Photography



Photography is probably my oldest hobby, considering that I shot my first roll of film when I was around 8 years old. That first shooting spree happened in the Buenos Aires Zoo with a Yashica D and my Dad's directions. That very same afternoon, or the next day perhaps, I developed the film and printed it in my bedroom, which also worked as my Dad's desk and darkroom at the time.

My gear now consists of the same Yashica D and Gossen Lunasix3 photometer I used on my first roll. I also shoot with a Pentax ZX-50 with two zoom lenses of regular/poor quality, and a Sigma 24mm f/1.7 that I really like. When I feel like doing some workout, I carry a Mamiya RB67 with a 127mm f/3.8 Sekkor lens. In the past I used Pentax Spotmatic and SP500 and, rarely, a Rolleiflex.

Yashica D owner's manual (4Mb)
Yashica D repair manual (.8Mb)
Gossen Lunasix3 owner's manual (1.1Mb)
Asahi Pentax Spotmatic repair manual (5Mb)
Mamiya RB67 owner's manual (15Mb)

While living on Long Island I found very hard to get decent film processing. So I started to shoot more and more slides and bought a slide scanner. I have a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi-Pro scanner with Silverfast Ai software, and a Canon i9900 printer. I found both pieces of equipment to perform very well. By shooting slides, scanning, and printing them at home, I have been consistently obtaining better results than sending the slides to print to the so-called professional labs in the NYC area. Said that, I have never paid for “gallery” prints, or whatever name each pro lab wants to call their high-end process, so my opinion is limited to regular prints from slides. Still, I thought a pro lab would be able to deliver an OK quality even for a regular print, but that turned not to be the case. Now, I am happy if they don’t scratch my slides when I drop the rolls for developing. In addition, the scanning/printing process at home is immensely cheaper.

For black and white I have been scanning the negatives and printing at home too. The results are pretty good using Ilford photo paper. I still like better my darkroom work, but I have no space or facility to use right now. I used to enjoy darkroom work and I have been doing it for more than 20 years now. I am very basic when it comes to printing but I find more rewarding a simple picture well worked in the darkroom than any effects one could give. I actually do not like effects much and find them polluting most of the time. A while ago I put on paper my darkroom technique or, to be more precise, my darkroom preferences. The small article explains how to start a darkroom and is very basic.

The basic black and white darkroom

The following links contain a selection of photographs I shot, and that I like. I hope you enjoy them. Please bear in mind that these photographs are my property. If you would like a print, a high resolution file, or the use of it, don't hesitate in contacting me.

People

Places

Mountains

Underwater