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An afternoon walk

Here are the last few shots from that first round of c-41 developing I did last month. I took these while on a little walk on the trail near my house. I used my Zero 45 with a 120 roll back and the film I used was Ektar 100.

Incidentally, The photo of the river (above) was a longer exposure and I was nervous about encountering a mountain lion since that is where the previous sightings had been. You can read about that story here and here.

an afternoon walk

Fun with a new pinhole camera

A few weeks ago my buddy Todd sent me a new camera design to test out (He designs 3d printed cameras). I was completely thrilled to volunteer to do this! It is a box camera with a 75mm focal length for 4×5 film. I am used to the wider angle of a 25mm focal length so was really excited to try something new!

I decided to try the B&W film first since I had developer on hand. I had a lot of fun with the camera during the week and I’m loving the results so far. The camera is really lightweight and easy to carry around with me.

I am currently shooting through some color film and will develop and scan them this weekend. The results of that will be in next Friday’s photography post, so more on that later.

Check out the info about the camera on Thingiverse (and print one if you wish!). More about Todd can be found on his website.

For all of these photos, Fuji Acros 100 was used and they were developed in Diafine.

 

If a tree falls in the forest…

This morning I was so looking forward to finally getting back out on the trail for a run! I have been sick for a week but started feeling better this morning. As I entered the forest  I witnessed a tree falling and landing across the path in front of me, not 50 feet away. It was totally surreal. In all of the years I’ve hiked and lived among tall trees (my whole life, actually) I have never seen a tree actually fall from natural circumstances.

I heard a very loud “pop” like the sound of a gun, and then a kind of creak/thunderclap sound as the tree fell to the ground. And then a loud “thunk” when it landed. It was both frightening and surreal at the same time.  As soon as I realized what was happening I turned around and ran as fast as I could out of the forest and sort of out of harm’s way. There were still a lot of trees in the suburban areas around the houses and I began to realize how easily one could blow over onto a house.

I am feeling kind of lucky today! It was one of those razor sharp moments when you notice everything.


About the photo:

Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: 5 seconds-ish

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Shopping

I am reaching a stage in my One Pinhole A Day project where I will need to do some scanning to add to the photos! Dear me. Scanning isn’t my favorite thing. I will try to get to that this weekend, though.

Here is one from December 12. I was shopping in the grocery store in the Christmas aisle. I thought the flashy stuff would make and interesting photo, but kind of forgot I had Lomochrome Purple in my camera.


Geeky Bits

One Pinhole A Day

Day 44
Camera: Holga WPC
Film: Lomochrome Purple
Exposure time: 1 minute 26 seconds
Date: Dec 12, 2016

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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.