Sunday, April 29, 2012

WWPD, 2012

"Steve" standing tall on WWPD, 2012San Pedro House on WWPD, 2012San Pedro River on WWPD, 2012"Steve" and his bunkhouse on WWPD, 2012Eastwards towards the River , on WWPD, 2012

WWPD, 2012, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Here they are- the pinhole photos I made on Worldwide Pinhole Day, 2012. Please go over to WWPD and check out the amazing work of the photographers from around the world who participated in Worldwide Pinhole Day, 2012!

It looks like everyone had a great time!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

introducing...wasabicam!

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I made a camera today in honor of Worldwide Pinhole Day, 2012, which is tomorrow!

Meet "wasabicam"! It is made from a little wasabi powder container. It has a great light-tight lid, and a nice focal length for it's relative size. It takes a little paper negative that is 3 inches x 1.625 inches. The pinhole is .012 inches- the smallest size drill bit that I have! Phew!

I am looking forward to putting it through it's paces tomorrow for WWPD 2012!

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is tomorrow, 4.29.12!

pinhole photo of the CaveKids in 2009, with the cookie tin pinhole camera.

I'm getting all geared up for Pinhole Day tomorrow! WWPD ("Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day" is a worldwide effort, where anyone can take a picture with a pinhole camera, and upload it to an international gallery. Just think...the whole world, photographed in pinhole, from one day in history, viewed in one gallery!

 In honor of the day, I am making a new pinhole camera, from a little wasabi container.  It's a perfect camera container- light-tight, (great lid!) round (for great distortion!) with a large-enough focal length for it's dimensions.  I just hope I have a hobby drill bit small enough to make the aperture. (pinhole)- the focal length being only about 5 cm (2 inches).  It will use photographic paper as the recording medium. ("film")



Wasabicam is still full 1/2 way with wasabi powder, so I guess the CaveFamily better make some sushi today to use it up!

Here is a video, showing some Italian news footage of a pinhole gallery exhibit, as well as some very cool pinhole cameras..check it out!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

more f.0 blurry flower therapy

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f.0 blurry flower therapy, a set on Flickr.

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I reversed the my 50mm portrait lens to create these macro, shallow dof images of local windflowers. It's blurry flower therapy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cochise County History On The Move, on display at Benson City Hall, Benson, Az, April, 2012


paint can pinhole camera, paper negative, 9 sec exp, developed in Caffenol C.

In our April following of the Cochise County History On The Move project, we found ourselves in Benson, Az, at City Hall, where the display has been set up in their courtyard.

However, our visit was on this past Saturday, and the courtyard was locked up behind the iron gate! The display is available for browsing Monday-Friday, during regular business hours only.

Oh well! Paint can cam (and the tripod) trespassed through the gate a few inches, and captured this panoramic of the display- an interesting view I have not captured yet.

When clicking on the photo for a larger view, you can recognize some of the life-sized photos of historic players in Arizona's young days:

Right in front is the back side (silhouette) of Sierra Vista police chief, C. Reed Vance, and then in the background from left to right:
A.R. Spikes, Rex Allen (Sr), Edward Roseberry Monk, Dr. James S Douglas, Naiche, Harrison M. Lavender *or* Raul Hector Castro, Else Tolles, Unidentified Man, and Jimmie Judd.

photo made April 7, 2012, Benson, Az.

Visit Cochise 100's photostream for more information, as well!

The state of Arizona turns 100 years old in 2012, and the centennial projects and celebrations abound around here! The Cochise County History On The Move Display is one such centennial project.

This project features life-sized (or nearly so) rigid historic photographs of folks who paved the way in Cochise County, Arizona's early years. The display will travel around to different locations throughout the year.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blurry Flower Therapy


I found a spare 5 minutes today to spend with some tiny "weed"-daisies in my backyard.  Some part of me just loves shallow depth of field, and flowers make such a beautiful and interesting study, with their multiple layers of pedally goodness.

I took my 50mm portrait lens off my camera, and turned it around backwards to get this ultra-macro, ultra f.0 shallow blurry look.


These past few months have been very busy with the kids' activities, and I have had next to no time for photographing.  However, the schedule is changing for the warmer months, and I feel a glimmer of hope about having some more moments like this one today...for photography therapy.





 A funny thought just occurred to me...as much as I love the feel of shallow dof, this is how my vision looked while trying on a pair of progressive-lensed eyeglasses.  (I should be wearing bifocals...according to my last few eye exams)  I would think I would enjoy viewing the magical world like this all the time, but not through glasses-only through the camera!

Ahhh...blurry flower therapy!