Shooting Film. Updates.

I really don’t blog enough. I *want* to blog all the time, but I think I get distracted, or maybe I just really don’t like wordpress. I’ve got so much history here though, it’s a huge undertaking to migrate to another format.

I’ve been shooting film a lot, maybe for 6 months straight, exclusively. I’ve sold off most of my Canon digital lenses. Picked up some Leica lenses to go with my M6 (a 50mm Summicron, and a 28mm Elamrit). I really love the portability. I’m not certain the “picture quality” is any different than with my Canon Elan7 or my Nikon F3, but I enjoy the compactness of leaving the house with my Leica and a 28mm lens. Oh that reminds me, I wrote a “5 frame with” article on 35mmc blog (here). I think it inspired me to start writing again, or at least rambling along..

I’m really enjoying the process of shooting film, coming home, developing, seeing results. It’s given me the photography bug that i’ve been lacking for years. Now I want to knock out some darkroom printing!

I’ve been updating my flickr on a regular basis, and started a new instagram @static.iso to showcase my film only shots.

Check it out!

Found Film From the 2005 Fire!

Niagra Falls 2004

Going through boxes of stuff when I was moving across town, I found a few rolls of film sitting in a box. They were black, unlabeled canisters, which I remember was from my community college class I took in 2003 (only to be able to have free darkroom time). For the life of me I couldn’t remember when I shot them, or what I shot. I sent them off to for developing, since, I didn’t want to trust my own chemistry, as I didn’t even know what they were!

Got them back this week, and come to find out, they’re from two trips! I went to Niagara Falls in 2004, and the San Francisco for a Linux World conference. Can’t believe the photos came out!

SFO 2005 Streets

There were some great street shots of San Francisco, but most of the shots from Niagara where just okay. I think in Niagara I was using an old Nikon FM with a broken meter. In San Francisco, I believe I had a Canon Elan IIe with a 24-85 USM Canon lens, but from the look of the picture, it appears I had some light leaks, although, that could have been in the janky film canisters I had, especially since they’d been sitting for over 12 years!

San Francisco Streets 2005

Trip to the Dewberry Farm

My parents and I took my kids to the Dewberry Farm this weekend. The kids loved it!


I took a TON of photos, which I have not done in a long time. Reminds me how muchI love being behind the camera.. Although there’s not one picture of me.. One day the kids will have all these pictures of themselves growing up, but none with their dad, ’cause he’s always behind the camera!

Was a long day but we had a blast. I’m still worn out 24 hours later hahaha.

Dominican Republic

Well I’m back from my trip to the Dominican Republic. I plan on writing up a big photo essay on the trip, I’ve just been backed up with work moving in the next 30 days! I’ll get to it soon!

In the mean time my quick flickr set from the trip:

Thanks Gene Arganese for being a wonderful host and a pure pleasure to be around!

San Antonio day two

The wedding went great! I took about 1000 pictures! Can’t wait to get home and check them out. It’s going to be a big job to get them all sorted and edited. I’m thinking about writing a shopping cart application with PayPal API to allow people to purchase and print online. I’ll write about what I come up with.

In San Antonio

Four o’clock Houston traffic on I-10 really sucked… We arrived in San Antonio at about 8pm, about an hour late.

Ate dinner with the family and I busted out the camera with the new Stroboframe Camera Flip Flash Bracket. From the looks of the LCD screen the pics should be good. I forgot my flash reader so I wont be able to check out the pics until I get home.

Breakfast is at 9:30am tomorrow, will probably be getting up for that, since I am shooting Sammi’s Uncle’s wedding tomorrow. Need to eat well so I can be on my toes for good shots. Hopefully I’ll get mass quantities of caffeine so I won’t drag my feet.

Epson Perfection 2400 Photo Scanner Review

Epson Perfection 2400 Photo

Reviewed by Michael Palmer


The Epson Perfection 2400 scanner is a USB 2.0 film/slide/print scanner for

the “Pro-sumer Market”.

I would only say the Perfection 2400 is a “Pro-sumer” scanner because it has

the ability to scan slides and negatives. Most casual users would only want

to scan prints.

I needed a new scanner that would still do prints, but also do negatives

and slides on a budget, while also supporting both Linux and Windows.

Basic Features

The Perfection 2400 comes standard with a good feature set.

  • 2400 x 4800 DPI
  • “Hi-Speed Scanning”
  • Included Film Strip adapter
    • Up to 6 negatives or 4 slides
  • Four Scanning Buttons
  • USB 2.0 Interface

Out of the box

Pulling the scanner out of the box, the first thing I noticed was the good

packing job, they used a ton of tape to protect the scanner from shipping problems.

Everything was real quick and simple. First, flip the ‘storage’ switch on the back to

unlock, then plug the light-lid into the scanner body,

next plug the power into the wall and into the body, last plug in the USB cable.

Software Setup


Windows setup consisted of :

1. Put in CD

2. Follow directions by hitting next a bunch

3. Software loads and works

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This was a super-simple setup, less hassle than WinAmp.


Running Gentoo at home, things are super easy to install. To install this scanner, I did

need to recompile my kernel, currently 2.4.22. I needed to include “USB Scanner Support”,

in addition to the usual USB drivers necessary.

SANE: Next I just ran an ’emerge xsane’ which takes care of all

the dependences. If I was running Slackware,

I would have downloaded both the sane and xsane packages from, or grabbed the source

and compiles according to the instructions in the README or INSTALL file.

Sane Setup was as easy as editing my /etc/sane.d/epson.conf file and switching the port to “/dev/usb/scanner0”.

I’m not going to cover any more setup help, because I thought it was

super easy, If you are having problems, check some forums or something.


Right now, I’ve only got this: Sign Pic.

I will post more samples soon.

Other Notes

Epson meant for this scanner to only scan 35mm slides and negatives, however in Linux,

the software does not look for the transparency adapter when you are scanning using the

light-lid. I was able to get decent scans from 6×4.5cm negatives, but anything larger will

not fit. In windows, without the transparency adapter, the scanner sits for a while and then

will bring up an error.


The Epson Perfection 2400 is a great scanner for the money.


  • Easy to use
  • Works excellent in both windows and Linux
  • Scans Slides and negatives as well as prints
  • Super Quick preview
  • Fairly Quiet while scanning
  • Excellent Quality for the money


  • Doesn’t handle medium format. If I want to scan medium format and have all the same functionality,

    I have to buy the Epson 3200 Photo, or locate an old (now discontinued) Perfection 2450.

  • The blackout for the light lid is a little cheap/flimsy and not easy to put in when your hands are full