelso pub again to give Glenn an early birthday dinner. We had another birthday cake at home. I finished the roll of HP5+ in my XR-20.

29th

Mum, Dad, Grandpa, Margaret, and Graeme drove to the Parkes Observatory to see the radio telescope. I stayed behind as Andrew and Alissa packed up and left.

With the study (downstairs bedroom) en suite free and the house to myself, I set to process two rolls of HP5+. They seemed to come out well, but Nikon Scan seemed a tad eager with its auto exposure, blowing out highlights on almost every photo! That software is annoyingly stupid at times. I will have to figure out what went wrong and rescan both rolls. But not now.

30th

Left for Canberra on a week-long trip.

We stopped for a break in Boorowa. One of our party was taking a long toilet break and seeing Graeme snapping some of the old buildings, I pulled out my Electro 35 and loaded a roll of Acros 100. I got a few shots before we moved on.

After dinner at the Labor Club, we drove up to Mount Ainslie. It was just after sunset and a bit hazy, so I opted not to take any photos.

31st

Visited the Museum of Australia with Graeme and my parents. The museum didn't allow backpacks, so I loaded a roll of Pro 400H in my XR-20 and took just it with the Rikenon 1:1.4 50 mm and Zenitar-K 16 mm fisheye. I photographed quite a lot of its unique architecture using the fisheye.

Tried to see the new-years fireworks show but was weren't quite in the right place. Just one blurry photo.