Monday, December 15, 2008

Oddshots Monday > Sawdust


I have bucked a lot of firewood on this spot and with the temperature at -11C this morning, it was time well spent. The stove is roaring and our house is toasty.

Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, Ilford XP-2super, 1/250 @f16

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14 comments:

Aileni said...

You can still get Ilford ? I am using
Kodak BW400CN 'Professional'.
I love the cat below.

Snapper said...

Yes, Ilford XP-2super is widely available here in western BC. I have used one roll of Kodak C-41 B&W film, though not the "Professional" version. It's quite good too.

diXymiss said...

Hard work, but nothing beats the warmth and ambiance of a cozy wood burning fire. I like the cat shot (below) too.

Julie said...

What does "to buck" mean? To split wood ... I do not know the expression/word at all. I know "the buck stops here" and I know that horses buck.

Snapper said...

Good question Julie. To "buck" when the context is firewood means to cut longer logs into short pieces (approx. 18") that will fit into a stove. A sawhorse and a chainsaw are the proper tools, along with ear and eye protection and it's a two-person job. Splitting is a separate undertaking using either a maul, a sledgehammer and wedges or a power splitter depending on the size and density of the log.

Virginia said...

Jazz Man's a playin and so I thought this would be a good time to comment on this nice shot today. I am also wondering about you shooting with film. You develop your own up there at the North Pole?? You know what they say Snap, "Vive la diff!" :)

Snapper said...

Virginia, I used to develop all my own b&w film but that was years ago. I'll likely go back to it but not before I've bought a film scanner which isn't in the budget at present. As for why I shoot with film, it's a partly a matter of results. The images I get with film are so vastly superior to my digital stuff that it's no contest quality-wise. I know that sounds elitist but I swear it's not intended to be. Bear in mind that I'm shooting with an inexpensive point-and-shoot digital camera. The other reason I shoot film is the camera itself. I am fortunate to own a classic 1960 Leica M3 with a Leitz lens, an icon of 35mm design. Maybe you've read about these wonderful instruments, Cartier-Bresson used one. Well, all the hype is true. They feel amazing in hand, reek of German precision and, once you've gotten used to their quirks, make photography incredibly intuitive, fast and unobtrusive. And it's fully manual, no batteries at all, so I can take it out in any weather and always get the shot. It is simply a joy to use and I much prefer it to any "modern" camera I have ever laid my hands on. Bob C has suggested that I might be a purist and he may be right. I will say that using the Leica is certainly a "pure" photographic experience. Hope this answers your question.

babooshka said...

Not at all elitist. I think Virginia would really appreciate using film sometime. What I miss about film besides the quality is the element of surprise and satisfaction. I refer to digital as images and film as photographs purely as most images ever go to print now by most people. Back to the image. It's the use of light again you simply can't get the depth with digital.

michael bird said...

Nifty simple photo. Have done a little bucking and splitting of my own and may be doing a bit more of it soon - weighing the pros and cons of an outdoors wood heater and an inside wood stove. No decision yet. Like your other photos as well.

Virginia said...

Sorry Snap, I think Leica and I think film. So it's a digita? I am really so ignorant about all this .I do know film is the ultimate but alas I am too impulsive, instant gratification for that now. Thanks for the explation my friend. V

Hilda said...

Very atmospheric shot — lovely!

I like the idea of a roaring fire on cold nights, but I'm very thankful that we don't need it in Manila. Stay warm!

My Odd Shot is about Plastic, metal, wood.

Julie said...

Very beautiful shot. Clean sharp with perfect light play.

roentarre said...

A very dramatic image in deed

Aileni said...

My film camera is just a Chinese version of the classic Pentax but it feels good.
I have the negative scanner but what I want is tank and developer/fixer.
Then I can be independent.