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

Motel 66

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Motel 66

I got some film back this past week! Here is a photo I took of an old run-down motel on Route 66. I’ll post more from this trip soon. I have a roll of Tri-x that I need to develop first. I had a a great trip and lots to say about it. I may even squeeze some Pinhole Obscura posts out of it.

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Geeky Bits:
Camera: Zero 2000 (pinhole camera)
Film: Portra 160
Exposure time: 5 seconds

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