A diptych is a combination of two images placed immediately next to each other to make an artistic statement or comparison. The photographs can be identical or they can be different; there are no hard and fast rules – they simply have to be next to each other.

When I bought the Kodak H35 Ektar half frame point and shoot it wasn’t so much with the idea of saving money by getting two exposures on a normal 35mm frame, although there is that to think about.  It was actually to see if one could actually get a diptych in camera.  It’s a bit of hit or miss to get two similar subjects next to each other AND in the same vertical vs. horizontal orientation.  The examples here were shot relatively randomly.

Georgia O’keefe Photographer

Denver Art Museum had a great exhibit of and about Georgia O’keefe’s photography.  Most of us including me ( until seeing this exhibit) think of GO as this great painter who was married to Alfred Steiglitz a central figure in 20th century photography.  She was however her own photographer relying on her circle of friends who were also photographers to expand her repertoire.  Todd Webb was one such friend.  She was more concerned about shape, position and light than learning the technical aspects of exposure and development.  The photos in the exhibit  were at times very small, almost like what you would get from a drugstore processing.  The O’Keefe family had always embraced photography but it appears that Georgia’s serious efforts began when she was in her 60’s.  

Shot by Todd Webb

Todd Webb

This Ain’t Right !

Preacher and his wife robbed of $1 million in jewelry during sermon

It isn’t shocking that someone is robbed in broad daylight but what the F’in Jesus was this preacher doing with a million in jewels!  That’s the story.

I have the perfect song for this situation.

Now you fashion-lovin’ Christians sure give me the blues
You must unload, you must unload
You’ll never get to heaven in your jewel-encrusted high-heeled 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

Half Frame for the Half Wit

I’m starting this blog without having seen my first roll out of this camera.  It is a plastic 1/2 Frame camera.  Instead of 24 mm x 36 mm negative frame - it shoots 24 mm x 18mm  - this now gives it a vertical format instead of a horizontal one. It also doubles the number of farms per roll.  It is a point and shoot with a simple lens.  They suggest shooting it with ISO 100 or 200 film - it does have a flash for indoor shots.  

I just finished this roll while traveling to Kansas.  For my C41 I’ve gotten lazy and just pay the money to have TheDarkroom.com do the work.  I have the C41 kit by tomography sitting at home but in order to use it so it doesn’t go bad one would have to save 10 rolls at a time to develop.  Anyway it also makes it hard to wanna do it myself with the service and quality coming from The DarkRoom is so good

I am pretty impressed with the quality of this little plastic beast. Might be worth using on Ektachrome given the high cost of slide film - probably would stick to shooting it in outdoors.

The images above are uncut straight from the camera diptych frames.  This can be difficult to get them this way but you could shoot 3 shots and at two of them should form a pair.

What Is a Diptych?

Here is the diptych definition, put simply a diptych is an object that is made up of two parts, a singular piece of artwork formed by a pair of panels joined together. Diptych artwork can feature paintings, photographs, drawings, carvings, or any flat piece of artwork.

Don’t Pet the Fluffy Cows!

My favorite Bison rancher, Dan O’brien doing a Public Service Announcement about people continuing to think that they can get close to bison and survive.  Every year typically in Yellowstone several tourists are injured or killed because they do not heed the warnings from the park rangers.

Storm Photos

On my way home from Goodland , KS I went thru some amazing cloud and rain formations.  Nothing serious or dangerous but just interesting shafts of rain back lit with the setting afternoon sun.  Here they are -  some are slightly redundant but interesting nonetheless.  OBTW they were all shot in color and then taken into BW as I think this makes them more dramatic

Outside my Window

Just got into my Hotel Room here in Colby, KS for my two day stint working.  The A/C was on full blast with the shades closed.  While I appreciate the cold on a day of 100 degF it was a bit much.  After getting the A/C turned down - I opened up the shades to find this.  What else would you expect in Rural Kansas?  Glad to see the land being used to grow something.

Syracuse in July

Motel in Saratoga

Hilary and I getting ready for DMB

The Man Himself

At the Diner

Manlius Swan Pond

Oneida Lake -Sylvan Beach

Indie and Luna

24 sec. shot clock

Rodney at the Cafe


A brief trip to Syracuse to visit with family.  Was able to see my one and only grandchild, Ivria.  Spent time with Alex and Lisa, her parents.  Then it was off to Oneida Lake where I stay with Hilary and Kris.  This entailed a Dave Mathews Band concert at the Saratoga Performing  Arts Center.  There was visiting with Luna and Indie, Hilary’s new but large dogs.

Centura - The Worst

I believe that many corporations are bad - I only have experience  with one medical corporation up close and that’s Centura which is an amalgamation of CHI ( Catholic Health Initiative) and the Adventist Church.  As the petition states orange Flight for Life plane and helicopter colors are themselves their own brand.  They’ve been around for over 50 years and now administration wants to change colors to better fit in with their brand.  Estimated cost to repaint the fleet $1 million or more. I was only given a 3% raise this year - about a third of inflation.  But they have money to repaint equipment that doesn’t need this.

A couple of months ago this same CEO pleaded with staff not to bring in the union.  This is why you need a union because clearly Administration is clueless as what a health systems priorities should be.  I am in the enviable position of being a part time worker .  So if Centura ever reads this:

1] It’s called freedom of Speech

2] It’s called truth to power

3] Peter Banko save your BS proclamations about God’s love and the work we do on his behalf.  Try walking the walk for once

More Ektachrome

Why do I shoot E-100?  Well I wasn’t for awhile - it’s expensive at almost $20 a roll, costs $3 more than C41 to develop at TheDarkroom.com and I used to think it was hard to shoot because of it’s limited exposure latitude.  All of this is true but I shot a last remaining roll about a month ago and I was amazed at the beauty of the output.  I don’t think I could shoot a steady diet of it but for certain projects it’s worth it.  For difficult lighting just bracket your exposures.

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