Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 26, 2013

Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay, California by Crunchy Footsteps
paintcan pinhole camera, paper negative, 20 sec exp, developed in Caffenol C, colorized in Photoshop

Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay, California




I was hoping that paintcan's very wide angle view could capture the entire length of Coronado Bridge from this vantage point...(a park on Coronado Island) Not to bad, I'd say! (-:

This was minutes before the fog came into the bay from behind the bridge. I felt sorry for the motorists up on the bridge as the fog rolled in!

image location: Coronado Island, California, looking out onto San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge

image made: January 26, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 23, 2013



Today's post features another moving picture!

I've been waiting on finishing my pinhole processing of the Imperial Sand Dunes, before making a little Dunes video, so I could include them.  This is my family's point-and-shoot camera footage of our stop at the Imperial Sand Dunes in California, with the pinhole images in the mix, as well.

This was just a little side stop on our way to San Diego, for Daughter's gymnastics meet last month.  It turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip!  What a beautifully, haunting place.

location: Interstate 8, exit 156, Grays Wells Road.

This is largely an ATV recreational area, and a week-long permit is required for camping and driving on the dunes.  You can't buy the permit on site- but it must be purchased either in Yuma or El Centro.  We talked to the very nice campground host, who told us that we could briefly visit without the pass, meaning we could walk on to the dunes from the parking area, so long as we did not drive on the sand.  We did this, and had a great awe-inspiring time.

You can also drive down Grays Wells Road to an exhibit of an authentic portion of a wood plank road, which was used from 1914-1927, for the old Model Ts to cross.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 22, 2013

Plank Road, 1914-1927- Imperial Sand Dunes, California by Crunchy Footsteps
paint can pinhole camera. paper negative, 25-sec exposure, developed in Caffenol C, colorized in Photoshop


Plank Road, 1914-1927- Imperial Sand Dunes, California



Back in the day that the new Model Ts were conquering the landscape, the Imperial Sand Dunes posed a challenge. Traction on the dunes was impossible, and the wind constantly shifted the sand, changing the terrain.

Between 1914 and 1927, the solution was a movable wood plank road of seven miles in length, to cross the ever-moving and treacherous dunes. It was made up of 8x12-foot sections, and was moved by a mule team any time the road became covered in sand.

We visited a preserved section of this plank road at exit 156 (Grays Well Rd) off Interstate 8, in the Imperial Sand Dunes, California. It's an amazing construction, and equally amazing is how well this section is preserved, after 100 years of constant sand blasting!

image made January 24, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Project 365-ish: Februry 20, 2013





A snow day is a slow day....

Today's would-be photo is more poignant as a moving picture, thus, it is a little, tiny video instead.  (-:

We got a 1/2 snow day.  Our county doesn't have but a very small fleet of snowplows, so when it snows, and is below freezing, everyone runs for home.   Husband was released from work.  Son got out of drawing class early.  Son also doesn't have to work today.  Daughter got out of gymnastics practice.  Suddenly, the day has a whole new feel to it.  I can make dinner in a leisurely manner, and we can all eat together.  I am making brownies.  (I'm hiding butternut squash in them.  Shhh...)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 18, 2013

A sea of sand- Imperial Sand Dunes, California by Crunchy Footsteps
paintcan pinhole camera, paper negative, 6 sec exp, developed in caffenol c, colorized in Photoshop.

A sea of sand- Imperial Sand Dunes, California



Although difficult to see, this image was made at the top of a dune peak (the edge being in the lower left corner) looking out onto the sea of sand. It is a simple landscape- I felt somewhat at a loss of how to frame this image.

I love this landscape, though. I especially love how the wind changes the dunes, and how the sand cleaves into distinct shapes.

I also love how I got a huge workout climbing to the top! Phew! I thought climbing at sea level wouldn't tax this crunchy person, who lives at 4500 feet normally. The dunes kicked me, all right!

location: Interstate 8, exit 156, Grays Well Rd

image made: January 24, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 17, 2013

"high tension" outpost: Imperial Sand Dunes, California by Crunchy Footsteps
paintcan pinhole camera, paper negative, 8 sec exp, developed in Caffenol C, colorized in Photoshop


"high tension" outpost: Imperial Sand Dunes, California




The hum and crackle of the high tension electrical lines above me made me a little nervous as this image was made. Still, one notices that the power scaffolding  provides some kind of structure for people to gather around, out in the sea of sand dunes, where one might easily lose himself otherwise.

location: Imperial Sand Dunes, California, off I-8, exit 156, Gray's Well Rd.

image made: January 24, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 16, 2013

Approaching the outpost by Crunchy Footsteps
picassocam pinhole camera, paper negative, 8 sec exp, developed in Caffenol C, color added in Photoshop



"Approaching the outpost"

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We made a quick stop at the Imperial Sand Dunes along Interstate 8 in California a few weeks back. We were in a recreational area, a portion of the dunes reserved for ATV-ing and camping. The Dunes are a surreal, beautiful place, and although this was just a quick stop along the road to San Diego, was one of the highlights of our trip.

Imagine, if you will, trekking through the endless desert, and coming upon an outpost unknown to you. You are in great need of water, food, and supplies, as well as a good rest. The light leaks represent the encroaching fatigue upon your vision, as you deal with the relentless bright sunlight. Do you approach? Are they friendly?

In reality, it is a friendly and welcome outpost- being a restroom. (-:

location: exit 156 off Interstate 8, Gray's Well Rd.

image made: January 24, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 6, 2013

Below Sea Level... by Crunchy Footsteps
Picassocam pinhole camera, paper negative, 45 sec exp developed in Caffenol C, colorized in Photoshop, a wee bit of texture added to an otherwise bland sky



Below Sea Level...


Back in the early '90s, my then-boyfriend and I were traveling to San Diego in July. By the time we got to Yuma, it was hot, glaringly bright, and the A/C couldn't keep up. By the time we got to El Centro, it was brighter (2pm) and hotter. (120 deg F) I was fading fast. Then, it was the sight of this fertilizer tank, with the words, "sea level", marked with a line half way up the tank, that made me feel like I was about to dry up and blow away out the window. "Below sea level!!!" I exclaimed in disbelief. I felt like I was sinking down into Hell, taking all the heat with me. At the time, we were attending college up at 7,000 feet altitude, so it was quite a difference from everyday life!

The boyfriend became the husband a few years later, and last week, we came by this way again, with the kiddos. Thank goodness it was January instead of July! Husband pulled off I-8, and found the dirt road along the fence line, so I could get my pinhole of the tank. Two employees road up in their little golf cart, leery of what we were doing. We excused ourselves as crazy tourists, taking a picture of their fertilizer tank, with a metal can. I can't believe they bought it!

Image made January 24, 2013

ps for Husband: Yes, I concede- the tank is on the ((left)) side of the freeway!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 3, 2013

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier-turned museum, San Diego Harbor, California by Crunchy Footsteps
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier-turned museum, San Diego Harbor, California

Picassocam pinhole camera, paper negative, 45-sec exp, developed in Caffenol C

The USS Midway aircraft carrier was commissioned a week after WWII ended, and saw service through the Persian Gulf conflict- a total of 47 years. Also, It was the first ship that was too big to travel through the Panama Canal.

It is now permanently docked in San Diego Harbor, and is a museum with more than 70 exhibits within it's interior and top deck.

Here we are on the top deck in this image, with vintage aircraft parked and on display. It's a great place for the aviation buffs out there!

It is an enormous craft- I felt like I was in a giant warehouse on it's first deck,
instead of on a ship.

image made: January 25, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 2, 2013

Crystal Pier at Pacfic Beach, San Diego, California by Crunchy Footsteps
paintcan pinhole camera, paper negative, 1 min exp, developed in Caffenol C, colorized in Photoshop


Crystal Pier at Pacfic Beach, San Diego, California

It was a perfectly gray and muted green morning at the beach, with the rain coming in waves. I was surprised at the sun rays and overall brightness of the sky in this image, as the sky was as gray as can be. However, with a 60-second exposure, aimed right at the sun, it seemed to come out, after all.

A surfer paused a few seconds as he came out of the water, can you see his blur? Meanwhile, a seagull stood nearly motionless the whole exposure. Can you spot it? (-:

Image made January 25, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 1, 2013

Made with "picassocam" pinhole camera, paper negative, 3-min exposure, colorized in Photoshop.
There in the distance is the research pier of Scripp's Institute of Oceanography at La Jolla Beach, north of San Diego proper.  I had so much fun photographing the moving water!  I love it's soft effect on the rocks, over this long exposure. 

Another nice perk about using my homemade cameras is, I don't care if they get wet or sandy.   When there are no electronics to worry about, and the camera materials cost under 3 bucks, there is a bit of peace and serendipity to enjoy!