Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jerusalem Photo Store

I was recently in Israel, and I found a Photo Store in Jerusalem's "Old City:"

I took my Holga with me when I was there, so I'll post a few scanned negatives in the next few days after I get my film back. Stop back soon...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

People Who Create Art

A beautiful/horrible truth from Zen Pencils:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tip: Get a Good "Tiny Backpack"

In the past year, I've really became a fan of my little "backpack" camera bag:

(With a water bottle for scale, shot with my cellphone because my "good" camera is packed in there.)

It's a TEK by Tamrac, and it's very tiny. I don't use it that much, but it's great in the right situations. It only looks "bigger" in that photo because it's pretty stuffed for my upcoming trip to Israel. In that tiny pack is:

- dSLR with 28-135 IS lens
- detachable flash
- a Sony Action Cam (like a GoPro), manual, waterproof case, and cords
- Holga medium format camera
- roll of black tape (to tape up Holga after loading it each time)
- 7 rolls of 120 medium format film
- 2 different battery chargers (one for my point-and-shoot and one for my dSLR)
- an extra battery for my dSLR
- case with 4 CF cards
- case with 3 SD cards
- 8 extra AA batteries for flash

The best part of this is that I can unload most of that in my hotel room in Israel, and then load it up with other things for half-day outings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

On a related note, stay tuned for some possible photos from Israel. Now, back to packing...

Monday, January 06, 2014

Frozen Bubbles

The temperature was 23 below 0 when I woke up this morning, and the wind chill was around 40-50 below. What's the best thing to do? I don't know about you, but I grabbed my camera, some of my son's bubble solution, and headed outside to photograph some frozen bubbles.

(This isn't high fine art - this is just fun with the cold and a camera.)

Click each image to enlarge it.

Frozen and dented on the ground.

I shattered this one by sticking my finger in it.

Now pardon me as I thaw out my fingers and toes.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Negatives Frozen in Antarctica for 100 Years

A box of 22 exposed but unprocessed negatives were recently found in a block of ice in Antarctica. The Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust were working to restore an old exploration hut, and they discovered the cellulose nitrate negatives. They believe the images were left there by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, which became stranded on Ross Island when their ship blew out to sea during a blizzard in 1914.

The negatives were painstakingly processed, and the images turned out. They're far from perfect, but they showed scenes from an Antarctic exploration 100 years ago:

See the rest of the images in a little slideshow HERE.

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