Self On Lake Shore

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self on lake shore (pinhole)

Today’s photoblog is a pinhole self portrait I took a few weeks ago at Trillium Lake. It is my first paper negative. I have since made several more images using photographic paper and I’m really enjoying learning how to do this. I will post more about this in a future blog post.

I might have mentioned that I really love doing pinhole self portraits. I don’t know why, but the why is not really important I guess.* The point is that I am drawn to this kind of photography.

I have been reading The Diary Of Anaïs Nin and am very much inspired by it. It reminds me that I used to write more about myself and my life on this blog and I miss it. I might return to that kind of writing here (in addition to the photography, of course).

And, while we are on the subject of self reflection, I think that this will be the first of a series of pinhole self portraits for awhile on my photo blog.

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Geeky bits
Camera: Zero Image 4×5 25mm configuration
Paper: Illford RC glossy (I think?)
Development: Illford multigrade developer 1 minute 20 seconds.

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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.

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.

The Tree in Black and White

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The tree in B&W

Last month I visited Portland’s Japanese Garden with a roll of black and white film in my pinhole camera and thought I’d try pinholing The Tree. Here is the result.

Today I pinholed it again, but in color, with expired slide film that I will cross process. I was there with my fellow Pinhole Obscura blogger, Jeff. And I got to meet another pinhole photographer, Souhade of Pinholistically Yours. They are in town for WPPD on Sunday! Exciting stuff. I’ve had a great time seeing the photos from my internet friends converging on Portland this weekend. It reminds me of the anticipation and excitement I had when I went to Amsterdam last year. I am missing a little of that excitement this year since Portland is home and I’m not going anywhere. Seeing the excitement of my friends makes up for that. :)

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Geeky Bits

Camera: Schlem P6*6
Film: Acros 100
Exposure Time: 22 seconds

Mine

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Oatman Mine

I fell in love with the desert when I visited my dad last month. It’s beautiful. I was trying to put my finger on what I loved about it. I think what I loved is that it reminded me of home. Spokane lives on the edge of the high desert of Eastern Washington. For most of my life we drove through it to get to Portland and other destinations on the Western side of the state. Each time (even now), after passing through the lush, wet, greenery of the Westside, the dry, stark Eastside seemed like nothing. It’s home, though. And the climate feels like home, too.

The California/Arizona high desert is equally as stark, but there is a quiet, peaceful beauty to it.

Someday I will post more photos from my trip (if I ever develop the film). Today, I give you a photo of an abandoned mine from the ghost town, Oatman Arizona.

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Geeky bits:
Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Portra 160
Exposure time: 5 seconds