From Santa Catalina Island:
See more from Catalina on My Photo Diary.
I’m more of a Window person, but this unusual elevator door in Long Beach caught my attention:
See more of last year’s trip to Long Beach and the Queen Mary here.
Cisco Ghost Town, Near Moab, UT:
Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018. The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:
The Featured Image above is one of my book prints. The others are here below:
But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests. This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall. We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.
Aztec Ruins, NM:
Pecos Pueblo, NM:
Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:
Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:
And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:
Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment. Give it Some Love!
Happy Valentine’s Day
My Gift had a story described in the Letter. Important details below:
So now where are we? The camera actually has a story the results of which can be viewed here:
Here is a summary from my introductory letter pictured below:
“….This camera has a bit of a history in that it’s spent the last few month travelling the length and breadth of of the United Kingdom (and even got to the south of France on one leg of it’s journey) as a part of a project on an online photography forum. The camera was loaded with a roll of film, the first person shot five frames, and then the camera was sent on to the next person. The process repeated (with a half-way set of photos when a second roll of film was loaded) until it eventually got back to me……….”
So I would like to sign up maybe 6+ people to help this Camera travel across North America….We’ll follow a similar format. I’ll load a roll of film, shoot 5 pictures, and mailed to the next person on the list. We can start a second roll if necessary. To protect everyone’s privacy, you return the camera to me and I send it to the next person. In the end I will post the images on a WordPress Project Page. So what do you think?
For classic B&W landscapes we often think of Ansel Adams. And for more intimate landscapes, John Sexton. But those are mostly Western Landscapes. The East has beautiful scenes that tend to go unloved. Even Clyde Butcher ventured west for a change-up in is photo scenes. I was supposed to go to the Everglades last Fall, and had hoped to post images from Florida for this Inspiration. But my illness intervened. We are still planning our visit with Clyde and stay in one of his cabins. My photographer’s eye is looking forward to the South Florida Environs. Check him out here.
Well, I live where I live, so my inspiration from Clyde Butcher as acknowledged here, comes from his dramatic, sweeping landscapes and how clouds are an important feature of the landscape. Also, the importance of masterful photography in Conservation and Historical Preservation efforts.
So my Inspiration from the Cathedral Trail Loop in Capitol Reef National Park. Also environmentally significant because of the threat to open this Park to fracking and mining operations:
Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.
September was my third attempt to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. The previous two times I was snowed out (in the summer time mind you!). Finally made it this past September…..
And a little photo Merge Fun!
Wishing You a Happy Holiday weekend……..I’ve been cooking since 7:00 AM!
I first became aware of these new CT Scanners through a Popular Science Article. Of course, they loved it! But having spent a lot of time recently in CT Scanners for medical reasons, and knowing the radiation risks, I had some concerns. So I contacted TSA:
Eventually TSA referred me to their website information regarding Computed Tomography (CT). The information provided in the email response was less than useless. And their email response only contained the information for the OLD X-ray scanners:
A recent Petapixel article provides the best source for relevant information regarding the CT Scanners and Your Film. Basically IT WILL DESTROY YOUR FILM! So this is my Holiday Travel Warning. You are permitted to ask for a hand search. Do So! Here is the current list of US airports with CT Scanners, with 300 expected by the end of 2020:
In addition to the safety of Our Film. I am also concerned about the calibration of the machines, regular maintenance and the safety of the TSA operators. What do they know and what are they being told about the radiation risks? Lets give that some thought too!
Near the Entrance to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico…….
My Father’s camera was the J33, a smaller version of the J66. We traditionally had at least an annual Ester Parade Photo taken on our front steps……This one from 1962…Me 2 years old, brother Kevin on the left and Wesley on the right. Seems like only Kevin was cheery that day.
Below, my favorite photo of 2 year old me…..with my stuffed animals.
Front yard, back yard and on vacation in 1965…………Shown also was our first dog, Tessie.
My mom in 1959 soon after she found out I was on the way………a Pre-baby photo, with Mister the Cat.
My Brother Wesley holding baby Me. Needs some restoration.