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A while back I bought an Ansco Pix Panorama camera at a thrift store. It cost me four dollars, and it could be argued that I paid too much for it. It’s a pocket-size all-plastic 35mm camera with a 28mm wide-angle plastic lens. On the back it has a note that says "Notify Photofinisher: Develop film and print in panoramic format."
It would be very cool if this camera took panoramic shots by producing really wide negatives, but it doesn’t do that; instead, it produces really short negatives. It achieves its panoramic effect by means of a removable insert in that masks the top third and bottom third of each frame, essentially "letterboxing" the negative. So the first thing I did after I discovered the mask insert was remove it. If I want the top third and bottom third of my shot cropped off, I’d rather do that after exposing the frame, thank you very much.
I finally decided to give this camera a try with a roll of Kodak 400TX that had taken a couple of trips through the X-ray scanner airports use on checked baggage. A bit of Googling revealed that the Pix Panoramic has a fixed aperture of f/11 and a fixed shutter speed of 1/125 second, but I didn’t give much thought to correct exposure while shooting the roll. I just pointed the camera at stuff and clicked, hoping that luck combined with the magic of stand development would produce a few halfway-decent shots.
And the results were a pleasant surprise. I got more "keeper" shots than I expected, and rest were at least interesting in one way or another. Given its small size and light weight, the Pix may end up being a carry-around-at-all times camera.
Ansco Pix Panorama with "panoramic" mask removed. Kodak 400TX, stand developed in Rodinal 1+100 at 19ºC for 70 minutes.
P.S. The title of this shot has nothing whatsoever to do with the TV show "Mad Men", which I’ve never seen but have heard good things about.
Image by mricon
I’ve had lots of trouble with this one, but at this point I’m just going to move on, since I’m tired of working on it. I’ve already edited it so many times that in some places the paper is so smooth, that it won’t take any more graphite. You can also see my frantic erasures in some spots. Mmph.
Generally, it’s not a bad work. This is my second ever profile portrait, and therefore my knowledge of facial anatomy is just not there yet to allow me to "feel" where I am making a mistake. I can lay the base work to paper, then step back, and not realize that the chin or the nose, or the ear are not where they are supposed to be. So I commit, and then, when things "don’t look right," I can’t put my finger on what exactly is out of place. This should come with time, as it did with en-face portraits, but meanwhile it’s highly frustrating to not be able to see where the error is.
This is graphite stick on paper, with some HB pencil for finer work.
Mark does what I tell him to do…..
Image by Durham Moose
I said go over there and stand in front of that truck and he said Hell Yeah…..
He had been telling me about this truck he had seen a few times at the service station across the street from our store.
You know you are in Durham NC when you see something like this…..
Only thing better than his great pose is that Big Gulp in his hands at 6:05 PM.