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When you're driving the dirt roads of eastern Washington, you don't really expect to come across an old service station. Yet, there it was on a warm spring morning. The house next to it was older, but clearly lived in. And the farm across the road was a fully working farm. But nobody was around as far as I could see. I've said it so many times before, but I hate trespassing. Even something as innocent as this just freaks me out. I mean, I'm not morally opposed to it - I know that I'm not going to damage anything. I just don't want the hassle. I *do* want the photos, however, and I'm really glad I grabbed a few. I was even able to steal a couple of 4x5s! So maybe I wasn't all that nervous. Or maybe I'm just that fast! Probably a little of each. . . . 'Break Down Solid Bone' Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Film: Kodak Tri-X 400; x-1973; 100iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5mins Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #thefilmshot #analogshooters #sunny16podcast #shootfilmbenice #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodaktrix #hc110 #adamscountywa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
I don't avoid photographing signs, but usually I don't bother. This was the last full day of the trip, and I was trying to use up as much film as I could. I don't really have anything against taking photos of signs. It's nice that the older signs are being documented, even preserved. I do enjoy a good sign now and again. I'm usually more interested in the simple signs, like this (if you can call a giant bowling pin 'simple') rather than the extravagant sort. These have more of a hometown feel. Signs like those for the Blue Swallow Motel, for example, are amazing and wonderful, but are for folks passing through. The bowling sign isn't for tourists. It's for locals, and I think I really like that. . . . 'Of the House' Camera: Kodak Hawkeye (c1949) Film: Agfapan 400 (x-01/1982) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min Baker City, Oregon #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #thefilmshot #analogshooters #shootfilmbenice #sunny16podcast #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #620film #kodakbrowniehawkeye #agfapan400 #bakercity #oregon #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
This year I'd like to take in more derby. Both roller and demolition. . . . 'Of a Cloud' Camera: Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Film: Fuji Super X-tra 400 (x-12/2014) Process: DIY ECN-2 Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #thefilmshot #analogshooters #sunny16podcast #shootfilmbenice #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #lindcombinederby #lindwashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #diyecn2
I spent a damp and cold morning in the late spring photographing this unnamed lake. I'd like to go back with the Intrepid and see what I could do differently. But I'll probably choose another lake. There are quite a few out there. It's winter now, and I'm looking back over spring and summer photos just longing to be outside (in temps well above freezing). . . . 'With Every Breath' Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: Graphex Optar 90mm f/6.8; f/22, 1 sec. Film: Ilford HP5+ (x-11/05); 200iso Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 11mins Unnamed Lake, Near the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #thefilmshot #analogshooters #sunny16podcast #shootfilmbenice #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #ilfordhp5 #crowngraphic #columbianationalwildliferefuge #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #iceagetrail #iceagefloods #expiredfilm
I took this in September. It was the first photo of the last photo-trip of the season. I love the photo, but the trip in general was pretty rough. I haven't even developed the film yet - that's how rough it was. Probably I should get around to it soon. . . . 'My Lot in Place' Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 4/80mm Film: Kodak Ektachrome E200 (x-02/2002) Process: E-6 Burkett Lake, Grant County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #thefilmshot #analogshooters #shootfilmbenice #sunny16podcast #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #kodakektachromee200 #burkettlake #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
There's always something cliche in shooting abandoned trucks in impromptu junkyards, but it's irresistible. I'd like to find new ways of shooting these scenes, and maybe I will someday. In other news, looks like it's time to stop sitting on the Svema Foto 250. When I got it, it wasn't this bad. Maybe it was this particular roll, or maybe the whole batch is turning. I only have a couple left, so they'll accompany me on the next outing. . . . 'Every Hand' Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Seikosha-S 80mm f/2.8 Film: Svema Foto 250 (x-10/1988) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60mins Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x45 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #svemafoto250 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
Decades ago, there was a trail that led down to the water of the Grand Ronde. The faint trace of it can still be seen here and there, but it's swallowed by tangles of weeds. It's not every day that you get to see the effects of plastic signs so out in the open. Usually you'll find them 'decaying' on the ground. But this one is falling apart where it hangs. This isn't really a rant against plastics - that ship has sailed long ago, and dear friends, we are fucked on that level. But after centuries of communicating with each other through signs, you'd think we'd have figured it out by now. What's wrong with us? . . . 'Thunder of Many' Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A. Schacht Ulm Travegon 3.5/35mm Film: Kodak DP Pan 5246 (x-7/77) Process: HC-110; 1+200; 120mins Along the Grand Ronde River, Asotin County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodak5246 #hc110 #grandronde #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
I sometimes wonder if I'll ever get over cheap plastic 620 cameras. I've been shooting them regularly for six years now and though I've branched into higher quality stuff (like the Mamiya RB67 and the Intrepid 4x5), I just can't shake the allure of the point-and-shoot that isn't a point-and-shoot. I suppose you could say something like 'putting limitations on yourself improves your art' or some such thing. Maybe it's true, but shooting these things without aperture settings or shutter speed settings really demonstrates the latitude of the film. I'll often shoot wildly expired stuff in it and then stand develop the film and much more often than not, it just works. . . . 'Nation Far Away' Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960) Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min Garfield County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #620film #imperialdebonair #hc110 #kodakverichrome #verichromepan #garfieldcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
This was taken on the first outting of last season. I don't usually take photos of cameras, let alone photos of pictures being taken, but I thought it would be fun to catch a picture of a picture being taken. The photo that resulted from this, a 4x5 taken on a Crown Graphic on expired Kodak Commercial Interneative Film , is really beautiful. This is due to the location, camera, film and processing. I just metered it and pushed a button. Twice. I didn't even have a shutter release cable. This was in the days before the Intrepid came around and I got a little bit more serious about 4x5. And I do mean a *little* bit more serious. . . . 'Heart is Steadfast' Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Svema Color AC 100 (x-09/2002) Process: DIY ECN-2 Beverly Junction, Kittitas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #svemacolorac100 #diyecn2 #beverlyjunction #wanderwashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
Though Baker City is about six hours from home, whenever I reach this on my travels, it means the trip has ended. This (or near it) is often the last place we stay on the way back. Sometimes it's the first place we stay on the way out. I've visited this town maybe a dozen times because of this over the last decade. . . . 'Happy Are' Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 4/80mm Film: Kodak Ektachrome E200 (x-02/2002) Process: E-6 Baker City, Oregon #120film #mediumformat #6x45 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #mamiyam645 #kodakektachromee200 #bakercity #oregon #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
This was the view from my campsite, which overlooked an unnamde lake. The unnamed lakes, for the most part, are new. When O'Sullivan Dam was installed in 1949 it raised the water table creating a bunch of new lakes in divets and potholes. Most, like this one, are pretty small. Almost all of them are unnamed. . . . 'Ever Be Witness' Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Fuji Color 200; x-08/10 Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #fujicolor200 #diyecn2 #drumhellerchannels #iceagefloods #columbianationalwildliferefuge #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
Sometimes the roads in Whitman County are almost not roads at all. Why, exactly, this is public access I'm not sure, but I'm very glad it was. Springtime isn't the best time to be traveling such roads. It doesn't rain often here, but in the spring many of these ways are thick or closed with mud. This photo was taken in May, and there were many places where we had to turn around. The car I drive might have been able to make it through, but it would have dug up the road, which just isn't cool. But on this road, the ground was packed and the water minimal. The last memories of winter were brown and fading away, and the wheat and grasses were springing green around them. . . . 'Strike the Earth' Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Svema Color AC 100 (x-09/2002) Process: DIY ECN-2 Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #svemacolorac100 #diyecn2 #whitmancountywa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks #expiredfilm
The names for lakes in the Drumheller Channels region of Washington is random at best. Most lakes that existed prior to the nearby dam raising the water level (which inadvertently created more lakes) are named. Those created after the dam are generally not. Unless they’re used for fishing, which then then sometimes are. This is Lost Lake. I can understand how it was named. Unless you know specifically where it is, you won’t find it. It’s deep below ground level from almost every angle. Most edges are nearly cliffs. There’s always a scramble – at best – to get to the water itself. Because of this, I’m not sure how much of a draw it is for non-winged wildlife. We heard the howls of coyotes from all around us, but are they deft enough to make the climb? There are other water sources around here, so I assume they manage either way. Lost Lake wasn’t the reason for the hike. But I want to get out there again. The lake is a few hundred yards across the line onto Federal property. You can hike there, but you can’t camp there. On the other side of that line is State property, where you can camp all you like. . . . ‘Them in Anger’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Fuji Color 200; x-08/10 Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #fujicolor200 #diyecn2 #columbianationalwildliferefuge #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
This isn’t really a photo of anything. But something about the scene caught me. The real features lie on either side, just out of frame. To the right is a striking bluff. To the left are the Twin Sisters, the Cayuse Sisters, which I’ve talked about before. But this was all about composition for me. It was about how the fence posts fell depending upon where I moved. I tried several different angles, planting myself in the dry grasses and rocks. I think I took a couple of 4×5 shots here too. But I don’t think they turned out. I remember a small disaster at the time, but can’t remember what it was. That’s probably nice. . . . ‘To Come Back’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Lens: Revuenon Zoom 35-105mm f/3.8 Film: Kodak Eastman 400T (5294); x-mid 1990s Process: DIY ECN-2 Near Twin Sisters; Walla Walla County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #kodakeastman400t #diyecn2 #cayusesisters #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks #cascadia
First turns of the season last Saturday. So ready for more!
Names get tossed around a lot in eastern Washington. With so many coulees and formations, lakes and streams, names are bound to get mixed up. I read an account of an early road through the Columbia Basin created by the Hudsons Bay Company in the 1830s. Often called the Cariboo Trail, it left the Columbia River at White Bluffs and traveled up through the Drumheller Channels, through Grand Coulee, to Fort Okanogan on the same Columbia River. It was a way to travel by land, cutting off the “Big Bend.” The road was said to go by Skooteney Springs, just south of present day Othello. There is a federally-run (and run-down) park near this spot called Scooteney Park and Campground. Could it be the same place? I explored it a bit, and saw what seemed to be an old path (pictured). It’s pretty impossible for me to tell just how long a road in eastern Washington has been abandoned. This could have been 50 years or 150 – I just don’t know. But in the end, it didn’t matter. This road might have been there at the time (the whole area was criss-crossed with a web of old roads), but Skooteney Springs isn’t the same as Scooteney Park. The former was also known as Eagle Lake, which is two miles to the west. Of course, it’s possible that even those names have changed. Just a few miles north was Deadman Lake, named for a young farmhand who died one night and was taken to the lake. Not long later, Deadman Lake was renamed Morgan Lake by a homesteaders Simon & Millie Morgan who settled nearby. The lake just south of Morgan/Deadman Lake was called Crescent Lake, and the lake just south of that became the new “Deadman Lake”. While I can understand why Morgan wouldn’t want to live near Deadman Lake, I can’t fathom why they’d give another lake the name. Curiously, I can’t find the original name of what’s now called Deadman Lake. In the memoir Sagebrush Homestead by Laura Tice Lage, she refers to it as “the one south of Crescent Lake [which is now called Halfmoon Lake].” . . ‘Rebuke Nor Wound’ Camera: Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/1.8 Film: Ilford Delta 400 (x-03/07); 200iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5min Scooteney, Franklin County, Washington
Sentinel Gap is a fascinating place. Not only is it one of the most beautiful spring morning spots I can think of, but it has witnessed every major Pacific Northwest event in the last 15 million years, when the waters of the Columbia River cut through the Saddle Mountains forming the gap itself. The most interesting bit of this history happened around 16,000 years ago. It was the Ice Age and within that a harsher cooling took place that allowed glaciers to flow down into central Washington. As they had before, the ice sheets created a dam which blocked the normal path of the Columbia River. This caused the waters to flow down a secondary channel which it carved out earlier (and would continue to carve out for millennia to come) – Grand Coulee. From there, the river flowed south, joining Crab Creek and eventually butting up against the Saddle Mountains, flowing west, before taking a hard left through the gap in the photo before you. The river now simply flows south, paralleling the road pictured. 15,000 years ago, during the numerous floods when the ice dam in Montana broke, Sentinel Gap flooded, but remained open and flowing. The water carved it larger, of course. It looks about the same now as it did 13,000ish years ago, when the last major floods came through. When humans entered the picture, shortly after the floods (at the latest), the area around it was inhabited and remained so. This area, along with lower Crab Creek, was the part-time home for the Sinkiuse Tribe – specifically the Sinkumkunatkuh band, which lived near present-day Wanapum (which is now inhabited by some of the remaining members of the Wanapum tribe who traditionally lived just south of here). The Sinkiuse, along with all of the Columbia Tribes, were forced onto the Coleville Reservation in the late 1800s. I like to find out how and why things were named what they were. The earliest use of “Sentinel” I can find is an 1881 map by Alfred Downing which refers to it as “Sentinel Bluffs.” It’s possible that Downing named them. (continues below...)
Though I’ve traveled all over the county, my mind always wanders back to central and eastern Washington. So today I’m going to share three photos (somewhat randomly chosen). When I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I had no idea that Washington wasn’t all lush green forests. I didn’t know what a shrub-steppe environment was. I never considered that much of the state was virtually a desert. The Columbia Basin – something I had never heard of – has fully captured me. While I love the prairies of the Midwest, the small Kansas towns, and that beautiful stretch of land along the borders of Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and Nebraska, Washington east of the Cascade Mountain Range feels most like home. Part of me is always thinking about it. No other part of the world lives in my mind like the Columbia Basin. I only visited it three or four times this year, and am tempted to rush back before winter sets in (this won’t happen). Hundreds of photos have been taken of the area, and I’m sure I’ll take hundreds more. But just to smell the sage, listen to the coyotes, and marvel at the basalt columns would be enough. I’ve never felt such love for a land before. I’ve studied its natural history, its indigenous history, the first roads worn by feet, then horses, then wagons. I’ve learned the Salish names places still remembered, and wondered what the tribes called coulees and formations forgotten. I’ve visited the cemeteries of Indians and colonizers alike, seen the petroglyphs etched by the ancestors of the first, and witnessed the destruction caused by dams erected by the families of the latter. The Columbia Basin is a hard land, a depressed and depressing land. Nothing can grow or even live there without effort, without purpose. From the magpies to the black widows to the farmers, living does not come easy. Resources are scarce, and – truth be told – it cannot sustain this much human life. (continues below...)
Sorry for my week of somewhat silence. I've got a few things accomplished (such as sending a zine off to the printer), so hopefully it'll be worth it. Next week I'll com back with a bushel of words. . . . ‘Out With Golden’ Camera: Ansco Color Clipper (c1950) Film: Kodak Gold 100 (x-12/96) Process: DIY ECN-2 National Bison Range, Montana #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #anscocolorclipper #kodakgold100 #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks #expiredfilm
If you’re traveling this weekend, keep safe, okay? . . . ‘Toss Their Heads’ Camera: Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Film: Fuji Super X-tra 400 (x-12/2014) Process: DIY ECN-2 Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #pentaxspotmaticf #fujisuperxtra400 #adamscountywa #lindcombinederby #lindwa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
I can’t help but photograph this odd bit of architecture every time I’m in George. . . . ‘Plain Speech’ Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Svema Color AC 100 (x-09/2002) Process: DIY ECN-2 George, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #svemacolorac100 #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington #georgewashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
I have visited every county in Washington, but haven’t explored Asotin as much as I’d have liked. We stayed there in May, right on the other side of this fence. Asotin is in the south eastern corner of Washington. It’s steep hills and sparse roads leave it largely empty. Much of it is National and State forest, State wildlife areas, and parks. The few towns (apart from Clarkston) are small and nearly nonexistent. The Asotin area was originally part of Nez Perce land. There are numerous petroglyphs along the Snake River chiseled by their ancestors hundreds of years before. The land that became Asotin County was the northwestern part of the Nez Perce territory. The people were big travelers, even finding themselves visiting the Pacific Ocean 400 miles to the west, and crossing the continental divide into the buffalo country in Montana 300 miles to the east. Their reservation now sits on the other side of the Snake River, though it does not touch it (which is honestly just mean). Unlike many tribes, however, their reservation is on their ancestral lands. Their most famous leader, Peace Chief Joseph (Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt; “Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain”), was not allowed to settle on this reservation. He and his people were first sent to Oklahoma where many died (I visited the Nez Perce graveyard this past summer). Then he was allowed to move to the Coleville Reservation in north-central Washington, hundreds of miles away from his home. There he is buried, his doctor saying that he had died “of a broken heart”. . . . ‘Wisdom Lifts Her Voice’ Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: 127mm f/4.7 Rodenstock Ysarex; f/8, 1/100sec; Hand-held Film: Arista Ultra Edu 200 Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 11mins Along the Grand Ronde River, Asotin County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #crowngraphic #aristaeduultra200 #rodinal #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
I rarely take photos like this. Though I often shoot at waste-level (which gives a slightly different view to a lot of my stuff), I almost never go this low. This is the view a rabbit might have. From this, we can see that there might be a hiding place behind the tank against the far wall. If only we can make it before the coyote comes. . . . ‘Beyond All Remedy’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 4/80mm Film: Fuji Reala (x-06/2005) Process: DIY ECN-2 Mayview Grange Hall, Mayview, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x45 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #fujifilm #fujireala #diyecn2 #mayviewgrange #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington #diyecn2 #filmphotogeeks #sunny16podcast
Happy Thursday!
I wasn’t sure about this lens’ capabilities when it came to infinity focus. I’ve had some problems with it, and something told me that it wasn’t going to work out. I was right. This is a shame because I really love using this lens. I’ve since replaced it with a Zeiss 50mm, so it’s no huge loss. But still. . . . ‘Your Companion’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Fuji Color 200; x-08/10 Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #diyecn2 #fujifilm #fujicolor200 #exaktavarexvx #columbianationalwildliferefuge #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #filmphotogeeks #sunny16podcast
Here is a fine example of the difficulty in focusing the Seneca Chautauqua. Since the focus is held only by friction (it’s not geared), you have to be extremely careful when taking the shot. After focusing, you have to remove your dark cloth, close the shutter, and load the back all without hardly bumping the camera in the slightest. Any slight movement will cause the focus to move. The shutter is also a bit sticky, but I’m not adept enough at poking around to get it back up to snuff. I could someday eventually see myself having it sent out for a CLA, but we’ll see. . . . ‘Honor Before Strangers’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) Film: Ilford HP5+ (x-11/05); 200iso Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 11mins Adams County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #senecachautauqua #ilfordhp5plus #adamscountywa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
Crab Creek is known at the “longest ephemeral stream in North America”. Here, “ephemeral” means temporary. The word comes from Latin ephemera, which was used to describe a fever which lasted only one day. This was derived from ephemeros, the word for “daily”. It is composed of “epi-” meaning “on”, and “hemera” meaning “day”. It was first used to describe nature in the 1750s, often referring to flowers and insects. Despite being called “ephemeral,” much of Crab Creek would be completely dry if not for the irrigation project which allows the ancient stream bed to receive irrigation run off. Upper Crab Creek is still often dry, except in the watering seasons. Middle Crab Creek is sort of a new creation, linking a series of generally unconnected lakes. During floods the “creek” would flow between them, but that was rare. Now, due to irrigation, it’s nearly constant. Lower Crab Creek was likely always flowing (relatively speaking). It was fed not by run off, but by numerous springs. It ends at the Columbia River. Historically, the Sinkiuse-Columbia Tribe lived must of the year along the confluence of Crab Creek and the Columbia (the Sinkumkunatkuh band, especially). There has been a road along the creek since before we can tell. Because of the steady availability of water, white ranchers moved in along Crab Creek in the 1880s – fairly early for this area. By then, the Tribe was supposed to relocate to the Columbia Reservation, far to the north, but they never went. Almost nobody did, and it was closed down after white people started mining there. They eventually moved to the Colville Reservation, along with 11 other tribes. Originally this reservation extended all the way to the Canadian border. But in 1892, the United States government cut it in half. They promised the Native people living in the northern half that if they wanted to stay, they’d be given 160 acres upon which to farm. Many took them up on the offer – so many that the government reduced their promised allotment to 80 acres. (continues below)
While I love traveling through the midwest and exploring the canyons of Utah, my heart lies with eastern Washington. Though I can’t wait to get back to the small Kansas towns, I am always missing the coulees and sage of the scablands of Washington. Residents from the western side of the Cascades will venture over the passes to visit certain places – mostly Frenchman Coulee and Ancient Lakes. But the extra hour it takes to get to the Drumheller Chanels seems to be a bit too far from their adopted home. For me, this isn’t the case at all. While I love Frenchman Coulee and Ancient Lakes, what lies east of the Columbia has a tighter hold on me. Warm weekends will see hundreds of tents at Frenchman and maybe twenty or so at Ancient Lakes. But the desolate sites around Drumheller are relatively unknown. There is no camping allowed on Federal land, so the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is for day-use only. There are many sites nearby, but you’ll have to find them on your own just like I did. The first time we stepped foot into Frenchman Coulee, we were the only people in the canyon complex. The same was true for Ancient Lakes. We found both accidentally. This was before there were articles published about them in climbing magazines, before the influx of new Seattle-ites. Weekends would see a tent or two – often local Boy Scouts – at Ancient Lakes, and maybe a dozen or so at Frenchman (it’s always been known by serious climbers). To find numbers like that again, you’d have to go on chilly weekdays, I assume. All of this is to say that we need more public lands. . . . ‘The Heart of Your House’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #kodakvision3 #exaktavarexvx #diyecn2 #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
I tried to camp in this same spot a couple of weeks ago, but some folks had already claimed it. I completely understand. This was one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever stayed – which, I realize, isn’t exactly captured in the photo. . . . ‘Between Their Teeth’ Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: Graphex Optar 90mm f/6.8; 1 sec. Film: Arista Ortho Litho 3.0; 3iso Process: HC-110; 1+200; 18mins Unnamed Lake, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #aristaortholitho3 #aristaortholitho #columbianationalwildliferefuge #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
I was hoping to return to Douglas Creek before the year was out, but now it looks like it won’t happen. . . . ‘Shouts of Deliverance’ Camera: Tru-View (Diana Clone, circa 1960) Film: Kodak Ektachrome 64 (x-07/1989) Process: DIY ECN-2 Douglas Creek Falls, Douglas County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #kodakektachrome #kodakektachrome64 #douglascreekcanyon #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington #diyecn2
Eastern Washington in the Springtime is one of my favorite places. Because of the farming traditions and practices, you have some fields bursting with green, while others have yet to be planted and are brown from the season before. Because of the Palouse hills, the farmers’ fields cannot be either angular or circular, but must necessarily flow with the land. It’s maybe the best example of compromise I’ve ever seen. We need the land to produce food – here much of it is lentils – but can’t level the hills (and shouldn’t). So the farmers work with what they’ve got. The land dictates how they farm. You don’t see large tractors or combines in this region. The hills won’t allow it. So you see smaller farms and smaller equipment. All of this has come at a dear cost, however. For thousands of years the Palouse was unbroken prairie. About 100 years ago, when the white settlers began to till the soil, nearly all of that natural ecosystem was destroyed. “Since 1900, 94% of the grasslands and 97% of the wetlands in the Palouse ecoregion have been converted to crop, hay, or pasture lands.” This is a pretty big deal. The loss is permanent. All of this is gone and irreplaceable. The ripple effects are monumental as birds and mammals have been relatively wiped out in the area. The Palouse region in Washington is the ancestral lands of the Palus Tribe. They were mostly notable for raising the Appaloosa horse breed, which was nearly made completely extinct by the United States army in an attempt to exterminate the tribe. In both efforts they failed, though barely. What remained of the Palus Tribe, after the wars and smallpox, was forcefully relocated to the Coleville Reservation – roughly 100 miles west of their homes. . . . ‘Refuge and Defense’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #diyecn2 #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia
Another shot with the Mamiya m645j. I’ve been looking into upgrading to the M645 Super, which has interchangeable film backs. I love the feature on the RB67 (though only have one back, so it’s on a theoretical love – the best kind). The issues I have with the M645 Super is that it needs a battery to function (except at 1/60sec). This is possibly a deal-breaker for me. But now that I think about it, the m645j that I have also uses a battery for something, though I can’t remember what. I assume shutter, but no idea. I put one in when I got it a few years ago and had apparently forgotten all about it. So maybe this isn’t such a deal-breaker. Another minus is that the bodies are polycarbonate – basically plastic. The body of the m645j is metal. I like that. I’m rough on things. But a plus is that they take the same lenses and film inserts. I’m running very low on 120 film and the stuff isn’t getting cheaper, so I’m not sure how much longer I can afford to shoot 120 like I do. Eventually, I’ll probably go to 35mm and 4×5 only. . . . ‘Steadfast, Trusting’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 4/80mm Film: Fuji Reala (x-06/2005) Process: DIY ECN-2 Whitman County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x45 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #fujireala #diyecn2 #whitmancounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #sunny16podcast #filmphotogeeks
1/2 Bull, 1/2 Man.
#TBT to a moment of contemplation high in the cascades. How cold is this lake going to be? 📷: @rachelgrace.harmon
Spent last weekend in a cirque full of Greek mythology. Luckily we didn't get lost forever in the labyrinth!
Big mountains, little humans. 📷: @richardhallman_photo #TBT
On the last leg of a trip, you do everything you can not to return home with cameras loaded with film. So you take odd roads and pull of whenever you can to grab a photo or two – things you normally wouldn’t shoot. There was no other reason at all for me to take this. But I like what came of it. The Savoy has a habit of doing that, producing very few “bad” photos. Same goes for most things I shoot on Vericolor III (maybe Kodak’s most perfect C-41 emulsion – sorry Ektar). . . . ‘Down at Noon’ Camera: Imperial Savoy (c1960) Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-06/1999) Process: DIY ECN-2 Deadman Pass, Oregon #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #imperialsavoy #kodak #kodakvericoloriii #vericoloriii #sunny16podcast #squaretember #filmphotogeeks #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #oregontrail #oregon
"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit" Edward Abbey 📸: @rachelgrace.harmon
Haven't been on the gram much, but still doing things... sorry in advance for the catch up onslaught. Starting with a photo from last weekend in the #Cascades
If you must away this weekend, may the road rise with you. . . . ‘Rise and Cover’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400; x-1973; 100iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5mins Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodaktrix #expiredfilm #columnarbasalt #columbianationalwildliferefuge #drumhellerchannels #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
. . . ‘The Very Word’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Lens: Revuenon Zoom 35-105mm f/3.8 Film: Kodak Eastman 400T (5294); x-mid 1990s Process: DIY ECN-2 Prince’s Cabin, Frenchtown, Walla Walla County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #kodak5294 #expiredfilm #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
The edge-blur from the plastic lens of the Imperial Debonair gives this a bit of a feeling of motion if you’re not careful. . . . ‘Make This City’ Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960) Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min Othello, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #620film #othellowa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington
Polypan F loves that little flash of light and often runs with it. I was shooting it at 100iso, but I think it likes 50iso better. The shine and glow is obviously going to be more pronounced with more light. But still, I’ve seen this stuff pushed quite a number of stops higher. . . . ‘Signal to a Nation’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Polypan F; x-2006; 100iso Process: HC-110; 1+90; 20mins Douglas Creek Falls, Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #polypanf #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #douglascreekcanyon #expiredfilm
. . . ‘Keep Company’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Garfield County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #diyecn2 #garfieldcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
The petroglyphs along the Snake River are unique to those in the Pacific Northwest, as they depict figures holding what appear to be barbells. This could possible be a coup stick, but they’re usually not round on both ends (just one). They were created by the ancestors of the Nez Perce, and date to an incredibly 4,500 years ago. Some in the area are obviously much later as they depict a buffalo hunt with people using horses (which weren’t acquired by the Nez Perce until around 1630). Still other figures hold atlatls, which would date the art to around 2,000 years ago. In all likelihood, all dates are correct, as it seems like this site has been added to over the centuries. There’s even evidence that some of the figures were preserved by Native Americans along the way by going over old figures to renew them. . . . ‘Walk in Freedom’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak DP Pan 5246 (x-7/77) Process: HC-110; 1+200; 120mins Buffalo Eddy, Asotin County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #buffaloeddy #nezperce #petroglyphs #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #exaktavarexvx #hc110
Late spring in eastern Washington means blooming flowers and dead grasses. It’s a lusciously decadent combination. . . . ‘Let It Light’ Camera: Spartus 35F Model 400 (c1948) Film: Kodak PC 100 (x-08/07) Process: DIY ECN-2 Walla Walla County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #spartus35f #kodakpc100 #diyecn2 #wallawallacounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington
I recently acquired an Intrepid 4×5 (Mk3) and have really fallen in love with it. But I’ll always love the utter simplicity of the 113 year old Seneca Chautauqua. No, it doesn’t really have movements (a tiny bit of front rise/fall), and you can’t swap out lenses, but for capturing things just-so, sometimes you need that old glass. . . . ‘Grace of Living’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) Film: Kodak Royal Pan (x-03/1970); 100iso Process: HC-110; 1+90; 18mins Along the Grand Ronde River, Asotin County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #senecachautauqua #kodak #royalpan #hc110 #grandronde #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #cascadia
I’ve just returned from a longish photo trip and have quite a number of rolls and sheets to process and scan. Until then, of course, I’ll keep posting photos from earlier this past spring. I’ll start a bit more slowly to get back into the swing of things and to lighten the workload. . . . ‘Proud Have Felt’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Film: Fuji Reala (x-06/2005) Process: DIY ECN-2 LaCrosse, Whitman County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #mamiyam645 #fujifilm #fujireala #lacrossewashington #whitmancounty #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
And here we go. . . . ‘Turn the Wilderness’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Tele-Kinegon 135mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400; x-1973; 100iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5mins Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #lindcombinederby #graintruck #exaktavarexvx #kodaktrix #hc110 #adamscountywa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
There was some sort of light leak, I think. But I love the texture of Polypan F emulsion. It sometimes makes your photos feel like there’s more going on in them than there actually is. . . . ‘Poured Out’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Polypan F; x-2006; 100iso Process: HC-110; 1+90; 20mins Douglas Creek Falls, Douglas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #polypanf #hc110 #douglascreekcanyon #douglascountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
. . . ‘With a Will’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 80mm f/4 Film: Kodak Vericolor 160; x-09/83; 50iso Process: DIY ECN-2 George, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #kodak #kodakvericolor #kodakvericolor160 #diyecn2 #georgewashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
I struggled to capture these basalt formations for much longer than I thought it would take. I’m still not satisfied, and I’m not sure where to go from here. I’ll get another shot at it soon enough. . . . ‘Chose His Words’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905); f/11; 1/4sec. Film: Kodak Commercial Internegative Film (4325) (x-09/04); 3iso Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #senecachautauqua #kodak4325 #kodakcommercialinternegative #diyecn2 #expiredfilm #columbianationalwildliferefuge #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
Much of the Grand Ronde Valley isn’t accessible by car. But those portions that are tend to draw few people into their fold. These places are far from Portland and most won’t take the time to make the trip. It used to bother me that so many people were so reluctant to visit remoteness. But after seeing my own favorite places recently inundated with the cities’ new populations, I’ve changed my mind. . . . ‘Emptiness and Chasing’ Camera: Ansco Color Clipper (c1950) Film: Kodak Gold 100 (x-12/96) Process: DIY ECN-2 Grand Ronde River, Oregon #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #anscocolorclipper #kodak #kodakgold #kodakgold100 #diyecn2 #grandronde #oregon #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
. . . ‘Wisdom Behind’ Camera: Mamiya C3 (c1962) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Plus X (x-12/88); 50iso Process: HC-110; 1+200; 120mins Twin Sisters; Walla Walla County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyac3 #kodakplusx #hc110 #twinsistersrock #wallawallacounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
There was no fog on this morning. But with a little breeze and light, the mists from the pivot irrigator. . . . ‘If One Falls’ Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/1.8 Film: Ilford Delta 400 (x-03/07); 200iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5min Grant County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #pentaxspotmaticf #ilforddelta #hc110 #grantcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
I took several views of the Mayville Grange Hall. . . . Summons Each Event’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Film: Fuji Reala (x-06/2005) Process: DIY ECN-2 Mayview, Garfield County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #fujireala #diyecn2 #mayviewgrange #garfieldcountywashington #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #mycascadia
If you’re headed out for the weekend, make sure you watch your ass. Careful out there, folks. . . . ‘Without Pity’ Camera: Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Lens: Lentar Tele-Zoom f/4.5; 90mm-230mm Film: Fuji Super X-tra 400 (x-12/2014) Process: DIY ECN-2 Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #pentaxspotmatic #pentaxspotmaticf #fujifilm #fujisuperia400 #diyecn2 #expiredfilm #lindcombinederby #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
“If you decide on taking a picture, let nothing stop you, even should you have to stand by your tripod for a day.” -Peter Henry Emerson It’s a lovely thought, I guess. But obviously not practical. Mr. Emerson even suggests that “it is a great mistake for photographers to attempt rural subject unless they have lived in the country for a long time and are thoroughly imbued with the sentiment of country life.” There’s some truth to that, but obviously it’s a bit of a stretch. Still, all he’s really saying is that you should fully know your subject. Of course, that’s not always possible and not always necessary for a good photo. However, when it came to photographing Lost Lake, I was truly lost. We came upon it on the other side of the lake first. It’s likely nothing I’ve ever seen. I looked it up and down and had no idea at all how to shoot it. Because it’s a sunken lake, there’s a world of difference between shooting this and a normal lake. There no real shoreline, for one. It’s surrounded by high rock formations, for another. To get the water in the same shot as the sky with this old camera was a bit of a challenge. If I had a wide angle lens, then sure, it could have happened. But this was a camera that the early white settlers to this area might have had. They came in the late 1800s and early 1900s and though few photos survived, a camera much like the one I was using would have been employed. But that is beside the point. The point is that I didn’t have all day to stand by my tripod. Actually, I had a few minutes. Light was waning and we still needed to find a campsite. I would, however, love to spend the day here. . . . ‘Strength Again’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) Film: Ilford HP5+ (x-11/05); 200iso Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 11mins Lost Lake, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #senecachautauqua #ilford #ilfordhp5 #ilfordhp5plus #rodinal #columbianationalwildliferefuge #iceagefloodscapes #iceagefloods #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
I normally don’t like “end of roll” photos. In this case, I have little choice. This is a photo of two combines (farm machines used for harvesting, etc) participating in the Lind Combine Derby. Think of it as a demolition derby, but with huge farm equipment. It’s one of the beautifully weird things rural America gets up to from time to time. This tradition has been going on for 31 years, and seeing as how most of the contestants are in their 20s, it doesn’t seem like it’s going away any time soon. This particular round started with nine combines and ended with three remaining. One was the clear winner and the other two tied for second. . . . ‘Take Their Ease’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Tele-Kinegon 135mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400; x-1973; 100iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5mins Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodak #kodaktrix #hc110 #adamscountywa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #lindcombinederby
Peter Henry Emerson, in his book, Naturalistic Photography, doesn’t just have lovely and strange nuggets of wisdom, but actually details the entire process of art and photography (circa 1890). He touches on a slew of different arts, as well as eras of art. Honestly, it’s all a bit much. Of the 300+ pages, we don’t actually get to photography until about page 125. It’s kind of ridiculous. But after that, his philosophy on photography is pretty solid as far as philosophies go. Fortunately his book is available for free online. Start on page 125, and there’s at least some food for thought. I’m not going to give some long-winded review of the work. If you’re into photography, it’s probably in your best interest to check it out at some point. Maybe you’ll take nothing away from it, but learning a bit about the history of the art of photography is not the worst thing you could do on a cloudy afternoon. . . . ‘No Thought To Her Fate’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #kodakvision3250d #columbianationalwildliferefuge #drumhellerchannels #columbiariverbasalt #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
It’s nice to have a visitor pop by for the obligatory Cremo Cigar photo. . . . ‘Avail in Time’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor S Elkosha-S 65mm f/3.5 Film: Svema Foto 250 (x-10/1988) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60mins Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #svemafoto250 #hc110 #standdevelopment #spraguewa #lincolncountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
Here is another shot taken with Arista Ortho Litho 3.0 – a film that loves to be full of contrast. Grays are often few and far between. In this photo, the beast has been a bit tamed. The middle ground (with the tops of basalt columns) and the background are a lovely array of grays. But the foreground is full of contrast. Just when I thought that I was understanding this film a bit better, it does something like this. Maybe taking the shot through a little pathway in the rocks wasn’t a great idea. I have tons of not-so-great ideas. And I’d love to get back out there later this year to shoot with a wider angle. But still, I love this area and so I love this photo. There’s so much to see, so much going on. I’m standing atop a 15 million year old lava flow taking a photo of exposed basalt columns from that same lava flow. These were exposed roughly 17,000 years ago by a series of cataclysmic floods. In fact, the entire valley you see below was carved out in a matter of a few thousand years (and likely less time than that). I’ll be honest, I’m just not sure I’ve figured out how to photograph this area. I’ll keep trying, of course, but there’s something somewhere that I keep missing. . . . ‘Took Some Tattered’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) ; f/45; 30 sec. Film: Artista Ortho Litho 3.0 Process: HC-110; 1+200; 18min. Columbia National Wildlife Reservation, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #senecachautauqua #aristaortholitho #aristaortholitho3 #columbianationalwildliferefuge #columnarbasalt #hc110 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #f45
This week I’ve been looking at some words from Peter Henry Emerson, author of the 1890 work Naturalistic Photography for the Students of the Art. Generally, his little one-liners of wisdom are useful. Sometimes, however, they show that Mr. Emerson was clearly in a strange place and time. Here are a few: “The charm of nature lies in her mystery and poetry, but no doubt she is never mysterious to a donkey.” “Do not climb a mast, or sit on the weathercock of a steeple, to photograph a landscape; remember no one will follow you up there to get your point of sight.” “Nature whispers all her great secrets to the sane in mind, just as she delights in giving her best physical prizes to the sane in body. Nature abhors busy insanity.” “Do not emulate the producers of photographic Christmas cards and “artistic” opals; they are all worth of the bagman.” . . . ‘Pains to Teach’ Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Svema Color AC 100 (x-09/2002) Process: DIY ECN-2 Rock Lake Road, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #svemacolor #svemacolorac100 #diyecn2 #expiredfilm #whitmancounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
“Avoid prettiness – the word looks much like pettiness, and there is but little difference between them.” -Peter Henry Emerson If I have one thing going for me, avoiding prettiness might be it (avoiding pettiness is another conversation entirely). I tend not to care much about perfectly pretty scenes or photos. Sure, they’re nice and the technical ability to create them is often intimidating, but for me, they often say much less than I’d like them to. An ugly photo, such as this one, is trying to tell you something. It’s trying to explain something. Recently a photographer that I follow stated that for them, black & white conveys where they were when they took the photo, while color conveys how it was like to be there. And I can fully understand that. When I shoot color, it’s often to capture how a place felt rather than how it looked. But on an overcast day in a beat down town black & white is exactly how it felt. This is not pretty and it shouldn’t be. Color, in this case, might not have captured the same feeling – and most definitely not the same meaning. . . . ‘Hid My Face’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 80mm f/4 Film: Svema Foto 250 (x-10/1988) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60mins Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #svemafoto250 #hc110 #spraguewa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
“Do not put off doing a coveted picture until another year, for next year the scene will look very different. You will never be able twice to get exactly the same thing.” -Peter Henry Emerson This is one of the most important rules of photography. Just take the picture. If you like the scene, capture it. You have no idea what will be here even the next day. There was a “Nude Beach” sign painted on a rock near Frenchman Coulee maybe eight years ago. I kept meaning to photograph it, but when I finally got around to it, some well-meaning puritan painted over it. In the case of this photo, the laminated sign is obviously unofficial. Likely it will be gone by the next time I visit. . . . ‘Heal and Cure’ Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/1.8 Film: Ilford Delta 400 (x-03/07); 200iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5min Scooteney, Franklin County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #pentaxspotmatic #pentaxspotmaticf #ilford #ilforddelta400 #hc110 #scooteneyreservoir #franklincountywa #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #cascadia #wanderwashington
“The amount of landscape to be included in a picture is far more difficult to determine than the amount of oxidizer or alkali to be used in the developer.” -Peter Henry Emerson This is a fun quote to remember, especially as I’m mixing my own developer. I love this ECN-2 process – it boosts the colors in some really interesting ways. But it doesn’t make up for a photo with sloppy composition (and I should know all about that!). . . . ‘Sought for Phrases’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #kodakvision3250d #whitmancounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #diyecn2
As I continue to shoot older cameras (this was taken with one built in 1905), I continue to dip into a certain nutty old book. Naturalistic Photography for Students of the Art was published in 1890. Its author, Peter Henry Emerson argued that photography wasn’t just a way to document people, places and events, but a way to create art. Through the use of pompous and ridiculous prose his ideas mostly ring true. More than in any point in history, we are now using photography as a way to document our lives. There’s generally nothing purposely-artistic about this – from selfies to the news. And yet, as a society we’re completely fine with photography also being an artform. In 1890, this wasn’t the case. In fact, Mr. Stieglitz got pretty intense about this: Remember that the original state of the minds of uneducated men is vulgar, you now know why vulgar and commonplace works please the majority. Therefore, educate your mind, and fight the hydra-headed monster – vulgarity. But he also has quite a bit of great advice. In fact, this is his very next sentence: Seize on any aspect of nature that pleases you and try to interpret it, and ignore – as nature ignores – all childish rules, such as that the lens should work only when the sun shines or when no wind blows. Emerson has a good number of things to say, and this week I think I’ll share a bunch of them. . . . ‘Not Seek Guidance’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) Film: Kodak Super XX; 50iso (x-09/1976) Dev: HC-110B; 8.5min; 68F Note: f/16; 1/15sec Crab Creek, Grant County, Washington #senecachautauqua #kodaksuperxx #hc110 #grantcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography
This is Hog Canyon Creek. It flows out of Hog Lake. Before it was named Hog Lake, it was called Deep Lake. The name changed some time in the 1940s, I don’t know why. I’m not sure if Hog Canyon Creek was ever named Deep Lake Creek, but probably not. It was likely just unnamed. Hog Canyon Creek flows into Fishtrap Lake, and when it emerges, it’s a new creek. At one point it was named Fishtrap Creek, which makes sense. Like many natural features, this creek didn’t have just one name. In the 1870s, a black miner named Antoine Etienne moved into the area. Locals named it “N*gger Creek” because of this. It’s also possible that nearby “Watermelon Butte” was also named because of Mr. Etienne. By the 1950s, it was officially changed to Negro Creek, which is the name it still officially bears. It’s possible a change will eventually be made. There’s even been a suggestion to name it Etienne Creek, though it’s unlikely it would catch on locally. . . . ‘Turn Back From’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Hog Canyon Creek, Spokane County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #kodakvision3250d #hogcanyon #spokanecounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #diyecn2
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