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.
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.
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…)
Nikon N90, Kodak BW400CN
I had the rare pleasure of photographing the Wednesday Night Races in Annapolis back in August. This was my first time and I would do it every week if I could. Reviewing my pictures has proven educational to say the least; the phrase “I wish I had…” has formed on my lips quite a few times.
The N90 and massive zoom lens were courtesy of a friend, by the way. It was very nice to have that kind of zoom and to have autofocus for a change; though the focus seemed a little soft for my taste. Hope to get a few more rolls through the N90 before I have to give it back…
More photos to come soon, since I have time to give to photography again, for now. Stay tuned.
Here on the Coast
Nikon FE, 50mm f/1.8, Kodak Ektar 100
So, I’m pretty sure there’s no season or weather in which the coast isn’t beautiful.
Fine prints of this image available at http://society6.com/RyanLynham. Or, you can view the image in the lightbox (click the image), select “prints & canvases” at the top-left, and order through Fotomoto. Fotomoto orders are fulfilled by Bay Photo Lab, one of the finest labs in the world.