Tree Bones

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Tree bones

Here is something a little different: A non-pinhole photo! I recently bought an Olympus OM1 and it has become my favorite SLR. I will write a blog post about it soon, but for now here is a quick photo I took last month up at Mt. Tabor in Portland.

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Geeky photo bits:
Camera: Olympus OM1
Lens: Standard 50mm lens that comes with these cameras
Film: Adox Silvermax 100
Develop: Adonal stand developed
Scan: V500

Women and their cameras

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women and their cameras (pinhole)

I love this photo. It reminds me of a very fun day with my pinhole crew (we are calling ourselves Pinhole Mayhem). For this particular outing we rented the portrait studio at Newspace and tried our hand at Pinhole studio portraits. It was super fun.

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Geeky bits:
This was shot with my Zero 4×5 on the 50mm configuration. I used my Graflex ’23’ 120 back and used Acros 100 film. I think the exposure was a minute and a half.

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Step into the light

Fifty-four years lighting up the sky.
A quivering leap smashes a billion worlds.
Hah!
Entire body looks for nothing.
Living, I plunge into Yellow Springs.
-Dogen

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geeky photo bits:
This was taken with my Zero 45 pinhole camera using the 25mm configuration. I used Arista.edu 100.

The poem is Dogen’s death poem. I read it for the first time the other day and I love it. I wrote my own “death poem” that I will share on Monday. (I am not planning on dying anytime soon, it was just a writing exercise).

Haystack Rock

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Haystack Rock 1

Alright. New Year, new motivation. One of my goals this year is to post more on Blatherskite. So Fridays will be photoblog day, as been my tradition in the past.

Another thing I’m trying to motivate myself into is starting another sheet-a-day project. Two days into the year and I can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe posting this will help. Here is one from my last sheet a day project – a pinhole photo of Haystack rock.

Lazy Afternoon

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Lazy Afternoon

Every once in awhile I will look at one of my photos and I will say to myself, “Monica, you’ve made a pretty good photo there.” I can probably count on one hand the photos I feel really and truly good about. This is one of those photos. I really like it alot. It helped that when I took it I was hanging out with two very talented pinhole photographer friends of mine, Donna and Gretchen, and that I basically stole their composition. :) Well, copy-catted them anyway.

We had such a great day! I swam in the lake with a unicorn mask on. It was fun!

this was made with my Zero Image 4×5 camera and a 120 roll back. Ektar film.

Darkroom fun! Finally.

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Way back in April I talked about my home darkroom project. Well. The dream is alive! A few weeks ago I made my first print! I And last night I worked on my second print, which is featured on this post.

I have been making contact prints from my 4×5 zero 45 shots. This camera is very challenging on many levels and making prints adds a whole new level of challenge, but I am enjoying it. This is not the best print in the world but I like it. Darkroom prints of your own photos are infinitely better than negative scans, in my opinion.