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I was ecstatic when I discovered that the broken Smena 8M had somehow healed itself. Thank you mysterious Soviet Camera Gods. . . . ‘Have Shrouded Shrines’ Camera: Smena 8M Film: Foma Equicolor Premium 100 (expired); 50iso Bridgeport, Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #smena8m #douglascounty #cascadia #thisiscascadia #expiredfilm #mycascadia #fomaequicolor100
A 1916 Luten arch bridge spanning Pine Creek near the town of Kenova, Washington. It was taken with wildly expired slide film and developed in the proper E-6 chemicals. It was metered correctly (at 32iso – slow by about three stops from the box speed) and shows just how this film loses its color accuracy and light sensitivity over time. . . . ‘Stir The Listening’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Film: AgfaChrome 200 (x-07/1985); 32ISO Process: E-6 Kenova, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #agfachrome200 #whitmancountywa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #expiredfilm
The color on much of this roll of incredibly old slide film came through. In other places, it was just mostly blue. . . . ‘In Song and Silence’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Film: AgfaChrome 200 (x-07/1985); 32ISO Process: E-6 Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #agfachrome200 #whitmancountywa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #expiredfilm
Pilot Rock is a three-story high boulder that was dragged to its current location by a glacier. When eastern Washington was being explored, it was used as a landmark across the wide plateau. On USGS maps, it’s called Tower Rock. One such explorer, Thomas Symons, left an account of his travels. He and his party left the Columbia River at White Bluffs, searching for a better way to Fort Coleville, over 200 miles to the north. At this time, 1879, there were only a couple of white settlers in this area – Portuguese Joe and Wild Goose Bill. They lived along Crab Creek, the home of Chief Moses’ band of Columbia Indians. North of Crab Creek, however, the land was very little known about the land. Unfortunately, after leaving the Columbia River they got a bit lost and by the second day of their journey were out of water. After another half-day of walking, they came upon an old wagon road used by the Oregon Steam Navigation Company decades before. Taking it, they finally came to an alkali pond. It was fairly disgusting, but better than dying. The next day they continued their path, making it to Black Rock Coulee and the spring therein. Symons himself continues: “From Black Rock Spring we kept to the north, and in about nine miles came to Crab Creek, which is here quite a stream [probably just west of the present town of Marlin], flowing through a rich bottom half a mile wide. Up the stream the bottom narrows and becomes a chasm, formed by the perpendicular and overhanging walls of basaltic rock. Lower down the bottom became a march, entirely filling the space between the basaltic walls, in which the creek sinks to collect again further below. Where we crossed it in the bottom was good, and the descent and ascent from the great table land were comparatively easy. Leaving Crab Creek we went nearly northward, taking as a guide the Pilot Rock, a mass of rock about thirty feet high, but which, on account of the general flatness of the country, can be seen for a great distance in every direction.” — (continues below)
The importance of wheat to central Washington can’t really be overstated. But it can celebrated at Lind’s Golden Grain Wheat Room Cafe in Lind. Or at least the sign can be celebrated – the cafe closed down some years ago. . . . ‘Their Bonds’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 Film: Polypan F (x-2006); 100iso Process: Rodinal 1+25; 10.5min Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #polypanf50 #polypanf #rodinal #lindwashington #adamscountywa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
Potholes Coulee (also known as Ancient Lake) was basically unknown west of the Cascades when we moved here about a decade ago. Now it seems like every backpacker and her grandmother have discovered it. And I get it, too. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I’ll even catch myself staring at satellite images of it, marveling over its splendor. I can’t wait to get back, even if it means rubbing some elbows. . . . ‘Dimly Lurid’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Film: Fuji Velvia 100F (x-07/2005); 50ISO Process: E-6 Potholes Coulee, Grant County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #fujifilm #fujivelvia100f #potholescoulee #iceagefloods #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #othellowashington #expiredfilm
I couldn’t shoot enough of this darkened story sky highlighted by a setting eastern Washington sun. Seriously, why can’t this last for days? . . . ‘The Fate that Joins Us’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: ISCO-Göttingen Westagon 50mm f/1.9 Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-01/1999) Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvericoloriii #vericoloriii #douglascounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #mycascadia #thisiscascadia #expiredfilm
It’s always a bit of a challenge to take photos of signs. Essentially, every sign photo is the same. That’s sort of the point. And while the signs are always the attraction, you’ve got to do something to change things up. So unless your photos are meant to simply document individual signs, I’m not sure of the point. And that goes for this one, too. That said, I almost always like photos of signs – even the boring photos (of interesting signs). With this one, I used some old SFW film that was “made in Italy” – thus making it Ferrania. And rather than shooting it as a portrait, I landscaped instead. It’s nothing special, and still a bit boring, but I’m okay with that. I don’t take too many sign photos, so I won’t be too hard on myself here. . . . ‘Flee to Freedom’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Film: Seattle Film Works 200 (Italy) (x-12/01) Ephrata, Grant County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #seattlefilmworks #seattlefilmworks200 #ephratawa #grantcountywashington #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
I keep passing over this photo, thinking that it’s far too blurry to even bother sharing. And yet, I keep coming back to it. To me, this image is quintessentially eastern Washington. The blurred coulee walls washed bare by Ice Age floods, the barbed wire almost clear, the wooden posts braced against the autumn winds – everything – the sage brush, the bunch grass, the open sky – to me this is the Pacific Northwest. Others think of rain and douglas firs, waterfalls and snowy peaks, but this dry desolation is my Cascadia. . . . ‘The Slain are Silent’ Camera: Zorki 4 (c1956) Film: ORWO DP3 (x-1987); 3iso Process: HC-110B; 6.5min Escure Ranch, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #expiredfilm #hc110 #zorki4 #escureranch #iceagefloods #whitmancountywa #whitmancounty #cascadia #thisiscascadia #cascadiaexplored #mycascadia
. . . ‘Beyond the Great Sea Shadows’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Film: Fuji Velvia 100F (x-07/2005); 50ISO Process: E-6 Harder Road, Adams County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #mamiyam645 #fujifilm #fujivelvia100f #thisiscascadia #cascadia #mycascadia #cascadiaexplored #adamscountywa #e6 #expiredfilm
🎶 For every invention made how much time did we save? / We're not much farther than we were in the cave 🎶 Animal Emojis meet their counterparts as represented in the art of Alaska's indigenous Tlingit people. BearEmoji, EagleEmoji, FrogEmoji, OwlEmoji and WolfEmoji by @AlisonOMarks. #theview #modestmouse #alisonmarks #tlingitart #formline #fryeartmuseum #seattlesound #seattle #emeraldcity #jetcity #raincity #washingtonstate #cascadia . . . . . #🐻 #🦅 #🐸 #🦉 #🐺 #reallifeemoji #downtownseattle #seattlewashington #seattlewa #kingcounty #washington #stateofwashington #theevergreenstate #evergreenstate #upperleftusa #thisiscascadia #landoffallingwater
🎶 They will see us waving from such great heights / Come down now, they'll say / But everything looks perfect from far away / Come down now, but we'll stay 🎶 Smith Tower (1914) and Columbia Center (1985) - upon completion each held a record for tallest west of the Mississippi. #suchgreatheights #thepostalservice #smithtower #lymansmith #smithandwesson #columbiacenter #seattlesound #seattle #emeraldcity #jetcity #raincity #washingtonstate #cascadia . . . . . #pioneersquare #downtownseattle #seattlewashington #seattlewa #kingcounty #washington #stateofwashington #theevergreenstate #evergreenstate #upperleftusa #thisiscascadia #landoffallingwater #pacificnorthwest #pacificnorthbest #pacificnorthwestwonderland #pnwonderland #pnw
🗻🗻🗻the Mt. Hood view from Lane County 🗻🗻🗻 this winter has been unique..... #iloveoregon #upperleftusa #thisiscascadia #541 #pnwonderland #pnw #hikingislife #outdooradventure #hiking #optoutside #mthood
Chief Joseph (Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it, Nez Perce Chief): “The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was. The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man’s business to divide it.” . . . ‘Division’ Camera: Calumet CC-400 (c1965) Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 5.6; 210mm Film: Kodak Tri-X (4164); x-09/1973; 50iso Process: Xtol; 1+1; 8mins Grave of Chief Joseph, Nez Perce Cemetery, Nespelem, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #calumet4x5 #kodaktrix #xtol #chiefjoseph #nezperce #nespelem #colvillerez #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #cascadia #expiredfilm
I’m looking forward to the start of the photography season. Sure, most people shoot year round, and that’s great for them. But for me, I take the cold and dark winter months off. I use the time to rethink some ideas, gather film, fix/retire cameras (mostly retire) and plan new adventures. The Exakta came to me very late last season. This shot was taken in the first weekend of October. I think I took the Exakta out only once. Over the next month or so, I’m sure I’ll shoot a roll or two locally. But since I almost exclusively shoot while traveling, any real work won’t begin until the travel season starts (late March). Until then, I’ve got enough photos to tide me over. . . . ‘In Far Places’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: ISCO-Göttingen Westagon 50mm f/1.9 Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-01/1999) Danish Cemetery, Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exakta #exaktavarexvx #kodakvericoloriii #vericoloriii #expiredfilm #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #douglascountywashington
Last week I posted a couple of shots of an old eastern Washington school and the house in which its marm would live. This is from the same stop. The school marm’s house is on the right and the outhouse in on the left. I believe that the outhouse was shared between all of the students and the teacher herself. I vaguely remember something about another outhouse being there, but I can’t remember. The small box building in the middle is, I believe, part of the old cistern. This was shot on a color stock made and/or rebranded by Foma, the makers of Fomapan. I have no information about it at all. I sincerely doubt that Foma actually made it. Maybe it’s Svema? Or Ferrania? It could just be rebranded Fuji. But hey, it looks okay. Random Thought: I’m willing to bet that if there was ever a movie made about the history of the Foma company, it would play out as a heist film. There’s just something that feels shady about them. . . . ‘In Shrouded Ships’ Camera: Smena 8M Film: Foma Equicolor Premium 100 (expired); 50iso Puckett School Teacher’s House, Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #smena8m #fomaequicolor #douglascountywashington #thisiscascadia #cascadiaexplored #cascadia
This is one of those scenes that caught my eye as I drove by. I took a few other pictures at the grain silo, and wasn’t even planning on sharing this one. But we visited the Andrew Wyeth exhibit last weekend, and seeing a few of his pieces brought this one of mine to mind. Usually I don’t remember photos that I wasn’t planning on sharing – especially ones that I took eight or nine months ago. Figured that since I did, maybe I should share this. . . . ‘Years Followed’ Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Tasma Mikrat 300 (x-06/1974); 6iso Process: HC-110B; 6.5min Franklin County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #tasmamikrat #tasmamikrat300 #franklincountywa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #hc110
These country schools needed to provide not only the children with a place to study, but the teacher with a place to live. This is the school marm’s house. When the older local man who used to attend the school next door found me, I was about to snap this photo. It was getting late, the rains were about to move in, and I wanted to get the shot. We talked for ten minutes or so, and by halfway through I had already figured that the shot was gone. I got a quick one with the Exakta before he arrived, and that would have to do. But after he left, I saw that something could still be made. The sun wasn’t a bright as it was and I had never used this film before. I ballparked it at 12iso, held up an 85B filter over it and clicked its little shutter. The film: This is a duplicating slide film. It used to be used to make slides of regular negatives. You can shoot it through a regular camera, but you have to account for its slow speed, its age, and love of magenta. I did what I could. I developed it in E-6 chemistry, so it’s really just a 4″x5″ color slide. This was my first, and it’s pretty amazing to look at. I’m not sure what to do with the magenta (I backed off of it digitally when scanning), but I’d like to cut it without greening everything up. . . . ‘Thence Skirting Wild’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua (1905) Film: Kodak Ektachrome Duplicating Film 6121; 12iso; 85B Filter Process: E-6 Puckett School Teacher’s House, Douglas County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #senecachautauqua #kodakektachrome #kodak6121 #ektachromeduplicatingfilm #douglascountywashington #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia
When we were shooting this schoolhouse, an older local drove up to us in his pickup and asked what we were doing. He was afraid that we were poachers scouting for deer. But when he saw that we were photographers seeing the sights, he opened up. It turned out that he went to school in this building back in the 1940s, until it was consolidated into a larger school some forty miles away. He didn’t have too many stories to tell, but he remembered taking off school to bring in the wheat, which was still done by teams of horses then. He also told me that the building itself was moved to this location from a spot three miles west. It was lifted onto a skid, jacked up on wheels and then slowly rolled down the dusty roads by a large team of horses. There was, he said, an effort made by the Douglas County Historical Society to move the building to Waterville (I think, maybe Bridgeport), but it was decided to “preserve” it where it has stood for decades. I poked myself inside for a minute, but it’s pretty bad. The roof is leaking and the floors are mostly rotted away. Various critters now call this place home, or at least some shelter from the sun. . . . ‘In His Face, the Morning’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: ISCO-Göttingen Westagon 50mm f/1.9 Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-01/1999) Puckett School House, Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #douglascountywashington #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #exakta #expiredfilm #exakta #kodakvericoloriii #vericoloriii
I never really know what to do with wildlife refuges. Usually, it’s all about birding, and I’m not a birder (no offense to amateur ornithologists and/or twitchers). Though they’re still part of the Department of the Interior, they’re not national parks or even monuments. In fact it’s not under the park service at all, but the Fish and Wildlife Service. National Forests, on the other hand, are under the Department of Agriculture. We get confusing in our weird bureaucracy. . . . ‘Of Things There Passing’ Camera: Zeiss-Ikon Ikoflex (1939) Film: Fuji NPS 160L (x-11/91) Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (Drumheller Channels), Washington #shotonfilm #filmcommunity #grainisgood #keepfilmalive #filmfeed #analogue #analoguevibes #analog #analogfeatures #analogphotography #120film #mediumformat #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #zeissikon #fujinps160
I was not supposed to hop... sorry 📷: @richardhallman_photo
The last couple days at @mthoodmeadows were amazing! Winter is here!! 📷: @richardhallman_photo
This isn’t a great example of what can be done with Kodak’s internegative film (4325), but it is a thing that can happen. Kodak 4325 is a very slow speed film. There was a slew of it on Ebay a few months ago, and seems to be some now. It’s about half the price of normal color film, but that price comes at a cost. It leans heavily into the blues. You’d better have a way to filter it w/ an 85B filter. In this shot, I used an 85C. In the grand scheme of things, there’s not a lot of difference between B and C, but there’s just enough to make owning an 85B make more sense, especially if you’re using a tungsten-balanced film like this. 85B is the correct filter, but with some of this film, you’re still going to lean into the blues. This is old stock and it wasn’t exactly known for staying true to its colors even before the expiration date. For that reason, I try to shoot scenes with it that at least have some red in them. This scene naturally had none and it was dumb to try to shoot it with this film. The day was well lit – not a cloud in the sky – and it was nearing (or actually in) the “golden hour.” The sun wasn’t dead to my back, but it was casting a lovely glow over the field. It’s that glow that caught my eye, but not the eye of this film. There’s no glow at all. And this was an hour before sunset! So use this film all you like, but remember the red rule – it’s actually a great rule for any time you’re shooting expired color film. The reds seem to die off first. . . . ‘When He Feared No Eye’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua (c1905) Film: Kodak Commercial Internegative 4325 (x-09/04) – 85C Filter; 5iso Process: C-41 Escure Ranch, Adams County, Washington #senecachautauqua #kodak #kodak4325 #4x5 #largeformatphotography #adamscountywa #escureranch #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm
Photographs of roads spanning to the horizon are been and done. And yet, I can’t not shoot something like this. I think this was the second or third time I’ve captured this span of Sunset Highway west of Reardan, Washington. There’s something about old concrete, with washed out yellow lines and grass growing between the seams that draws me. It’s likely that I’ll shoot this again. We find ourselves in that part of Lincoln County at least once a year, often more. It’s sure to happen. This time, I shot low. Not comically low, of course. The camera wasn’t on the pavement. I think it’s more like headlight-level. There’s a bit of tilt to it, as well. Again, not something that’s wildly off, but it’s there, I think. It was spring, and the wheat was green. . . . ‘Leave Me Lonely’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Film: Fuji Velvia 100F (x-07/2005); 50ISO Process: E-6 Reardan, Lincoln County, Washington #mamiyam645 #fujifilm #fujivelvia100f #120film #mediumformat #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #reardanwa
I have no idea what Foma Equicolor is. None. I didn’t even know Foma made color film. And yet, here it is. Was it made by someone else? Where did it come from? Why do I still have half a roll sitting on my desk? I don’t remember shooting only half and then cutting it. What exactly happened? Nothing makes sense about this. Another thing – shooting with so many different cameras means that I’m not really able to fall into a work-related groove with any of them. This means that with cameras such as the Smena 8M, sometimes I forget to focus. Sure, I’ll try to remember to leave it at infinity as a default, but again, no work groove-ska-voovy. . . . ‘Chained Beside’ Camera: Smena 8M Film: Foma Equicolor Premium 100 (expired); 50iso Barry, Douglas County, Washington #smena8m #fomaequicolor #barrywashington #columbiariver #grandcoulee #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #abandonedwashington #35mm #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm
Two things (probably more). First – For years, literally years, we’ve been visiting Coulee City. And for years I’ve wanted to get a wide shot of the Hotel without cars in front of it. Usually, there’s a minivan of some sort planted in what is here the right third of the frame. The last time we visited, no such vehicle was there! Ecstatic, I took a few photos. Second – This was my first outting with the Exakta Verex VX. The waist-level finder was my choice of finders, but the ground glass in it wasn’t sitting properly and I couldn’t get a good focus on some images. This was probably the worst. I’ve since replaced the original finder with a newer finder, which sits perfectly as it should. I’ve also replaced that newer finder’s glass with a split circle glass that I quite like. . . . ‘The Ground Lay Empty’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: ISCO-Göttingen Westagon 50mm f/1.9 Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-01/1999) Coulee City, Washington #exakta #exaktavarexvx #kodak #kodakvericoloriii #vericoloriii #couleecity #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #35mm #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm
I wanted so badly to do justice to Chief Moses’ grave. But I simply didn’t know how to shoot it. We arrived in the morning, with the sun just rising. But the stone was in shadow. I figured that if we came back later in the day the sun would shine on its face. This was not how it worked. In the morning, I took a few shots of the cemetery. It was in the afternoon when I set up the tripod to capture Chief Moses’ resting place. I saw that it was in shadow, and was hoping for the clouds to roll in so that at least I could get a uniform shot out of it. I used two large format cameras that day – the Calumet employed here, and the Seneca folder from 1905 (I’ll post that photo tomorrow). With this, the sun suddenly appeared and cast strong shadows over everything. Fortunately, I exposed for the shadows and you can still read the inscription. Usually, this would have been a happy accident, but I actually remember figuring the shadows into the equation. I believe (though can’t remember fully) that I used a red filter. This was in hopes of upping the contrast for what I thought was going to be a dull, overcast shot. There was a lot that went wrong here. . . . ‘Save Suddenly a Light’ Camera: Calumet CC-400 (c1965) Film: Arista Ultra Edu 100 Process: HC-110B; 6mins Grave of Chief Moses, Little Nespelem Cemetery, Colville Indian Reservation #calumet4x5 #aristaultra100 #hc110 #4x5 #largeformatphotography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #chiefmoses #colvillerez #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia
I’ve not talked much about the Calumet 4×5 camera yet. It’s – by far – the largest camera I have. With tripod (which is essential), it weighs in at 17lbs. It’s not exactly the easiest thing to grab for a couple of snapshots. But I’m absolutely keeping. Most of my photos, regardless of format, are taken within a few steps of the car. Sure, sometimes there’s a walk or even a hike, and this camera isn’t for those times. But for nearly any other occasion, this should be fine. It’s because of the heft that these cameras are generally so cheap. I got mine, with lens, for $120. Even came with a few holders. Granted, that’s still pricey, but when it comes to large format, you really can’t get any cheaper unless you’re gifted one. And look at that FP4+! I really need more of that in my life. (Dark sky courtesy of cheap ass plastic red “filter” picked up on Amazon for super cheap.) . . . ‘Dark Through Cold Airs’ Camera: Calumet CC-400 (c1965) Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 5.6; 210mm Film: Ilford FP4+ (x-09/04); 100iso Process: HC-110B; 6mins Greenaway Road, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington #calumet4x5 #ilford #ilfordfp4 #ilfordfp4plus #colvillerez #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #hc110 #4x5 #largeformatphotography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm
Due to the radical changes that happened to the Native American population of Columbia River area all through the 1800s, it’s almost impossible to know for sure what life was like for them pre-contact. With contact came disease, which wiped out more lives than any musket or cannon might ever dream. For instance, the entire Cascade tribe was obliterated. Same with the Chinook tribe. They’re just gone. Some few remaining were absorbed into other tribes, but those too were decimated. As many as 85% of the entire Indian population died of diseases spread by European explorers and fur traders. It wasn’t purposely done (in this specific case and period of time), no, but still, that hardly matters when everyone you’ve ever known is dead. Because of this mass dying, much of the culture and beliefs are simply unknown. While many of the practices and ceremonies have survived unchanged, a few of the beliefs we now associate with Native Americans were influenced by European culture. The greatest example is probably the concept of a single god as the creator. We often hear of “the Great Spirit” or “Great Father” in relation to the Native Americans, but (at least as far as the Columbia River area is concerned) that seems to be from European influence. (continues below...)
A very nice night last summer on Adams...
Seattle FilmWorks film is getting a bit more difficult to find. Sure, there are still quite a few on Ebay, but not nearly as many as there used to be. We’re quickly approaching an end of an era. For those unlearned, SFW was a company that would buy bulk motion picture film, cut it into small rolls for 35mm still cameras, and sell them via mailorder. The catch was that only they could process it. This was because while most other color film used the C-41 process, motion picture film (and thus Seattle Film Works film) used the ECN-2 process. The latter was nearly identical to the former, except that there was an additional step to remove the Remjet backing on the film. Remjet is a carbon layer that allows the motion picture film to speed through the cameras with ease. So when SFW used motion picture film, they were correct in saying that “only they” could develop the film. It was, essentially, proprietary. They even gave the ECN-2 process a sneaky name: SFW-XL. But some point in the mid 1990s, SFW switched from motion picture stock to C-41 film produced by a variety of companies around the world. This was great! Now Seattle FilmWorks film could be developed everywhere, right? Yes, but not exactly. See, SFW still shipped their mailorder film with the disclaimer that only they could develop it. To the consumer, not knowing of the switch to regular color film, nothing had changed. This was now a blatant lie. Eventually a few photographers caught on to this and sued the company, now named PhotoWorks. Though the case was settled out of court in 2000, PhotoWorks agreed to stop lying about the processing and to give out 1.2 million rolls of film for free to their customers. PhotoWorks had just expanded, even opening some retail stores, and this settlement hit them hard. By 2003, all of the stores were shuttered. A couple of companies then swooped in to pick apart the dying carcass. American Greetings got the company as a whole, and Shutterfly got the customer list. (continues below...)
Polypan F is a weird film that I’ve generally fallen in love with. Depending upon how it’s shot, it can produce some incredibly dream-like images. There’s a glow, almost – a ghosting that many other films can’t touch. It’s not for everybody, of course. But there are things you can do to Polypan F to make it not do that. For instance, give it less light. It seems to be typically shot at 50iso. I’ve seen people push it up to 400 (and I’ll eventually get around to that). But shooting it at 100iso seems to be enough to usually cut the glow. Also, developing it in more concentrated Rodinal seems to up the contrast (probably by increasing the grain). That said, stand developing it in weak Rodinal (1+100) will almost always bring out the glow – even if shot at 100iso. And there’s also the agitation. If you want more contrast, agitate more. This just makes sense. Along with refreshing the developer in contact with the film, agitation shakes off a bit of the grays. Less gray means more contrast. And so less agitation (as in stand developing) means less contrast, especially in a film such as Polypan F. . . . ‘Unlike Dim Dreaming’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 Film: Polypan F (x-2006); 100iso Process: Rodinal 1+25; 10.5min Franklin County, Washington #ricohkr10 #polypanf50 #polypanf #franklincountywa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #rodinal #35mm #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm
When I did a camera purge, the Agfa Clack was on the list. I first picked one up a few years ago, and was really excited. It seemed like it was going to be a great little camera with a lot of personality. But in the end, it was … okay. Nothing special. It took some competent shots, of course. But didn’t really move me in any way. And so it had to go. . . . ‘Arms Behind’ Camera: Agfa Clack Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-06/99) La Crosse , Washington #agfaclack #kodakvericoloriii #vericoloriii #120film #mediumformat #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #lacrossewa
Grain elevators can be found all over central and eastern Washington. This just makes sense. Much of the Columbia Basin has been turned into farmland for raising wheat. It was discovered very early on that wheat did really well in this drier climate. But for the longest time, grain elevators weren’t really a thing. This was because grain elevators were made for the bulk shipment of grain. And while the farms certainly produced a ridiculous amount of wheat, they didn’t ship it in bulk wagons, rail cars, etc. Instead, they used sacks. In fact, sacks were used up and down the west coast. While the interior states, such as Nebraska, loaded up rail cars with their wheat or corn for shipment east, the west coast bagged their grains for shipment to a Pacific coastal facility. The extra expenses in material and labor make this seem like a daft idea. While it took only two workers to load and unload bulk wheat, it took as many as ten to handle wheat in sacks. And it wasn’t like west coast wheat was fetching more at the market. This practice long-endured because it was a mere symptom of a much larger problem. To get the grains to the world market – mostly the east coast and Europe – the product had to be loaded onto boats and shipped around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. Due to the long journey and nasty conditions, extra protection was essential. Sacking the grains made them less likely to spoil. It also discouraged rodents, and allowed the loads to be placed exactly where needed inside the ships’ cargo hold. But why not, then, bulk ship the wheat to the coast and bag it there? That was due to a different and completely unrelated problem: the fungus known as smut. Even a little bit of smut could spoil an entire load. Sacking the grains barred the fungus from easily spreading to the entire haul. And so, each farm bagged their own wheat, loaded it onto their wagons, and took it to a depot or dock along the Columbia River. This practice continued for so long that it seems like most farmers couldn’t remember exactly why they were bagging. Because of this, certain bag companies had a vested interest in keeping the tradition alive. (continues below)
Following the surrender of his band of Nez Perce in October of 1877, Chief Joseph was promised that he would be allowed to return to the reservation. Though it encompassed only 90% of their original tribal lands, this was better than nothing. This promise was overruled by William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of the United States military. Instead of allowing them to return to Idaho, he sent the remaining 400 Nez Perce to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They moved by rail in unheated boxcars. After the winter in Kansas, they were shifted to Oklahoma for a couple of years. There, many died from a variety of diseases. During their stay, Chief Joseph traveled to Washington DC to meet with President Rutherford Hayes to argue his case that his people must return to their homelands. In 1885, permission was granted to allow the remaining 268 prisoners to return to a reservation in Idaho. With this promise, they were taken by rail to the Pacific Northwest. But instead of the Nez Perce reservation, they were dropped at the Colville Reservation in central Washington. They, like many of the other tribes located within the boundaries of Colville, had no connection to the land. To them, this was no better than Oklahoma. But here they remained until the end, with Chief Joseph their leader. And here he is buried, hundreds of miles from the land of his father. He died in 1906 “of a broken heart,” according to his doctor. . . . ‘Our Hearts Have Always Been’ Camera: Calumet CC-400 (c1965) Film: Ilford FP4+ (x-09/04); 100iso Process: HC-110B; 6mins Grave of Chief Joseph, Nez Perce Cemetery, Nespelem, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington #calumet4x5 #ilfordfp4plus #hc110 #chiefjoseph #nespelem #nezperce #colvillerez #4x5 #largeformatphotography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia
I’ve shared a few other photos of Chief Joseph’s grave, most of which made the location look remote and lonely. But that’s not the case. While he holds a prominent and easy-to-find plot, he is surrounded by many of the people who followed him on the Nez Perces’ own Trail of Tears. In 1877, Chief Joseph’s band, after refusing to be sequestered onto a reservation away from their tribal lands, attempted to escape into Canada where their friend Sitting Bull had also fled. Their hope was to avoid slaughter and to buy time for something better to be worked out. They numbered nearly 800, though only about a third of them were warriors. From eastern Oregon, they fled across the Snake River, fighting – and winning – several battles along the way. But still, these victories were short-lived, and they were certain to lose this war. As summer turned to autumn, their march too them to the Rocky Mountains. After a hard crossing, they turned north. In one final battle, they were defeated and with their war chiefs, such as Looking Glass, killed, Joseph wished to surrender – only forty miles away from the border. But another war chief, White Bird, wanted to break through the thin enemy line and dash for Canada. Chief Joseph agreed that it could be done, but only by leaving behind the elderly, children and injured. “We had never heard of a wounded Indian recovering while in the hands of white men,” he later said in defense of his decision. When the United States military leader, Oliver Otis Howard, assured him that none of his number would be executed, Chief Joseph consented.
The road ends in The Dalles, where the Columbia River Gorge opens into a wide valley in which vast plains of sagebrush roll up against gentle hills. The landscape is sparse in contrast with those dramatic green walls of conifers that line the Gorge. In recent years The Dalles has become known as the site of one of Google's largest data centres but the town's more accessible historic buildings are seeing all kinds of interesting reuse. First stop - sampling wines from the local Columbia Valley AVA with Quenett Winery at @sunshinemillwinery. This enormous mill building still houses machines that were developed by Thomas Edison, with machine belts made from the hides of local bison. Then some local beers at @freebridgebrewing , whose brewery and taproom occupy a United States Mint building that the Treasury became disinterested in after the supply from nearby Canyon City petered out. #columbiariverscenichighway #usroute30 #hcrh #oregon #cascadia . . . . . #thedalles #freebridgebrewing #usmint #quenettwinery #quenett #sunshinemillwinery #sunshinemill #columbiarivergorge #columbiarivergorgeous #columbiariver #columbiariverhighway #historiccolumbiariverhighway #samuelhill #thedallesoregon #wascocounty #stateoforegon #thebeaverstate #beaverstate #upperleftusa #thisiscascadia #landoffallingwater #pacificnorthwest #pacificnorthbest #pacificnorthwestwonderland #pnwonderland
We didn’t make the hike back along Rock Creek on the Escure Ranch during our short visit. There is nearby Roza fissure, a slash in the ground where lava once erupted from the earth. We wanted to see this, but were running out of daylight. This is a pretty typical thing for us, and I’m not sure how to cure it. See less stuff? That seems unlikely. . . . ‘Pale Falling’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 Lens: Revuenon f/3.8; 35-105mm Film: Svema Color 125 Rock Creek, Escure Ranch, Whitman County, Washington #ricohkr10 #svemacolor125 #whitmancounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #iceagefloods #35mm #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm
It does not look like this right now. But it did, and hopefully will again soon! #DamnThemPineapples #ItsGoodForTheBase #OrSoWeTellOurselves
Zee finale of my 7 day in a row B&W odyssey.
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