One of the hardest things to do is shoot through glass and make it look like there's no glass there. Ended up doing a fair amount of that on a trip last week. Posted other glass shots from this trip in the Picture I Took forum under "Weird Nightmare" and Family & Pets forum under "My New Pet Goldfish, Woggy."
Other through-the-glass shots invited.
First pic is out an airplane window west of Denver, showing I 70. (D2X w/ 18-200VR @ 36mm, F8.5, 1/320 ISO 200) Second is a bullfrog chilling it under a heat light in an aquarium display. (D2X w/ 24mm Sigma macro, F 2.8 1/50 ISO 800.) Third in my D2X shown attached to my wallet. (D2x W/ 24MM Sigma macro, F 2.1 1/20 ISO 800)
A trick I read about and tried with good results was to use those aftermarket rubber lens hoods and hold them to the glass allowing a good seal thus no reflection. Tho I must admit the posted shots showed no probs in that area...
Since you're close to me, do you have a lab you can recommend? I'm looking for some place that can process slide film and place my images on a CD. I've been quoted over $10.00 just for the processing and that seems high considering my prints only cost me $2.50 before the CD. Also, I've been shooting with Kodak Portra and even though it is C-41, I wanted to see if a lab would provide better results. Thanks!
In my area (North Center...just NW of Wrigleyville...the options for c-41 labs that I know of run pricey. Triangle Camera on Broadway just south of Wrigley field (3440 N Broadway...across from the Treasure Island) does good work but I've only used 'em once or twice and its been years, they offer darkroom classes and rentals as well as scanning and e-darkroom services. I have also tried the Wolf on Clybourn and been totally disappointed so I would not recommend them at all no thats way to nice, AVOID AT ALL COSTS. The service I use for my personal stuff is my local Domoniks store overnight, er 2-3day service, thelab they use does good reliable work but the store has probs getting the film in and out. Their CD stuff has always been pasable for my purposes but I don't recall the prices since I don't do e-work often. For B&W and E6 work I use Akai Photo on Addison St twixt Broadway and the lake. He does great work for me at reasonable tho not cheap rates cause I have no time pressures and he piggybacks my stuff on the pro work he supports himself on. I have not asked about scanning from him so I don't know if or how much.
Great stuff! I especially like the Sears Tower shot. Nice and wide, how wide was your lens on that shot?
Your shots remind me of a valuable lesson I learned regarding listening to your inner voice as a photographer. I was in the Prudential building working on a voice over project (I'm also a voice over actor) and had my trusty Olympus XA with me with only 2 shots left on the roll. A little small voice told me that morning to "take an extra roll of film with you" but I ignored it. And then, while walking to the building a small voice said "buy another roll of film before going in the building." But, I ignored it not wanting to pay the high prices of North Michigan Ave (i.e. I can buy 5 rolls of film for the price of their cheapest roll at Walgreens).
Well, this was my 1st time working with this group and I didn't pay attention to the address as it was on the 51st floor. Talk about a great, great view! Nothing but windows all around us on two walls, and no film to capture those splendid night views of the city. Imagine your Sears Tower shot a little closer to the ground at night, with a long exposure at 35mm. I could have easily sold all of them as posters - it was that breath taking.
I guess I shared all of that to say I'm soo happy to see that you took your camera with you that day. And, never forget to listen to that small, still voice. I had to learn that lesson the hard way.
Thanks Jeff, I appreciate it. I don't shoot much slide stuff but received 12 rolls of quality slide film when I brought my Fl00.
I'm out in the burbs, and I've heard some of the same reports about Wolf. There's a lab in Oak Park that can do it, but like your friend it's not cheap. I have my C-41 stuff developed at my local Sam's Club and for the most part they do a great job. I noticed the quality diminish over the Christmas Holidays, but other than that they do OK.
I just gotta go digital! Thanks again and be blessed!