Instant fun.

‘Roid Week Spring 2021.

I might be ready for @polaroidweek

I’ll be getting out Sunday afternoon for a photowalk. 5 instant cameras. 10 packs of instant film.

It’ll be my first excursion with other photographers since February last year. Masked. It’ll be a ton of fun and I’m super stoked.

‘Roid Week Spring 2021 runs April 18 through 23.

Here’s the Flickr group.

Party time.

It’s been a hell of a year.

The last photographic event/outing I participated in was the 2020 FP4+ Party, back around the first week of March, just before the lockdown.

That week I ventured out on my own, but ran into people, talked, and generally did what I always do when I go out shooting.

Since then I’ve stuck pretty close to home. My choice, for a number of reasons.

This year the FP4+ Party be my first event/outing. Fitting, really.

The 2021 Party schedule…

April 5th – 11th, shoot
April 12th – 18th, develop
April 19th – 25th, post

By the time April 5th rolls around, I’ll have had my second Pfizer jab. I’ll still observe CDC protocols, but I think it’ll be okay to get out shooting if I limit my interactions with people.

It’ll be fun to shoot and develop a handful of 120 rolls. It’s been a while, I’ll probably have to mix up a fresh batch of D76.

A little less than a month to go.

Side note: I’m gonna hafta miss the GTX Photo Fest this time around. Bad timing, as my second jab comes a few days after. 2022 for sure.

Downtown.

Around the plaza.

My familiarity with downtown San Jose is a result of working at The Tech Museum of Innovation from 2000-2006.

I did web marketing and design for the museum and it was the coolest job I had in my 43 years of working.

The museum was just off Plaza de César Chávez, kitty-corner from the San Jose Museum of Art. The Tech staff was housed in a building around the corner on West San Carlos, and I had a decent sized work-space near the entrance, big enough to park my old Schwinn Collegiate in my office.

Whenever the weather was decent, I’d jump on my bike at lunch and ride around downtown with cameras, my Domke F6 fitting perfectly in the basket hanging from the handlebars.

Lots to see and shoot, with San Jose State, City Hall, The Children’s Museum, Japan Town, and older parts of town well within reach on bicycle at lunch hour.

Jump ahead to 2007, after a short stint as webmaster for San Jose State I landed at Santa Clara University, where I did web marketing until I retired in 2015.

The lure of the city was strong and I would still head downtown on occasion, just to find interesting and unusual subjects for photography.

These six shots were taken around the plaza late December 2008 using my old Pentax K10D and a Sigma 28-135 ƒ/4 zoom/macro lens.

Uniform.

Locked up.

Canon PowerShot S3IS, downtown San Jose back around January 2007.

I’d just started working at San Jose State and lunchtime walks in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus were a nice break in the day.

I really can’t recall where this bike shop was, though…

Out and about.

In nature.

Four shots from Garey Park

Torri n’me took a drive over to Garey Park yesterday morning. It’s about a 12 minute drive from the house. Not bad. It was a beautiful Fall day here in Central Texas. Not a cloud in the sky and low 70s. Perfect for a hike.

We strolled the meadow and along the south fork of the San Gabriel River, probably walking a little over a mile. I got a few shots with the X100V and she used her iPhone.

The morning’s highlight was a pair of deer crossing our path about 15 feet in front of us, and Torri exclaiming “oh, look!” and scaring them into the bush before I had a chance to raise my camera.

The only people we ran into were the young lady taking our $4 for entry (Tuesdays are half price) and right at the end, two ladies walking their big brown Standard Poodle, Bugsy. We gave them plenty of room, 20-25 feet between us.

This was our first venture from the house for fun since March. Seemed like walking early morning around a big park would be safe, and yup, it was.

Kings Hwy.

The sign.

I maaaaay have taken a picture or two of this sign.

It stood at Washington and El Camino in Santa Clara, not far from the SCU campus, on a corner lot filled with old, dilapidated bungalows.

I drove past this sign on my way to, and from, work, every weekday for 8 years.

Some shots were taken with film cameras, some with digital.

I recall riding my bike the nearly 2.5 mile trip from our home down El Camino one Saturday morning – with a bag of cameras – to shoot this awesome sign.

A relic of a bygone era.

Sadly, the sign is no longer standing.

I checked Google Maps Street View and all that remains is an empty lot with a tan colored slat/chainlink fence surrounding it.

I’d bet it’s likely condos or high-density housing fill the lot today.

I hope someone saved the sign.

One more.

EZPZ.

Another example of using my iPhone 8 and the @pixllatr to digitize a black and white negative. It’s working quite nicely.

This shot’s from 2006, Billetproof Antioch. Hasselblad 500cm/80mm + Fuji Neopan Acros 100.

Previously unpublished, love all that shiny chrome.

Kismet happens.

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Feelin’ lucky?

We celebrated our 5th year of Texas Life back around mid-June. A milestone that prompted me to look through the many TtV shots I’ve made so far here in Central Texas, picking out these 9 faves.

That simple exercise got me thinking about photography and kismet.

Fate, I believe, is a more powerful force than luck.

What’s the famous quote about luck? Samuel Goldwyn said “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” He was right. Being prepared is always an advantage.

Luck runs out. Fate doesn’t.

Fate is always peeking around a corner. In your face. Even if you don’t recognize it, fate’s knocking on your door. Tapping you on the shoulder. Fate is the wrong turn you made. The person you met. Fate is the walk you took.

Years of looking through a viewfinder has taught me much, but the one thing I know for certain is magical photos are made when least expected.

Sometimes, kismet happens.

FP4 Plus Party, Dev Week part one.

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Smena 8M + 35mm.

This was my first time out with the Smena. It’s a quirky little Russian camera. Plastic. Toy-like, if not for the fact that it has apertures and shutter speeds and a cocking shutter.

I put gaffer tape over the seams on the lid to the film compartment just in case of light leaks. The viewfinder is pretty close to useless.

Results…
– 27 shots out of a 24 shot roll. Cool.
– 1 accidental double exposure.
– A few underexposed, a few overexposed.
– A handful of not perfectly exposed.
– Bunches not quite framed up the way I’d intended.

Can’t really tell about focus, but there are probably a few keepers, and I’ll know which to submit next week once I run them through the scanner.

Tomorrow.

This is an iPhone shot of the negs, cut and slipped into a negative preserver, placed on an LED light pad, inverted in Photoshop.

Today I’ll tackle the 120 film development.