Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Calendar for 2011

I have been making little pocket calendars, featuring my photographic project of Historic Brown Canyon Ranch in southeastern Arizona.  I find it very rewarding to be making something with my hands, that also involves my photography as artwork.  The fact that it's a calendar seems so appropriate as we ring in the new year here very shortly.  I hope to make several of these, and give them away to friends.

Here is a little video that presents the calendars I am making:

Thank you, Shutter Sisters, for sharing this calendar template, so that folks all over may create something wonderful with their artwork or photography!

A very Happy New Year to you!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Golden Days

While we don't have much of a chance of a White Christmas where I live, we do enjoy a Golden Midwinter!  The low, golden light of winter, in combination with our mostly clear skies, makes me stop what I am doing, and wonder at the gorgeousness of the world.

Sunrise on December 21st

  We visited our local riparian area on the solstice, and soaked in the golden light.

All the best to you and yours in these golden days, and in 2011!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total Eclipse 1:15 am

8 sec exp, f 5.6, 300mm focal length, ISO 100

Very eerie and dark!  Very difficult to focus.  Some high thin clouds, bleary eyes from waking up to the kitchen timer...

f 5.6, 66 sec exp, 300mm focal length, ISO 100
 I wanted a brighter moon, so I made this longer exposure.  You can see the moon's movement and star trails. 

But now I am very tired.  Good Night, Moon!  Good Night to you, too.  Happy Winter Solstice!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Eclipse Standby: 8:30pm

Ready to go for the eclipse!  Another hour and 15 minutes till start time...

Happy Winter Solstice, all you Northern Hemisphere-Dwellers!  Happy Summer Solstice to you down under!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Traveling Pinhole Camera Photographs the World

In March, 2010, I mailed a homemade pinhole camera to a Flickr friend, to see what images he could make with it.  I had made it from a circular tin that contained a gift of tea leaves.

Well, it has become a worldwide pinhole project!  The tea tin camera is changing hands all over the world, through photographers participating via Flickr.  It has photographed in Arizona, Hawaii, Barcelona Spain, and Oaxaca Mexico.  Currently, it is in transit to Dayton, Ohio, to continue it's adventures.

Please enjoy this slideshow of images made so far:

You can visit the project at Flickr:  Where in the World is the Tea Tin Camera? project.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Why hello there!

 pinhole photograph made in handmade metal tin camera, 20-sec exposure
historic Brown Canyon Ranch, Southeastern Arizona

 I'm making new beginnings here at the end of the year.  It seems like the right thing to do.  It's a new website and companion blog time for me, and I hope to share an image here and there, and keep the topic of this blog to photography and creativity-related topics.

For the past 3 years, my work has been almost completely steeped in pinhole and vintage camera photography.  There is something about making my cameras with my own two hands that is very important to my creative process right now.  I make my cameras out of recycled containers mostly- food cans and thrift store containers, mostly.  Occasionally, I even hollow out squashes and other suitable fruits that can be made light-tight, and make them into cameras.

Another intriguing characteristic of lensless photography is the slow exposures, and capture of long stretches of time onto a single negative.  The shape the negative is bent inside the camera (or not bent)  also affects how the image is distorted (or not), and makes for really surreal images.

My family and I explore many historical places in our state, and pinhole photography adds a haunting element to photographs made of these places of long ago.  I find my fascination for the history and the ghostly pinhole imaging goes hand in hand with each other.

Anyway, it's good to be here.  Come visit me at my new and developing website:  .

Have a bright and happy holiday season!