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Reflection

Still working my way through those One Pinhole A Day photos. Here is December 14. I took this while eating lunch at my regular lunch hangout. I was probably eating my usual: grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Here are some random things going on in my head this week:

  • Somehow, over the weekend, I found myself deep in a pretty bad depression. I am finally coming out of it, but wow. It wasn’t fun. I think I am feeling very overwhelmed with the world lately and everything hit me the wrong way.
  • During this episode I was having insomnia and I took melatonin to help me sleep. This was a very bad idea. It made me super sleepy and drowsy, even after having 9 hours of sleep. And it kind of made the depression more difficult to work through (mostly because I was so tired).
  • I was curious about melatonin so I did some research and found some really interesting articles about it, especially this one in the NYT (thanks to Inge!).
  • In my research I found out how to use melatonin to combat jet lag.
  • I also found this quiz to help you figure out what kind of sleeper you are.  I “found out” that I am a “strong morning” person (I already knew this). But it was really cool to read about this and how my body naturally readies itself for bed at a particular time. I always thought this was something I trained myself to do but it looks like it’s more biological. Interesting stuff! The article also talks about using chronotherapy as a treatment for depression.
  • Totally unrelated to sleep, I read this blog post today about right action during troubled times and it made me feel a bit better.

About the photo:

It was made with a Holga WPC and Lomochrome Purple film.

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Holga GTLR Take 3 – Holga Week

Before I’d gotten the results back from the lab, I decided to throw caution to the wind and try out the Holga GTLR for Holga Week back in July. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my act together in time to submit them to the website, but here they are. I am very pleased with the way they turned out and, as I’ve said time and again, I really enjoy using this camera.

These were all taken around my home around town.

little red wagon

The Stuff by the fence

Donut Fix

Service

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Geeky Bits:

Camera: Holga GTLR
Film: Portra 160
developed by Blue Moon Camera and Machine.

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Holga GTLR Take 2 – Astoria

In my last photoblog I posted the blurry results from the first roll through my Holga GTLR. I thought for my next few posts I’d share more results from that camera.

Happy to have figured out the error of my ways, I brought it with me on a weekend  trip to Astoria, Oregon.  I had a lot of fun with it, once I realized the camera wasn’t broken!

Astoria

Astoria

Astoria


Geeky Bits:

Camera: Holga GTLR
Film: Top photo: expired slide film (I can’t remember which  brand!) Bottom two photos: Portra 160
cross processed by lab (Blue Moon in Portland, Oregon).

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Dispatches from a shy street photographer: user error

Today’s image is the last of my street photography series. I am not sure it even really qualifies as street photography. I shot two rolls through my Holga GTLR in bulb mode and this is the one photo from those two rolls that I actually kind of like. It was shot in Portland. I like the Holga GTLR for street photography and I will try this again. Hopefully with more attention to detail.


Geeky Bits

Camera: Holga GFN 120 GFNTL
Film: Acros 100
Stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour.

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Hipster

Me: I am taking a photo of the Twin Peaks Diner with a Holga. I feel so hipster.

Raf: That is High-Hipster.


This is my Holga GFN with a 35mm film adaptor.  It was fun to use but I didn’t love the results from it.

Below is the other shot from the entire roll of 36 exposures that I kinda liked. A shot of Snoqualamie Falls (also featured in Twin Peaks)

Cue Twin Peaks Theme