Through the Glass: Eye Surgery and More………

I’ve been living like this for more than a year. I was told that 3rd Cranial Nerve damage was always allowed a year to see how much it might recover. Monday (August 24th) was my surgery day………….

The next two images show how much progress I had made. Here my eye closed without the glasses. Imagine wondering around for a year with your eye closed….no depth perception, for example:

Waiting the year (and having the Botox treatment) did make my left eye and eyelid a bit stronger. Before the surgery I could keep my eye open, but didn’t because the eyes were not aligned………

Since the eyes were not aligned it caused double vision. Below, my immediate post op photo:

The wound continued to drain overnight, ;eaving my eyelids stuck together by morning. I had to use several hot, wet face cloths to soak my eye (instructions say NO RUBBING), Finally the eye was open:

I will still need still need special glasses to restore near normal vision, but for now I have a ‘sweet spot’ in my current glasses that allow me to see stereo vision. Each day my vision and the coordination between my eyes is better,

Now moving on to the MORE…….That more being further complications from the original tumor. Or rather, complications from the Radiation Treatments. I had very high levels of radiation with the Proton Beam, resulting in Necrosis defined as:

The brain tissue necrosis is a delayed effect of radiation therapy and can occur several years after the radiation treatment, but it usually occurs within the first 1 to 2 years.[1]Jul 8, 2020

This Necrosis results in cysts growing in the Cranial Space and surrounding tissue. They started growing sometime after my 6 month check up, appearing in my May exam. The follow-up is every 8 weeks. I have that 8 week check in last week. Some cysts are smaller, some unchanged, and a few new ones have appear (but they are very small). So another MRI at the end of October and we’ll see where we are……

Lake Waneka and my 1913 Kodak Autographic No. 1 Camera…….

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This was such a different subject than the other images on roll #2 that I wanted to post it separately.  Calm. Peace, Stillness………Taking a few days off for long awaited eye surgery.  Update at the end of the week…….

Domino’s Door: For the Hood

I was inspired by the Business Doors submitted a few weeks ago.  But I also Loved the Domino’s sign about calling in you order, and having the pizza placed on you hood…..

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The “Lost Roll” of Film Adventure

This is the story of my second roll of film through the 1913 Kodak No.1.  I roll I shot on Pinhole Day (although it was not a pinhole).  I was still testing the camera so I carried it along…..You can see some results from my first roll of film here.

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I mailed my second roll, Ilford Ortho Plus (ISO 80) on April 28th and waited…..and waited……and waited.  By the end of May I was beginning to worry so I contacted them.  Well, you can read the correspondence at the end, I want to move on to the photos.  But it suffices to say that it took them 3+ months to find my film and they returned it with no acknowledgment of the problems and no apologies.  So They’ve lost my business, permanently.  Oh, I’ll use their film, but I won’t send it to them for processing.

Anyway, let’s move on……….Ans start with my Favorite Crucifix:

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This was the original Cemetery for Denver.  And it was segregated by religion and race.  This was the Orthodox Section:

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Another favorite Monument above……

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I forget what the tree trunk symbolizes, but it is a XXXXXX

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A view of the larger Cemetery Area………….above. There is another shot taken at another location.  So I will show that separately in a couple of days…….

Now for the horror of my former Film Lab.  Click on the image to enlarge and read:

Use Ilford Labs US at your own risk.  What I really resent is the lack of an Apology or any acknowledgment of a problem when they finally did find my film.

I’ll stick with OldSchoolLabs.  They do 90% of my work (we develop the other 10% ourselves) ……..I can certainly endorse them.

 

 

Retrospective: We are Looking Back to January for these ‘Doors’

I was following Thursday Doors back then, but not posting to it.  But here we go, some Tiny Doors from my first posting for the Frugal Film Project.  The Featured Image is a Little Free Libraryon my street.

 

To see the original post with more ‘Libraries’, follow this LINK.

 

A Film Comparison with the 1913 Kodak No.1 Autographic

We first met this camera back in June…….The Kodak No. 1 Autographic Junior.  A lovely 120 film size camera from 1913. There were only 2 decent images from my first roll of film at ISO 100.  I decided to try some slower films.  Not sure I like the results, you tell me…….

First the Ilford Pan F Plus (ISO 50):

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Next, Ilford Ortho Plus (ISO 80):

 

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Hmmmmmm………..Next We’ll look at all of the Pan F Images……….

Walker Ranch Doors

I’ve done a lot of photography at Walker Ranch.  I’ve printed and displayed some too, but never focussed on the Doors…….So Let’s Go Crazy at the Ranch for this week’s Thursday Doors!

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A close-up of the Featured Door (above) and the Featured Door (below).

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Two of my favorite Doors (above and below).

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And, below, some general shots around the Ranch, but still with doors visible….

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Frugal Film Project: June 2020

Finally Getting to Post this.  And Yes, I am counting it as a #WednesdayWindows Also!

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Pat and Gar’s Hi-Way Bar

Now for some Lafayette, Colorado History: The Old Coke Sign from ‘Pat & Gar’s Hi-Way Bar’ was originally painted in late 1949 or early 1950. Underneath are several layers of signs and banners going back to the late 1930’s. Renovations in 1956 covered the mural with asbestos siding, which ended up preserving it.

In 2015 the Mural was uncovered by special asbestos remediation before the building was to be demolished. The rediscovered Mural, and the entire wall were removed and stored at the Lafayette Firehouse. Professional restoration experts were brought in to stabilize the mural in 2016. It was placed in the current location, at Simpson and Public Road in Downtown Lafayette, Colorado.

See the Official Frugal Film Posting…….

New On @EMULSIVEfilm: My 2020 Lockdown Journey………

JULY 28, 2020, @EMULSIVEfilm, MY 2020 LOCKDOWN JOURNEY: A COMPARATIVE TEST OF KODAK EKTACHROME E100 AND FUJIFILM VELVIA 50 (BONUS PORTRA/LOMOGRAPHY INCLUDED) – By Kathleen E Johnson

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