Category Archives: Nature

Inner Monet and the #CameraChallenge

I am a frequent participant in the #CameraChallenge.  The April offering included a motion challenge which fits My Inner Monet.  My strategy for ‘Motion’ was slow shutter speeds and simple motion.  I used the Diana F+ camera and Lomo 800 film, as I was photographing for the April Frugal Film Project.

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Above:  a walk in the wind, and Below: mountain drive by.

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Frugal Film Project: April 2020

 

This View no longer exists….Tree branches blew down to change it.  Not sure that the Park Services will take those branches away.  So we have captured a moment in time that is now gone…….

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There are three locations at a nearby park where I test every ‘new’ camera and every ‘new’ film.  So I took my first roll of Lomo 800 to all of those three spots.

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It was hard to decide which to pick, bit I think the Reflection does work best. The Boat Dock below, was taken at an odd angle and looks best with some cropping:

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Frugal Film Project: March 2020

On my last roll of HP5 I found a photo to post for March:

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Above was my Sign offering for the March 2020 Frugal Film Project.  It just didn’t move me.  So I marked it as one of the ‘rejected’ images:

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I had also considered posting one of my Valentine Roses, One Month Later………  But I’m planning a separate posting with my ‘past prime’ roses.  h dried quite well.

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So more from the Roses Coming Soon………..

Inspired By: Nathan McCreery

I finally grasped Film as a Journey at a 2016 B&W Photography Workshop in Condon, Montana with the Photographer’s Formulary Crew, and Nathan McCreery as the instructor. Corrected some lazy mistakes I was making, but learned new things too!.  And I was finally convinced to use a spot meter! (Well, OK I still often use the camera meter).

 

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Nathan will be the Artist in Residence , September 2020 at the Big Horn National Forest, Montana………..

Tech Info: Mamiya 6X7, Kodak T-Max 400, film developer Formulary’s FA-1027, exposure (spotmeter) f/22 for 2 seconds.

Check out Craig Sheaks on Film as a Journey that can transform you……And another perspective on the Film Photographic Journey.

My Gardening Update

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The Crocuses have made their appearance and My Gardening Season has begun………

 

Irises, Daffodils, Tulips and Oriental Poppies are sprouting……….

 

As I have started working on my 2020 Garden, I’ve remembered to Update my Flowers and Gardening from 2019, Featuring the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden. And Let’s take a final look back at the Lovely Flanders Poppies from 2019:

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This Flander’s Poppy is now hangng on my Family Room Wall.

The “Accidental” Camera Collector

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.

Mamiya-7 Favorites:

 

 

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:

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And how could I forget my Canonet G-III QL:

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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:

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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:

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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…..

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Inspired By: Richard Knepp

The Redwoods Workshop was one of the best ever……….And I owe it to Richard Knepp.  Now passed away, but never to be forgotten by me. Most are from my Mamiya 645 with wide angle lens and a green filter.

By Far one of my Favorites, although I still have many more that I could print:

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And another favorite, this one 35 mm:

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I’ve just hung my favorites from the 2006 Workshop on my dining room wall:

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And here a collage of the others that I have printed:

 

Check out all of my Ancient Forests inspired by Rick………..

Follow this link to Rick’s work with the Mono Lake Committee.

Personal Vision: Inspired By Monet

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” The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the Source of my Inspiration” – Claude Monet

Nature and the Outdoors has always been my inspiration.  My appreciation of the Natural World started with my childhood Family Road Trips, continued through my Geological Work, and finds me now photographing my leisure travels (but always with a purpose in mind).  But I was still relentless in my pursuit of that “Classic Landscape”:

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Above: Landscape Panorama Photo Merge in Photoshop (with Tripod).

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Above: “Classic Landscape” from a Tripod.

RoadsideReflectionFuzzy Landscape………Hand Held, but very attractive.  So much so that I published an article about it.

Now I am finding myself a bit burned out on the classic perfectly focussed landscape.  No, I will not be giving up my Mamiya-7’s.  I’ll have it with me so I won’t miss that classic landscape and later regret it.  But as above with my hand-held ‘Impressionistic’ 35 mm image, I will be exploring the ‘less well focussed’ with more pinhole photography using both my RSS 6X6F and RSS 6X9F, and my Diana and Holga Pinholes.

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So has my Personal Vision Changed?  No, I just need a stylistic change to regain my motivation and inspiration.  I was very engaged by the recent Monet Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art:

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It reminded me of my love of Impressionistic Abstraction.  And how appropriate is  “The Truth of Nature”?  So in 2020 I intend to bring more of that Abstraction to my Personal Vision while seeking that Truth.  Of particular interest to me were The Late Years, the source of his Water Lilies:

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Before we move on, What IS Impressionism?

Definition: a style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.

And so I will be thinking more about Light (and Color when applicable); taking in the Impression of the Moment……..

I also intend to explore more architecture with my Fisheye lenses:

And do a bit more with Interior Spaces:

 

So in Summary 2020 will bring more adventure to my work…….This will inevitably spill over into my Frugal Film Project work.  With the Rule Change, I can do more with the camera options I’ve decided to work with.  And indulge my new found ‘love of the grain’ in Ilford HP5.

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LACDA Opening: Sacred Datura

OK, you’ve seen this image many times before.  It’s my favorite Lomo Purple Image and I have sent it to LACDA Snap to Grid Open Exhibit.  It’s fun and they print and post all entries:

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