You lead the way, I’ll follow

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you lead the way, I'll follow.

My next Holga image is another pinhole shot from my Holga WPC. It was made at one of my favorite places, Wildwood park, up on Mt Hood. I got the title from a little game I was doing a couple of years ago. I got tired of titling my photos by stating the obvious so decided to title them by using the first line of the song I was listening to at the moment. In this case, I think it worked very well. In other cases, not quite as well (though, still, maybe more interesting than stating the obvious). This went on for a couple of months then it was back to business as usual.

How do you come up with good titles for your photos?

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Camera: Holga WPC (6×9 mask)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Exposure time: ?. Maybe 30 seconds?

unknown waterfall

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I have to admit that I don’t know where this was taken or what it is even a picture of. Well, it appears it is a waterfall but the chicken wire is throwing me off a little.

Ok, while I was typing that last sentence it hit me. I know where this was taken. It was taken at Zig Zag Falls. I think I have pinholed this with every single camera that I own at this point (note to self, this might make an interesting blog post).

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Geeky bits:
Camera: Zero 45 (25mm configuartion)
Film: Illford Delta 100
Exposure time: ?

Salmon River – (Reposted from Pinhole Obscura*)

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river watching

Zero 4×5 + Arista 100 @ 2 min 32 seconds

Have you heard the expression “thin place?” I first heard of this 4 years ago when a Buddhist friend told me about them. Described as places where you can reach out and touch Heaven (whatever that is to you).

The Salmon River is my thin place. I first encountered this place a month after I moved to Oregon. As I hiked along the river I became mesmerized by the salmon spawning. Through the clearest of alpine waters I could see salmon laying on the bottom of the riverbed and I was touched when I thought about what it took for them to get all the way up here on the mountain so they could spawn. What a life they lived. There was something beautiful and also tragic about their story. I come back every year to this spot to watch them spawn and it never ceases to amaze me.

Salmon River 1

Zero 2000 + Ektar 100 @ 12 seconds

 

One day in the summer, A year after we’d been coming here regularly, we were hiking along the trail and a woman we ran into said, “Have you been to the secret island? You should go to the secret island! Turn right at the hollowed out tree.” So we went in search of a hollowed out tree and we found it! And we turned right. And there was, indeed, a secret island where, if you are lucky, you will have the best campground on Mt Hood with your own beach for fly fishing. It quickly became my my most favorite spot on the planet. Everytime we hike here I have to visit the Secret Island.

The secret island

Zero 4×5 + Portra 160 @ 5 seconds

Here are some other photos from along the trail, taken with various cameras at various times of the year.

Salmon River 4

Zero 4×5, 25 mm (graflex 23 roll back) + tri-x film @ 38 seconds

 

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Salmon River 3

Zero 4×5, 25 mm (graflex 23 roll back) + tri-x film @ 38 seconds

 

Salmon River 2

Zero 2000 + Ektar 100 @ 6 seconds

 

This is my favorite place in the whole wide world. It is where I go  when the craziness of life gets to me. This beautiful place slows me down and makes me see what is most important. Sometimes the river will tell me its secrets, if my mind is quiet enough.

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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

 

Salmon River Trail

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Almost to the top!

We finally hiked to the top of the Salmon River Trail today! It was 8 miles when all was said and done. My legs and feet hurt.

I did something completely different and carried along my digital camera. I had some interesting insights in which I came to the conclusion that film is far superior to digital. I think this, really, came about because I am not used to all of the choices involved in digital photography. I like to go completely manual when I shoot (for the most control over the shot) but there is so much to remember. So many buttons to push. It is irritating, frankly. It is too technical. I like that, with film, you only have to think about exposure (you don’t even have to worry about iso!). The rest of your brain can be used for composing the shot. And you aren’t distracted by the image because you have to wait to see the image.

I do like that I can shoot video with my digital camera, though. Here is a video that I took at the top of the hike, the turnaround point. There are fantastic views of the Salmon River Gorge which is virtually impossible to get to (a few kayakers have braved it). The wind was blowing too hard and I was afraid to get too close to the edge. You can hear me blathering on about something in the background but it is too windy to hear.