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Swimming With The Fishes

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Koi pond
Winterthur, Delaware — July 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak BW400CN + Commercial C-41 processing

Sailing Stones At Another Racetrack

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Moving rocks
Death Valley, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

One of the things I most eagerly wanted to see during our trip to Death Valley were the sailing stones at the Racetrack Playa, having learned about them many decades ago when I was attending design school.  However, a month or so before we went out to explore that vast area with my dad and sister, vandals struck the Racetrack and created 10-miles of ruts in the delicate dry lake bed — ruts that have ruined the experience for others of seeing the sailing stones for at least years, if not decades.  You can read all about the horror story of the initial vandalism here, here, and here; a follow-up one-year later where the damage had begun to fade somewhat here; and a variety of other images of the damage that was caused here. Continue Reading →

That’ll Last For Centuries

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Signs of clear cutting along the Cabin Trail
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Sunset Near Owsley Slough

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Fading light
Twin Bridges, Montana — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F 50 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Pristine View

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Looking across
Flathead Lake, Montana — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F 50 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Life Finds A Way

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Road embankment
Sula, Montana — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F 50 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

This tree appeared to be growing out of solid rock, showing just what life is capable of doing.  Also, not all the prettiest landscape photos have to be of grand vistas… sometimes you’re driving right by them.

New Results With Ancient Film

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Bear Rocks Preserve
Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia — June 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Plus-X Pan 125 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

There’s been a recent movement within the photography community to buy and use expired film, and in some cases — very old expired film.  This is an example of that, for this film was 27-years-old when I exposed it two years ago.  Just look at it — it’s phenomenal!  I was expecting it to deliver substandard results and very thin negatives, but it acted as if it was fresh film.

Buying expired film is a great way to save money, as each roll can be had for as little as $2.00 for a box of 36-exposure film.  Of course, it helps if the film was well cared for and kept in a fridge or deep freeze all that time, but still — the results can be nothing short of amazing.

And for those doubting the expiration date, below is the box that this film came from.

A New Day For General Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC.  It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.