Sunday, December 29, 2013

What I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging, Finally Done!

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Now I can work on My New Year's Resolutions and Introduce you to our newest camera family additions..........

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


(Read Carefully)

I've been caught up in making calendars and a special birthday book for my Mom's 90th (coming soon).  Regular posting resume January 1, 2014.  See you then.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Focused on the Vocal

I have been away from the blog this week preparing for my recital.........Regular posting to resume next week.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday's Online: Kodak Alaris and Lomography Join Forces!

The Death of film photography is way over done!  Let's just let everyone do what makes them Happy and stop talking about it!  If you like film you need to use it to keep it around, end of discussion.  Seems like enough people do like film.  So Lomography has joined forces with the surviving UK Kodak brand, Kodak Alaris, to sell film and paper through its website.

I've played with the Lomo Fisheye a bit.....But I'm really more of a Holga Fan when it comes to Lo-Fi Photography:

(These were actually taken with FujiPrint Film)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday's Online: Give Wildlife Some Space!

You may have already seen this on line:  Elk vs. Photographer.  It didn't actually seem like a very aggressive situation to me.  This Elk could have made things really nasty, even with those small antlers.  Instead, just seems like a typical teenaged boy getting a little frisky.  Buy a good telephoto and give the Boys some space........

But even very cute guys like this are still wild animals and deserve respect:

And if Mom is nearby, you could be in a world of hurt!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Your Perspective........

It all depends on your preferred Perspective:

Vertical (Portrait):

Or Horizontal (Landscape):

Monday, November 18, 2013

At Walden Ponds.......

Well not quite.  Walden Ponds near Boulder, CO are flooded gravel quarries.  But now a great bird habitat frequented by migratory flocks.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Meet our Newest Camera Family Member: My Mamiya 7

Now I can cross this off my 'To Do' list of New Year's Resolutions from the past 2 years..........

Photo taken by Donald with the Mamiya 6 (T-MAX film).  He claims that I wouldn't let him use the M6, so he supported me buying the M7.  I say he wasn't using it and I didn't want  it to go to waste........That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  More details on the Mamiya 7 to follow, as we spend this week looking at my camera test pix.

And me photographing Donald with the Mamiya 7.  Notice the difference in aspect ratio.  This is the 50mm lens.  I could get the 43mm lens and go 'super wide angle'.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month........

The Armistice ending WWI went into effect.  After WWII we renamed it Veteran's Day here in America.

This is a special posting of Monday's On-line featuring imagery from WWI and WWII and photos taken by a Korean War Veteran..

First a recent link to World War I as the first real Media documentation of War:  We often forget how grim it really was.

Next images from World War II in Color.  All in Kodachrome! The Italian Campaign where my Father served. See some of his photos HERE (B&W).  And more WWII in color here.

And Finally a preview of some beautiful photography by my late Father-in-law from Post war Japan.  He was on his way to Korea, and fortunately for him the Korean War ended before he got there.

And what Most Veterans Actually Wish for our Future:

Saturday, November 9, 2013

In Memoriam: Kelly the Little Black Dog

Taken 4 years ago when she was still healthy and vibrant.  We have a question mark for her birthdate because she was a stray that we adopted from the Monterey County Humane Society in California.


Friday, November 1, 2013

More Zombies for All Saint's Day

Best of Zombie Crawl 2013:

 The only Quasi political comment this year....

There were a few too many Zombie Weddings.......

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

A Bit of Zombie Photography............

 And they just can't resist taking pictures of each other.............

I think I like the 'natural' sepia tone of P3200.  What do you think?

The Zombies are on Their Way

Honestly, Last Years Zombies were a lot more interesting.  Through the wonders of forgetting what film was still left in a camera,  I have more images from Last Year that I developed last week.  And a film test for Kodak P3200 B&W film.  So let's get this Party Started:

A Very Special Face in the Crowd......

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

View From Uncle Bud's: Mt Massive and Mt Elbert

A Photomerge of three images taken from Uncle Bud's Hut.  Mt Massive is the broad peak in the center; Mt Elbert is the peak to the left; both are Famous Colorado Fourteeners near Leadville.

Below: the uncropped merge:

I believe in full disclosure when I've altered and image significantly.  The panorama was hand-held not using a tripod.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Retreat at Uncle Bud's Hut

Uncle Bud's Hut is one of the 10th Mountain Division Huts.  Read about their history here.  Not really fair to call this a "HUT".

The Retreat was sponsored by:  Live By Living......

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Guanella Pass....Mt Bierstadt

One of the more accessible's a real zoo up there in the early weekend mornings:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Guanella Pass Colors......

Guanella Pass is one of those places I need to returned to not only every year, but every season:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Busy Day in the Darkroom.........

I spent Sunday afternoon in the darkroom, developing images from the 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl......I'll be posting them for Halloween (although Donald may post some sooner on Longs Peak Journal).  So you'll have to wait.........

In the interim, we will takes a final look at the High Country, which is now snowed in (even a couple of ski resorts have opened).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturdays On-line: The Minotla Autocord

Here is a camera that I had not heard of, the Minolta Autocord, a 1950's-60's TLR described her by one of our Blogger Friends Agust Olafsson.

Lots of nice photos of the camera on Camera-wiki, but not reproduced here because they are under copyright.  So I'll just post a self-protrait from last year featuring my (inherited from father-in-law) Rollei TLR:

I'll have to look into this. As a Minolta Collector I may need to acquire an Autocord.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Denver in the Dark.......Up on the Roof

Here we end our Denver in the Dark Presentation.  We'll take a break and restart on Sunday........

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Denver in the Dark.....Final "Harvest"

Our last Cropped Image Comparison......

Here we go very vertical.  Which version draws you in more?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Denver in the Dark.....Cropped Again

Some people crop in the camera.  I obvious do most of my cropping after the fact.    One way you capture it all and sort it out later; the other way you are more selective at the start, but you could also miss some interesting detail that you didn't see initially.

Often there are legitimate reasons for printing it either way...........

Tuesday, October 15, 2013