Friday, February 27, 2009

Trees in the Wind...

It's funny to look back at my photography just 7 or so years (postcards) and to see how different I see things now (abstract? or impressionist?). It seems the less discernible things in the photograph, the more I "see" in it. I was enjoying the backyard in this very windy, yet warm, winter day with my dogs and my daughter. I liked all the movement of the trees (while hoping they wouldn't fall on the house!), so I grabbed the D70s with the pinhole body cap and tried to capture the feeling of the afternoon. This one really struck me...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I received an email from B&H...

Ok, not to exciting, except that its subject was "Proposal from B&H Photo". Now that was intriguing. Seems, they were interested in a "partnership" with my business website at This "partnership" means that I have a B&H Photo banner somewhere on my website as advertising. In return, I receive a small commission for each person that clicks through to B&H from my site and purchases something. So, tell your friends! Tell your enemies (you know, the ones that use that "other" brand of camera)! And let's all go shopping! :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Black Film...

That's what I got back from the 20 year old Kodacolor VR. I did, however, find these really cool green blobs on one end of the strip...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kodacolor VR

Hmmmm... Just finished the roll out of my new Yunon and I discovered this little gem inside. When I purchased the camera I had opened it to look inside, discovered the film, and immediately closed it. I knew it was Kodak because of the yellow, but I had no idea it was old. According to the wiki it was discontinued in 1986. There is no date on the canister, but this thing could be more than 20 years old???

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Someone stop me now...

Yes, I bought another camera...

Yesterday, while waiting to pick up Alexis from school, I took a little stroll downtown Fredericksburg. Anyone that's been downtown knows that it is not short of antique stores. Not being one for antiques, I never have gone in any of them. Well, after reading blogs of people that go out to these strange stores and find great deals on old/weird/fun/cool cameras, I had to try it myself. Well, the second store that I went into had an entire case full of old Kodak cameras (brownies, instamatics, etc) as cheap as $3 each and were in great condition. Well, I'm really not into buying cameras when the film is nearly impossible to find (i.e. 620, 126, 127, 110), so I passed them all up. Well, there was this one very oddly named camera that looked like a very small SLR. So, I asked to see it. It was, in fact, a 35mm plastic camera called a Yunon YN500 from Taiwan. I've never heard of one and I've not found any good info online. Well, this one is perfectly clean, with strap, case, & instructions. The coolest thing about it is that there are 4 apertures on the lens with the pretty pictures (clouds, partial clouds, "shiny", bright sun) that correspond to the following numbers on the other side of the lens (6,8,11,16). There is only one shutter speed, however, and no bulb. There was already a roll a film in it that I can't wait to finish and see what surprises this holds. Oh, and it was only $6.40 after the 20% Valentine's sale! :)

Isn't she a beauty???

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sifting and Sorting

I'm still going through the negs from last weeks trip to the Fredericksburg Battlefied Cemetery. Seems the P-Sharan was the winner of the day with quite a few images I'm pleased with. The P-Sharan SQ-35 has 4 different photographic "styles" (regular pinhole, "soft focus", regular pinhole w/ vignette, "soft focus" w/ vignette). I was playing around with all of them that day and I'm liking the regular pinhole w/ vignette. I've noticed that the "soft focus" leaves a little ray of circles (like the pattern of the soft focus pinhole) and I'm not too fond of that. Besides, handholding the camera gives everything a soft focus, right?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I've Found It

I've been trying to find a photographic project for myself. And it seems that I've been going about it in all the wrong way. You see, I've been thinking subject, subject, subject. Well, I've found my project and it turns out, I should have been looking for feeling, feeling, feeling. So typical of me.

My inspiration...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Around the Yard

It was an unusually warm day for February. So, Alexis and I spent the afternoon putsing around the yard. We threw the ball for Moose, filled the bird feeders, hung the corn for the squirrels (who've eaten through a bird feeder to get to those seeds), and built a nest in the yard for a very large baby bird (Alexis). All in all, a very productive day. Don't even get me started about the frenzy of dessert making that I did this morning... I took out the Nikon D70s with the digital pinhole bodycap and made some images. Mostly, crap, but fun nonetheless.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Took the Kids for a Walk...

No, not the human kid. And not the doggie kids, either. The fantastic plastic (and cardboard) toy cameras were out in the nice weather today. I headed to the Fredericksburg Battlefield & Cemetery because it has lots of walking space and incredible trees and hills. I actually shot 5 rolls of film. Of course, that's not too difficult since the Holga WPC only takes 6 images per roll. But, I did forget to wind the film correctly in it, so maybe in a few days I'll have another happy accident. Here are my babies, posing for the camera phone on the Sunken Road wall! :)


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