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. 

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 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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rain Drops Fell

It's been raining. That doesn't seem too exciting for most people, but around here it gets people talking like they hit the lottery or something!

Vivitar Wide and Slim with expired Kodak Gold 200. A decent combo for a rainy day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

another day, another Holga shot

Holga with Tri-x developed in caffenol
This is one of my favorite camera, film and developer combos.

This is down a dirt road near my house that I use several times a week. I usually see a Roadrunner around here, but he was absent this day...however the clouds were in abundance.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

waiting and clicking, waiting and clicking

The photo above was made with a simple Diana camera on a tripod and clicking the shutter multiple times throughout a several hour time period.
One of the best things about this is it gives you time to think and contemplate.

Friday, August 4, 2017

in the beginning....

This is a photo I made of my parents when I was eleven years old with my first camera.

It was an Imperial Mark XII, made by the Herbert George Company out of Chicago.  My Dad still has it and I'm pretty sure it still works!

The camera came in an assortment of colors, and mine was the brick red model and used 620 film.

You've probably noticed that the horizon line is a bit skewed, which is something I still do today.

However, if you look at the tilt of my Dad's head, well...I guess that explains a lot.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Lawrence Tree...part II

Another version of the Lawrence Tree.

This time with a disposable camera I reloaded with old Tri-x and then dunked in caffenol.

I asked the docent at the Lawrence Ranch how many people ask to make a photo of this tree and he said "all of them".

If you look at the Georgia O'Keeffe painting, the tree appears to stand on its head. She had made notes about it and also saying that a certain museum had it displayed incorrectly. It's quite a story and a magnificent painting.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Lawrence Tree at DH Lawrence Ranch

The Lawrence Tree at DH Lawrence Ranch near Taos, NM

Holga 120S
Arista 400 in caffenol

This tree was made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe in her painting
"The Lawrence Tree"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Revival is Coming

A multi tasking meaning perhaps....

I only mention it because I've been driving by this place a couple of times a week for the past 14 years.
When I first noticed it, it was a Feed Store. The building is back toward the left of the frame in the shadows.
Later it was a horse stable.
Then a few years ago it opened as a feed store again...briefly. You could buy chickens here.
Then it was a place that I "think" was used for drop offs, or illicit exchanges. Not sure, but it looked sketchy at times.
Earlier this year, it became a church.
So, in light of the sign, I think the word "revival" serves a multi purpose.. not only for the churchy aspect, but for the building and area in general...maybe even the country. But that's another topic for another day.

Pink Holga Glow 120N camera
expired Kodak 160NC

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Route 66...levitates

For some reason this picture just looks odd to the New Mexico 66 is levitating above the road.....
I like weird stuff.

Brownie with a reversed lens, T-max

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Abraham Lincoln

I've been remiss about writing much about my photos here, but I'm going to expound a bit on this one, and why the odd title.

In this part of the world, the cell towers are vaguely disguised as trees. It's a good ruse, I mean it's better to look at this, than a scraggly tower of wires.

But when I see these, and I must admit I have a slight fascination with them, I tend to wonder what Abraham Lincoln would think or say if he somehow time traveled forward and came upon one. Not to mention all the other modernities of the current world.

Anyway, it's a good idea to disguise what would otherwise be a landscape eyesore.

The only thing I wish is that somehow the "trees" would change color as the seasons dictate...or perhaps have some big bark beetles appear at times....No?

That's a bit dramatic I admit, but I think the future holds a place for cell-towers to really come forth as artistic nature pieces.

Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, Tri-x

Sunday, July 16, 2017


White Sands
Vivitar Wide and Slim
Kodak Gold 200

Friday, July 14, 2017

Simple Things...

Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim
Delta 100
Bosque Del Apache NWR, Socorro, New Mexico

Sometimes it's the simple things....some water, a few trees...

A simple camera with no control, some film and a splash in some chemicals.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

fly by

Holga 120S
T-max 400
The bird flew in the frame at just the right time...
I never liked this photo until now...I shot this 15 years ago when I lived closer to water.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

there it is

this is pinhole
homemade even, with paper.
Like you do when you want something really slow and mindful

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Big I

I-40 meets I-25
Albuquerque, NM
Zenit E with old T-max 100....because it just seemed right for this

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

I went this way

fancy pants Gretchen Bleiler model 120N Holga with Tri-x
Pinto Canyon Road, Texas
Where souls are lost and found...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

54 miles of it

Holga 120S model with Tri-x
the road that makes you bleed dirt

Monday, June 5, 2017

colorless TV

Original 1999 model 120S Holga with Tri-x
you know how I feel about Tri-x already...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

other things...

something nice for Saturday
Zenit TTL with T-Max 100

Friday, June 2, 2017

a cliché kind of foto for a Friday

Original 1999 model 120S Holga and Tri x...because Tri-x is not a cliché