Love

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Today’s image is from the latest results of the Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap Project. This is one of those serendipitous film swap photos that make me remember why I love doing these. I am not very fond of this self portrait of me, but I am sharing it here because today I need the reminder to love myself. The  odd thing about this photo is that I made a video at this exact time and shared it here on my blog, with a quote from Kendrick Lamar’s song, “I” (a song about loving oneself).

You can see the rest of the results from the swap here. And do let me know if you are interested in participating!

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Geeky bits:

Camera: Terrapin 3d printed pinhole camera. Made by the fabulous Todd Schlemmer.
Film: Ektar 100

Inge shot her side in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I shot mine in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Happy Hour

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Happy Hour

Here is a pinhole photo I took a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant in Portland. The blurry figure is my brother in law. We had a really great dinner. I ordered wild boar tacos. I will never do that again.

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Geeky photo bits
Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: 20 minutes

Impermanace

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Impermanence

Today’s photo blog post is a tribute to my husband’s uncle, Tom Martin. He passed away last night after a battle with cancer.

When I heard the news I thought about this photo I took two years ago. Cherry blossoms represent the fleeting, yet beautiful, nature of life itself. They are beautiful but we only get to enjoy them for a short time.

Uncle Tom was a good soul. He literally lit up the room when he was in it and he always had a joke or a good story to tell. I am really going to miss him.

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Geeky photo bits:
Camera: Yashica Mat 124g
Film: Ektar 100

swoosh!

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Swoosh
I don’t think I have mentioned this here on this blog, but I have been part of a really wonderful project these past months: The Next Best Thing Pinhole Project, hosted by Herschel of Square Peg Pinhole. If you haven’t heard of it, I encourage you to go check it out. There are several of us all over the world posting two images for each of the 4 quarters of the year, a culture image and a landscape image. Pinhole photography is the medium. I have really, really enjoyed seeing the submissions from around the world but the highlight for me (so far) was seeing the photo of penguins in Antarctica.

 

Above is my landscape submission from last quarter.

I can’t resist swishing my feet through a pile of leaves on a beautiful fall day. It is one of my favorite things this time of year. This photo was taken on a very windy fall day at Wildwood Park on Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Camera: Zero 4×5 (25mm configuration) with Graflex “23” 120 roll back.
Film: Expired Fuji Provia, cross processed.

Here is where the rest of my photos submitted so far are, if you are interested.

River Pool

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river pool

Here is a photo I took last September. This has been sitting in my “photos to upload to Flickr” folder for months and months. When I first saw it, it didn’t do much for me. It was one of those where I thought, “Meh.” So it just sat there, waiting for me to upload it. I finally got around to it the other day and I am surprised by the positive feedback I have received on Flickr. Why is it so hard to know what other people will like compared to what I like? I feel so disconnected with that part of the creative process, and I do feel like connecting with others is part of the creative process. But I feel like it should be genuine and true to oneself. However, one can’t deny the way something connects with others, either. That’s important, too.

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Geeky Photo Bits
Camera: Zero 4×5 (25mm) with Graflex ’23’ 120 back.
Exposure: 1 minute
Film: Provia (expired)
Develop: C-41 (lab)
Scan: Epson V500

 

Surreal Purple Landscape

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I mentioned a few months ago that I saw the documentary The Enclave at the Portland Art Museum. The documentary was filmed in Aerochrome which renders the landscape in brilliant pinks and reds. The choice of this film was brilliant for many reasons. Reasons that belong in their very own blog post.

This particular blog post is about film. Being a film photography enthusiast, I am fascinated by a film that changes the look of a landscape. Sadly, Aeorchrome is discontinued.

Enter Lomography*.

They are selling a film called Lomochrome Purple XR. The film does something similar in that it shifts greens to purples and creates very surreal landscapes. Blue Moon sells it locally so I picked some up and loaded it into my Olympus XA. Here are the results.

The film has an ISO rating of 100-400, so I tried it at 100, 200, and 400, depending on where I was. I didn’t see much of a difference in color shifts in the various ISO choices. The photos shot in brighter sunlight seem to be a bit more purpley but not that much more, as you can see above.

Yesterday I shot a roll of Lomo Purple in my pinhole camera at the beach and I am really looking forward to seeing how those came out. I will share the results here when I get them back from the lab.

*As much as I want to hate Lomography I can’t. They keep making products I like! Dammit!