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Montana

I made a quick trip to Polson, Montana last week. Here are a few shots I got a little bit before sunset and then at sunrise the next morning. I have only been to Montana a couple of brief times, but this time I really felt like it reminded me quite a bit of Switzerland – with the  mountains and the valley, just so beautiful!

Enjoy what I saw in Montana:

More Holga

While I was in New York, I also shot a roll of black and white film on the Holga, I really like the way these shots turned out!  (Also, as expected nothing turned up on the Brownie Starflex negatives, so I have a very cute decoration for my bookcase instead of a working antique camera, oh well, I gave it a good try.)

Enjoy what else I saw in New York:

Time Stands Still

I have been thinking about this quote from the Broadway show Time Stands Still recently. It pretty much sums up how I feel when I press the shutter release.

“When I look through that little rectangle…Time stops. It just…All the noise around me…Everything cuts out. And all I see…is the picture.” – Time Stands Still (Donald Margulies)

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Holga

Back in October, while visiting my aunt in Portland, OR, she gave me her old Brownie Starflex camera.I thought it would be really fun to shoot with this “antique”. I found the 127 film needed at both Freestyle Photo in Los Angeles, CA and B&H in New York. The film is quite spendy (about $10-$14 per roll of 12 exposures), so I just bought a couple of rolls to see what I ‘d get. There was no guarantee this camera was still working after sitting in an attic for so many years. The first roll I shot was black and white and I was able to get a couple of semi-decent shots, but nothing I thought was worth sharing. The color roll produced nothing once developed. I don’t know if it was the film, the developing or operator error. I’ve got two more rolls currently being developed, if anything shows up, I will share them here.

I was still interested in shooting with film though, and thought I’d try out a “toy” camera, so I purchased the all plastic 35mm film Holga. (I got the 35mm format because I thought this is an experiment and the film and developing might be more cost effective this way). I’ve been really curious to see what kind of images I could get with something so simple.

Last week I was back in my favorite city, New York. The sun was shining so I thought it was a perfect time to break out the Holga and see what I could get. I’m still figuring out the focus settings (as you can tell, some of the shots are completely blurry vs. the others that are only somewhat blurry – which is the desired outcome). So here are a few of my favorite shots from my first color roll. I’ve got a black and white roll being developed and two more color rolls to shoot. Stay tuned!

Enjoy what I saw through my Holga…

Willamette Wine Country

Last fall I had the opportunity to travel to the Willamette Wine Country in Western Oregon to spend a weekend shooting at few wineries. Due to our mild weather, we were a bit ahead of the harvest, but the views were still pretty amazing.  We were hosted by three wonderful wineries: White Rose Estate, Bella Vida Vineyard and Sokol Blosser Winery as well as the processing facility 12th & Maple Wine Co.

Here is what I saw in Oregon,
Enjoy!

Black and White New York City

If you follow me long enough, you’ll see I have a fascination with New York City.  My first visit there was in 1995 and I have been back 15 times since then. Some of my favorite things to do in the city are, of course, see Broadway shows, go shopping and every time I’m there I just have to walk around and people watch and see what I can see.  So here are some shots of what I have seen in New York the past few times I’ve visited.

Enjoy!

New Orleans doors and windows

I recently spent some time in New Orleans for the PPA Imaging USA convention and trade show. When I had a little free time I took a walk through the French Quarter and the Warehouse District, where I was staying. I felt drawn to many of the doors and windows I was seeing, the textures and colors were mesmerizing.

Enjoy what I saw in NOLA!