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Whoa! This weather is a motivation killer!

Cold, snow…..cold….cold, more snow, ice, sleet….c’mon, it’s the first day of March! Well, it is ya know. Last month, the #WE35 task was to shoot 36 frames, as if it were film and at 35mm FOV, of course. So, I decided that I would be all in, I have an old Nikon N8008s and picked up a roll of Kodak TRX 400 in B&W. Yeah, I was gonna shoot 36 frames, send it off for processing and scanning and make my contact sheet for the project! Well, as time started ticking, I realized a few days ago that I was not going to complete this with the film camera, so I used my DSLR. I set the ISO to 400 and taped the barrel of my Tamron 19-35mm at the 35mm mark (to prevent the ability to zoom) and started shooting. Saturday, the 28th….the last day of the project and I needed about 27 frames. It’s very painful knowing that you cannot delete an image for a “do-over”, remember this is like using film. So, I have several shots that are, indeed, out of focus, bad lighting, motion blur, etc, etc. It was a good exercise, challenging and fun. I still have the film loaded and will most likely finish it when the weather allows me to be outside comfortably. I’ve also got the Mamiya ready to roll as well. Film in the fridge, camera bags loaded, tripod ready…..we all know the routine. I am enjoying this #WE35 project so far, but with 35mm, one has to be fairly close to the subject to make s decent image, I have not been very good at that lately, but hopefully that will also change with the weather. I did manage to take some photos with the FED 3b and the Yashica Electro. The images from the FED turned out pretty good, but the Yashica is very dim, or flat….I’ll be taking the FED out some more, but I wish I had a 35mm lens for that one so I could use it for the #WE35 project. I might try and find a decent, cheap 55mm for the Mamiya as for this project as well (55mm on a medium format is approximately 35mm FOV on a …35mm of course).

At any rate, please check out another project of mine at http://www.garagesalepictures.com

Here is my contact sheet for the #WE35 February Expedition. and some images from recent contributions to the project.

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Is it the 17th of Jan already…..?

Yeah, I guess it is! Not a whole lot to write about. I still have not finished the roll of film in my Yashica Electro, or Fed 3b cameras….sad. I know for a fact that I only have a couple of exposures left in each of them too. Truth be told, I did shoot an entire roll of film in the FED, but there was an anomaly when I attempted to rewind the roll. I’m sure it was user error on my part. The process calls for pressing and turning a button to release the spool, but I’ve found that I also need to keep pressure on that button as well. The bad result was the winding mechanism is stronger that the film and will indeed break said film in half, or wherever it decided to rip apart. Needless to say I was infuriated! But, I calmly opened the back and removed the EXPOSED film and inserted a fresh new roll. At least with this roll there might be some more interesting images. The Yashica Electro is simple enough. I’ve also got another roll of film the Yashica 44 TLR (also had a mishap with the first roll of 127 film in that one as well. It seems that if one is not paying attention to the camera on a tripod that one can turn the camera on the ballhead and open the film compartment)….yeah, guilty! At any rate, I think I have learned many valuable lessons. Oh another good one on me-I have a Polaroid back on my Mamiya RB67 and the first photo I took……I took with the dark slide in place….geesh….at least with the 120 film backs there is an interlock that wont fire the shutter without removing the dark slide….lol. I need to get busy with the Mamiya, I’ve got several rolls of black and white film that needs to be shot!

I’m still hanging in there with the #WE35 Project. https://plus.google.com/100280947441119295849

I’ve not taken near as many images as some of the other photogs, but I’m hoping that I’ll get out more in the coming weeks. Work, family and fraternal organizations occupy quite a bit of my time.

Here are my latest contributions to the #we35 project…..

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So, I have not been taking, nor posting any photos since my last post. I’ve taken photos, processed them, but I sort of lost the motivation to keep this site (or any others) up to date. I even deleted my instagram account, faded off of Facebook. Over the summer I bought a kayak and decided that I also needed to start fishing from it, so that took much of my weekends. I also picked up a GoPro and made a few videos, bought a metal detector and went searching for relics….lol. Everything but photography! Well, I continued to follow my favorite photogs on G+ and I notice a call for photographers to participate in a project!! Winter is here, the kayak is put away…why not! Well, I headed over to http://www.thephotofrontier.com/35/ and checked it all out. All images will be taken with a 35mm lens (or equivalent) posted with #we35. So far I have a few images, but nothing like the ones the website owners have shared.I don’t have a 35mm prime lens so I have been using a Tamron 19-35mm and keep it zoomed to 35, of course. SO head over to Instagram, or G+ and search for #we35 to check out the images! Don’t forget to check out my favorite links!





End of March…and the end of winter I hope!

Wow…we have had some strange pre-spring weather.  Warm for a few days and then…BAM!….ol’ man winter stirs up the snow and ice pot. We had snow again earlier this week. Not much mind you, but it was snow nonetheless. I did manage to get a few images that I really likes this past week. One of them I actually took the time to write a little about the shot so I would have something here to say about it. Since that is the only one I wrote about…I’ll list it first.

Because of the snow falling that morning, I remember thinking that I wanted an image that reflected the fact that I wanted spring to sneak in past winter, but winter caught the sneaky season and ripped it a new one. I thought about the daffodils that had just bloomed, but were now covered in snow…..yeah, something like that. While sitting at a traffic light, as usual, I saw this person riding a bike in this blowing, cold bitter snow/sleet thing we had coming down on us. I posted it to my pbase account and made this comment, “Yeah…it snowed again today! Yippee…So glad I am able to own a car. I can only image what level of “suck” this must be during this weather.” That image was a good representation of the mood. and here it is:


The previous day I posted an image of a carved bear from Big Sky Carvers that Tracey has positioned on either side of the fireplace. I posed the image as a happy bear looking up asking for spring to finally arrive…..and the next day was the biker in the snow…



I think that we are finally in the spring season. It rained all weekend and the temps stayed in the mid to upper 30’s, it will be getting into the 60’s and 70’s this week. Soon, I am sure, we will be crying for cooler temps, but until then…bring it on. Sunshine and vitamin D. I pre-ordered a Tamron 150-600mm lens, which still has not been sent (back ordered, I’m told). I am excited about that lens, I might be able to get some good bird or other wildlife images this year!!! Yesterday I missed a great opportunity for a bald eagle enjoying some roadkill with the company of two turkey vultures. I made a u-turn (legally) on a four lane divided highway to go back and get some shots. As soon as my car was almost completely stopped on the opposite side of the roadway, the eagle takes flight. I did not have my camera set for that! I locked focus and he flew…out of the focus plane, single servo the camera did not try to change focus, but kept firing off the shutter, each one out of focus. Oh well, there will be other opportunities. 25 meters from me though. I only had the 85mm, but I had the 600mm, I could have stopped at a further distance and not disturbed them! Such is life. At any rate, here are the other images that I did not delete last week.

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Oh yeah, even though I’ve seen many shots using this technique/ lighting set-up. Tracey and I might be doing one this year, or very soon!



Warm weather is on the way!!….at least Saturday felt that way.

One week left in the month of March! Why does it seem that when Winter arrives, it gets cold and stays cold, but when spring/summer arrives, it gets warm for a day, cold for 4 and then maybe another warms day. After a cycle or two of this, it is blazing hot….I know, I’m never fully happy with the weather. Most recently, Saturday was in the 70’s and today it made it to 48…!!! I took a lot of pictures Saturday, lots. I’ll add them all to this post as usual. I even met a celebrity, he goes by the name GCh Moongaze White Tie Affair. He’s a Whippet, Grand Champion.Image

Back to the weather…..last Monday we had snow, ice, cold, etc….this much:

Imageand this past Saturday I ate lunch outside with a cold brew and a glass of ice water…hahaImage


Oh, I did order that Tamron 150-600mm! Well, pre-ordered anyway. I read on Newegg and originally there was a note that stated the release date of 26 March, but recently it stated 1 april….sigh,…..it can’t get here soon enough!


I still have not been able to think of a functional way to document my daily images so that I can have something to say at these weekly blog posts. I’ll work on it. I’d also like to document all the gear I have/use as well as the stuff I’ve bought on impulse and my thoughts of each item. Some things I buy for a specific purpose, maybe for one or two shots, but I’ll buy the cheapo 3rd party flavor. I’ve got a few DIY things that actually work well. Maybe I’ll work on a post for that in addition to a weekly post. I know that I don’t have any readers, but I write this mostly for myself, to be quite honest. I’ve got a lot of stuff, stuff I rarely use (see why I buy inexpensive things?) studio strobes, back drops, reflectors, light stands, booms, softboxes, umbrellas….etc, etc, etc….Oh, and lenses current, past and future!

Coming up soon, I asked a local alpaca farm if I could come take pictures when they shear them. They said that they would love for me to take photos! So, in a couple of weeks…..there will be naked alpaca photo’s! Boudoir on the farm!

Ok…here are the images from this past week! Make sure to check out my PaD gallery! 


Mid March!

At the beginning of this week,  I decided that I would make a conscious effort to document, or at least take some notes, of the pictures that I took each day. Not notes as in; aperture, shutter speed, etc, rather, why I took it, how I envisioned the final product, etc. How did I do? Complete failure…haha. It is not that easy as the majority of my daily images throughout the week are shot from red lights and stop signs. I am still managing to get my photo-a-day, but there is no substance to most of them. Not that I am disappointed in them, but that I would love to have a pre-determined goal, instead of looking for something that looks interesting at every stop. I have not updated my lens usage chart that I started at the beginning of this, but I think that I have not exceeded the number of images per lens. I also added a lens to the group and have sold two that were on the list! I sold my Tamron 180mm macro and my Tokina 11-16mm. I have used both of those lenses, but not a lot. I only used the macro lens a few times last year, but got some great images, like these Cicada images. The Tokina was a tough one to finally sell. I loved that lens, but I rarely use my D200 and on the FX body it was only usable at 16mm, at least in FX mode. I have some pretty cool truck images, which I also printed for framing, or gluing to foam core, neither of which has happened yet (don’t look at the dates on those..haha). I sold those lenses because I wanted a long lens, a prime, but the cost of newer lenses is ridiculous. Look up the price of a 300mm, or 400mm, or longer, in the F/2.8 range…..yeah, used car prices on those. But….there are plenty of manual focus lenses for reasonable prices, Tamron, Tokina, 300mm F/2.8’s for less than $1500! Oh, the one I almost snagged was a Nikon 400mm F/3.5 manual focus. So, I obsessed over these lenses horribly. What did I finally decide…..? Well, the new Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3, of course! You see, I finally decided, after reading tons of reviews on the manual focus lenses, that I might not enjoy them too much. I have a manual focus wide angle, 24mm, but my subjects are fairly close, or it’s a landscape image and not a small bird or other creature 100 yards away. I am not shooting indoor sports, or any sports so I’ll most likely be on a tripod, or monopod. I can crank up the ISO for those not so bright days. I figure that technology, vibration compensation, etc would make this lens good enough for my needs. It is prices at a tad over $1000, selling those two lenses financed that for me. I also sold a Really Right Stuff “L” bracket and might have a 2x teleconverter on the auction site soon as well. I feel that since I am not making money with this hobby, that I should sell to finance it.

In other news, it is snowing tonight…..yeah….snowing! I took this image right about noon today:


Maybe I’ll have one with snow on these tomorrow….sigh….I am ready for warm days! We had a great and warm weekend otherwise, Saturday it was over 70 F. today it was 46 F today at the high.

My son’s car has been in a state of “not running” for a few months now and today he (we) started puting it back together. A 2002 Suburu does not have the easiest heads to remove or install!!! They are back on now, torqued, valve covers in place and ready for the rest of the motor to be pieced back together. He’s done a lot of tedious work and I think he is learning quite a bit in the process….here is the motor with the heads installed, notice that a lot of “stuff” has to come off to get the heads off…..


So, that is last week as I can remember while typing tonight. If I can think of anything else to mention, add, delete, or change, I’ll update as needed.

Please check out my favorite links and my Photo-a-Day Gallery.

Here are the images from last week:


Picked these up at an antique shop! Read about them here.

March 9th….

Rolling right along! We are slowly moving into spring! We’ve had a few warmer days this past week and they were welcomed! Of course, we had some pretty nasty snow last Monday, but I worked from home and snapped some great images of some cardinals feeing outside!

I’ve been drooling over some long lenses for some time now. I’ve lusted after a Nikkor 400mm F/3.5 manual focus lens as well as a Tamron 300mm F/2.8, also manual focus. Now, however, Tamron comes along with a 150-600mm F/5-6.3, which is considerably slower than the other two manual focus lenses, but the prices is the same. Plus, it’s new, has vibration comoensation and is 600mm!! So, I’ve sold a Tamron 180mm Macro and I am trying to sell my Tokina 11-16mm. I’ll almost have enough to get the 100-600….yeah, I want it. I’m not a pro with pro $$ who can afford super fast primes, but ohhhhh, would it be awesome to have those lenses! Here is a good review of the Tamron by GServo. I’m sure there are other reviews out there as well, but I followarticles here

I have not been out in town to take any street-style images, but warm weather should change that. I hope to use my 24mm (manual focus) for that type of shooting. I also picked up a 35-135mm a couple of months ago, I think I’ve mentioned that previously, but man,….I really dig that lens! Oh, that reminds me, I also need to put my Tamron 2x TC on ebay. More $$ towards the 100-600mm!!!

I should do reviews on older lenses..haha! I should show my DIY gear as well, strip light, etc…etc…


Don’t forget to check out my favorite links on to the left and my Photo-A-Day gallery is located here: PAD


Here all the images I kept from last week.