Shades of grey.

Two stems

Two stems

I ❤ B&W.

I shoot Black and White on purpose. JPG, not RAW. I know that won’t set right with the technical folk, but I’m okay with that.

There’s a setting on my LX100 called Dynamic Monochrome. I use that setting instead of making a color image and converting it to Black & White in Photoshop.

It does a great job of capturing subtle differences in tone, and it gives me a chance for instant feedback on the camera’s rear display.

SPECS | Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100, f1.7, 1/200, 1:1, Dynamic Monochrome

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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

 

‘Roid Week 2018.

Instant, with a twist.

I dig instant pictures. They’re so fun. So cool. I have a decent collection of old Polaroid cameras… SX70 Model 2, Land Camera 180, Colorpack II (and one I converted into a pinhole!), and Spectra AF. Plus a couple of NOS 600 One Step Close Ups – and film for most of them.  Like I said, fun. Cool.

The Fujifilm Instax SQ10 is another cool camera, and the camera I used for this year’s ‘Roid Week Spring 2018 shoot-out.

SPECS | Fujifilm Instax SQ10 + Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Film

 

 

Pencils.

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One of my many obsessions.

An iPhone6 shot displaying an arrangement of a few different types of pencils from my collection. The red KOH-I-NOOR is from my youth. I’ve even managed to hold onto a small German drafting tool kit I got when my Mom, Sister, and I visited relatives in Germany back when I was 13 years old.

But, yeah. I dig pencils and drawing and sketching. It’s an all-my-life kinda’ thing.

Cruisin’ Central Texas farm country.

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Beyersville BBQ & 17th Annual Lonestar Round Up

I mixed it up a little this year, taking in the Beyersville Hall BBQ just south of Taylor, an annual tradition that happens before the main event, but out in the boonies!

It was last Thursday, April 5 and very well attended. Lots of cool cars to gawk at and man, was that line for BBQ long!

I took the TtV rig this trip. It’s been a while since shooting with it and as usual, I got to explain the whole operation to a few curious folks catching my act.

The next day I headed south on SH130, arriving at the Travis County Expo Center around 11 a.m. The Lonestar Round Up is my favorite car show, at least so far. It certainly is the largest gathering I’ve seen. Maybe even bigger that the Good Guys shows I attended in Northern California all those years.

At LSRU I used the GX8, the LX100, and the Fujifilm Instax SQ10. A good mix, I think.

Snapped a few keepers…

 

Spring has sprung.

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Color everywhere.

I am not going to miss Winter one bit. See ya!

But I am looking forward to a few fun outings coming up in the next week or so.

It’ll feel good to get out with cameras instead of just hanging out around the house and snapping pictures of growth in our gardens, not that I couldn’t find beauty out there, but it’ll be a welcome change of scenery.

We’re driving to Round Top for the Antiques Fair and I’m gonna go to the Lonestar Round Up. I might even squeeze in a stroll with PhotowalksATX.

Plenty of new stuff to see and shoot.

One more nifty thing, I was selected as JPG Magazine’s Member of the Week for March 16, 2018.

The comeback kid.

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Fall Mum

We found this gorgeous yellow mini-Mum at Costco last fall. It threw out quite a few flowers before the Winter freezes hit, and it managed to make it through the bits of snow we saw here in December. After trimming away dead wood a few weeks ago, it started to really explode with new growth. I can’t wait to see it show little yellow blossoms…