I took Friday off and we made a quick trip down to Norman. I had never been to the Sam Noble Natural History Museum
. The kids have all been several times, as had Robbie, but for some reason or other I’ve never made it. It also gave me a great chance to try out my new Leica M8! Here are a few of the shots from the museum and from The Mont, where we had lunch. Some minor editing, all done in Adobe Lightroom.
This is a scan of a 6×7 transparency taken in the summer of 2002 with a Mamiya RB67 and a 90mm lens. We were staying a week in the Taos ski valley. I took this from the deck of the ski chalet we were staying in. I also took “Storm Clouds Over Wheeler”
from that deck. I love the delicate drawing of the moon! I haven’t yet made a print of this transparency.
A beautiful spring day in Chicago with my new (well new to me) Leica M6. The afternoon was a bit brisk, but still quite pleasant. Unfortunately the light was very flat Most of these images shot with Summicron 50/2.0. I wandered to Central Camera
on Wasbash, and couldn’t help but buy a 90/2.8 Tele-Elmarit; very clean, and priced reasonably. The picture through the iron sculpture was taken with this lens. Film was Fujichrome 100, scans are from the local photo shop were I get my E6 developing done. They do an OK job for web posts and 4×6 prints, anything else I scan myself with a Nikon Coolscan V-ED.
I took this from the Golden Gate Bridge during a trip to San Francisco in 2002. The light was fairly flat, but the contrast of the water and sailboat make up for the fairly flat rendering of the city in the background. I took this with an Olympus E-10, which was my first real digital camera. It was quite the tool for the time. The image was cropped and converted into B&W. Contrast adjusted using “Curves” in photoshop. Being quite early in my experience in using digital images, I saved this as a JPEG, and I can’t seem to find the original; shame as I’d like another go of it!
This photograph was taken on a walk in Hobart, Tasmania. It was taken in Jan, 2005 when my wife and I took a quick visit to see my brother who was living in Melbourne at the time. We made a 3 night trip to Tasmania via the ferry across the Bass Strait. The scene was taken late in the morning while on a walk from our hotel in the center of Hobart. The complementary colors and the strong geometric shapes caught my eye.
This photo was taken with the Ricoh GR1 with Fujichrome 100 slide film. I scanned the slide with a Nikon Coolscan V-ED. It was cropped square to fit an existing frame in our living room and printed at 12×12 in on an Epson 2200.
Oklahoma is one of the reddest of the red states. We haven’t voted for a Democrat for president since 1960, and I don’t expect this year to be any different. However, there is a change in the air this year. I am seeing excitment from all of the closet Democrats, and there is a great ad on TV; “Come home to the Democratic Party.” I think the following pictures are emblematic of what is going on, even if just in the metro areas of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. These pictures are courtesy of my mother, Trudy White.
I took this image in 2003 with a 6×7 medium format camera and a 90mm lens on B&W film (can’t remeber brand off the top of my head). This was taken from the deck of the Moutain House, a ski chalet in Taos Ski Valley. I think it was in July, and the afternoon monsoon rains were forming over the ridge leading to Wheeler Peak. The late afternoon sun lit up the clouds; the scene changed minute to minute. This is the best of the 2 rolls of film I took that afternoon.
The kids and I went on a warm up hike today, riding the chair lift up from the base of the Taos Ski Valley and planned to hike down. We were in for more than we expected. The monsoon rains have been regular every day we have been here, but had been starting later. No sooner than we reach the top of the lift, the clouds began building! We quickened our pace, and even took a shortcut down Psycopath (which was difficult to ski, probably shouldn’t have tried to hike). The sky opened up on us, and out came the rain gear! We were going to wait it out, but the lift operators drove past and gave us a welcome, if bumpy ride home!