Friday, June 27, 2014

Back to film?

Recently I happened on a website of historical photographs. New ones are posted everyday (usually more than one) and run the range from glass plate to silver nitrate. Some date back to the late 1800's and run the gamut from architectural to documentary to portrait. The site is Shorpy Historical Photo Archive (www.shorpy.com).

The site has really captured my attention and has gotten me to go back and take a look at my "historical" archives when I was first starting to shoot a little more seriously.  These images are not that old (around the turn of the century, that's 2000 not 1900!!) but I think show a style and rendering of early days. Just ordinary people on vacation doing ordinary things. I wonder where my "eye" for these type of images went. Both were shot in the resort town of Seaside, Florida, and bear little resemblance to the place today. I did a lot of shooting of Tri-X usually pushing the film to ASA1600 so I did not have to change film when going from outside to inside and vice versa. That accounts for a lot of the grain in these images. But I do love Tri-X and still shoot it on occasion in my dad's old Yashica Electro35 GS.

I especially love the older lady (I call her "Grandma" for obvious reasons) eating her ice cream in the first one.


In the second one, it is the little girl tugging at her mother's shorts that catches my eye.


But it is more than that. It is the "feel" or quality of the film that really gets me in these shots. That "feel" is why I sometimes wonder if going back to strictly film would suit me better in my remaining years. Going totally "old school" has its advantages but I am just not ready yet. Maybe later.....
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Double vision

From last week's walkabout while my better half was at her writers' group meeting. This was shot at the old train depot (now an event venue). The glass is the windows seems to be original or at least a close approximation with ripples in the glass from the early processes that made glass. Thought it made an interesting composition shooting through the glass and picking up the reflection of the train crossing.


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kids & water

Kids do the funniest things in the water, especially when don't realize Granddad is watching with a camera in his hand.....


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just an ordinary snapshot

The title says it all.

But there is something about this shot that I find almost exciting and I want to print it (once my printer gets back from the shop!). The placement of the three subjects (three of my six grandchildren),their seeming indifference to each other and the edge of the pool intruding into the shot I find to be pleasing and seems to get my eye to explore the image.


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Got an itch?

SCRATCH IT!!!


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

A belated thank you...

As I was perusing some archives this week I ran across this image. With the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings being held this past week, I thought it appropriate to post with my thanks to all those who participated in liberating the world that day. These thanks especially go to my dad (1916-1997) who served in the U. S. Navy during WWII.
I do not remember this gentleman's name (I have it in one of my many notebooks from my decade as a small town newspaper photojournalist) but I do remember he was a B-17 crew member. This particular aircraft, Aluminum Overcast, was restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It arrived at the airport in Panama City Beach, FL, in October, 2003, for some event which I have also forgotten.


In addition, the press was given a ride in the aircraft and I came away with enough interior shots (cockpit, the bombadier's nose compartment, etc.) that the newspaper ran a full page spread of several images. I may share the one from the bomb sight later.
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Looking back.....

Title says it all.....


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

MARILYN!

Went out yesterday to support a local restauranteur as he tries to keeps his name and face out in the community. James and MaryBeth Gross, owners of La Trattoria, lost their establishment through no fault of their own and are currently dealing with insurance adjusters as well as establishing a crowd funding effort to make up the difference between what insurance will pay and what it will cost to restart the business.
They have teamed up with a new business, Carrollton Bakery, to keep cooking (using the kitchen at their church) and serving Carrollton residents during lunchtime on the occasional Friday while working to find a new place to start over.
Yesterday's effort was a slam dunk as the place was packed during the lunch hour. People not only got lunch that was provided by James and MaryBeth but also grab a pastry (my wife & I opted for the cinnamon bun with cream cheese topping) for later. With the small pastry shop filled, a number of people also opted to get their orders to go.
The reference to Marilyn? Take a look at the handbag!!



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Friday, June 6, 2014

Misty morning....

From our trip to cover the 2014 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, FL. This was just as the morning fog was beginning to disappear offshore.
Just finished final additions to "Sweet Sixteen", a photobook of the festival from 1999 to 2014. The entire book can be seen at http://www.blurb.com/books/5361012-sweet-sixteen. I have ordered a proof copy and will upload the final version once I have reviewed it and made corrections/updates. The final version will be a 13" x 11" (33cm x 28cm) book available as a hardcover book with premium matte paper.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Your move.....

Confining myself to the X100S for a while. Just want to really minimize equipment as I am no longer shooting for publication but want to aim toward exhibitions.


Not really sure if I should keep going with this blog. It (like my website) gets very few views so is it helping from a strictly personal point of view! I don't know.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

FINISHED!

Just finished the initial layout of "Sweet Sixteen" showing images from 1999 to 2014 of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. And ordered a proof copy. If you want to thumb through the pages, just go to http://tinyurl.com/l4ofcqc and you can see the entire book. This edition (10"x8") is mainly just for me as a proof copy. The final edition will be 13"x11". Would love to hear any comments good or bad.


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