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Holiday Photo Contest 2023 Gallery



Edmund J. Kowalski

"Holiday Gateway by Day"
My neighbor across the street turned his driveway into a virtual theme park.
Captured on outdated Kodak  ASA 200 color print film from my freezer,
using an Argus Model C camera from 1938, No.10317C.
I developed the film here at home with my Caffenol chemistry recipe, using safe household ingredients.
2023 E.J.Kowalski.

"Holiday Gateway by Night"
My neigbor's light up display, after dark.
Captured on outdated Kodak  ASA 200 color print film from my freezer,
with that same Argus Model C camera from 1938, No.10317C.
I was pleased with how well the early Model C dealt with extreme available light conditions.
Film was developed here at home with my Caffenol chemistry recipe, using safe household ingredients.
2023 E.J.Kowalski.
3) "Music for the Holidays"
This was the last image on the roll of outdated Kodak  ASA 200 color print film from my freezer,
using that Argus Model C camera from 1938, No.10317C.
I developed the film at home with my Caffenol chemistry recipe, using safe household ingredients.
Holiday music here at home is also a big part of the holiday spirit. Image depicts a winter songbird,
an antique clarinet, and my daughter's collection of Christmas music albums.
2023 E.J.Kowalski.

Jason S.
This is a picture of some -hearty- succulents at my mother in-laws house :).  I took it during a blizzard in Eastern Montana.
It was taken with a 1952 Argus C3 on Ilford HP5+ 400.

Steven Wagner


All three pictures were taken 16 Dec 2023 in Zebulon NC.  The downtown is decorated for the holidays each year.  I rather liked The Flic Film Elektra 100.  It is one of various spoolings of Kodak Aerocolor IV.

Technical Notes:
Argus C3 w/50mm f/3.5 Cintar (Uncoated)
Filc Film Elekra 100 (Kodak Aerocolor IV)
ChristmasCoffeeMenu and ThreeChristmasBarrels were shot at 1/30 at f/12.7
ChristmasUrn was 1/200 at f/12.7 
Scanned at home with a NIkon dSLR and inverted with Negative Lab Pro.

Rich Reeder



12.14.2023.  1/25, f/2.8, Christmas. Portra close up lens +2. Focused at 5'.  Actual distance 14 7/8".  Being a little more than a foot away from the subject meant that I had to aim looking from the side, & aim looking from the top, as the viewfinder just wasn't going to make it.

12.14.2023.  1/50, f/2.8, Christmas tree, etc. 3'.  At the the doctors office & saw this.  It was better than what I had at the house.

Second Place
I used a 1957 Argus C4, on Ilford FP4+ B/W film, developed in HC-110e.



 
12.24.2023.  12 sec, f/16, Fire in fireplace. 6'.  A 'Yule Log' was put on the fire.  It heated up the room & gladdened the heart.

Dave Thomas


Some longtime favorite reindeer resting on the piano.
Exposure: 8 sec @ f/11,  'B' timed via (iPhone) stopwatch.

Formerly "the kitchen tree," about 18 inches tall (and fake) but with an accumulated collection of food and food prep themed ornaments. Its former resting place was lost to a recent kitchen remodel, so now it's window decoration in the enclosed front porch.  Those battery powered dewdrop style LEDs are remarkably bright!
Taken close-in (26") with a Bay 1 +1 diopter closeup lens stuck on the 50 mm Cintar with blue tack stuff; lens set to 4 ft.
Exposure: 8 sec @ f/11,  'B' timed via (iPhone) stopwatch.

A small plate of cut cookies. A recipe Yers Trooly has had his fingers in or on for about eighty Christmas holidays, although the Belted Galloways were a recent enhancement.
Taken close-in (28") with a Bay 1 +1 diopter closeup lens stuck on the 50 mm Cintar with blue tack stuff; lens set to 5 ft.
Exposure: 8 sec @ f/11  'B' timed via (iPhone) stopwatch.
The camera was Ye Olde Photographer's C-3, owned since new at the end of 1957, loaded with a 24 exposure roll of Kentmere 100. Had three rolls of Kentmere bought sometime before Covid (now expired by two years) and finally managed to try one. All shooting done with a solid tripod and cable release.  Film was developed in HC110 1+63, about 12:15 @ 66F, and scanned with a PrimeFilm XE scanner. Exposures were incident metered at ISO 80 with a Gossen Digisix and shot via available light for which the film was slow, but it was here. In general, the Kentmere results were pleasing. The film seemed to dry with minimal curl and the base is relatively transparent compared with some other films in the past. Have yet to do an actual print (these are just negative scans), but if the grain isn't too bad, the price is significantly less than a number of similar speed films.

Doug Robbins

Third Place


Photos were shot in Bedford Virginia on Argus SLR250
Film used was Showa Escura Japanese film. I believe this is rebranded Lomography Metropolis Film.

Brock Nummerdor


Argus C44, home dev Rodinal Fomapan 100

Argus C44, home dev Rodinal Fomapan 100
Our decoration from when we didn't have room for a tree. My mom made these Dr. Seuss inspired trees 14 years ago and we have lit them up every year. We affectionately call them the Amoeba Trees.
Argus Seventy-Five, home dev Rodinal 1:100 stand  FPP 620 - 100iso

The kids wanted a snowball fight, but Christmas wasn't white this year we made due with marshmallows!

Bear Brown
“The Too Much House Christmas 2024”
Argus C-3 (1957)
Kodak 5222
HC-110 b

Richard Oleson

"Christmas at Work"

"Looking Up"

"The Morning After"
All taken with an Argus C44R, first series from 1958

"looking up" taken with 35/4.5 lens, others taken with 50/2.8.

Wesley Furr

"Rusty Chevrolet"

First Place

"Skating Rink"

"A Rural Main Street Christmas"
Photos were taken with an Argoflex EF on Ektar 100 speed film.  Developed by the local 1-hour photo lab (yes, we still have one!) and scanned at home on an Epson 1680.

Night shots were long exposure on a tripod with a small aperture.

The rest of the photos from the roll can be seen at http://www.megley.com/photos/argus/xmas23