Tag Archives: Arizona

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:

WatingForBiopsy
Waiting for my Biopsy

 

MayoMug_2019
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:

Valentines_Posted

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.

 

MyQuickCut
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:

HairCarnage
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:

Ringing_Out2

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

Ringing_Out

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

Visiting_Nathan

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.

ME

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.

Inspired By Chris Gampat @Phoblographer: My “New” Fuji GW690 III

A while ago Chris Gampat had a very insightful article on the Phoblographer regarding the “5 of Our Favorite Film Rangefinder Cameras (One for Everyone)”  Guess what?  I bought one…….This was my first test roll through the Fuji GW690 III.  Boxed like new and delivered from Japan in a timely manner.

GW690_Cropped3GW690_Cropped4GW690_Cropped2GW690_Cropped1

Now for my Very Dramatic second roll through this camera…….Roosevelt Dam:

Roosevelt_Dam

Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and the Superstition Mountains…….

Apache_Lake_GW690IIICanyon_Lake_GW690IIISuperstition_Mtns_GW690III

The lens for the GW690III is known for it’s high contrast.  I’d never thought about lenses affecting the contrast.  But see the difference between my Mamiya 7 and this camera at the Superstition Mountains:

 

 

 

View Another Film-Lens-Contrast Example Here.

Inspired By: John Sexton

After Viewing This Image, I knew what I wanted to say here….Inspired by John Sexton’s rich silver prints:

Roosevelt_Dam

I can’t wait to print this image.  Taken with my new/old Fuji GW690II, this was only the second roll through the camera. The subject, the Roosevelt Dam at Salt Creek, AZ. Oooooh that Black Water!

Yes my Image is grainy and high contrast, but I’m not trying to copy the Sexton Style, I am instead drawing a link in Personal Vision of what represents Beauty.  Inspired by His Book, “Places of Power”  and an appreciation of Industrial Beauty:

PlacesOfPower

B&W Flowers

Something that I want to spend more time on……..B&W Flowers.  More from the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden……

B&W_White_Flower1

 

Above:  same flowers, different perspectives.

Below: Same Flowers, different f-stops; right has more bokeh.

 

 

Cactus_B&W_Saguaro

 

Cactus_B&W_Agave

My home garden is blooming….time to move outside and work on some local B&W Flower Portraits.

 

P.S. : I will actually have more B&W flowers coming in August. Developed a roll recently that is all flowers from my garden.