May the fourth be with you. :)
As much as I’d like to continue the Winter Blues flower images, I simply can’t. I had shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff last Thursday and almost all my posts since then have been pre-scheduled and on auto-pilot, and this is the last of them. I will still post back-catalog content daily, but won’t be able to take any new photos for a month or two. Continue Reading →
This one is a bit different for me. It’s a 30-second exposure, shot on a tiny table-top tripod, around 5:00 am. Normally I spend a lot of time cleaning up and retouching film images, but liked this one just the way it was.
The reason for the title? We once lived next to a stream and had several of these redbud trees growing very close to the house. You guessed it — we had beavers stop by every year and chew them up. Just the redbud trees and nothing else. Surrounding the redbuds with ugly chain link fencing was the only way to save the trees.
I don’t know how many of you have paid attention, but I resumed shooting with 35mm film about eighteen months ago.
Initially this foray back into the analog world was just intended to be a stop-gap measure while waiting for my Sony A7 digital body to be repaired. For reasons that still remain unexplained to me, both the CMOS image sensor and the main processor in the camera fried to a crisp less than a week after I received it as a Christmas gift in late 2013. So off it went, into the bottomless black pit despair otherwise known as Sony warranty servicing — which involved four separate contact groups, in three separate countries, with four different nationalities. For all their savvy at creating superb electronics, Sony has some of the worst customer support of all the big players, dating back to at least the mid-1990’s when I used to send Vaio laptops all the way back to Japan for servicing. Try explaining a two-month turnaround mess like that to an angry executive. But I digress…
I settled into the long haul as the days spent waiting for it to be returned grew into weeks… and the weeks into months. I eventually grew tired of posting old images here on my site and decided to do something about it. I dug out my old Leica IIIf rangefinder, blew off the dust and cobwebs (I hadn’t used it in well over a decade), and began to hone my analog photography skills with it once again. Continue Reading →