Category Archives: Portraits

For Palm Sunday: Inspired by Alyssa Chiarello

No Palms for Palm Sunday, but something to think about during our time of social distancing……..I recently read the Alyssa Chiarello article “5 Photo Books for the Quarantine Life“, as recommended by Jim Grey.  Social Distancing does not mean that you never go out unless your goal is to go crazy!

And so I have been inspired by Alyssa to go out and document what life has become under these quarantine conditions.  And as she suggests, look back at those photos in a few years and see what is different.  I decided to start with photos of my current state of being, AND the often called for Masks…….These are leftover from my days as a geochemist when I was processing rock samples for analysis.  Seems like they’ve found a new use.

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It is also important to remember that  “stay-at-home” does not mean that you lock yourself up at home.  It means maintain proper social distancing when you do have to go out.  The need to go out includes getting some fresh air at the local parks, or taking a safe ride in the country.

 

 

Frugal Film Project: February 2020

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Through the Glass: Facing 60 Part I

I wanted to work on a “Facing 60” project.  I also wanted to recap my Mayo Clinic experience.  So for Part I, I am summarizing my treatment experience at the Mayo Clinic, and my recovery during the  the first year through a series of portraits taken by my Husband.

Where it all Started on October 31, 2018:

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Waiting for my Biopsy

 

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After My First Surgery Dec 27th:  No hair lost yet

Above, after my first 14 hour surgery.  Puffy faced, but still with hair.  I was growing my hair back in hopes of having small dread locks….but that won’t happen for a while.

I had a second surgery at the end of January (only 6 hours) and I was well enough by Valentine’s Day to Celebrate:

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And actually I did quite a bit of Photography.  I had several types of 35 mm film to test and write about.  And I purchased a Fuji GW690 III to experiment with.  See more here.

 

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Short Haircut to prep for Surgery #2

Facing the second surgery, this time through my forehead, I did a precut.  The results of that below:

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Hair Carnage

The shave, incision and surgical superglue:

 

Below, I trimmed the back of my head as my hair begins to grow back so I can have even regrowth.

 

My last week of treatment; still no hair loss due to the radiation treatments; my special Proton Beam Mask in hand.  I have to wear a hat to keep the UV away from my treatment areas when I’m outside:

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And officially “Ringing Out” of the Mayo Clinic………

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Had my follow-up in September and Stopped by Santa Fe, New Mexico to vist friend Nathan on the way home:

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After My Mayo Check up in September……..I kept wearing my old favorite hat.  Only a bit more hair happening here than in my pre-surgical haircut.  My Surgeon successfully talked my out of trying a hair transplant.  So we’re keeping as is.  But by the end of September I was beginning to experience more serious vision problems with my left eye.

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Alas, my vision  travails continue….I am working with the Vision Clinic at Anschutz, the local University of Colorado Medical School. No worries, not going blind, but we’ll catch up on that in my next posting.

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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Armistice 1918-2018: What Have We Learned?

I am Reposting this for Veteran’s Day 2019.  Didn’t quite get the response I had hoped for last year……

Over the past 4 years of the 100th Anniversary of World War I (The War to end all Wars, except that it didn’t).  I had hoped for some thoughtful reflection on the Root Cause of Conflict.  I am aware that some of this occurred Across Europe.  But nothing here in the USA.

WWI History is barely touched upon here.  I know much more than the average America due to an excellent AP European History class I took in High School.  It was taught by one of my most memorable teachers, Mr. Knab, from the perspective of the root cause of conflict and how it directly led to WWII.

An opportunity lost……..

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So I am Honoring My Father’s WWII Service in a Segregated Army, in Italy.  1st Lt Vernon Johnson.  An Army He later helped to Integrate under orders from President Truman.  He worked in the Army Reserve, ‘helping’ white soldiers get used to taking orders from African America Officers. At the out break of The Korean War, he was like other WWII veterans, exempted from further service because he had a wife and child.  At least back them they did not want to make more Widows and Orphans.

Notably my Father was also a Buffalo Soldier…..And he loved the Bob Marley song.  He felt Appreciated and Respected.

 

 

My Father always talked about the Children he met in Italy………

 

 

And Training at Ft Huachuca, Arizona…….

 

 

 

We’ll end with a Photograph of my Mother.  The one that my Father carried with him through the War. I found it in his old foot locker along with many of the images above:

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Mom is still with us at a Feisty 95……

Lomo Purple Revisited: Lessons Learned Part II

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Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film.  I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before.  And surprisingly, I like it.  But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions,

So this is more of a user’s guide than a film review.  I’ll let you try the film and decide if you like it. FIRST:  the angle of the sun with respect to your image scene is the biggest factor for a successful image.  I’ve discussed in a Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film.  I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before.  And surprisingly, I like it.  But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions, I have touched upon this in previous post and hope to publish a full summary review of my experiences soon.  But note that the ideal sun angle is 90 to 180 degrees from the image scene.  In my most recent Lomo Purple roll shown here, I was careful with the sun angle.

 

I have one more roll of medium format Lomo Purple being developed now.  I also plan on running an exposure time test for the RSS Pinhole.  AND in a few weeks I expect an @35mmc summary article of My Lomo Purple experiences to be published.

Frugal Film Project Roll #4: and the Light Meter Failed……

I had been debating a camera change for my official membership in the 2020 Frugal Film Project.  But as I worked my way through the August #camerachallenge, the light meter on the Canonet failed, and it’s not worth fixing.  So in a future post I will be proposing three possible camera replacements for Frugal Film 2020, and I’ll have you vote for your favorite in November………

For now, here are six favorites from the #camerachallenge which I shot with the Canonet and planned to use for both projects this month:

 

 

 

Why Fisheye?

I’ve realized that I had several Fisheye lens/camera set ups.  My First was a Zenitar Fisheye for my 35 mm Minolta Family:

 

 

Minolta Zenitar Redwoods:

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Next I acquired a Lomo Fisheye:

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Then a Fisheye attachment for the Holga.  My First Emulsive Secret Santa Gift:

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Next A Fisheye Lens for My Diana:

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Wow this is out of control right?  So I thought about “Rewarding” myself with a Mamiya 645 fish eye lens after recovering from a recent illness.  The price though, was daunting  (~$1200) and I thought about how little I actually use any of my other Fisheye Lenses. Then I became aware of the Arsat Zodiak-8 Fisheye, and picked one up for $120.  In fact I bought two cameras and two lenses for the cost of the most expensive M645 Fisheye listing ($1800).

So, now for the first results from the Arsat with comparisons to my 35 mm Fisheye:

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Chapel on the Rock: 645 Arsat Fisheye, Peak to Peak Highway

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Above: I call this one the “Tree on the Rock”  also Peak to Peak Highway.

Now from some side by side comparisons to my 35 mm Zenitar Fisheye )left B&W is 645; right color is 35 mm):  These were taken from the same tripod position.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are old enough to remember, the 1970’s were a Fisheye crazed time.  Even the original Hawaii 5-0 had a fisheye view of a landing plane in its Intro. But, I haven’t answered my question yet:  Why Fisheye?  Well, just for the fun of it!

Post Script:  I haven’t forgotten 9/11, I’m just not going to support the politicization of it.  I will Always Honor those who died.