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Affinity Photo Update

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The view from Kobayashi Beach
Ennis, Montana (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

This image was a good Affinity Photo learning experience for me; I messed up the post-processing of it twice — losing everything I had done to the image (hours of work) each time.  The biggest take away?  Within Affinity Photo, go to File => Save History With Document => Yes.

Ugh.

I’m so accustomed to Lightroom saving the entire post-processing history, that it never occurred to me that this would not be the default setting within Affinity Photo.  Lesson learned.

UPDATE: This is not a global setting.  If you want to save the post-processing history of all your images, you have to set it each and every time!

Fall Afternoon Drama

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Gathering clouds over the Madison Range
Southwestern Montana (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

I love wandering around and grabbing shots as they develop in front of my eyes; this was such an occasion, as Cindy and I were driving around and sightseeing.

Ancient Springs

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A ridge of tufa towers
Mono Lake, California (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Mono Lake.  I’ve wanted to visit and take photos there for years and years.  You can read all the Wikipedia details about it here, but to really appreciate just how interesting (cool, bizarre, weird, wild, otherworldly, etc.) it can be, one has to experience it in person.

Among the treats to see are these tufa, the limestone remnants of ancient underwater springs.  Record snowfall in the mountains above Mono Lake (read about that here) may be bringing some desperately needed water into the lake basin, to raise the shoreline up to where the stresses on the migratory birds are lessened.  And I only recently learned that the current lake level is several hundred feet below what it was during the last ice age, as determined by other tufa towers that were formed when Mono Lake was five times bigger (and much higher) than it is now.

This is one of the many places I want to revisit and explore in far more depth and detail in the future.

Above Mammoth Lakes

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Overlooking Twin Lakes
Mammoth Lakes, California (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

There’s a first for everything, and this was ours for visiting this part of California.  What a stunning area!  Neither of us had ever been here before, and we both vowed that it wouldn’t be the last — too much beauty to experience in too short of a visit.

Much Loved

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Cindy and my Dad
Horseshoe Lake, California (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

I don’t where I would be today without these two people in my life — my spouse (and best friend) and my father; I owe everything I am to them.

Friends of the Methuselah Tree

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An ancient bristlecone pine
Methuselah Grove, California (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

How often do you come across another living thing that is older than the recorded history of your own family tree?  Older than the discovery of the Americas.  Older than the ruins at Mesa Verde.  Older than the Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  Older than the Great Pyramids of Giza.  Dating all the way back to the mid-to-late Bronze Age — or Babylonia — some 4,000 years ago.

How many cycles of drought, floods, fires, and blizzards have they seen?  How many civilizations have risen and fallen around them while they’ve been alive?  If they could share anything from their experiences, what would it be? Continue Reading →

Monochrome Sierras

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Looking toward the central Sierra Nevada range
Inyo County, California (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

This.  This is why I love black and white film.

Last night I finally began souping all my monochrome images from our trip out to western Montana and southern California last fall, and this is the first shot that I scanned this morning.  Except for cleaning up the usual little zits and pops that come with using film, there is hardly any post-processing work done to this image.

It was taken with my favorite film, Ilford Pan F Plus, which is rated at ISO 50 — but I tend to shoot it around ISO 32.  I also used my favorite lens, the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5, as well as a dark red filter to make the blue sky darker to the film.

Inside/Outside

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Ghost town interiorBodie, California (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Ghost town interior
Bodie, California (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

I’ve been interested in seeing Bodie, California, for decades… having heard about it for the first time when I was still in high school some forty years ago.  Did it meet my expectations?  Oh yes — very much so! Continue Reading →

My Best Images From 2016

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Dupont Circle -- Washington, DC (August 2014)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak T-Max 100 + Commercial monochrome processing

Dupont Circle
Washington, DC (August 2014)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak T-Max 100 + Commercial monochrome processing

Adieu 2016.  We hardly knew ye…

Here — in no special order — are the very best images I shared with you during the past twelve months.  They include digital and film photographs, both color and monochrome — from rangefinder film cameras, various film and digital point-and-shoots, and iPhones (the specifics are in the captions of each image). Continue Reading →

The Big Empty

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Big Hole ValleyJackson, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Big Hole Valley
Jackson, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Butch Hill is the name of the short brown summit to the right of this frame; one of the summits to the far left in the distance is Bloody Dick Peak, so named for an Englishman that said “bloody” a lot, while living in the area during the 1860’s (I just learned this tidbit while researching place names for this post). Continue Reading →