Sunny Sunday Afternoon

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Yesterday was the 16th Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, an event I helped start, so of course I had to participate. I had planned to install my work at Artomatic Frederick so my time was limited, so I decided to work digitally. I installed a zone plate body cap on my D70 and wandered into downtown Frederick.

This past winter took so long to depart that I wanted to celebrate its passing with an image that showed the warmth of Spring, so I sought out reflections of cars that might suggest this. The image presented offers what I was seeking, with just a bit of color.

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Lia’s Laces

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I have been playing around a bit more with my phone (Android) to explore its capabilities and one of the fun things is the ability to work with multiple cameras. I have tried many of them and removed nearly all because I am able to replicate the effects within Photoshop (keeping the original capture untouched).

One notable exception is Awesome Sketch, which presents the captured image as if it were a pencil drawing. I have done this effect in Photoshop a number of different ways, but this particular app does this much better than any of the methods I have tried. Finishing the image in Snapseed is, well, a snap.

This image is my ten month old granddaughter, who finds the laces of my shoes to be one of her unending joys. I happen to like this particular image partially because I believe that it captures her personality quite well, but also because she is standing without realizing it. It is quite special to observe the learning process, from understanding that one has control over their fingers to walking and beyond.

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House Exterior

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The final image in this short series is that of the exterior of the house in Asheville. Of interest to me are the vertical and horizontal elements in the image, competing with one another to bring cohesion to a lost cause.

Fighting these are two diagonals, a prominent vertical attempting to hold a horizontal. Although success is currently at hand, we all know the eventual winner – entropy.

The sink and trash can appear out of place. Once useful, they now stand as reminders of what was, as well as symbols of the house’s destination.

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House Interior

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In my last post I talked about the house on the property near Asheville, NC.  This is another picture of the interior of the house.  The glove on the floor reminded me of the final frame of my Henryton video.

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Chair

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Some friends are thinking about creating an artist colony not far from Asheville, NC and this past fall we traveled there to survey the property.  Of interest was an old tobacco barn which appeared to be as solid as the day it was built.  That building could be used for a multitude of purposes.

The other building nearby was a small house, which had been occupied not too many years ago.  Not much was in there, but I did notice a chair, which had me thinking of the person who had lived there and what they might have been thinking while sitting in the midst of a place nobody visited.

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Phantom of the Opera Tree

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We are inclined to find faces – it’s called pareidolia.  Sometimes this tendency can be combined with other things.

In this particular case when I saw this tree it reminded me of the play Phantom of the Opera.  I pass it on a regular basis but it was not until the leaves fell that it was noticed.

I wonder how long it’s got before it comes down.

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Silhouettes

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Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I have no use for being cold.

Wintertime for me is three long months of cold hands.  As I write this the snow is beginning to come down and it is expected that we will end up with about two feet of snow.  The idea of digging out over the next couple of days does not give me a warm and happy demeanor.

There is no need to yell at the sky, but there is a need to return my mind to my trip to California earlier this year, where the temperatures routinely sat above 100F and I leisurely wandered from Los Angeles to Sacramento watching minor league baseball games over the course of a week and a half.

This image is from Stockton, where they were offering water as a means to cool off from the hot day.  As can be seen, a great time was had by all.

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Little Red Ice Cream Shop

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Half a lifetime ago I lived in Jefferson, Maryland for a short period of time.  It was a very small town with a single grocery store that had little to offer.  On a recent trip to photograph in Brunswick I decided to stop off to see what has become of the place and saw that it had expanded considerably.

Of course, of note was the ice cream shop.  This brought back some memories so I decided to photograph it with my pinhole camera, and print it using the lith process.  It was done this way because of the ethereal effect, but also admittedly because this process can handle some fogged paper I was given (I love it when people give me photographic paper, whether it is still good or not, as I can always find a use for it).

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A New Year

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Each year we look to celebrate the new and ring out the old.  This is fine, but sometimes I like the old, and sometimes the old can be retained to work in new ways.

So here’s to the old and new, working in conjunction with one another in an attempt to get things just right.

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Rainy Day

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As the winter begins its yearly threat of ugliness it does so by turning rain into something more than just uncomfortable.  The coldness of the soaking precipitation chills us to the core and reminds us that nature is truly in charge.

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