Schaub Solo Exhibition Vermont Governor’s Gallery

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Solo Exhibition Vermont Governors Gallery

I am very excited to announce that I have been selected by the Vermont Governors Gallery for a solo exhibition at the State Capitol form January 4 – March 31st, 2017.

The show title is “From Far Away” and represents selected works from 2004 till present. There will be an opening reception on January 12th from 4-7PM, (please note a photo ID is required to enter the gallery.) Click on the link below to read the full press release!

http://stephenschaub.com/…/Schaub_VTGovGalleryShowPR2017.pdf

Saving Fuji FP-100C and Wet Plate Pack Film Shooting

A lot has changed in the last few years regarding the survival of film, photographers are now making direct appeals to manufacturers and gaining support from other shooters in a global effort to save our materials. Perfect examples of this success: Impossible Project instant materials, CineStill and their new successful Indiegogo campaign, New 55 instant material, Film Ferrania and now perhaps Fuji FP-100C, only time will tell.

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http://savepackfilm.net/

And then there is cool stuff like this video on how to shoot wet plate with your pack film camera!

Viva la Revolution- Steve

 

Fuji FP100 C Satin Negative Compared to New55 PN

Just thought I would post this side by side… please note the New55 PN was shot on a tripod at F22 where as the Fuji FP 100C Satin was shot hand held in my Polaroid 195 camera at F4…

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New55 PN (CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW)
Fuji FP 100C Satin Recovered Negative (CLICK FOR LARGER VIEWS)
Fuji FP 100C Satin Recovered Negative (CLICK FOR LARGER VIEWS)

 

Of course in the satin recovered negative there is the texture of the print which is kinda cool…

Viva la Revolution- Steve

 

Fuji Instax Wide- Good Glass Matters

Good glass always matters, but when you only have 10 LPM to work with, it matters a lot… that is if you are looking for “sharp” images from instant materials! Below I did a test comparing the Fuji 500AF to a converted Polaroid 110B with an Instax wide back… as you can see, the difference is HUGE! The 110B has better sharpness and better color, or at least more accurate color, which is to be expected as the 127mm Rodenstock lens on that camera is quite amazing.

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Fuji 500AF – Polaroid 110B Fuji Instax Wide Conversion

Advantages to the 110B

  • Total manual exposure control
  • Multiple exposure and pre-exposure capabilities
  • F 4.5 – F90
  • Cable release option
  • “Accurate” rangefinder focusing (manual focus only)
  • Build quality but comes at the cost of size and weight
  • No batteries required

Advantages to the Fuji 500AF

  • Fast shoot time
  • Lighter weight
  • AF but that also has its issues in low light
  • Built in Flash

In conclusion… both cameras are quite nice and represent a real creative option to shooters looking for “sharp” Fuji Instax wide images. When holding the physical instant prints in your hand, both instant images seem quite sharp. But the Polaroid 110B has a lot more pop and under magnification it becomes quite clear which camera is sharper, so if your intentions are to scan and enlarge the image this should be part of your consideration.

One final note on the test shot: I did 5 images with the Fuji 500AF and chose the sharpest one- as with AF there is always the possibility of the camera picking the wrong point of focus. The 110B was spot on with just one shot. I also chose F8 as the Fuji would default to that setting due to the lower light level.