I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling

Get your kicks on Route 66
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The desert. I promised I would write about the desert.

A couple of months ago I visited my Dad and stepmother at their new winter home in Needles California. Needles is on the border of California and Arizona, located in the Mojave Desert. I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I grew up in Spokane, WA, which is on the edge of a desert, and we drove through it on our way to other places. So my experience with the desert is limited to the High Desert of Eastern Washington.

I was delighted to finally visit this part of the country. I’ve never been to Arizona. I had an interesting reaction to this place. I felt very at-home here. It surprised me, frankly. I am not a hot-weather person. Physically, I don’t do well in anything above 80 degrees. But the heat didn’t bother me on this trip. I was really entranced by the place. It’s stunning in it’s stark beauty. The emptiness calmed me, made me feel at peace.

The history is interesting as well. Needles is on Route 66 and was once a very thriving town. The town has fallen into poverty in the years since Route 66 is no longer used as much. There are lots of vestiges from this time period. It’s both romantic and sad at the same time.

Here are some photos I took while I was there. The color shots were taken with my pinhole camera, and the black and white were made with an Olympus XA.

I was hoping to make it to the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately we couldn’t get out there this time. It is, for sure, on the books for next year.

You can read about Oatman Arizona at Pinhole Obscura, where I recently wrote a blog post about it. Many of the photos above were taken there.

thrifty $1

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Thrifty $1

This is the last of my Sandy In Black And White series for now. I need to load my Holga with more Tri-x and wait for a rainy day.

This is one of the latest business in what is known as The Junker Building. For reasons I don’t understand, businesses do not stay around for very long here. It makes me kind of sad. This thrift shop has been holding steady for several months though.

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Geeky Bits
Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development; Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal.

Film swap with Jesús

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Several months ago I did a film swap with my internet friend, and fellow pinhole photography aficionado, Jesús! We did a black and white film swap, which is rather new for me. I am extraordinarily behind on posting these.

Here are some of my favorites from the roll.

Film Swap with Jesús

Film Swap with Jesús

Film Swap with Jesús

You can see more on my Flickr. And do check out  Jesús‘s work! the guy is a brilliant pinhole photographer. I feel like even that last statement is an understatement. He is a master of the art of pinhole photography. :)

Open 24 hours

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Open 24 hours

Continuing my series of photos taken in Sandy with my Holga in Black and White film. Here is the little market down the street where I get my potato chip fix in the afternoons on a rainy day. It’s got that kinda cool, run down feel to it. And it’s open 24 hours.

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Geeky bits:
Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development: stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour

The Little White Church

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The little white church

At the end of last year – sometime in November or December (maybe even October) I was inspired to load my Holga with Tri-x and wander around town with it. It was a rainy day. I finally got around to uploading some of the photos this week and I kinda dig them. I am thinking that I will do a series of Holga + Tri-x photos in my small town. That combo + a rainy day work very well. And we certainly have lots of rainy days around here.

I will post more of this series in the near future!

Also: Can I just say that I really love my Holga. It holds such a special place in my heart. It was the camera that lured me back into this remarkable and wonderful world of Film Photography. I really need to give it more love.

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Geeky bits:

Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development: Stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour.

Keep Portland Weird

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Keep Portland Weird

This past Sunday was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day! I met up with several friends from around the world in Portland. We had a fantastic time together. This is becoming an annual thing, these meetups. Last year we met in Amsterdam, this year in PDX, next year we will meet in Barcelona. I am already looking forward to next year’s adventure!

I am still waiting on film to come back from the lab from the day so I haven’t made my final decision, but I am, so far, leaning toward this one being my official submission to the Pinholeday.org website. I made several accidental double exposures that day due to beer, and just general excitement. I kind of feel like this photo sums up the day.  I will post the rest of my results in another post. You can see the group gallery for our #GitTogether here.

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Geeky Bits:

Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Exposure time: 5 seconds
Development: Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal.

Powells City Of Books – Portland, Oregon

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Moni:

My latest post on Pinhole Obscura! Posted a couple of weeks ago. This is about one of my favorite places. Sometimes referred to (by me) as Nirvana.

Originally posted on Pinhole Obscura:

img011 The gate to Nirvana. Exposure time: 5 seconds

It is Winter here in the Pacific Northwest, which leaves me with limited photography options. It occurred to me that I can show you one of my favorite places to visit in the winter, Powells Bookstore in Portland.

To say that I love this place is an understatement. For Powells, my love is turned up a notch, to 11. I mean really. Books. ALL OF THE BOOKS.  Do I really need to say more?

img008 10 minutes in the Art Section.

The first time I visited Powells was before I lived here. We were in town to visit my husband’s brother. He was showing us around late into the evening. At one point he said, “I’ve got to take you someplace. Monica, you will love this.” He took us to Powells. When I walked in the door I heard a chorus of…

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