Natura 1600

Natura 1600 by Fuji is a true ISO 1600 film with fine grain for this speed.  I did some google-ing and found that some folks shoot it at 1250 but for my first two rolls I shot it at 1600.  It is only available in Japan so to get it here makes the film a little pricey.  And of course like you’re not supposed to, I shot it first time for my nephew’s wedding - mind you I was not the principle photographer , just a guest. 

Outside shots in full sun came out amazing.  These photos were taken at the USS Grayling ( SS 209) memorial at the Sloan’s Lake Park

Porsche of Colorado Springs

Porsche of Colorado Springs is like no other dealership I’ve ever seen!.  Yes they are there to sell you a car but it’s also like a museum. You can’t find a 911 R!  They had 2.  Several 911 GT3 RS just sitting there.  A Porsche tractor for God’s sake. Pictured is my friend and driving instructor, Joe Rothman who now gigs at the dealership.  

I Shall Be Released

I am currently in a situation that I don’t want to be.  I have only about 10 months to go but each day is a struggle.  This song has become my anthem.  It’s from The Last Waltz, the Martin Scorsese movie about the last concert by The Band.  As a side note this is in my opinion THE best concert movie ever.  

Foma 320 Soft Film

This is what the manufacturer states:” is a panchromatically sensitized special negative black and white film with fine grain, good resolution and contour sharpness. ”   They recommend development in THEIR chemical developer which is where my photos went off the track - have it on order now.  

Needless to say this stuff was anything but fine grained.  I haven’t seen this large of grain anywhere.  Was developed in HC110 B.  Will show the next roll shot as per their recommendations.

Lewis Hamilton - 4th Championship !!

2012 was the first time I’d watched F1 - at the inaugural race in Austin, TX.  We all had no idea who we liked but sitting on turn 11 I decided I’d follow Lewis Hamilton because he seemed to get out of the hairpin sooner than the competition.  He won that race and now has won his 4th world championship.  He deserves everything he’s gotten.  I think , as do many others, the next one to watch for is Max Verstappen

Guanella Pass

Started off as a simple drive from Georgetown up Guanella pass to Highway 285.  Blue sky…..but it’s Colorado so of course there was snow!

Santa Fe

A quick trip to Santa Fe - a fan favorite.  Side trips to Madrid, Galesteo and Tent Rock.  Wonderful dinners in town.  It’s a spiritual place for me.

Kansas in BW

Returned to Monument Rocks this time with BW film.  Not just any film but the recently released Ferrania Film from Italy.  Pretty happy about how the film performed.  It’s an ISO 80 film so not real speedy but it’s worth it to have such nice negatives to work with.  While in Kansas I stopped by the Finney County Courthouse which is where Smith and Hickock were tried and found guilty of murdering the Klutter family

Americana Opening Nite

Kinda corny to stand next to your entry but it’s what I typically like to do.  Some very nice photos on display.  The one selected of mine for inclusion is probably not the one that I would have selected.  All in all I feel very honored to have anything of mine selected.

Modern Americana

Entered a local photo contest where the theme was Americana- upon closer inspection they are going for ‘modern’ americana which is a tough one.  How to know what subject now will be held in regard in 10 years as americana?     Also what’s modern for me is likely to be old school for others.  Anyway for better or worse these are my entries.

Cheap Sunglasses ///// I mean lenses

Some with a $68 Chinese AF Nikon mount lens - it’s not great but they are now charging hundred of $s for “art” lenses that aren’t in focus.  So this is better.  They did want to know if I want a $13 repair plan - what a joke - that’s what trash cans are for.

Diverse Friends

Spotted at a friends house.  While I totally despise this ass-hat I respect my friend so we don’t talk much politics.  Won’t lead either of us to change our minds so it would be a battle with no winners.  And once this POS POTUS ( just coined this acronym - like it?)  is gone I still would like to have my contrarian friends around.  

Book sold instead of being Kept

This book was recommended on The Online Photographer  which is a thinking persons photography blog by Mike Johnston.  So I went and ordered it as a lightly used version from Amazon. I was saddened to see this upon opening the book

The owner was given this book by his parents but at some point he decided he needed to off load it.  I have had the pain and angst of selling off 40-50 photo books at a single time.  It’s heart wrenching, but I’ve never sold a book with a dedication in it.  I will strive to enjoy it as someone’s parents had intended.

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