Michael Wyman

Thoughts at Random

Hawai’i

After years of travelling to the Island State, my parents invited my brother and Jenny and I to travel there this January. We just got back — we’re not yet recovered from jetlag — and we had a great trip! Except for my parents, it was our first time. We spent a day in O’ahu to see Pearl Harbor, then travelled to the Big Island to spend the week.

We saw a lot of the island (although by no means everything), some beautiful scenery, and it went by much too fast!

I took the same camera gear as for our Honeymoon (17-40, 50, and 70-200 lenses), and bought a brand-new B+W XSPro MRC Slim UV filter for the 17-40. While picking up my bag while in Honolulu, the bag strap caught on the chair and caused the bag to slip… Upon landing on the Big Island I went to change from the 50mm that had been on the camera since leaving Pearl Harbor, and heard in the 17-40 the crinkle of shards of glass!

Luckily it was only the new UV filter — when the camera bag dropped, the lens cap squeezed into the filter threads and compressed one side of the filter, shattering one side. The lens cap on the 70-200 also suffered a similar fate, but without the thin filter threads didn’t touch the glass.

With a little cleaning, the 17-40 lens element appeared to be alright and scratch-free. A visit to the local camera store in Kona found a Kenko UV filter that would suffice to protect the lens until a new B+W filter can be acquired!

So after a little scare, the camera gear worked well for the remainder of the trip!

Door County, 2010

We’ve returned from our 2010 Door County expedition, and somewhat acclimated back to life. I’ve been reviewing photos from Door County. I’ve far fewer from my 5D that I care much for this year, but that is probably directly related to the fact that I burned through more film over the week in the Rolleiflex than I’ve used film at any one time in over 10 years. I got the developed rolls back from Universal Color on Friday.

I brought with about ten different rolls of film, some B&W and some color slide film. I ended up burning four (!) rolls during the week (the ProviaX did have several frames shot before the trip). One roll each of Kodak T-Max 400, Ilford PanF Plus 50, Fuji ProxiaX 400, and Fuji Velvia RVP 50.

Of the 48 frames, around 40 are probably usable! The Fujichrome I can already see the good results (great color and contrast visible), and from my inexperienced B&W eye, those shots look pretty decent, too. For having barely used the exposure meter and mostly relied upon the Sunny-16 rule, I’m very pleased!

Once I get a chance to get them scanned, I’ll definitely have film frames to post on the photoblog!

Re-living the past

Or, how the new Aperture 3 and a lack of time spent with my camera is making me go back over older photos.

Our Honeymoon photos have been getting a recent work-over. Jenny would like some prints on our walls (currently somewhat barren), and I’ve been exploring several of the processing presets in Aperture. Mixing and matching works wonders. My favorites to mix have been the “Toy Camera” and black-and-white settings, with some tweaks.

“Toy Camera” gives such saturation and contrast. Mix that with a B&W conversion color filter, and it often gives some punch to the image that the straight B&W wouldn’t give.

Hopefully work and life will settle a bit, and I’ll get some chances to bring the camera out for more new pictures soon. We’re also hoping to take some vacation soon and get to the Minnesota North Shore to catch some spring. Before it turns into summer (which, given this winter/spring, will be sooner than we’d like to think).

Ah, that new blog smell…

Hi all — or perhaps more correctly “some”, as nobody ever really read my old blog. The Nysaverse is dying, “goodbye cruel world” and all of that, whut!

Since I created the photoblog over two years ago, I never really felt like my old blog related to my photography site, which I update far more often. I somewhat frequently have rather long screeds about what’s going on in the daily photo, sometimes tangentially relates to my actual life, and figured someplace tied to the photoblog might be useful.

So I decided to make a move.

Complete with new look (and perhaps eventually I’ll make the Pixelpost and WordPress pages look alike), new layout (see previous parenthetical), and most decidedly an entirely new database. Meaning I’m not bothering to move the old blog and its postings.

So we’ll see how often I’ll actually update this blog — I’ve managed to keep the main www.mwyman.com page going for over two years now…