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Research Scientist & Analog Photographer

Mining History in Pueblo, CO

Pueblo, Colorado was the location of Colorado’s Steel Industry. Oh, you mean that you didn’t know there was, and to a lesser extent still is a stell industry here. Now mostly oriented towards recycling.

They has=ve a wonderful, but very small museum. dont have any photos because I was using my digital camera which decided to malfunction. OK, I deserve that because I am supposed to be a film photographer, so focussing on film for this trip was a major error.

But I did take along a film camera and did make a few good shots.

This was one of the buildings that survives from the old mining history. It now belongs to the Historical Society and is being remodel as a new headquarters and Museum home.

If you want to lesrn more sbout Pueblo’s History, CLICK HERE.

Frugal Film 2021: Gross Dam & Reservoir

My February 2021 offering to the Frugal Film Project. Almost didn’t make the deadline last week, but fortunately my film turnaround time at Old School Photo Labs was quick. Thank you guys! So here it is:

Gross Dam & Reservoir

On one of our afternoons wandering the Foot Hills of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, we ventured to one of our favorite sights: Groos Dam and Reservoir.

The Gross Dam is part of an extensive network of reservoirs that supply the Denver Water System. It was named for Denver Water former Chief Engineer Dwight D. Gross. 

Approved for expansion July 2020. The design of the addition  is expected to be completed in 2021.  It will add 10 feet to the height of the dam.

Summary of the Current Numbers

Capacity: 41,811 acre-feet

Elevation: 7,282 feet

Surface Area:  440 Acres

Shoreline:  10.9 miles

More information available at Denver Water: https://www.denverwater.org/recreation/gross-resevoir

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

Tri-X 400 Film

Tree Carving: Frugal Film from January2021

My Posting from the Frugal Film Project:

I am finally getting started with the 2021 Project.   Two summers ago the City of Lafayette, CO was cutting down Cottonwood trees In a park near my home. The trees were nearly dead and a hazard to park patrons and passer’s by in bad weather.  But I had wondered why they left about half of the trunk still standing.  Well this past December an artist began sculpting one of the trunks. And here it is:

My husband had a chance to speak with him and he said eventually he would sculpt all four trunks with locally themed art.  The Rooster represents the Oatmeal Festival, held here in January during non-COVID years. The Rooster represents the winner of the Festival’s 5K walk/run.

Artist: Lueb Popoft, local tree carving artist.  Read more about hie Goals: https://www.hollowlogonline.com/biography.html

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

I am finally getting started with the 2021 Project.   Two summers ago the City of Lafayette, CO was cutting down Cottonwood trees In a park near my home. The trees were nearly dead and a hazard to park patrons and passer’s by in bad weather.  But I had wondered why they left about half of the trunk still standing.  Well this past December an artist began sculpting one of the trunks. And here it is:

My husband had a chance to speak with him and he said eventually he would sculpt all four trunks with locally themed art.  The Rooster represents the Oatmeal Festival, held here in January during non-COVID years. The Rooster represents the winner of the Festival’s 5K walk/run.

Artist: Lueb Popoft, local tree carving artist.  Read more about hie Goals: https://www.hollowlogonline.com/biography.html

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

Ektar 100 Film

Cottonwood

Front Door Gift from my Neighbors

While I was at the Mayo Clinic last Fall, some of my neighbors decided that I needed a more accessible Front Entrance:

At first I thought how wonderful my neighbors are! But I felt that perhaps my mom-in-law and my neighbor from across the street (whose husband designed and organized the Project) might need it more that me, But with recent snows that we had I learned to appreciate my hsnd rsils. Sometimes other people know what you need before you recognize what you need!

THE SAGUAROS PART II

First, my banner image which is Digital IR. And an alternate view that I decided not to use:

Tell me if you agree with my choice………..

Above, two camera angles of the same Cacti…….

And an interesting rock formation……with a Saguaro, of course.

A Door Near Cathedral Rocks, Arizona

The Old Mill House at the Crescent Moon Ranch Park in Arizona, more famous for the Cathedral Red Rocks.

If you look closely you can see the door, especially in the larger image.

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK: IR

Continuing my IR studies, I’m including here my Nikon-1 images here. The Nikon-1 has bee converted to a full spectrum camera and I ‘selected’ the IR spectral range using a filter. First some striking Joshua Trees:

Next Week we’ll actually look at some of the Saguaros………..

COMO DOORS

Sharin sone B&W images fron a stormy dat in Sith Park, Yes there is a real Sotyh Park, but it’s the name of a valley noy a town.

There IS a Ghost Town (not totally deserted) named Como. It used to be a major hub of the Rail Road, Well start with the Old School House, now the Civic Center:

And also the local Church, I believe it is Methodist. Around here that’s always a good guess:

You can see to the left the home of one of the current residents, Most of the inhabitant live in older cottages from the RR days. Visit the links below for more ty[ical views of Como and the Annual Festival.

COMO IN COLOR

https://myvintagecamerasblog.com/2020/10/08/como-doors/

http://myvintagecameras.blogspot.com/search?q=COMO

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Frugal Film Project: Pre-1940 Camera Options

IFor the 4th Quarter of 2020 I tested the Agfa Billy Clack No. 51, a 645 medium format camera from 1934/. The cost on EBay was $35. The Photos were quite successful, leading me to try my other less than $50 Pre-1940’s cameras:

Pre-1940’s CamerasYearCostFormat
Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera1933Free620
Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20 Camera1928-32$14620
AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 German strut folding1934$35120
AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 German strut folding1934$40120
AGFA Isolette 6X6 German Strut folding1937$35120

So these are the primary cameras I will be using for The Frugal Film Project.

AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 is the January 2021 Camera I will Start with. Using Ektar 100 Film to capture the end of the Holiday Saeson.

The rest of the Cameras givin in no particular use order. I’ll just have to see what the conditions are and what’s going n that’s of Photographic interest. In other wirds, I’ll let the circumstance pick the camera and the film.

AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 I’ve had a lot of success with. So it may make more than on appearance in the project.

AGFA Isolette 6X6 shows some promise. I will probably reserve it for the faster B&W film, the Tri-X 400.

And now for the Kodak Cameras……….

Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera. This camera needs a bit of a work out. It uses 620 format film (similar to 120 film). I’ve only put one roll of film through it. There’s no formal unboxing. M mom simply gave it to me Christmas 2019 in a cloth bag.

NEEDS PHOTO

Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20, The non-Art Deco version of Mom’s camera. I have not yet tested this camera. So we shall see…….

There are also some Post-1940 cameras, such as my Grandfather’s Argus Brick, which will likely be a part of this year;s Frugal Film. We’ll introduce those cameras as I apply thm.