Bums.

Another drive-by shooting.

October 2007. Polaroid Spectra AF + Spectra 990 film.

Described as “Fall ‘Roid Week 2007, day two!”, here’s what I wrote about it for my original Flickr post

“I tried walking into this place once before. It gave me the heebie-jeebies! I had to leave. Really!

I was on my way home after work yesterday and knew this opportunity was presenting its spooky self once again. Since I was carrying my Spectra with me I decided to stop. I’m glad I did. I went in. Got permission from the owner. Took two shots. This was the better of the two. Still gave me chills, but I got the shot I’d envisioned.”

13 years later, I still have this camera. But no film. Polaroid Originals stopped making film for these cameras earlier this year and I know the Impossible folks aren’t producing any, either.

eBay prices are a little out of my comfort zone, so I guess my Spectra AF will be for display only.

Sad.

Live Oak.

Live Oak

Love. Hate.

It took me a coupla’ years to get into the rhythm of these trees. March, leaves. April-May, catkins. September, acorns.

Their shade is relief from the hot Texas summers, but the rest of the time they’re messy as hell and a ton of work.

We have old-growth Live Oaks out front and in the backyard, one of the relatively few homes in our young neighborhood where they were saved.

This past November we had them all trimmed back substantially, leaving a decent canopy. It’d been 3 years since that last happened.

They look so much better. I doubt they’ll be any less messy, though…

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…

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.