Wednesday, October 13, 2010

s'more folks

Platinum / Palladium

again, these are very poor substitutes for the fullness of the actual images.

images from Monument Valley, Bode CA, New Orleans and Ohio.


Got to spend the day with Ray Bidegain in his workshop in Portland.  Ray is a master printer and all around decent guy.  A practitioner of what would be called "Historical" photographic processes,  wet plate collodion, platinum palladium, he lectures and his work hangs in collections worldwide.

The work involves contact printing from negatives.  Ray uses primarily large format negatives, I was using negatives I produced on an inkjet printer from digital images.  As the solutions are sensitive to UV light we were able to work in a lighted room and the chemicals are not considered toxic.  Cool!

We also produced a negative from one of my iPhone images and printed it.  Ray seemed impressed with the results (or he humored my my enthusiasm for the iPhone) but I was definitely impressed.  There is a richness and warmth in this process that must be seen to be appreciated.  In no way do my samples included in this and the next post come close to doing them justice.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


My first 35mm camera was a rangefinder, American name,  I think it was Ansco.  I just realized it's coming up on five-oh years ago.  How'd that happen?

At any rate over the last several years I seem to have accumulated a collection of rangefinders, I don't know why.  I tell myself that I'm getting them for a song and except for the xPan that's correct.  But then I spend hours cleaning, replacing seals, adjusting, repairing them,  all the while running film through them to see how they're doing so a song becomes a whole bunch o songs.  I keep thinking I will sell them but know that I would put whatever I made towards another rangefinder...perhaps with a red dot on it.  It would be interesting to go somewhere though and only carry 1 film camera and not 3.

These are the ones I've used this past year.

still experienced

iPhoneography has been fun all along.  Sometimes it's "funner."

I think Gaudi would have liked the museum.

various manipulation / framing apps.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The week ended well also

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday Son, happy birthday sis, happy birthday sis, happy birthday sis, happy birthday sis, happy birthday bro...and of course happy Birthday Mom.

Free is good

Are you experienced?

Dave and Edity from outside Pine Bluff


Bill, in Seattle was holding a sign that he prays for a Tully's gift card.  Of course he was standing in front of Tully's Coffee shop.  He told me that 15 years ago he was rock climbing with a group and fell, hurting his back.  The pain never ended for him and he eventually lost his job, home and family.  Then about a year ago a disk ruptured (something I'm familiar with) and the MRI showed that he had fractured his back in 2 places from his fall.

Above iPhone, below Canon 7, 50mm, Fuji Pro400H

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I met Helen today on her 93rd birthday.  Also met Janice who owns the Blue Heron Gallery on Vashon Island WA.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

more fog

It's still reasonably warm but we get fog in the mornings and evenings.  As we had such a mild winter last year this fog is still a bit of novelty.  It'll wear off as soon as it drops another 10 degrees.  In the meantime I'm getting to meet more of my community.

Unfortunately I didn't keep the iCamera steady.  I figure that low light due to the fog and all...that's the reason.  I mean what other reason could there be for not paying attention?


we all get to be Homer sometimes.

ClassicToy, Photogene