The Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building.

The Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building

California State University, Stanislaus.

We’d drive past this unusual bit of modern architecture every time we visited Torri’s grandmother in Turlock, CA.

I couldn’t resist getting a few shots using the *ist D with the Lensbaby attached.

Converted to black and white in Photoshop using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in.

Box Camera Now.

Box Camera Now

A great little book by Lukas Birk & Photographers around the world.

I spotted this book on IG’s explore. Awesome. Had to have it.

The book shipped from France. Roughly 60 or so contemporary photographers who shoot mostly portraits with the Afghan Box Camera. It’s filled with short bios of each accompanied by a handful of their pictures.

At roughly 5.5″ x 7.5″ and 1.5″ thick, the covers are made from wood and the binding is a little sensitive. I’ve already separated a few pages from the spine.

The pages are all black with white text, which makes it a bit difficult – for me personally – to read. The black works well as a background for the images, though.

Content-wise, it’s amazing. Page-after-page of breathtaking black and white portraits. 335 pages in all.

A very nice addition to the Morris family library.

Learn lots more…

She tells all.

She tells all

Psychic, baby.

Sandwiched between Vets & Pets and a Valero gas station on El Camino at Pomeroy, this was one of a handful of neon signs behind windows of a Psychic Readings shop that was very near our old Santa Clara home. Pretty cool.

I’ve taken shots of a few of those signs over the years, but this one is my fave. I found it again digging through the archive back in May. Digital, made with the Pentax 330GS.

A quick check of Google maps and it looks like the building’s still there.

I wonder if she knew about 2020… hmmmm.

Night…

Night and day

… and day.

I passed by this sign at least twice a weekday, to-and-from work for 15 years, as I navigated the El Camino Real. Such a cool old sign.

I checked Google Maps Street View and it appears that as of November 2019, the sign was still standing, but the neon’s been removed. Too bad.

I’d heard that it was going to be taken down. If that happened, I hope someone save it.

I made a special trip at night to get a shot of the neon lit up.

Four shots.

Circa 2006.

F Heart K, Sabrina’s Fancy Shoes, Spring Clean, Hollow.

Four shots with my first DSLR, the Pentax *ist D.

These images are all from my second photoblog, circa 2006.

I chose this particular camera because at the time, it was smaller, lighter, and easier to hold than any of the other brands.

It still works. And it’s in really good condition. Really. It looks like new.

It’s a great little camera. And I still have a good selection of lenses for it.

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.

Discoveries.

Totally worthy.

It’s funny how sometimes you look at a picture (or 3) and dismiss them as not being worthy. They’re put in an envelope or box, stored away, and quickly forgotten.

I came across these three Instax Mini 8 shots just before the start of Fall ‘Roid Week. They were in a Instax Monochrome box on my desk, a box I hadn’t opened for who knows how long.

I shuffled through all the pictures and noticed these three under-exposed shots being somewhat similar. Interesting.

Only then did it dawn on me to group them as an abstract triptych.

I like the way they look together.