Saturday, April 29, 2017

enough snow already

We had a little snowstorm blow through last night and early this morning.  Twelve inches fell and made it look like winter of the deep in my yard.

Here's a3D pinhole photo from the back yard.


I love my back yard when it looks like this because it reminds me of the story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and I think Aslan could just pop out at any time.

Tomorrow is World Wide Pinhole Day!

I'm not sure what pinhole camera i'm going to use except the 3D one for certain ( it's so much fun) and then another one just to play around with.  Maybe an Altoids pinhole or a paint can, or an old coffee can I converted.

I like the idea of a rustic, rough kind of camera for pinhole day. 

I'm going to Belen for the day, just to walk the streets and check out some old signs.  There's an old Harvey House there that is always a good place to poke around.

 Wherever you go or whatever you do, have a great day of fun.

Friday, April 28, 2017

3D printed Stereo pinhole camera

This is so cool!

I had the pleasure of testing this jewel of a camera this past month and it is a lot of fun!

It's 3D printed, easy to load, use, and is robust. The coolest part is you can make stereo photos with it without doing a lot of work.

Just load and go!  

Here's the link to the camera and where to order it.

pinholeprinted flyer6x6-stereo camera

And here are a few samples from it.

You can view this as stereo by relaxing and looking at the photo, but kind of focusing your eyes at a place past your monitor.  Once the two images divide into three, concentrate on the middle image and you should be able to see it as a 3D photo. Crossing your eyes will give you an effect, but it will not be correct.  Try viewing straight on, and just relax.

Once you learn the trick to "free viewing" it's hard not to see them as 3D.

Here's another one to try.

The camera has a tripod fitting so you can easily use it with a tripod, but the bottom of the camera is really flat, so setting it on any firm surface works too!

Most of these were made using 3-5 seconds exposures in bright sun. The black and white is Fuji Acros 100.

Another one, this time in color.

This one was a bit funky since I used some color Lomo film, but the effect is still great! The backing paper on the Lomo film is notorious for being a bit weak and causing some weird effects.

  Another one in color.

 As you can see, it's a lot of fun to have and use. The ideas are limitless!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cat Napper

another odd street scene, this one in Durango, Colorado....

Diana vintage camera with Tri-x

Sunday, April 23, 2017

my heart beats with the tide

I think this could be my tiny house for summer...

Ansco pix panorama camera with the mask removed


Saturday, April 22, 2017

the pier to the end of the world

It's Earth Day.

Let's hope it doesn't come to an end like this pier....

homemade pinhole on paper

Friday, April 21, 2017

it's not a dead end road, but it doesn't go anywhere

and that's fine with me.

Being a claustrophobic type, my preference is to be outside with no people, no internet and no traffic.

This place is about 20 miles from my house and I visit it often.

Another out in the middle of nowhere kind of place.  With a few cows, a windmill and open  land as far as you can see.

The stars meet the horizon here and when they fall they make the Earth shake.

Holga with Tri-x

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

some things just seem a bit odd to me....

Sometimes I'm at a loss for a descriptor for things I see along the road....this might be one of those times.....

Spotmatic camera...I can at least tell you that.

seen in Moriarty, New Mexico along old Route 66

Sunday, April 16, 2017

there may be more trees here

more trees,

Wherever I look there seems to be trees. These happened to pose nicely for me during my trip to The Bosque del Apache recently.

This is one of those photos I'd like to walk into...I guess I sorta did.

Vivitar Wide and slim with Tri-x

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

rambling about nothing but maybe something...

Have you ever made a photo that you really liked, but when you shared it, not many others shared your zeal for it?

This is such a photo.

For some reason I like it, a lot, probably more than I should judging by the reaction I've received elsewhere about it.

Here it is:

I made it two years ago during a little road trip to Tucson with the Vivitar Wide and Slim and some old Kodak Gold 200.

It's kind of Stephen least in my eyes. Mr. Shore would most likely think "no way".

But there it is.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vertical is the new black..

I read that Vertical is the New Black a few days ago and am wondering if shooting vertical, or in portrait mode will really overtake landscape?

I kind of doubt it, but since the cell phone photographers have bombarded the airwaves with selfies and snaps, it just might happen.

In the meantime, I'm sharing a photo I made a couple of years ago of a donkey that lives up the road from me.

I have used  it as a "model" before, but the darn thing always wants to eat whatever it is I have in my hands, which is almost always a camera!

Photo made with a self assembled Gakkenflex that came in a kit from a Japanese magazine. 

As I recall it took about an hour of intently figuring out the assembly by photos as the instructions were in Japanese.

It's all plastic goodness with the exception of a few metal internal springs for the shutter.

I shot it in vertical mode since the Gakkenflex is a pseudo TLR style camera where you look down into the viewfinder.

Here's the donkey smiling and wishing I had an apple instead of the camera.

There are clone versions of the Gakkenflex camera kit made by Recesky.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

a little bit of art...well mostly a doodle

Sometimes I like to sit with a black pen and just doodle. It's always been a way to relax and just let my mind clear itself.

I've read that doodling helps with memory and retaining whatever it is you're listening to while making marks on paper.

This one is from this morning.  I didn't want to dust and sweep the house as I normally do on Saturday mornings, so got out my box of pens and pre cut watercolor paper, put on some nice Classical music and just started making marks...

I used a uni-ball AIR. which makes a nice solid black line.  It didn't run out of ink and the pen didn't skip a single time.  It dries fairly quick, but when you are basically washing the paper with ink, it can smear a bit if you are not careful.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 7, 2017

and then there was a dinosaur

a Sinclair dinosaur.

I'm always happy to come across these old Sinclair signs.

This one is in Menard, Texas.  

Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim camera with Tri-X.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

and it's April!

April arrived with snow, and a little Hummingbird showed up the last week of March!

They usually don't show up until April 15th....must be global warming...?

These are just a few random shots from the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim.  I really enjoy using this camera. It fits in my pocket and clicks happily at things I point it at. Some of the things I point it at I don't that big deer head in a pasture I saw while driving down an old farm road in Texas.

Here's a gratuitous shot out the window while driving down Hwy 60 in New Mexico. There's miles and miles of nothing man made to look at...I like it a lot.

Back lit trees. I'm a sucker for trees with the sun at their back. Makes me want to take a nap though...

Some more trees back lit....Bosque Del Apache trees.  You might get tired of looking at trees, but I never do.

All photos made with the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim and Tri-x....the backlit trees were made with a clone Olive San camera.  Same thing as the VUWS, except it's purple!

Sometimes Pancakes, but mostly brownies

It occurred to me today that I had not shared a recipe in a while. Today I fix that! I love a good brownie.  Actually, I adore a good b...