Sunday, May 20, 2018

Alive and Well in the Desert

I'll always be a desert dweller, even though the dryness makes my fingers crack and bleed and my bones's where I like to be.
I made a little trip to big ol' Texas a few weeks ago and spent some time looking far south toward Mexico where the sky is endless and the silence goes on for a hundred miles.

I call these yuccas "witchdoctors" ...they just look so surreal and each one has a personality all its own.
Reality So Subtle 6 x 6 pinhole camera with some 100 speed Ultrafine film sloshed about in caffenol.
It's what the doctors ordered.....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Road to Guadalupe

Besides pinhole and my Holga...I do love a disposable camera! It fits in my pocket, I don't worry about it getting nicked and it just feels right when I'm riding shotgun on a road trip through west Texas.
I don't worry about settings, or fidgeting with dials.
I just point and shoot. Freedom in a plastic box.
Wonder what Mr. Fox Talbot would think?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Vertical is the new Black

that's a ridiculous thing to say....

I'm in a funky mood, not coughing, feeling a bit of melancholy with the weather being a bit damp, and finding a dead rabbit in the front yard this it's been an odd day. 

Here's a wee photo of an alleyway in Cheyenne, Wyoming from last summer.
Shot with a disposable camera that I had reloaded with some tri x.
I like reloading disposables. it's work, but then no one is going to mug you for a cheapie crap disposable camera when you are out and about looking like a tourist...even when you are not a tourist.

This particular camera is a Rollei. Yeah! Fancy that! It was made in china like all the billions of other disposables out there but badged with a Rollei sticker and originally loaded with bona-fide Rollei film. 
Anyway, I don't judge. I just push the shutter button at things that I like.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Mint Watermelon

I'm not sure how (or why) marketers and makers of tea come up with such uncanny combinations...but it's really no matter since I wanted the tin to make a pinhole camera out of for Sunday, April 29....World Pinhole Day!

I think the tea can be used as part of a developing brew/concoction for the paper negative I plan to use.

I'll test it out tomorrow in hopes of being ready for the big day on Sunday.

The stuff does smell pretty good, I'm almost ashamed to admit. far as the bronchitis is going...I'm on the other side of the fence with it now. Meaning I spend more time breathing like a normal person and not hacking my head off coughing as I have been the past weeks. Thanks for the concern! x

Thursday, April 26, 2018



I'll spare you the gory details and just post a nice little photo of a road i like to travel on. It goes to Mexico and is 54 miles of dirt, fence-lines, antelope, roadrunners, lizards, buzzards and Border patrol...

I made this with one of my old Holgas and some Tri-x and then sloshed it in caffenol. 
As you can see, the camera has a little light leak which I need to make sure I put some gaffer tape on the camera next time I use it to avoid this 'ghost' .

don't forget pinhole day is April 29!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I Love Grass and grasslands, but the stuff just might undo me!

If you know me at all, then you know how much I love grass and grasslands. Also trees. Trees make me weak at the knees...but also make me weak from coughing tree pollen. Mercy!

This particular spring has been near lethal as far as allergies go. I have coughed in fits for the past two weeks and have seriously considered installing a drip faucet at the bottom of my diaphragm and on the side of my nose...yes, it's that bad! I sleep sitting up and then walk around like a zombie during the day due to sleep deprivation.

I haven't been out with the camera in a week, although I did order some film, and I've watched more than my fair share of daytime television.
Lucky I have streaming and have seen some interesting shows.
Namely one that was about the Camino de Santiago. It's a walk I've always wanted to do and since discovering there's a short version that goes through Portugal up through just might be doable. The show was called "Life in a Walk". The scenery is nice and there's some nice father /son moments.

Enjoy your day! 
Above photo was a Holga shot with some old Kodak Color

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Simple things...

Spider Rock, Arizona
Canyon de Chelly
Holga, Tri-x, caffenol

Saturday, April 14, 2018

pinhole day is on the approach

World Wide Pinhole day is on April 29!
That's right, so grab your favorite pinhole and have some fun.

My plan is to use a little tin can I found at the dump and make just one photo. I'm going to use photo paper so the exposure will be fairly slow, which I like because it gives me time to just enjoy the scene while the paper collects the photons.

The photo above was made sometime last year of a nice tree model I met in Oklahoma.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Flowers and Color aren't really my thing....

No, flowers and color aren't really my thing...but Spring has sprung and it's time to livin up the place a bit.

This is from a saunter around Old Town Albuquerque last weekend after a little film users get together hosted by  the New Mexico film users group

I had my quirky yet productive Zenit E and a helios 44m-4 lens with some old Kodak Gold 200.

the film could use a little more punch, but it is what it is as they say. 
I've never figured out who "they" are so I'll leave it at that.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

pecking order

Just playing around with the Zenit E and a Helios lens held up to some old clunker binoculars I found for five dollars.

It's fun to goof around and try different things making photos.
It was more fun to see all these birds perched on each little stick up on this old snag down at the refuge....
It was more interesting to watch the bigger bird perch on the highest point....nature does have its order.

There's still wonder in the world!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Bosque Abstracts

no details on these, just enjoy the scenery....

Right place, right time....

Rarely do I happen to be in the right place at the right time, but my recent foray to the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque proved to be a lucky day!

Usually when I'm bird watching, or in this case goose watching, I'm too involved looking at birds and not making flying portraits of them.

This is my rare photo of a close up of birds in action!

Zenit E with Industar lens 50-2.  Delta 100 film dunked in caffenol! 



Saturday, March 31, 2018

then this happened...

Yes, this was made while driving down I-40. I wasn't driving, so everything is cool.

This was made with a Zenit E and an Industar  50-2 lens. The camera and the lens are Russian made and quite industrial as has been written before in other blogs.
The thing is I like them both. They are each no nonsense and just get the job done in a no frills way that I rather like. 

The camera came from a fellow filmwasting friend in the UK, and the lens came from Kiev, via the online auction site we all use.

I bought the lens March 9 and it finally arrived yesterday...seems it sat in the Customs bin in Los Angels for two weeks....?
It's a very small lens, that some refer to as pancake...yeah, it's that petite...kinda like a little Disney princess. 

The film was Ilfrod Fp4, which is a dream to use because it is fine grained, develops easy in caffenol, dries, then lays flat in the scanner.  Truly a girls best friend!

The only hiccup with this camera is it has a knuckle busting rewind knob, and if you don't totally disengage the film for rewinding, the camera is notorious for breaking the film.

I only split mine in one place while rewinding so I feel pretty good...and to think this was not my first time using the camera. I'll just have to be more cautious in the future.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Out and About

This is a literal cut and pasted together photo made with three vertical shots from my Ansco Pix panorama camera and Kodak Portra 160.

It's a viewpoint made from Elena Gallegos Open Space just north of Albuquerque. This is looking southwest toward the city. It's a lovely area and one I had never been to before.

 As you can see the day was quite nice with crystal blue skies and ribbons of contrails streaming overhead.

Here's a vertical landscape of the same scene just for fun!

 Finally, a photo with the Sandias in the background. I think this place is well suited to return visits throughout the seasons as the colors will be nice as spring and summer, then fall progress.
Next time I'll use some Kodak Gold or maybe some Ektar as I think that will show a truer color.
I like Portra, but maybe not so much for landscapes...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Think Spring...

Here we are in Springtime.
I should have used a bit more saturated color film, but since I was testing a new to me Zenit 122, Kodak Gold 200 was handy, so that's what this is.

The Zenit came from a friend in the UK along with a Pentacon  f/1.8  50mm lens.

The lens doesn't get rave reviews online, but I'm not one to put much stock in reviews because everyone has different ideas of performance and styles of shooting.
For me, if the lens works, has mostly clear, unscratched and anti-fungal glass, I am a happy camper.

I'm going to go out again tomorrow with this setup and try some more intense color....maybe even some cross process slide film for extra pizzazzness. 

No, that's not a real word...but it could be one day.
At least if will have more of a chance once I get the pizzazz color I'm hoping for.

Monday, March 26, 2018

My, what big grain you have.....

I like a bit of grain in my diet.....
This is what I'd call "whole grain".

Kidding aside, this is from a Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera 
(which I like a lot) using a roll of Lucky 120 film that a friend sent me to try out.
Mercy!  She warned me about the grain, but wow.

This was dunked in the Delta caffenol recipe for 7.5 minutes. I'm not sure if conventional developer would have tamed the grain or made it even more "wholesome".

I have a few more shots from the roll to share in a day or so.

Did I mention the emulsion is curlier than Shirley Temple's hair....
It was quite a challenge to get this stuff to behave on the scanner....curling lengthwise and side to side. 
Not fun. I may have said a few curse words...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Winter to Spring

A pinhole solargraph set out for the three months between Winter solstice and Spring Equinox.

The streaks on the left side of the frame were left behind by the daily Sun tracks.

The mottling and speckles are water marks and bits of debris left by condensation inside the little pinhole camera from being outside for so long. 

Every time I look at this, I see something different.. 
What do you see?

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

other distractions....

You may have noticed I changed the title of this blog, and added "other distractions" to it.

While I do have a big heart for all things pinhole, I also have a lot of love for many other cameras, especially the Vivitar Wide and slim.
It's a small unpretentious thing and it's usually with me on road trips or just in the truck riding around, just in case. 

With all that, here's another wide and slim photo of an old state boundary line marker.
This one is up in the far northeastern corner of New Mexico where it meets with Oklahoma and Colorado.

Delta 100 film sloshed in home-brew caffenol.
Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, March 12, 2018

something different....not pinhole

The Railyard in Albuquerque is not open to the public, except for market days on weekends.
It's often used as a movie set and has been used in the Terminator franchise. 
The light is amazing, yet a challenge to get on film with a simple little camera like the Vivitar Wide and Slim that I used for this photo.
The joy of using a simple camera is no one really pays much attention to it, so I was somewhat free to wander about to make a few snaps during my last visit there. 
I want to do pinhole here, but hauling a tripod around draws attention and that's not what I want to any cost.
Perhaps later this summer, I will figure out a way to do pinhole using available things already there to offer a stable "tripod" of sorts for the minutes long exposures needed.
In the meantime, if you happen to be in Albuquerque and have a chance to visit the old Railyards during market days I highly recommend it. 
You will find home baked goods, fresh farm raised produce, hand crafts, art and a Goose that tells fortunes! 

P.S. this was done with Delta 100 film, sloshed about in caffenol.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

something newish...

Yes, it's been a few days since I posted.
I've had an ear thing, ache, infection...but that's no excuse.
Here's a pinhole, made when my ear felt better.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

a little tree with some miniature ruins...

Found this while looking for something else in my negatives...
This one from a Harman Titan 4 x 5 pinhole.
It's not my favorite camera, but it is nice that it is waterproof and easy and light to carry around.

Paper negative sloshed around in caffenol for a bit, then dried and scanned and reversed and there you have it. 
The ruins are not miniature by any means.
They are at Fort McKavett, Texas-an old frontier fort.

another day, another pinhole

This is a test shot made with a 6 x 6 Reality so Subtle pinhole.
It's a neat camera that has two pinholes on the front, one above the other that makes it possible to shoot normal, and to shoot things that are taller as I have done in the photo above.

This photo was made with the normal setting pinhole so it has more foreground in the frame. The camera was not moved or changed. Only the lower pinhole was used for this.

It's a neat setup and one that can be used to advantage in many scenes depending upon how you want the outcome to turn out.
In the case of trees, it's going to be a handy feature when I want to show some of the height and personality of certain trees.

Monday, February 19, 2018

the year is going quickly and weirdly...

From last summer at Devils Tower. made with a 3d printed pinhole camera that I like a lot and should use more often.
It has a more "standard" type camera look to it as far as what the final result renders. 
It's a handy little camera to just tuck in a pocket and have at the ready for interesting scenes...such as the one above.  I was looking for a pile of mashed potatoes later but found none....

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dairy Queen moment

Not pinhole.
K1000 with a sigma wide 24mm lens and Delta 100 film dunked in caffenol.

I like this. Not sure why really, but it's refreshing and makes me feel like I'm back home in the Piney woods of Texas on my way to the Dairy Queen.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

On the Porch

Fort McKavett, Texas.
I'm a pushover for old boards and deeply grooved floorboards. The stories they could tell..... 
There's just something about the allure of the way the softer wood wears away with time to leave the harder heartwood intact that makes me wish I could be a tiny insect and inspect the grooves a bit closer.

4 x 5 pinhole box with sheet film 
This is from the archives too and was made the same time of my previous post here. 
The lunar eclipse went well so I'll be back to my normal spastic posting soon.

Thanks for stopping by. I truly appreciate it. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

old stuff

Not only is the chair and building it sits in old, but the photo is from my archives, so it's old too.

It is pinhole, made with a Zero Image 2000 and some Fuji Acros 100.

I'm posting an oldie because I'm prepping for the total lunar eclipse in the morning...

Oh, the place above is Fort Mckavett, Texas. It's an old frontier fort sitting at the headwaters of the San Saba River. The area is full of history and worth a visit if you ever happen to be in that part of the world.

In nearby Menard, Texas is a local hangout called Ojeda's. They've got some mean home cooked Mexican food if you're hungry!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pete's...a portal of a different sort

Yeah, I'm kind of stuck on portals lately...but what the heck.
Since it's gotten me out and about with my pinhole, it's probably a good thing.
The weather was nice today, so I took a short drive over to Moriarty with one of my little tin can pinholes loaded with paper.
Pete's is an old bar and has been closed for some time, but it has a certain seediness about it that I'm attracted to for making photos. 

As usual this was dunked in caffenol and scanned then inverted.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


I like the idea of portals...whether it's just a gate down the road or something with a bigger and deeper meaning.

Tin can pinhole box stuffed with a paper negative, then propped on the tailgate of my truck letting the light in for a bit. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

South of Nowhere


It's been a while since I've posted here, but time seems to flush away faster and faster these days.
 This was made with a homemade pinhole on some old peel apart Polaroid film... too bad the film is no longer made because it was really special. The imposters of today are not quite as good, but they are getting there.

There's nothing better than instant fun...well maybe except for peanut butter and chocolate, but you can't put that stuff in a camera safely.

Happy New Year.