Monday, August 31, 2015

BritTV: Ghostwatch (1992)


I've been on a British TV ghost story binge lately. This one, "Ghostwatch" was a real winner. Like Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds", it was aired on Halloween night and it pretended to be a live broadcast. When the BBC originally aired it, the phone lines lit up with people terrified, because they thought it was real. In the show, there is a call in segment and scripted callers claim to see things in the footage that the anchors didn't see, so it must have been pretty frightening for folks with a tendency towards being media gullible.

It's said to be one of the primary influences on "Blair Witch" and "Paranormal Activity" and I can totally see it. "Ghostwatch" has never been aired on TV again after its first broadcast, but it is available on DVD from Amazon.co.uk It's only in PAL format only, so you need a region free DVD player. The DVD comes paired with another ghost story called "The Stone Tape". It's more gothic than scary, but it's still fun.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunted-Double-Feature-Ghostwatch-Stone/dp/B00EF1I8IQ/


Friday, August 28, 2015

Fuji X100T Film Simulation Modes Compared

Today I went out and shot a test with each of the seven sims in my custom settings. They have been tweaked to my liking. All are sharpness +2 and noise reduction -2. (X100T f/2 1/6000th)

B&W Yellow Filter (Highlight +2)
B&W Red Filter (Highlight +1)
Velvia
Provia Standard (Color +1)
Neg Hard (Color +1)
Neg Soft (Color +1)
Classic Chrome (Color +2)

Film Sims
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Brunswick Cortez ca. 1927

Figured I would post photos of my latest "holy grail". This is the Rolls Royce of acoustic phonographs. That horn is 27 inches high and is made of molded Spruce.

Cover Illustration for a Pulp Magazine

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Experiment With Fuji Film Simulations

Here is the same image taken with my Fuji x100T / Wide Angle Converter / Circular Polarizer using two different film simulations...

Velvia Film Simulation
Velvia Film Simulation
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Chrome Film Simulation

Classic Chrome Film Simulation
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Excerpts from Wagner's Parsifal (1927)


Richard Wagner: Excerpts from Parsifal (1927)
Max Von Schillings / State Opera Orchestra, Berlin


Prelude to Act I

Scene of the Flower Maidens

Good Friday Spell

Finale to Act III

Transferred from original 78rpm disk and restored by Stephen Worth

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RESPECT for the Colonel

In MY day, when you were a spokesman for a fast food joint, you took the job SERIOUSLY. You didn't embarrass yourself, your family or your franchise!