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Below a crooked spire

I love old Churches. So I’m sharing a unique one from a fellow Blogger……

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As I’m still top-and-tailing my camera review post (it’ll no doubt be a crushing disappointment after I’ve carped on about it so much over the last week or so…) so I’ll drop in a few photos I took inside St. Mary and All Saints church in Chesterfield a couple off weeks ago. This is the church famous for it’s crooked spire, a phenomenon believed to be caused by uneven heating of the lead in the stucture by the sun. While I’ve made a number of photos of the spire and outside of the building in the past, I’ve only ventured inside on two or three occasions – including this one.

I quite enjoy making pictures of the artefacts and ephemera within churches. Theres a wonderful sense of history to be had. As church interiors are often quite dimly lit, and as the use of tripods or (especially) flash are generally…

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Garage Doors……

Some Photos I made while hunting for Frugal Film Project materials.  Lomo 800 and the Diana F+ camera.  The Best Garage Doors:

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The images above are from a double garage, as are the ones below.  But I separated the two doors above to have a clearer image of the writing……And the Flowers Below:

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These were painted as part of the Lafayette Alley Art Amazin’ Project

Retrospective: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

It’s July….So lets take a cool tour back to the Fall of 2017……..

Unfortunately now one of the ‘hotspots’ for the COVID Pandemic, But I was there a few year’s ago for The Pecora Remote Sensing Conference, held every three years.  Hopefully the world will be in a better condition by the time the next Conference rolls around……

So Let’s focus on the actual Falls………

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There is also an Old Power Plant, now a restaurant:

 

And an Old Mill:

 

See my Original Postings here.

 

 

Photographer’s Door

I did a lot of photography in Old Town for the Frugal Film Project last Winter.  Still haven’t quite posted everything……….

But I am also working on the Thursday Door Project.  And I happen to have quite a few Doors from FFP to share.  We visit here a local Photographer’s Shop (he/she wasn’t in):

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Very Quaint………..

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Photographing Fireworks with a 90 Year Old Leica

Sending You All Some B&W Fireworks from a Fellow Blogger. Happy 4th of July!

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*photos and text depict July 2019

There they were, a continuous, almost organized line of middle-aged men in various stages of unfolding tripods, mounting massive DSLR’s on them, carefully aiming long lenses at indeterminate points in the darkening late evening sky.  The LCD’s lit their faces with a soft glow as they took test shots and talked among one another while fiddling with various items from their giant bags of equipment.

I stepped into an empty area among the photographers and leaned towards the grey-haired gentleman beside me.  “Is this spot taken?”  He murmured something, lifted his glasses over his head and stuck his eye on the viewfinder.

From my small Domke bag, I removed my tiny, old black camera and held it up to the sky.  I unscrewed its little lens and tucked it safely in my bag.  I noticed a guy watching me but he didn’t speak, so…

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Through the Glass: Rounding 3rd and Heading for Home….

I Rang Out on Wednesday using the Solari Bell.  By the time you see this I will be on my way Home:

 

And Yes, I am taking my ‘friend’ the Mask.  More Scenes from my life over the past 2 Months:

 

I still have tons of images to post from my Arizona Experience.  Those will appear from time to time throughout the Summer.

The Story: Shooting Digital Like Film

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First the Quote from Frank H. Wu on 35mmc:

“The lesson to be learned about life is that we, or at least I, do not appreciate as much what I have been given as what I have had to bargain for. I earn my film photos. I have to be able to afford it. That means repeatedly. Each and every satisfying click and whirr is a few pennies, which must be in the pocket. I am automatically averse to waste.”

The conclusion is that His film photos are always personally more satisfying (and often objectively better) than His digital images.

My best photos are definitely film.  One of last year’s successes IS digital (shown above), but I planned and captured the image like it was film.  I saw the potential image, walked around the scene looking for the best angles, made three images; taking into consideration how I might crop the final images as well.  And THINKING like a film photographer avoids Waste.  For a digital Photographer, the “waste”  is all that time you spend in front of the computer sorting through hundreds of images that you would never use. For any given scene, when shooting film I have at most 4-5 images to sort through.  If you think film is expensive, what is all that time you spend in Lightroom or Photoshop worth?  The most I do in Photoshop is adjust the contrast and brightness for posting online.  In the (real) Darkroom  I do the film tests and adjust the Contrast using filters.  Of course, if I have used the proper contrast filter and exposure when capturing the image, adjustments will be straight forward.  Hmmmm……I’m feeling that I need to write a post on Contrast Filters,  coming soon!