My February Frugal Film shoot started out with an Urban Renewal Theme, but ended up with portraits from my Valentine’s Day Bouquet. The Image above will be posted on the Frugal Film Project Site. The Features image, as shown below are not the same roses and show a slightly different perspective.
Themes proposed for the first two months this year included Texture (January) and Structure (February). I missed texture for the first month because I had already planned my own theme using my fisheye lens. So I invite you now to enjoy the texture of the flower petals and the structure of the roses themselves.
Some of the roses were beginning to fade, so I have started a new series highlighting the Roses as they dry…….and below a little Inner Monet…..somewhat out of focus.
Lent Begins Today…….40 Days of Reflection. I received Ashes, but they were very ‘photogenic’. So I will Share with you the Alter at my Church, St Mary Magdalene:
Eventhough this was taken with my Android Phone, I’m going to cheat and place it in my “Faith on Film” Images
I gave myself an assignment for this first month. Using the SRT-202 with Ilford HP5, AND choosing to use the Zenitar Fisheye Lens as shown below:.
Here is my single posted best image. The image breaks all of the rules for……Composition.
And the Box on my Street that inspired the Project. Needs a bit of painting:
This one also nearby, will look better in color. So there may be a future redux:
Eventually my post will be listed on the Frugal Film Project. So check it out when you can.
Below some other favorites from the Little Free Library Story:
Cisco Ghost Town, Near Moab, UT:
Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018. The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:
The Featured Image above is one of my book prints. The others are here below:
But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests. This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall. We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.
Aztec Ruins, NM:
Pecos Pueblo, NM:
Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:
Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:
And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:
Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment. Give it Some Love!
Happy Valentine’s Day
This image was shown in another post, but I wanted to Feature it here as a part of my exploration of Interior Spaces for My Inner Monet:
From the Como-Boreas Pass Festival. Follow the link to see more.
What happens when your friends find out that you are a Film Camera User? They start handing off their film cameras to You! I’ve made some introductory notes about my new camera family members in my Photo Diary. Here we’ll discuss camera collecting and view some results. Most of my “Active” cameras are shown here.
We’ll start with some ‘Gifted Cameras’: The Rollei TLR, Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Fujica ST 705 and my Mom’s Kodak Jiffy 620.
The Rollei TLR was our first ‘gifted’ camera, being given to us by my father-in-law. It is great for Portraits, and we certainly don’t use it enough:
To tell the truth, my neighbors were moving and gave me the Fujica and the Yashica extra lenses. But the Yashica camera had accidentally been packed. Since I had the lenses I went on Ebay and found a beautifully refurbished Electro 35 GSN. So I bought it! Images are posted for the Yashica and Fujica. I’ve loaded the Kodak Jiffy, but still need to take it out for a stroll……..
Now, images from my medium format Camera Favorites: the Mamiya-7, Mamiya-6, Mamiya 645, Fuji GW690-III, Fuji and GA645Zi. The Featured image is from my M645. I’ve recently published more from this Camera HERE.
Next a couple from the Mamiya-6. Truthfully, this is my husband’s preferred camera, but every now and then I use it:
The Mamiya 645 was my first medium format camera. I started with the 1000S and moved on to the Pro versions for the changeable backs. My Ancient Forests were taken with the 1000S. The images below are from the Pro-versions:
Recently I did buy a beautifully refurbished 1000S which I mostly use for fisheye photos:
The Fuji GW690-III. My best shot so far from this Camera. Still learning my way around it:
And how could I forget my Canonet G-III QL:
I had another Canonet (older model) that I have given away. The original Canonet I had inherited from my Mom because it was too complicated for her. That one was unfortunately stolen, but I liked it enough to obtain a replacement when I had the chance.I always intended that this would be my ‘car camera’. You know, always in the car with me so I have a decent camera on hand and not just my cell phone. In 2020 I will make this happen. A favorite Canonet image from the Boreas Pass Festival:
And Finally, the Fuji GA645Zi, which I typically use for street photography and low light interiors:
Now for some Pinholes: the Holga Panorama Pinhole, Diana Pinhole, RSS 6X6F and RSS 6X9F.
First the Holga Pinhole:
And the Reality So Subtle Pinholes. Still working with the 6X9F, but I do have quite a few from the 6X6F that have turned out well:
I’ll be exploring more RSS Pinholes for My Inner Monet Series. And I have done some Diana Pinhole work too. You’ll see more featured in My Inner Monet as well:
Some other Plastic Cameras: Holga, Diana and my newest Debonair. I have a lot of Holga Images because I used it for the first 6 months of the 2016 52 Rolls Project. But below are some Oldies but Goodies, from when I first met Holga in 2006:
I’ve been quite taken with the Diana Camera lately, and I will be using it for the second quarter Frugal Film Project since it has a Pinhole setting that I can use for World Wide Pinhole day in April.
I haven’t finished my first roll through the Debonair yet. But keep a lookout for it soon…..
Greetings…….Now I am Official. I had been a ‘provisional’ member for the second half of 2019. I will be using my Minolta SRT-202 for the first Quarter of 2020, where we are all going to be shooting Ilford HP5:
Here is My Frugal Film Project Bio:
I am a World Traveler, Outdoors Adventurer, Research Scientist and Photographer. I have been making photographs since childhood; as an adult, mostly documenting field studies as a Geology Student and later as a full time Earth Science Researcher. My work continued to be largely documentary in style and work related, until a move to Monterey, California in 2000, where I pursued formal studies in B&W photography at Monterey Peninsula College.
After moving to Colorado 12+ years ago I’ve been doing some serious digital photography as a Satellite Imagery Analyst. OK, so my ‘camera’ is 600 km in outer space. Satisfies all digital urges so that here on Earth I am 90% film. My preferred subjects are: Landscapes and Architecture and I makes silver prints in my own home darkroom.”
I’ve given myself an assignment to shoot for January, using the Fisheye lens in the photo above. But You’ll have to wait until February to see the results……..Read my Frugal Film Plan and see Provisional Posts from 2019 Here.
UPDATE: Camera began to malfunction on Jan 12th. I will finish the roll of film, but may be making an early change if it can’t be fixed easily………..
I expect to be switching the Minolta XG-A for the rest of this quarter……
My Gift had a story described in the Letter. Important details below:
So now where are we? The camera actually has a story the results of which can be viewed here:
Here is a summary from my introductory letter pictured below:
“….This camera has a bit of a history in that it’s spent the last few month travelling the length and breadth of of the United Kingdom (and even got to the south of France on one leg of it’s journey) as a part of a project on an online photography forum. The camera was loaded with a roll of film, the first person shot five frames, and then the camera was sent on to the next person. The process repeated (with a half-way set of photos when a second roll of film was loaded) until it eventually got back to me……….”
So I would like to sign up maybe 6+ people to help this Camera travel across North America….We’ll follow a similar format. I’ll load a roll of film, shoot 5 pictures, and mailed to the next person on the list. We can start a second roll if necessary. To protect everyone’s privacy, you return the camera to me and I send it to the next person. In the end I will post the images on a WordPress Project Page. So what do you think?