Chapel of the Holy Cross

I was in Sedona, Arizona last week during the extreme heat and forest fires.  The combination created grey hazy sky’s and any chance of getting decent color photos of the chapel and rod rock country went up in smoke.  It was a good opportunity, however, to continue to experiment with black and white film.

Chapel of the Holy Cross


Chapel of the Holy Cross (2 of 5)


Chapel of the Holy Cross (5 of 5)


Chapel of the Holy Cross (4 of 5)


Big Eraser

This over sized eraser is half a block north of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.  This photo is one of 24 that I developed this morning.  This is the first for me.  The family all pitched in at Christmas and gave me most of the supplies I needed.  The hardest part of the process is getting the film on the darn reel that goes into the developing container.  I am very pleased at how they came out.  Up till now I have had all my film developed at Costco and they haven’t done a very good job.  They will only develop C-41type film and I’ve been wanting to try Kodak TX 400 which this is.

Big Eraser

Central Coast Snow

This photo is special to me for a couple of reasons.  First, having it snow on the Central Coast of California is very rare.  Secondly, it was taken with Fuji Velvia 50.  I have never used this film and wanted to see for myself what it was like.  I was driving to Santa Barbara this morning to drop off the role for developing and had one frame left.  One of those lucky things.  It was scanned at 1800 with a Plustek 8100.

Central Coast Snow 2_8_2013

Montana Horse

Montana Horse

If you follow this blog you may know I like to try B&W film occasionally.  It’s much harder than I thought it would be.  Colors can’t bail you out and the subject has to really be strong.  At least to me it does.  I haven’t shot many animals but having recently been in Montana there were lots of horses and here’s one I liked.  Developed and scanned.  No post processing at all.

Buckingham Tree

Bukingham Tree

I’m a sucker for old cabins, barns and gnarly trees.  Hard to pass them up.  The trees seem to always look better shot in B&W.  This is at Buckingham Lake near White Sulfur Springs, Montana.  I spent a week in this area fly fishing and taking photos. It was a fun trip and I’ll put others up on the site over the next few days.

Red and Green

Red and Green (1 of 1)

I make a weekly trek to San Luis Obispo to pick up whole beans at Peet’s Coffee.  It’s a busy and active place with a lot of foot traffic which makes it an interesting place for people watching.  This lady asked if I was “taking a picture of the pretty geraniums”?  Little did she know.


Along the Central Coast there are several rivers running from the foothills which flow into the Pacific. These rivers have created both interesting geological formations and fertile soil.  Cliffs wrap around a freshly plowed field. wrap

She’s Gone

She's Gone

I have been playing around with film and on the way home the Amtrak passed me.  I decided to pull into the station to look around.  I observed this gentleman hug is wife and put her on the train.  He stayed to watch her leave as did I.