Malahide Castle through a #pinhole

Life, Photography

Scene: four people on a train headed to Howth (Dublin),  chit-chitchatting

Lorraine: Did we get on the wrong train? I think we just passed Howth.

Brendan: Damn, yes it looks like we got on the wrong train. Well we can just go to Malahide Castle instead.

Turns to Monica and Rafael, Disappointed. Is this OK?

Me: Um. We are going to a freakin’ castle. I’ve never been to a castle before. I think it’s OK.

End scene.

OK, the conversation probably didn’t go down exactly like that. But still. Ireland is crawling with castles. It was awesome to see a few of them, including this one.

Here is a pinhole photo of Malahide Castle. You can read more about its complicated history it over on Pinhole Obscura, if you would like to learn more.

Geeky Bits

Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure Time: probably around 5 seconds.

100 days project

And with this post I have reached the end of my 2016 100 days  project! It has been a fun ride, as always. I am looking forward to bit of a blogging break to focus on other, non computery things. Like training for a half marathon! I plan to check in here a couple times a week. as per my usual blogging schedule. Maybe I will even blog about how my running is going. 🙂

Astoria – part 2: city scenery

Travel and Other Adventures

We had a fantastic time this weekend. We were only there for one day but it was packed. We hit the Sunday Market, got some great deals at a few thrift shops, blew some quarters at an old fashioned arcade, made a film at the Oregon Film Museum, Drank lots of beer, and saw a beautiful sunset. I tried to visit Lightbox but, alas, they were closed. Someday I will get to see the inside of that place!

Here are a few photos from the weekend.

Incidentally, there is an article in Willamette Week about Astoria this week, if you would like to read more. 


Astoria – part 1: The Commodore Hotel

Travel and Other Adventures

I realized I forgot to post a blog last night so I will have to post two today to make up for it! I will start the adventure by telling you about the Commodore Hotel – which is where we are staying. 

It’s a really neat old building right in Downtown Astoria.  I love Astoria and was looking forward to staying right downtown. It’s not a big city by any stretch of the imagination but it’s quaint and historic and there are a lot of great breweries, restaurants, and shops. 

We walked into the small, hip lobby and checked in. 

i was drawn to the bookshelves

I noticed the record collection and, indeed, we could check out a portable turntable to take to our room. I’ve been chuckling about this all weekend but it kind of came in handy when I bought an old record at a thrift store yesterday! 

Apparently it was happy hour when we checked in so the front desk clerk drew us a beer from the tap on the counter (!). It was delicious. A seasonal from Fort George brewery across the street. 

Our room is very small and we have to share a bathroom down the hall. It also doesn’t have air conditioning. Which completely sucks because it was in the 90s. However, in addition to turntables they also check out portable fans. 

Not bad. It’s kind of fun for a couple night stay. 

June Postcard swap


The June Postcard swap is now live! We are exchanging postcard sized prints of our original photography! If you are interested in joining us for June, fill out the form below. On June 15th you will be matched up with someone to send a postcard to, and you will also receive a postcard (not from the same person). There are people from the far flung corners of the world participating which makes it especially fun. Digital photography welcome! 😉

This month I recieved a beautiful postcard from my buddy Meredith from England. She does amazing work with instant film. Check out her Flickr stream here.