Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We Begin at St Elmo......

Not because it was the first stop, but because it was the only stop where I shot only digital.  It was raining and I didn't feel inspired to get out my film equipment.  Also the place was over-run with tourists.  Not exactly a vibe that inspires me either.  But still some interesting images.

Welcome and Mind Your Manners!

Add Colorado Fall colors, which were at their Peak during our travels:

The Pawnee Mill Stables, currently under restoration:

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Colorado Urban WIldlife Photo Club: Fall Ghost Towns Field Trip

A Fun and Successful Field Trip to South Central Colorado Ghost Towns:

Featuring the Mamiya 645, Mamiya 7, and Nikon D-40 (recently inherited when my husband upgraded his camera).  Donald also used the Mamiya 6. We will posting photos both here and on Longs Peak Journal.

And the Company was Great!
UWPC Fall Ghost Town Team
Salida, Colorado

I'll begin this week with some posts from the D-40 while we wait for our Film to be Processed.  Expect the first Film Images by the Weekend.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturdays Online: Finally Inspired at One World Trade Center

Architecture can inspire..........

NYC Tallest Building, One World Trade Center, is beginning to inspire Art and Photography.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Perspectives: Getting Closer to the Subject

With a dull grey sky this view of the Ore Chute might be better served.........

By moving in a little closer, and taking the opportunity to look through the door.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Why the Trains Were Here

The train grade of course was built to transport the silver ore.  In some cases preprocessed at the Santiago Mill.  But other mines were downhill from the Mill (and you don't take ore up hill to be processed).  So these mines loaded the ore directly on the train using these chutes:

We are currently touring the the Cripple Creek Mining District.  More on that soon.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday's Offline: Preserving Colorado Mining History

We make at least one trip per year up to Waldorf and the Argentine Pass.  On our most recent visit we learned that the Stamp Mill was being restored and maintained by the Santiago Mill Stewards, part of the Georgetown Historical Society.  Also the Mill is now on the National Historical Registry.

Too bad people feel the need to shoot up everything, including their history and heritage:

 Ventilation Fan from the Santiago Mine-All Shot Up!
Above Waldorf Town Site.

Truck Frame at Geneva Creek Mine Site-All Shot Up!
Along Guanella Pass Road (This is the Film Image)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More from the Argentine Grade: Perspectives

Which Perspective do you Like Best?

At first I thought I liked the Portrait View (above).  
But Now I thing I prefer the Landscape View (below).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Along the Trail: Argentine Grade

We have visited the Argentine Mining District on many occasions 4X4 off roading.  But there is also a hiking trail that follows the lower part of the Railroad Grade:

We'll spend some time this week exploring Mines and Ghost Towns......Our Fall Theme.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday's Online: More from Clyde Butcher on Lenses and Sharpness

Facebook being what is is, I can't post the link to Clyde's comments, so I've copied the quote here:

Clyde Butcher, August 26, 2014 Facebook Posting:

"Sunday I took off to Myakka to test out a few lenses. The weather wasn't really any good for photography, but I wanted to test them before my trip to Bozeman MT where I have an exhibit in the Rocky Mountain Museum.

Using my Sony a7R digital body, I took the same photo at Myakka using the Cambo Artus with the RZ Mamiya 75 shift lens, then with the Cannon 17mm, then the Voigtlander 15mm, and then with the Zeiss 15mm lens. My conclusion has be introduced by saying that my eyes aren't what they use to be, and that none of this was done scientifically. Anyway, when I put the images up on the computer screen the two best lenses appeared to be the Cannon 17mm and Zeiss 15mm. Hard to tell the difference. Then the Voigtlander, which was so close to the other two that it wasn't worth saying it was to much different. As for the Mamiya, it too was very sharp, but in a much different way. It looked like…well, a photograph I had taken with film. It was sharp enough for me to enlarge it to a ten foot print on my computer screen and still look sharp, but it didn't have that HD quality to it that digital lenses have…it isn't a digital lens so it behaves differently. It's hard to explain.

Now that I know what each lens will do, I'm ready for some "real" photography!"

 Clyde's been experimenting with digital photography, because he felt he couldn't carry around his large format cameras all the time.  But an interesting discussion of experimenting with lenses from film cameras to eliminate that "Digital Look", something that I also find unattractive.  I think you know what I mean, that "unnatural sharpness" of things your eyes can't actually see.  

Remembering that people are not best served by HD television, why should all of your photography have that HD look too?

Thanks for the Test Clyde............Glad that the Mamiya Lens looked "real":

Our Last Look (for now) at that Mamiya 80mm Sekor Macro

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waldorf Pump #2

Love that Mamiya Sekor 80mm Macro:

Cropped a bit to remove some distracting grasses:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrating Our Industrial History for Labor Day!

Originally posted in February 2011 (although the photo was made the summer of 2010; this area is inaccessible in winter), Old Pump from the Waldorf Mining Area:

One comment was, to take a closer look at the gears and mechanism.  So it only took until last week (August 2014), for me to do that!  We literally "Gear UP" for Labor Day!  and Pay Tribute to Denver's hidden industrial past: