Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Steely eyed wading birds

Steely eyed wading can't get too close or they will startled and fly away. You must be a bit sneaky with binoculars to spy on them spying on shiny minnows for lunch. It's a magical thing to watch.
Spotmatic F held up to binoculars. The steely eyed wading bird was unaware of my spying....or maybe it was and just thought it trivial.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

a disposable tale....

Nope, not a Holga shot.
This was made with a disposable camera that I reloaded with some Fomapan 400 and then dunked in caffenol for 8 minutes.

I like disposable cameras quite a bit. They are handy, and if you reload them like I do, they can be nice little pocket, grab and go cameras when you don't want to lug around a larger and more feature rich camera.

The shot above was made in a grasslands near Scottsbluff, Nebraska back in August when the sunflowers were blooming everywhere along the roadsides.

I also took this camera with me last week to San Jose, California with the partially exposed roll still in it, and it went through the x-ray machine twice inside my carry on bag. There appears to be no damage to the film as far as I can tell....

Sunday, September 24, 2017

horse as photobomber...

 the home on the range horse photobombed my picture of grasslands.

Holga with Tri x

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A mini cliché

It's almost a certain cliché to make multiple exposures of seagulls flying at the beach...but as they say, when in Rome....

This is from a Diana mini. It shoots square format on 35mm film stock which is handy and easy to travel with. I like the portability of it.
The only thing is mine is broken and I need to use a cable release to trip the shutter since the flimsy shutter button broke off last year. Plastic is light and good, but it's also cheap and brittle in some instances.

I just wish Holga made a mini version of their camera....are you listening Holga people? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

and because I like back alleys

The back alleys and side streets in little towns have always intrigued me. It's where all the life is, even if you don't see it, it's there.

Holga with Tri-x dunked in caffenol

Monday, September 11, 2017

because I like trees

no other reason needed to make a photo of some I know along the Rio Grande 

Holga with Tri-x
my favorite combo...but you know that already

Saturday, September 9, 2017

One Roll Day

Well folks, I did it!
I walked around the UNM campus with fellow filmwaster Mike C and used one roll of film in a Holga that I converted to pinhole.

It was a challenge on many levels.

The main one being I was in a city! 
I almost always shoot out in the middle of nowhere kinds of places.

Second, I was with someone. A really good photographer I should add. You can check out Mike's work here: Photography and Vintage Film Cameras
Normally I drive around the middle of nowhere in my truck by myself.

Third, I only had one camera with me!!!
Yes, One, Uno. That's a marvel in itself as I often travel with much more than one camera. The fine print says at least six.

Fourth, I am not a morning person. Everyone knows that. I'm a night owl and stay up late with the stars and moon.
Today I was up at 6:30! Crikey! 

Fifth- I don't know....there is bound to be a fifth, but heck if I remember now what it let's get on with it.

The day began at 8 a.m. at The Frontier Restaurant on central Ave. in Albuquerque. Central is the same thing as old Route 66 although you wouldn't know it lately because it's all torn to hell and back due to some remodel-renew-make better road project. It sucks.

That's all I'll say for now, but be warned I'm going back in a few weeks and make some more photos...or maybe not. It's the city and I don't like being in town that much and it's hot in town and there's people there....

I used a Holga converted to pinhole and some old expired Pan F that I developed in caffenol.

Here they are in order:

 I'm a sucker for reflections.


 I'm an even bigger pushover for leaves on steps.


It was here that I wished I had loaded color. This Willow Tree caught my eye and my heart for the day. It had some nice subtle gold colored leaves on it and I just wanted to stand here all day and watch it.


I liked this scene too, but it didn't quite come out like I hoped it would...besides there were turtles in the pond I was more smitten with.

This one didn't work out as well as I had hoped either. Too much  going on. The shade was nice and the grass was cool underfoot. I forget how much grass cools a place down.

Again wishing this were color. The sky was nice and blue with puffy clouds. There's an eagle up there on that flagpole, but it's just a speck. This is fun. I'm just walking, talking and making some photos. That's a good day!

Here we go again with some reflections. We're still on campus and it's beginning to get a little warm.


I've always wanted to stand in a drive thru and make a photo like this. This might be my favorite shot off the roll....well except for the Willow Tree.

There was a group of friends looking at a cell phone, but you can't see or tell what is going on. I liked this area, which was just off Central and across the street from the UNM Campus. A fun spot to hang out another time I think.

Same place as #9, but different view. Winnings Coffee. I must go back there! The place smelled pretty good.

 Rude Boy Cookies! I didn't even know this place existed. Must go back. Cookies!

The last shot is chaos in action. The camera shutter came open while I was driving home and after discovering this I just burned the shot in my back yard on a tree I see every morning out my bedroom window. It's a mess, but what the heck. I had fun today.

I was out of my comfort zone, shooting in a different way than I normally do. It felt good to do something different.

Using just one camera and one roll of film was very liberating and I plan to do this more often.
I like not having choices. Seriously. I do. There's no decision making of what to take where and what to shoot what with. 

Just think about what's in front of you. Live in the moment. Not all moments are exquisite but they give you time to just be yourself and not fuss around with a bag full of tricks that don't work half the time...

That sounds a bit sarcastic but is not meant to be. I think we all need to take a break from trying to do too much all the time. and try something different. Something simple.
That is all.