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 was...so 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:

#1
 I'm a sucker for reflections.

#2


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

#3

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.

#4

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.

#5
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.

#6
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!

#7
Here we go again with some reflections. We're still on campus and it's beginning to get a little warm.

#8

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.

#9
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.

#10
Same place as #9, but different view. Winnings Coffee. I must go back there! The place smelled pretty good.

#11
 Rude Boy Cookies! I didn't even know this place existed. Must go back. Cookies!

#12
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. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

One Roll day... September 9


If you fancy an outing, tomorrow is the One Roll day.

Some filmwasting friends are doing it in different places around the globe, and if you happen to be in Albuquerque you are welcome to join us at The Frontier Restaurant on Central at 8 a.m. for some fun and conversation and then some walking around with our cameras and just shooting one roll.
Watch the video below to get a feel for what we will be doing....

One Roll


I'll be using a red and white Holga loaded with Tri x

Friday, September 1, 2017

A new month and a new post!


Holga Wide pinhole
100 Arista

somewhere in Wyoming...on the road to Totality

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thinking of Texas



Yes, I've been away...and for good reason. I went to see the moon hide the sun during the total eclipse last week...but this post isn't about that.
I'm preoccupied with rain and my family and friends in Houston, and along the Texas Gulf Coast.
I grew up in that area, and will always be a Texan at heart even though I haven't lived there since 2003.
Seeing the news reports of flooded streets and floating islands of fire ants makes me sick to my stomach.
My family and friends are safe and dry for now, but more rain is coming....

If you are the type to say a few words, I know many people would appreciate them. 
Send a few dollars to the Red Cross too if you are inclined to do so. They're good folks, and I can say that first hand from being a flood victim in the past myself.


The photo above was made during a trip to Port Aransas two years ago. I've been going there since I was a kid.  Port A has suffered great losses...it breaks my heart to see it in such a scattered all over the place kind of way on the news.

In a day or so I'll share some eclipse shots...but for now I'm just going to wait it out long distance with my family.