Category Archives: Portraits

End of a Digital Era?

These may be the last Nikon=D40 images posted here. We made a little get away trip to Pueblo, Colorado. And I thought I had captured some very interesting images. But no, the camera had malfunction. I tried to reset is but in the end only capture a few useable images. This wall art probably turned out best:

The girl appeared one her own last month as a #WednesdayWindow:

Our 22nd Wedding Anniversary

With our Outback Dinner last night….We had our “Formal Steak Dinner” the night before our Anniversary.

Today, our actual 22nd Anniversary we will spend in the Superstition Mountains, and wrap up our Celebration with a Sushi Dinner tonight.

Saturday on our way home to Colorado…….

Through The Glass: Patience

By the time you read this we will be on our way back to the Phoenix Mayo Clinic for the next 30 days. We made arrangements to stay at the Condos we had used before.

After talking to the second neuro-surgery teleconference it was decided to run some additional tests before scheduling surgery. I will tell you that I had started the steroid therapy and there was some improvement, especially for my left eye. Undoubtably this is the source of my extended testing.

Now I have the results or a preliminary evaluation…..Surgery now or Later? The vote for surgery later (maybe). We are in a wait and see mode hoping to stabilized my vision and move forward. I wii definitely ready to hear that news.

So I am off into the Mountains for a drive today. Still testing ‘old cameras’ and ‘new’ films. Taking it easy for the rest of this year. And can I Say “Hallelujah, Amen”!

Cow Doors in the Fields……

A local farmer decided to paint their shed for the live stock and landscape…….

This was an images originally shot for my Frugal Film Project. But as always, too many options to post their…….So Shared Here Instead.

Through the Glass: Prisms

Three weeks post surgery and now with the corrective prism in my left lens:

Still trying to get used to seeng quasi-stereo vision. I was told that it might take until December to finally resolve my vision problems.

I think either way I’m going to have a permanent disability to deal with.

Birthday Flowers from May

OK, so my Birthday was in May.  Those of us that use film know that rolls sometimes aren’t finished in a timely fashion.  But these were beautiful, sent to me by my eldest brother and his wife………….Back in May.  It was my 60th Birthday, so I wanted to highlight them:

 

From my X-700, HP5 Film and 50 mm Minolta MD f/3.5 Macros Lens.

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……

Fresh From the 1930’s: My Art Deco Camera

First the Grand Unboxing of my Kodak Jiffy 127 Art Deco Model, produced between  1935-1942.  I do not know the exact date of my Camera.  But let’s not waste time with that.

It came with the original Box.  Note the Eastman Kodak Camera Logo from the Art Deco Era:

ArtDeco1

ArtDeco2ArtDeco3

Made from Bakelite, the First Plastic, synthesized in 1907.

ArtDeco4ArtDeco5

And in A couple of days, the results from my first Roll using Reva ISO 100 B&W Film.

ArtDeco6

Note that the Link at the top (and here) has a fairly comprehensive description of the camera. The condition of this camera suggests that it was a display model and never actually used.