Now you fashion-loving christians sure give me the blues You must unload, you must unload You’ll never get to heaven in your jewel-encrusted high-heel shoes You must, you must unload
For the way is straight and narrow and few are in the road Brothers and sisters, there is no other hope If you’d like to get to heaven and watch eternity unfold You must, you must unload
And you money-loving christians, you refuse to pay your share You must unload, you must unload Trying to get to heaven on the cheapest kind of fare You must, you must unloadAnd you power-loving christians in your fancy dining cars You must…
The Denver Art Museum is home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French Impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.
While at the museum shop I bought a sticker book of Monets and a paintbrush that I plan on using to do Haiku with ink. Not much. Until I went to the main shop and stumbled on a book of Japanese Photographers take on the disaster of Fukushima, an interest of mine. In The Wake. So THAT was the big purchase.
What do you get with a crappy camera from ? the 1980’s and Film that is at least 16 years old? Well I’m here to show you - not very much is the brief answer. The claim to fame for this camera is the large viewfinder. Unfortunately this does not compensate for the un-sharp lens. I had so hoped that this would be a nice plastic camera. Some of the shots were so bad from aging of the film that I took them into Black and White and got a little more out of them.
The obligatory test roll when you get a new camera. For me this was a new to me Canon AE1. This was my first SLR. My father went out and he bought two of ‘em - one for me and one for him. They are cheap to buy and the lenses are also at the bottom of the price heap. This one was purchased at Blue Moon Camera
The Tri-X was also a bit unusual as I long ago stopped shooting this film - not really because I didn’t like it but more to try something else. All these years I shot mostly Ilford : HP5+ and Delta 400. Well I was told several years ago that the updated Tri-X was finer grained than T Max 400! I hadn’t read the manual thoroughly on the AE1 and a handful of shots were way off on exposure but all frames came out usable!! This is why you shoot Trip-X. Developed in HC110 B.
A long term documentary photography project about the > 80,000 displaced people from around Fukushima Daichi Nuclear plant. The area was hit with a 9.0 earthquake March, 2011 followed by a devastating Tsunami that caused a level 7 nuclear incident ( INES scale - 7 is the top of the scale).
»The 1,000 square kilometers of land comprising the no-go zone around the Fukushima plant represent the most impressive—and most brutal—evidence of the nuclear accident. More than 80,000 people were forced to pack a few belongings and follow orders to evacuate, while others, fearful of radiation, left of their own volition, leaving behind ghost towns nearly devoid of light. Time has stood still.«
– from the text by Christian Caujolle
»This photographic work is our contribution to the narrative of a historic disaster. The accident is far from being over, both at the power station and among the nuclear refugees. And we hope to continue to testify to this sad but multifaceted chapter in the his- tory of the Fukushima region.«
– from the introduction by Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bressi-
Lakeside Amusement Park is a family-ownedamusement park in Lakeside, Colorado, adjacent to Denver. Originally named White City, it was opened in 1908 as a popular amusement resort adjacent to Lake Rhoda by the Denver Tramway, making it a trolley park. The amusement park was soon sold to Denver brewer Adolph Zang. Eventually the name was changed to Lakeside Amusement Park, but the local populace kept referring to it by its original name for its glittering original display of over 100,000 lights. Today it is one of only thirteen trolley parks operating and one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States, and the oldest still running in Colorado. The park, comprising nearly half of the Town of Lakeside that it was responsible for creating in 1907, features the landmark Tower of Jewels.
Shot on Kodak 5222 with a Canon Ftb and a 28 mm lens. Developed in HC110 -B
Having just watched Dark Circle I wanted to add my own take on Rocky Flats from my recently published book called Living with the Atom. Click each frame to enlarge
As I noted in the Dark Circle page - many of the things we now know about weren’t available to the film makers in 1982. We do know that the findings of a Jefferson County Grand Jury were sequestered and those on the panel were legally prevented from saying anything.
I want to get a little sombre this Christmas Eve, 2019. I watched this award winning documentary today. It focuses primarily on the disaster that is Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant. Let me just quote from a review by a documentarian:
Growing up in Broomfield, Colorado, I vaguely knew that the nearby nuclear weapons plant Rocky Flats existed. As a family, we sometimes worried about drinking contaminated water and would occasionally even glimpse a protest. But radiation is an abstract notion for kids. As someone says in the 1982 film Dark Circle, “You can’t see it, you can’t feel it.” Dark Circle, directed by Judy Irving, Christopher Beaver and Ruth Landy, is one of the most poignant films about the military industrial complex ever made.
Sequences include interviews with a man who survived Nagasaki, footage of hideous experiments on live pigs to determine the effect of a nuclear blast on skin, and soldiers intentionally exposed to radiation. But the film is most focused when it spends time in the subdivisions that multiplied along the Colorado Front Range from the 1960s through the 1980s. These communities were often built on contaminated soil, and under the toxic wind created by a nuclear weapons factory only a few miles away, in Rocky Flats. Dark Circle is about where I grew up.
Seeing this film while I was young made me both horrified and thankful. Out of thin air came a tool to understand my world. Our next-door neighbor worked at Rocky Flats. One day I asked him about exposure to radiation, and he said that it had happened to him a few times. It was called “getting hot,” and it resulted in a couple of weeks paid vacation. At home, we were told Rocky Flats built “triggers” for nuclear weapons. In Dark Circle, it was clear they were building “the Bomb.” The film shows the depth of mismanagement, environmental disaster and lying that took place at Rocky Flats. The plant burned down twice, each time releasing clouds of poison into the air and landscape. Animals in the surrounding farmland were dying or being born disfigured. Workers at the plant kept getting cancer.
Dark Circle also delves into the companies who had vested interests in keeping Rocky Flats running. The filmmakers’ access is astonishing, invoking jealousy in those of us now working in an era of reflexive secrecy. They get an interview with a man whose head is badly mangled from brain surgery, and capture a press conference where an emotional spokeswoman chokes through the company line. “The area around Rocky Flats is a safe place to live,” she says. At one point the crew finds a young saleswoman excitedly talking about the benefits of “unmanned aerial drones”; at that moment it’s easy to forget that this film was shot nearly 40 years ago.
Dark Circle was so controversial that in 1985, PBS decided to yank its nationwide broadcast, calling it “one-sided.” The writer B.J. Bullert, in his 1997 book Public Television: Politics and the Battle over Documentary Film, said the decision “robbed” American audiences of the chance to hear a perspective that was unflattering to the US Government. The PBS series POV aired the film in 1989, and it won a national Emmy. Today, the film’s truths are widely recognized, and it’s clear Rockwell and the government lied regularly and then tried to bury it all in secrecy.
Eventually, after bowing to enormous pressure, Rocky Flats was made into a National Park. But considering the enormous longevity of nuclear toxicity, there is still a dark circle of death in the dirt.
Dark Circle does what great documentaries do: It shows something right in front of you not previously seen. For a kid who grew up drinking and swimming in Front Range water and playing in that Colorado dirt, it re-wrote my genetic code as a filmmaker to include a simmering anger, a deep questioning of entrenched interests and a desire to fight back.
Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning documentary writer and director whose credits include The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists. Knappenberger is currently in production on a ten-part investigative documentary series for Participant Media—slated to air in the winter of 2016—which will spotlight stories of people fighting back against institutional abuses of power.
My own view of the documentary is that it rolled up all of our fears and horrors into one giant steaming ball of radiation. Don’t get me wrong, I think Rocky Flats is an abomination. After reading about Chernobyl, Hanford Nuclear Site, Rock Flats and Fukushima it is abundantly clear Governments and Industries just can’t keep from lying to us the general public. I think that when the movie was made in 1982 there wasn’t enough known about the lies and deceit that kept the plant going for another 7 years. There is plenty now to make a documentary just about Rocky Flats without having to bring in the emotions of Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
Taken on a recent trip using expired ( 2013) Acros BW film. There was a lot of dust on the negatives AND then I go an drop two or three strips on the floor for added measure!! The scans from the Nikon 4000 were not good. I decided to try on the Plustek which has dust removal built in. A much better experience. Lesson learned.
Fujifilm announced a ways back that they were re-introducing Acros as Across II. It is claimed that it’s the finest grain ISO 100 film out there. I had not shot much of it all when it was discontinued. Mystical thinking has always led me to try new cameras and/or film thinking this would improve my photography - NOT! But having a new film to try is always fun. It became available November 22, 2019 only in Japan. There was some rumors that it would not be shipped to the US. I found it on Global Rakuten and within a few short days had three rolls to play with. Shot with the Leica M7 and the Voightlander 40/1.4 here are the results. I goofed up on the ISO setting and shot it at ISO 80; HC110 - B for 5 minutes. ( Massive Development app said 4.5 minutes but that’s too short a development time IMHO).
Another curious item about the re-release is the box itself. At the bottom it says ‘Made in the UK” The film forums have been working overtime to figure out what this means? The box was made in the UK, the film, what?
I had forgotten that I ordered this film awhile back. Showed up last week in the 120 format. I took out the Bronica 645 RF with the standard 65mm lens. Here are a series of photos taken at Crown Hill park. Developed in HC110 dil. B for about 8 min @ 68F
The Highland Bridge is the third of three pedestrian bridges to connect Downtown Denver with the Highland neighborhood. The bridge crosses the Valley Highway between Platte Street and Central Street as an extension of the 16th Street Mall. The bridge was opened on December 16, 2006.
Valley Highway is really I-25. First time we took Duke for a walk away from the neighborhood. He whined a little but seemed to have a good time. I just wanted to get out to take pictures.
So I have this film bulk loader that has some film in it. What film? Not sure and there’s no way to know unless I shoot some and develop it hoping that the film numbers come out of the wash. I made the assumption that this was some old Kodak XX (5222). I used HC110B for 5 minutes and the results are pretty good. There were scratches on some of the negatives - the bulk loader, the canister or the camera - who knows?
Introduced in 1959 by Eastman Kodak, Double X is widely considered to be the quintessential black-and-white cinema film stock, one that can reliably deliver the moody intensity of Old Hollywood and film noir. Seeing as its resumé includes some of the all-time great films like Raging Bull and Schindler’s List, let’s all agree that it’s pretty good at what it does. In fact, Double X has proved to be so good that the film has never been reformulated and is still being produced by Eastman Kodak by the mile.
RetroChrome is government surplus Eastman Ektachrome. Made for industrial and governmental applications, Kodak adds “it is color reversal camera film that is intended for photography under daylight illumination. Among its many applications are news photography, sporting events and industrial photography.” The film is cold-stored expired. The film performs excellent at it’s intended box speed which leads us to believe that this film has been stored in the “deep freeze” for the past decade.