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2022 Wrap ups: The ups and downs

As a year, 2022 seems to have had a lot of ups and downs for our family and friends. So let’s start with with ups.

Early in 2022 my Mother celebrated her 98th birthday. Overall she is still going strong and we’ve started thinking about doing something special for number 100! For her 90th birthday we had a big family gathering in Florida, and unless we think of something else, we plan to do that again.

2022 was also the year of our Johnson family reunion. It was hosted by my cousin Dwight and held at a wonderful county park near Cincinnati called Winton Woods. Family came from as far as Colorado, Florida, New York, South Carolina and the state of Washington, as well as the greater Cincinnati area.

In 2022 Donald & I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. It doesn’t feel like it has been that long.

For our anniversary we hosted a party at our favorite Italian restaurant called Parma. We invited all of our local friends.

2022 has also brought some triumphs for my health. My full knee replacement has completely healed and I barely have a scar. Some pituitary issues have been resolved and are now under control. And my back treatments have stabilized my lower back issues until I’m well enough to have surgery for the issue. My balance has improved enough that I no longer need the walker. This has allowed me to start working on my blind cane training, which is coming along well.

Now for the downs, which have exclusively been health related. The first is my Mother in law, who shattered her femur. She also took a face plant into the door on the way down and looks like she’s been in a fist fight.

She spent four months in a rehab hospital and is still struggling to transition from the wheelchair back to a walker.

Just after my my mother in law fell, husband fell and tore his quad. After 5 months it didn’t heal, so he will be having surgery soon to repair it.

And the big down for the year is my vision loss. It continues to slowly degrade. I’m facing complete vision loss in the next few years so I’ve started to learn how to navigate with a cane. Once I learn to use the cane I can apply to get a seeing eye dog. That is my eventual goal.

Frugal Film Project: Pre-1940 Camera Options

IFor the 4th Quarter of 2020 I tested the Agfa Billy Clack No. 51, a 645 medium format camera from 1934/. The cost on EBay was $35. The Photos were quite successful, leading me to try my other less than $50 Pre-1940’s cameras:

Pre-1940’s CamerasYearCostFormat
Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera1933Free620
Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20 Camera1928-32$14620
AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 German strut folding1934$35120
AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 German strut folding1934$40120
AGFA Isolette 6X6 German Strut folding1937$35120

So these are the primary cameras I will be using for The Frugal Film Project.

AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 is the January 2021 Camera I will Start with. Using Ektar 100 Film to capture the end of the Holiday Saeson.

The rest of the Cameras givin in no particular use order. I’ll just have to see what the conditions are and what’s going n that’s of Photographic interest. In other wirds, I’ll let the circumstance pick the camera and the film.

AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 I’ve had a lot of success with. So it may make more than on appearance in the project.

AGFA Isolette 6X6 shows some promise. I will probably reserve it for the faster B&W film, the Tri-X 400.

And now for the Kodak Cameras……….

Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera. This camera needs a bit of a work out. It uses 620 format film (similar to 120 film). I’ve only put one roll of film through it. There’s no formal unboxing. M mom simply gave it to me Christmas 2019 in a cloth bag.

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Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20, The non-Art Deco version of Mom’s camera. I have not yet tested this camera. So we shall see…….

There are also some Post-1940 cameras, such as my Grandfather’s Argus Brick, which will likely be a part of this year;s Frugal Film. We’ll introduce those cameras as I apply thm.

Summary of the #CameraChallenge from ILFORDPhoto

I decided to summarize my participation in the @ILFORDPhoto #CameraChallenge on Twitter, and posted on my Long’s Peak Journal.

@ILFORDPhoto and @_JasonAvery sponsor Photo Challenges on Twitter……..

@_JasonAvery

#filmphotography @ILFORDPhoto

#photography

#believeinfilm

#analogphotography

Retrospective: Loveland Pass

Here is the second look back at my last roll of Kodak E100GX. This time from Loveland Pass.

Looking Towards the North…..
Looking South towards Arapahoe Basin just around the corner to the right.

Domino’s Door: For the Hood

I was inspired by the Business Doors submitted a few weeks ago.  But I also Loved the Domino’s sign about calling in you order, and having the pizza placed on you hood…..

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The “Lost Roll” of Film Adventure

This is the story of my second roll of film through the 1913 Kodak No.1.  I roll I shot on Pinhole Day (although it was not a pinhole).  I was still testing the camera so I carried it along…..You can see some results from my first roll of film here.

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I mailed my second roll, Ilford Ortho Plus (ISO 80) on April 28th and waited…..and waited……and waited.  By the end of May I was beginning to worry so I contacted them.  Well, you can read the correspondence at the end, I want to move on to the photos.  But it suffices to say that it took them 3+ months to find my film and they returned it with no acknowledgment of the problems and no apologies.  So They’ve lost my business, permanently.  Oh, I’ll use their film, but I won’t send it to them for processing.

Anyway, let’s move on……….Ans start with my Favorite Crucifix:

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This was the original Cemetery for Denver.  And it was segregated by religion and race.  This was the Orthodox Section:

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Another favorite Monument above……

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I forget what the tree trunk symbolizes, but it is a XXXXXX

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A view of the larger Cemetery Area………….above. There is another shot taken at another location.  So I will show that separately in a couple of days…….

Now for the horror of my former Film Lab.  Click on the image to enlarge and read:

Use Ilford Labs US at your own risk.  What I really resent is the lack of an Apology or any acknowledgment of a problem when they finally did find my film.

I’ll stick with OldSchoolLabs.  They do 90% of my work (we develop the other 10% ourselves) ……..I can certainly endorse them.

 

 

Retrospective: We are Looking Back to January for these ‘Doors’

I was following Thursday Doors back then, but not posting to it.  But here we go, some Tiny Doors from my first posting for the Frugal Film Project.  The Featured Image is a Little Free Libraryon my street.

 

To see the original post with more ‘Libraries’, follow this LINK.

 

Frugal Film Project: June 2020

Finally Getting to Post this.  And Yes, I am counting it as a #WednesdayWindows Also!

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Pat and Gar’s Hi-Way Bar

Now for some Lafayette, Colorado History: The Old Coke Sign from ‘Pat & Gar’s Hi-Way Bar’ was originally painted in late 1949 or early 1950. Underneath are several layers of signs and banners going back to the late 1930’s. Renovations in 1956 covered the mural with asbestos siding, which ended up preserving it.

In 2015 the Mural was uncovered by special asbestos remediation before the building was to be demolished. The rediscovered Mural, and the entire wall were removed and stored at the Lafayette Firehouse. Professional restoration experts were brought in to stabilize the mural in 2016. It was placed in the current location, at Simpson and Public Road in Downtown Lafayette, Colorado.

See the Official Frugal Film Posting…….