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N 73 B 1.5K C 3 E Aug 12, 2022 F Aug 12, 2022
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One of the best parts about caves are their persistently cold temperatures. So on a recent trip to Bend, where temperatures were predicted to hit the upper 90s and after we had already exhausted ourselves on the Misery Ridge trail, we decided to chill out for a bit in a local cave. Skylight Cave had been on my list for a while and it is one of the more popular caves in the area for good reason. Get there early enough and you are treated to a trio of sunbeams illuminating this subterranean chamber. We arrived just after the first beam had started and were able to watch the second and third beams form and trace their paths down the wall of the cave and across the floor of the chamber. It was an incredibly pleasant means of passing a summer morning.

Hasselblad 500C
Cinestill 50D

Tags:   Cinestill 50D Hasselblad 500C Oregon Skylight Cave Sisters Pacific Northwest underground Medium Format cave spelunking film landscape cavescape

N 60 B 1.7K C 5 E Aug 9, 2022 F Aug 9, 2022
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One of the trickiest parts of making these types of exposures is finding suitable places for relatively extreme waiting. Mind you, I don't mind sitting or standing around watching the light change but such waiting is a bit trickier when traveling with others. That is why this particular spot was so appreciated as it was about a five minute walk away from the yurt we were staying in. I was able to go wandering, find a nice vantage point, set up my camera and expose for an hour, and not have to worry about holding anyone else up. It is no joke that photographers and non-photographers can move at different paces. But even between two photographers you can find quite varying speeds.

Hasselblad Flexbody
Kodak Ektar 100

Tags:   Hasselblad Flexbody Kodak Ektar Instragram - C Harris Beach Oregon Oregon Coast suntrail sunset film Medium Format Pacific Northwest landscape

N 54 B 1.8K C 2 E Aug 2, 2022 F Aug 2, 2022
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I can honestly say that even after all these years of doing these flower macro photos the end results still present their surprises. The mystery of just what will turn out once the film is developed is a story that progresses in many, short chapters. I can provide a couple of highlights though, something that is probably still too long for a TLDR. As you might expect, my natural eyesight does not consistent of highly magnified fields of view with naturally, razor-thin depths of field. From where I stand looking at a flower to where I crouch looking through my camera at a flower the view changes radically. It can be impossible to fully predict the exact manner of that transition. Suffice it to say, peering through the viewfinder is very much akin to looking through a porthole into another realm. Maybe not as fantastical or alien as that found in many a fiction novel... or then again, maybe as much so. Since these images are all made out of doors, with flowers found walking city streets, navigating my own shadow, holding my breath and steadying myself as much as possible, and patiently trying to learn the movements of the gentle breeze in order to time my exposures, the actual developed negative itself presents its own surprises. A millimeter of movement, either by me or the flower, can alter a composition or misplace a plane of focus easily. These images are made with calculations of light and hopes of serendipity. It is in this manner I don't think they would be as much fun to do digitally and I have never particularly tried. I made a few once, reversing lenses on my DSLR in the same fashion, but the process and its inherent mystery was not the same. So I continue to lug my Pentax 6x7 around, as ungainly a beast as it seems to be for this type of photography. And despite the persistence of the sun always seeming to find its way behind me and the capricious nature of gentle breezes ruffling my small, discovered worlds, I somehow keep finding new vistas to explore along often quite familiar sidewalks.

Pentax 67
200mm with 90mm reversed
Kodak Portra 400

Tags:   Pentax 67 Kodak Portra 400 floral floralscape flowers lily found flower film Medium Format 6x7 macro Macro photography reversed lenses

N 76 B 1.9K C 2 E Jul 31, 2022 F Jul 31, 2022
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A much more recent image than yesterday's post. A recent stay in Bandon let me explore a bit of Oregon's coastline that I do not get to visit as often as I would like. One of those trips took me to Shore Acres and naturally, the hike down to Simpson Beach. You could be forgiven for thinking you had somehow spontaneously teleported away from Oregon and landed on some exotic island when visiting this beach. From the color of its water and sand, to the interesting geology ringing it, Simpson Beach is just another item on a long list of gems to be found along Oregon's coast.

Hasselblad 500C
Cinestill BWXX

Tags:   Hasselblad 500C Cinestill BW XX Oregon Oregon Coast Simpson Beach Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay West Coast Pacific Northwest b&w film landscape long exposure

N 80 B 2.4K C 1 E Jul 30, 2022 F Jul 30, 2022
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I like to use summertime to catch up on my photography. Hot, sunny days do not inspire me out of doors. Instead this is the time of year where I would rather hunker inside and spent the hot, daylight hours catching up on the backlog of images I make that never does anything but grow longer. Today was spent editing several recent scans, most of which were associated with Portland Grid Project explorations. Since I was spending the afternoon perusing/editing/mulling over images I figured it might as well be on my To Do list to make a post. None of the stuff I was working on quite caught my fancy in that regard (though I did polish off several images that will be fun to share with the upcoming Grid meeting next week) so I revisited my library of images long since cataloged away. I have a bit over 4500 images up here on Flickr but a bit under 18,000 images tucked away in my library of "finished" photos. So that means about 75% of the work I work on never gets seen by anyone other than me. But even many of those images often escape my eye for long periods of time and as they say, out of sight out of mind. Suffice it to say, even I forget many of the photos I tuck away, even though they are photos I may quite like. Such as this image of a passing storm over Palouse Falls canyon. Those clouds that day were amazing and while the storm never found us tiny humans standing on the edge of that vast canyon, it was quite an experience to be on the edge of it and watch it lumbering by. So I dipped into my history a bit today to pull this image out. I guess in a sense you could say these are photos I save for sunny days.

Hasselblad 500C
Kodak Portra 400

Tags:   Hasselblad 500C Kodak Portra 400 Palouse Palouse Falls Washington Pacific Northwest clouds storm canyon landscape film Medium Format


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