I have been lousy about posting anything here

Does anyone even read this anymore? I think people are mostly following my Instagram because that’s what I am most active on. Honestly, I have been very busy lately. But I have gone to a few shows and did a couple shoots. I haven’t had any time to invest in any elaborate shoots like I used to love doing. One day. And I suggest following my IG to get the first bit of news on anything I do photography related.

Getting out.

Still in the pandemic, but I’ve been getting outdoors a bit recently. Just a little bit. Still no shows. And I still haven’t done any film or developing, but I need to because I miss it.

Here are a few self portraits from recent outings. I’m not terribly used to being in front of the camera, but I might try it more often. Just as a form of expression. Maybe I’ll get a little artsy, we’ll see.

Trying to find motivation

I don’t believe I’ve developed film all year and haven’t been to any shows since March, due to stupid pandemic. I hope to do a photo shoot soon.

I did buy a few props for one I have planned, so I’m eager to do that. I would really love to do more masked shoots.

And I want to do more film! The only thing is my color chemicals are out of date. I need to dispose of them. I have more chemicals for black and white. I’ll have to order color chemicals if I want to do that.

Update on film developing

…or lack thereof.

I haven’t been developing any film lately. Mostly because I haven’t been going anywhere, which is lame of me. I feel like I have a lack of subjects. I don’t want to take pictures of anything and everything. If it was digital photography, that’s no problem, but the film costs money and development uses chemicals and takes time. And after all the old film I developed from eleven years ago, seeing all the people I photographed that aren’t even a part of my life and images that hold no artistic value, I am reluctant to photograph anything and everything. I’d rather photograph good friends and really neat stuff. Not just taking pictures of anything out of desperation.

There’s another reason I have been slacking off. Last time I wrote an entry, I complained that my images had a weird blue hue. I honestly don’t think that it my fault. I think it is the cheap film scanner I purchased from Amazon! I purchased the Jumbl scanner for about $60 and it did a decent job at scanning a whole bunch of my old negatives. I used to notice most of them did have a blue hue to it, but thought it’s because the negatives were old. I had no idea. It doesn’t auto correct color, but there’s a setting to adjust the color before scanning. I didn’t mess with it much, though, because the screen is small and you can’t really fix everything accurately.

I went to Amazon to see if there was any reviews mentioning the blue hue, and sure enough…it was mentioned!

“Sorry to say, but the item is junk!!! I tried the product thru 1,000 slides and they were all BAD! They all turned out BLUE! I tried all software provided to adjust color, but just didn’t work. I returned it to Amazon who docked me $30 for S/H and Restock Fees. Never again.
I just bought an Epson V600 FlatBed Scanner (Not from Amazon) to do the job. Now I get to start all over again. I have a total of about 8,000 35 mm Slides to do.”

Well there’s that, plus I am sure a better quality scanner can produce better quality scans! So this cheap scanner isn’t showing the full potential of the quality. 😦 I do have an old scanner but I don’t have the adapter to scan negatives. It’s a good scanner for prints, though. So I really want to know what my film photography would look like scanned on a better scanner.

My old photo archive on Flickr will come to an end.

I first started my pro Flickr account 10 years ago and have been paying only $24.99 for it annually. After about 36,000 photos uploaded there, I went on a hiatus for a few years.

You may view it here: Old Flickr Photo Archive

When I decided to pick up my camera again, I decided to start a new Flick account and start  fresh. You may view the new one here: Photo Gallery on Flickr

The new account is currently a free account because you get a terabyte of space for free, so I’d rather not bother getting a second pro account. But Flickr has notified us that they will be making changes and will no longer be providing the free terabyte! Free accounts will allow 1000 photos or videos. Pro accounts will cost $49.99 annually! I’m not paying $100 a year for two pro accounts, hell naw.

This leaves me with a decision to make. As of now, I have decided I will probably upgrade my newer gallery to a pro account once I get closer to uploading 1000 images. But as for the old archive, I will probably cancel the pro account renewal. I believe all the images on that account will be reduced to only 1000, which is the maximum for free accounts, which I might even consider deleting that account all together. It will feel weird to delete it after 10 years, but it makes me wonder if anyone even visits it anymore, anyways. Blah, I figure it’s time to move onward.

Anyways, I believe all of this takes effect in April 2019. Enjoy my old archive while you still can.

 

 

Defecrator

Shortly after I did my shoot with Gloriam Draconis, I was also honored to do a shot with Defecrator. They are a black/death metal band from Sacramento. They are currently working on their full length and seeking to play more shows outside the Sacramento area.

Anti-Human Black/Death of Satan
Angel Raping Invoker of Bestial Chaos: guitar/vocals
Anti-Human Unholy Sexslayer of Hate: drums/vocals
Abhorrent Orgy Ejaculator of the Dead: bass/vocals
Check them out: