Journey through the past.

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Drop it.

It must have bothered me. Not enough to act immediately, but I’ve felt compelled lately to right a wrong that occurred some 10 years ago.

I really liked it. Was getting a lot of use out of it, too. I even took it to Omaha, Nebraska. Walked all over town with it while attending a conference for the university. Got amazing results with it. I absolutely loved the user-interface and menu system. Check out the specs on DPReview…

And then one day after work I was getting out of the truck and I dropped it. It wasn’t the first time that had happened. It was the third. And final.

It came with one strap lug and a hand strap. Not my favorite set-up. I’ll never be a fan of that configuration.

I absolutely loved the user-interface and menu system.

Over the years, I’d occasionally scour eBay to see if anyone was selling theirs. In early November I finally found a used Samsung NV11 in near mint condition for an extremely reasonable price. $66, including shipping.

When it arrived, I spent a couple of days reacquainting myself. Played with all the settings and took a bunch of meaningless pictures that eventually got deleted.

It was one of three cameras I used yesterday while on a photo stroll near the Texas State Capitol in Austin. PhotowalksATX. Great gang of folk.

I purposely set it to black and white and ISO 1600, and off I went…

 

 

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Polka. Polka. Polka.

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The Fifth First Annual Polkapocalypse.

I’ve long been a fan of the accordion, in spite of the fact that I was forced as a young child to take lessons, as was my sister! The squeezebox we used back then still exists and is in the hands of my good friend Marty K. It’s so tiny!

Playing the accordion is somewhat of a tradition in my mostly German family, so I got to hear a lot of polka songs growing up. Not a bad thing, really.

One of the first events I discovered after moving to Central Texas was the Polkapocalyspe at the Elisabet Ney Museum near East 45th and Avenue G in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, Texas. The concert is co-sponsored by another Central Texas non-profit, Texas Folk Life.

I was first taken by the awesome graphic design used to promote the event – an illustration of a skeleton wearing a sombrero, playing an accordion – using typography entirely suitable for Halloween, or more likely, Dia de los Muertos.

The 2018 event fell on Sunday, October 28 which just happened to be one of the prettiest days we’ve had this Fall. With temperatures in the low-mid 80s, it was perfect weather for a free outdoor concert. The fest ran from noon to 5:30 p.m.

The drive down to Austin was painless and I got there early enough to easily find a parking spot just a few steps away from the corner lot where the concert was happening.

Specs | Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 + Olympus 12-40 ƒ2.8 PRO

I walked around the corner lot first, checking out the lay of the land and picking up a museum t-shirt while snapping a few pictures. I returned to the Escape to drop off the shirt, then walked over to the museum for a quick look-see.

After 20 minutes or so of wandering around inside and exploring both floors, I headed back to the concert, which was just starting.

There were a number of partnering vendors situated around the open field, but I spotted one vendor right in the middle of the action, in the shade, with a screen printing apparatus, printing t-shirts with the Polkapocalyspe branding. I stood in line for one of them. Well worth the wait. Pretty cool.

I got quite a few portraits, using the GX8 paired with the new-to-me 12-40mm ƒ2.8.

Even though I had some success, in retrospect I should have brought along my adjustable neutral density filter and a tripod. Next time…

 

Zoom!

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A new toy to play with.

I’ve been wanting the Olympus 12-40 ƒ2.8 PRO for while. Counting the kit lens that came with my GF1 years ago, this is the second MFT zoomer I own.

I have a Sigma 24-70 ƒ2.8 for my Pentax *ist D and K10D that I’ve always liked. Great lens. It’s nearly twice the size of the Oly 12-40! Huge. And heavy.

The 12-40 has great macro capability. I didn’t really find any praise for that aspect of the lens when I did my online research, so figuring that out while playing around with it was a pleasant surprise.

It’s attached to the Panny GX8 and I can see how this lens might stay permanently attached… so versatile.

I’ll post some shots after I get out with it a bit, which is likely this Saturday for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.

I plan on joining the morning stroll in Dripping Springs and if I have any steam left, I’ll be heading over to South Congress in Austin for an afternoon stroll with a different group.

Something a little different.

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Carpooling to the nursery.

In an effort to meet other people that’re into gardening, I recently became a little more active on Meetup.com where I joined a local gardening group.

The group is limited to 50 people, and every time I tried to join, it was maxed, so it took a while to get in as I waited – somewhat patiently – for others to leave the group. My persistence paid off.

Sunday afternoon 3 of us carpooled down to Austin’s Tillery Street Plant Co. and East Austin Succulents.

Pretty cool little side-by-side nurseries. Lots of plants and pots and plenty of shade with good-sized electric fans spinning to keep everything and everybody cool.

My new friends, Kali and Chris, both purchased something from East Austin Succulents and I found a great terracotta pot at TSPCo for the red and white Vinca our neighbors gave us a few weeks back.

The trip was a little over 2 hours total and I had a blast. Always good to meet new folk.

 

Pistons on the Square.

A hot and sticky June Morning.

I woke up early yesterday to drive up to  Georgetown for the monthly Pistons on the Square car show.

Beautiful setting, the town square is, just off the main drag, South Austin Avenue.

I only lasted about an hour and a half, as there weren’t as many cars as usual. Making the walk around the court house twice, I got a few good shots and talked to quite a few rodders.

Not too shabby.

 

Walking around a craft fair.

We got out yesterday with friends, taking in Vintage Market Days at HEB Center in Cedar Park. While it seemed less vintage and more manufactured ‘Shabby Chic,’ there were still a few interesting and cool objects hiding amongst the mundane.

The morning started out cloudy and a bit windy, proving to be a challenge for vendors. Stuff flying everywhere! The cloud cover cleared an hour after we arrived, but the wind persisted. And it got warm. Hot.

We lasted 2 hours, total. Other than a bit of sun, we didn’t come away with much. It was a fun outing, nonetheless .

We headed for a well known, local chain Tex-Mex restaurant that was nearby, one that had recently opened in this part of town, but we’d not yet tried. Chow was great – I had chicken enchiladas – but their margaritas could’ve been better.

Pretty decent morning, all the way around.

Here are a few pictures I made with the TtV rig…

SPECS | Pentax *ist D, Sigma 28-135 3.8-5.6 macro + Kodak Duaflex II, art board contraption + Urban Acid, modified

 

The Annual Lensless Sunday.

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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2018.

About two weeks ago I broke out the GF1/Pinwide combo in anticipation of WPPD2018, hoping to, ahead of the main event, recapture the mojo this combo dishes out. I stayed within the confines of our garage, looking for intersting objects and compositions to shoot, and came away with a few decent shots.

Happy enough with the results of my tinkering, I put the camera aside and started prepping for ‘Roid Week Spring 2018. Yet another somewhat specific challenge that I enjoy participating in twice a year. There’s always hope that the images I submit will gain a post in one of the daily fave threads in the Flickr group, but that didn’t happen this time around. What did happen was one of my SQ10 shots made the Utata front page. An honor. Thanks again, Greg.

So, WPPD2018 arrived. I got out with the GF1/Pinwide combo late morning, walking around areas of the neighborhood still under construction. Great weather, but at that time of day the light can be a bit tricky. I found a lot of interesting things to shoot in that part of the development.

I wandered back into our part of the ‘hood and navigated the big loop that leads back to our home. I know it’s not cool to trespass to get a shot, but sometimes the risk is worth the reward. I may have done that a time or two. Maybe.

I made it home safely. Mission accomplished. I made 77 images, with 18 keepers, and 9 worthy of sharing.

SPECS | Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1, 1:1, ISO 3200, Dynamic Black and White + Wanderlust Pinwide, 22mm, f128