Q:Hey Ryan, just wanted to say thank you for the addition to your recommended page! I hope you recover your bag+cameras soon...
My pleasure, Christopher.
I did in fact receive my camera bag on Friday. Thankfully, everything is in tact and as I left it, save for a dead light meter battery in the FE from the lever getting flipped on at some point.
Lichen. Smith Mountain Lake.
Nikon FE, 50mm f/1.8, Kodak Portra 800 (I think)
An old one from back in June (I think). Life is a little crazy right now and unfortunately photography is taking a back seat to some other things. Once I start up again, though, I will probably be developing and printing my own work, which is an exciting thing to think about.
Also, on the missing camera bag front: the hotel did in fact have my bag and they have shipped it, so now I just have to wait and hope that it arrives all in one piece. Also relieving is the fact that my equipment has been in a climate-controlled space all this time, not out in some car getting the worst of temperature fluctuations and who-knows-what-else.
This blog’s inactivity is in direct correlation with my own photographic inactivity. I haven’t really taken a picture, film or digital, since February, I think (except with my phone, which typically just consists of happy snaps of the kiddos). This is due in part to general busyness, in part to a lack of inspiration, and now, in part to the stress of finding a home.
Nevertheless, yesterday I decided - as much for therapeutic reasons as any creative impulse - to try putting my new enlarger lens on my enlarger. The lens was dirty, so I decided to get my cleaning cloth out of my camera bag.
My camera bag…right. It’s normally right here. Why is it not right here? The closet? No, not in the closet. Here? No. Here? No.
I go downstairs. I search the cars. The bag is nowhere.
In it is my faithful Nikon FE and its less faithful roommate, the Canon Rebel XSi. And then that feeling hits. The one that says, “You left it somewhere far away from here. It’s history.”
I returned from a business trip at the beginning of March, and have not, as I said, engaged in any photographic pursuits since then. The phone calls began. Relief struck, sort of, when I confirmed with the hotel that they did recover a bag fitting the description of mine from my room on the date I checked out.
So now I wait for the phone call that will say, “Yes, we still have it. We’ll ship it to you,” or, “I’m sorry; we donate all found items after one month.”
To be continued…
Wednesday Night Racers Head to the Bay
Nikon N90, Kodak T-Max 100, sepia tone applied in PSE
I have a few images from the archives to share for now while I wait on more opportunities to get out. The boats here are headed out toward the turnaround point on the Chesapeake Bay just south of the bay bridge, after which they will return home for the crowded finish in front of Annapolis Yacht Club. (See Stacked Finish and Go, Baby, Go for an idea of the intensity of the finish line.)
The tower in the background is one of three remaining towers of the Naval Communications Station Washington, D.C., preserved for historical purposes as the array is no longer in use.
I just purchased an 80mm enlarging lens for less than $100 on Ebay (barely…as in $1). Now that agonizing wait until it arrives where I sweat it out, hoping it’s in the claimed condition…
More supplies to acquire after this, but I will have to do a formal inventory of what I have already before I know exactly what I need.
Q:Give the apug forum a try for the lens
Thank you, James. Will do.
Someone Else’s Stuff Showcase #2: Pacific + Pine
…And a Brief Update
I took a risk with a roll of very expired Portra 800, since it was all I had at the time, and shot some gorgeous images on it. I know I nailed the exposure and the composition. But alas, I got burned. The film was a bit too expired.
And so this, in combination with the complications of equipping myself with a crude developing and printing setup (good 80mm enlarging lenses are hard to come by for less than $100 on Ebay, it seems*), has resulted in a lack of images posted to the blog.
I have plans, though - big plans…or at least medium-sized ones.
But in the absence of worthwhile work of my own to post, I thought I would share this exquisite composition and use of light by someone better at this photography thing than I, the author of the Pacific & Pine blog over at http://pacificandpine.tumblr.com/. He (or she) has an excellent eye, capturing normal, mundane life with a refreshing perspective on 35mm film. I commend the blog to you and certainly recommend following him (or her) (or them) (or whatever).
*Anybody know where I can get a good Rodagon 80mm f/4 or Componon-S 80mm f/4 for less than $100? (If you actually visit my blog, you can answer in the comments…)
Free shipping on all of my prints at Society6 through midnight PST January 12 using this special link.