Sunday, January 30, 2011

playing with color on black and white pinhole images

A week after getting home from our Lake Havasu trip and photo bonanza, all of the images from all of the cameras have been initially processed. All digital images noted, some post processed, Brownie 120 film has been developed, and some have been post-processed. Yesterday, I developed all 16 paper negatives from the pinhole cameras. I am pleased with most of the negatives, but I did expose a bit too long in-camera, on the whole.

I have been playing with the pinhole images lighthouse replicas in Photoshop today. I've been thinking about adding color to these as I was making them. Muted colors, yet saturated, so that the warmth and brightness of the sun is perceptible in them.

Here are some side-by-side comparisons of the post-processed images, with and without color:

Currituck Lighthouse replica

Main Buffalo Replica Lighthouse

Sandy Hook Replica Lighthouse

I really like this one.  The negative was very much overexposed, but was workable.   It seems to have a softer, pastoral look to it, maybe in part to the state of the negative. 

The odd swirls and uneven tones are due to internal reflection inside the camera, as far as I can tell.  I can spray the inside with a flat spray paint, but I think I like my little reflection muses.  I fancy they are the creative breaths that inspire me, posing in my pictures.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lake Havasu Lights

The Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club has installed (real-working) 1/3-sized replicas of vintage lighthouses at key places around Lake Havasu, in Arizona and California.

It's a big lake, with a 40-mile long, rugged volcanic rock coastline.  As we paddled and drove and strolled along the parks and beaches and marinas, we came upon these lovely lighthouses out of the blue, like one might in a a treasure or Easter egg hunt.

We happened upon 6 of the 20 lighthouses on this trip.  Here are the early-returning photographs, fresh from the two Brownie cameras...

This lighthouse is a special one.  It is a memorial to Captain Vic Reyes, who operated Vessel Assist Lake Havasu (search and rescue) for two years, till 2001.

West Quoddy is the first replica lighthouse erected by the Lake Havasu Lighthouse club, and was dedicated on June 30, 2002.

The real West Quoddy Lighthouse is located in Lubec, Maine, and is the farthest northeastern lighthouse in the United States.

We came upon these two lighthouses while paddling through the Bridgewater Channel in our inflatable canoe, "The Guppie" . (-:.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beautiful sunrise with a beautiful balloon

It was a fabulous photographic weekend and vacation with my family in Lake Havasu, Az!  We enough cameras with us to go around at least twice per person!  There were two pinhole cameras, two Brownie Hawkeyes, one Canon DSLR,  a Canon point and shoot, and my son's camcorder.  It was joyful flipping back and forth of equipment- film and digital, lens and lensless, electronic everything to low tech refrigerator magnet shuttering.

For starters, here is a video (with the Canon 2Ti DSLR) of the Saturday Morning flag ceremony at the Havasu Island Balloon Festival:

The balloon's name is "Concho", and is piloted by Ron Aros. The balloon team is from Tucson, Arizona.

Ron Aros dedicated this flight to his mother, who had passed away the previous day.

Friday, January 21, 2011

London Bridge is holding fast!

Did you know that a real London Bridge, that once spanned the River Thames, now spans a channel of Lake Havasu City? The bridge was replaced in London, after serving for 150 years. It was purchased and brought to Arizona, and put back together, brick by brick! This is an image from our evening walk at London Bridge last night. It is alive and well and beautiful.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brownies to go!

I found a great bag for both Brownie cameras, and am ready for travel! We are heading out of town into the big Arizona wilderness for, among other things, a photographic frenzy. Where we are going has 4 Arizona State Parks, just waiting to be photographed, and to become a part of my Arizona State Parks project.

The bag is also a back pack, and has side pockets for several rolls of film, my light meter, and pockets everywhere for information pamphlets and log book.   I hope it will be a great bag for continuing this project with greater ease.

Perhaps I'll be able to blog from our trip.  So
if so, see you then!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My friend, "Steve"

a new equipment practice session with an old friend...

"Steve" is a 200-year-old cottonwood tree in my local area. He was the subject of testing out the video on my new Canon 2ti DSLR. I am really happy to be able to use my usual SLR lenses for video on this new camera!!!

Other Equipment used: Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens, CAnon 75-300mm telephoto lens, Zoom H2 audio recorder. File format: m2ts. (now I need to experiment with HD file types in my video editor..)

Thanks for posing, Steve!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coming in for a Landing! Sandhill Cranes flock to Whitewater Draw

On January 2nd, we trekked out to Whitewater Draw, a wetlands area maintained by Az Game and Fish, to watch the sandhill cranes come in.  They pass through along their winter migration, and can be seen here from December through March.

Clck the audio player above to hear a recording we made while there.  Perhaps hearing the cranes will add something to the photos below, and give you a little taste of the experience.

Was it ever an experience!!!  High noon they came, mostly from the north, where they were foraging for breakfast...

There were thousands of them!!!  I can't stress how many birds there were!  It was the most birds I've seen in the sky at once since watching them fly south in my early midwestern days- where a kid could lie on her back and watch the birds go by overhead for long stretches of time.

 Just when you got a grasp on the number of birds present, tiny dots of v-patterns appeared from the clear blue sky far away- coming closer!  They just kept coming!!!

 I was told that they travel in family groups

I love their long, long legs!

The clearest photo I got was of this pair of ducks, who patiently shared the water with the passers-through.

The water was mostly frozen over during our visit.  It was fun to watch the ducks walking/skating on the ice, and then suddenly break through and plop into the water.  Burrrrrrrr!

The viewing of these birds is so revered and anticipated by local birders and others, that the nearby city of Willcox hosts a festival every year during the cranes' stay, called, Wings over Willcox.  Educational activities and birding excursions are the focus of the festival.

Welcome, sandhill cranes!