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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
Under the right conditions, I absolutely love Vericolor 4111. It’s a weird ass emulsion, but worth the effort of making it work. . . . ‘To The Sword’ Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: Graphex Optar 90mm f/6.8; f/6.8; 1/5sec exposure Film: Kodak Vericolor 4111; 3iso; 85B Filter Process: DIY ECN-2 Mullinix Road, Spokane County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #crowngraphic #kodak4111 #kodakvericolor4111 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #diyecn2 #expiredfilm #spokanecounty
Last weekend we drove some random backroads in Adams County and came upon this scene. I wasn’t at all sure how to shoot it, and even took a 4×5 of it, but couldn’t find anything that really rang true. I didn’t want to get too close, as it’s across the road from what seemed like a working farm and next to a house that was likely still occupied. I’m not keen on trespassing, even when there aren’t threatening signs with guns on them. To get the shot I wanted, I had to get closer. It’s rare to find an old service station with the pumps still attached (unless it’s been restored, but that almost always looks hokey). I took a half dozen shots, and two stand out. This is one of them. I’m having trouble with this lens, which is a real shame since it’s incredibly fun to shoot with. I have a Carl Zeiss 50mm that could easily replace it, but it’s slower (f/3.5 vs. f/1.9). . . . ‘Give Up This Taking’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400; x-1973; 100iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5mins Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodaktrix #hc110 #adamscountywa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
For the longest time, I wouldn't shoot color without sunlight. And I'm still not exactly sold on it. But with the ECN-2 developer, the colors generally seem a bit more colorful. Maybe I'll start dabbling a bit more with this. . . . 'No Little Distance' Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #diyecn2 #lincolncountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #bnsf #trainsofig
I tried to capture the scene where we camped in a few different ways using various emulsions, cameras and exposures. I love long exposures. There seems to be a magic to them that the short exposures can’t have. With a quick 1/250sec exposure, you’re almost perfectly capturing the scene as if it were frozen. It’s sharp and clear and often strikingly beautiful. But with a slower exposure, in a way you’re capturing time. You’re physically capturing more time – in this case, a full minute of life. Within those 60 seconds, the breeze blew the grasses, the frogs rippled the water, birds soared by, but the ground, the rocks stood still as they’ve always done. In that minute, I breathed. In silence I took in the scene, never closing my eyes, and allowing my senses to take everything in. I could feel the ground under me, the wet grass, the mists of desert rain. The soft smell of sage and swamp was mingled, and you’d miss it if you did not stop to allow it in. The croaking, the insects, the rills and running, even the blades of grass turning together with the wind filled the air in gentle, quiet murmurs. This photo is far from perfect. It’s overexposed, and to most large format photographers, I had no business at all shooting in such light or with such breeze. And they have a point. This photo isn’t going to win any awards. It’s not even the most pleasing shot I took that morning. But this photo is for me. I wasn’t even going to share it, but it accidentally came up in my queue due to my piss-poor note-taking skills. It was notated as being a 1 second exposure, while another photo was noted as being 60 seconds. I had swapped them, and it was pretty obvious. When I saw this, it immediately brought me back to that morning outside our tent in ways that the photos taken with shorter exposures couldn’t. And so, due to a bit of laziness and nostalgia, I’m sharing this one instead. The other will come along eventually. . . . ‘No Hand is Laid’ Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: Graphex Optar 90mm f/6.8; f/32, 60 sec. Film: Arista Ortho Litho 3.0; 3iso Process: HC-110; 1+200; 18mins Unnamed Lake, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington
I don’t usually go in for action shots, but hey, we all branch out at some point. Shooting sporting events is obviously not my normal thing, and there were a slew of rookie mistakes I made while trying to capture the pickup truck races in Lind. But I captured some flying dirt, so … beginner’s luck? I actually had no idea what I was doing. The long lens that I was using was kind of falling apart, and I wasn’t exactly sure how the aperture worked. I think I figured the last bit out. I took some color shots of the race, but also a couple of rolls of b&w, and I think I like the latter better. . . . ‘The Rich Are No More’ Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Lens: Lentar Tele-Zoom f/4.5; 90mm-230mm Film: Ilford Delta 400 (x-03/07); 200iso Process: HC-110B; 7.5min Lind, Adams County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #pentaxspotmatic #pentaxspotmaticf #ilford #ilforddelta400 #hc110 #adamscountywa #lindcombinederby #lindwa #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm
We’ve been visiting Frenchman Coulee for nearly a decade now. Since that time, the visitation has ballooned. At first, I was happy that other people were enjoying the same places we loved to go. But now I’m having second thoughts. This isn’t the most fragile of environments, and people do tend to have less of an impact than I feared at first – both good things in this case. Most who wind up there are climbers. It makes sense why. Any given weekend there’s hundreds of people trying to climb the basalt columns. Even weekdays see a surprising number of folks there. Camping has gone from a few tents near the “feathers” formation to two sprawling tent cities in separated alcoves, as well as a few other areas on either side of the road. The flood of the coulee (seen here) is almost always empty. It’s rare to see even a hiker down there. For every 100 climbers, there’s maybe a solitary hiker. To those congested areas, there’s definitely been some harmful impact. But fortunately, this hasn’t spread throughout the entire Frenchman Coulee complex. There’s still solitude and quiet to be found on the flood, away from the crowds. For now, anyway. . . . ‘Altar in Sackcloth’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor C 45mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Vericolor 160; x-09/83; 50iso Process: DIY ECN-2 Frenchman Coulee, Grant County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #kodakvericolor160 #vericolor160 #frenchmancoulee #iceagefloodscapes #iceagefloods #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #wanderwashington
From An Illustrated History of Whitman County, 1901: The visitor from the older states will probably find here a country such as his imagination strove to portray when in his eastern home. He may have learned that this section is of volcanic origin. He may have seen specimens of lava rock in some geological collection or perchance a picture of smooth, perpendicular, basaltic columns, but he could form but a poor idea of a country in which this volcanic basis has been subjected for countless centuries to the action of the elements and to all the forces of soil formation. Colossal columns of basalt do stand out in places in mute defiance of rain and frost and dull decay, silent monuments of the time when the volcanic giants belched forth their fiery, smoking lava, and when transformations took place throughout the whole of this western country such as the eye of mortal man has never been permitted to behold save as he sees yet grander transformations “through a glass darkly” when he scans the visage of the sun. . . . ‘Mark My Sufferings’ Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960) Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #imperialdebonair #kodakverichrome #kodakverichromepan #verichromepan #hc110 #standdevelopment #expiredfilm #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
By the end of the short hike, the only shots I had left were on this red scale film. Not many turned out to my liking, but this one has an owl in it. It's difficult to see, but he's there. . . . 'And In Answer' Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/1.8 Film: Kono Rotwild 400 CN Process: DIY ECN-2 Near Hog Lake, Spokane County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #konorotwild #diyecn2 #hoglake #spokanecounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #redscalefilm
The entire purpose of last week’s hike was to capture this view. The five and six-sided stones in the midground are actually the tops of tall columns of basalt – solidified lava roughly 17 million years old. I wanted to show how uniform the tops of these columns actually are. However, the sun and light were not cooperating. Also, I should have had a wide angle lense, but that’s a different story. The camera I was using is one of the lightest and most compact 4x5s ever produced. It’s 23oz (650g), about the weight of an Argus C3. For comparison, a Crown Graphic 4×5 weighs well over five pounds (2350g). But this lightness comes at a price. It has one lens and can accept no others. It’s shutter speed is 1/15, and while it has a fairly nice aperture range (f/8 to f/32), you have to be mindful where and how you’re shooting it. It’s a fine backpacking camera, but it’s not really ideal. Still, I love this little thing. . . . ‘Pledges for Debt’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) Film: Ilford HP5+ (x-11/05); 200iso Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 11mins Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #senecachautauqua #ilfordhp5plus #ilfordhp5 #ilford #rodinal #columbianationalwildliferefuge #drumhellerchannels #iceagefloods #iceagefloodscapes #columnarbasalt #expiredfilm #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
“I am sure no one ought to come here until he has counted well the cost.” -Mrs. M.F. Eelss, Oregon Trail Pioneer . . . ‘The Cost’ Camera: Ansco Color Clipper (c1950) Film: Kodak Gold 100 (x-12/96) Process: DIY ECN-2 Whitman Mission, Walla Walla County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #anscocolorclipper #kodakgold100 #diyecn2 #whitmanmission #wallawallacounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #expiredfilm #oregontrail #oregontrailwashington
A couple of weekends ago, I shot with a camera I had never used before with a cheap zoom lens that seemed close to falling apart. The results made me pretty happy. I shot a few rolls at the Lind Combine Derby. And like any event where you shoot upwards of 100 photos, about six are worth sharing. I expected that and am fine with it. So no worries, you’re not going to get bombarded with fifty photos showing basically the same damn thing. That said, there are a few that kind of impressed me. I don’t usually photograph people or action, but people in action may be a different thing. I was surprised how well the $25 lens did. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but having to practically hold the lens together while shooting didn’t exactly fill me with hope. This was my second roll with the new-to-me Spotmatic F. I haven’t developed and scanned the first roll. But this was the only roll I took with the cheapo (but apparently good enough) lens. . . . ‘The Gentle and Injured’ Camera: Pentax Spotmatic F (c1973) Lens: Lentar Tele-Zoom f/4.5; 90mm-230mm Film: Fuji Superia 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 #fujisuperia400 #diyecn2 #lindcombinederby #lindwa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
I love the look of old and slightly underexposed Verichrome Pan. I wonder if there’s enough call for it to be produced again. . . . ‘Their Separate Wars’ Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960) Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min Whitman County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #imperialdebonair #kodakverichrome #kodakverichromepan #verichromepan #hc110 #standdevelopment #whitmancounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
I’ve had such mixed results with this roll of Kodak Vision 3 processed in ECN-2. I’m not even sure I enjoy what it’s doing. I’ll keep plugging away at it, of course. But the results are a bit strange (and only a bit – there’s no wacky color shifts or anything like that). Most of the photos just seem a touch off. I do like this one though. I enjoy how pointlessly low I shot it from. I don’t remember doing that. . . . ‘The Great Assize of Souls’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #diyecn2 #spraguewa #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
This tricky and weird emulsion was all over Ebay a year or so ago. I got a bunch of it and was able to figure it out pretty quickly. It’s 3ISO with an 85B filter. It might have some leeway here and there, but this is where I shoot it. I believe this was the first time I developed it in ECN-2 chemistry. The sky is freaking out, and I’m not really sure why. This lens does have a pretty crazy drop-off around the edges, so it’s probably got as much to do with that as with anything. . . . ‘Walked in the Heart’ Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: 127mm f/4.7 Rodenstock Ysarex; f/16, .5sec Film: Kodak Vericolor 4111; 3iso; 85B Filter Process: DIY ECN-2 South Mullinix Road, Spokane County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #crowngraphic #vericolor #vericolor4111 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #diyecn2
The golden hour doesn’t seem last even that long. And you find yourself rushing around shooting everything you can and cursing that you didn’t bring an extra roll or sheet of color. I mentioned before that I was having a bit of trouble with Kodak’s Vision3 (250D), and I think it might just be my own issue. Like most people who have been shooting film for a few years, I have a pretty okay idea of how to shoot most films without using a light meter. Yet, I keep doubting my own knowledge and trusting in my camera’s meter. The Exakta Verex from 1951 doesn’t have a meter, of course. But I will (too often) meter through a camera that does. And I’ll trust it, even if I shouldn’t. I’m breaking away from that. Obviously, I can’t toss out every meter that I have. I still use a Pentax Spotmeter for much of my large format stuff. But for 35mm, I really need to just go with what I know and bracket when I’m unsure. Onward! . . . ‘And Cannot Speak’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Folsom Farm, Spokane County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #diyecn2 #folsomfarm #spokanecounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
The fog was just lifting from Hog Canyon Creek on an early spring morning. Any later and we would have missed it. I shot this same scene with several cameras and emulsions, so you’ll see it again. . . . ‘Raise a Lament’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor C 45mm f/2.8 Film: Svema Foto 250 (x-10/1988) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60mins Hog Canyon Creek, Spokane County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #mamiyam645 #svemafoto250 #hc110 #standdevelopment #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington
Obviously this is a pretty wrecked photo. But it has a rainbow in it, so that’s nice. Also, you can see rips in the time/space continuum. So that’s nice too. . . . ‘Taking From Them’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor C 45mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Vericolor 160; x-09/83; 50iso Process: DIY ECN-2 Thorp, Kittitas County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #mamiyam645 #kittitascounty #kodakvericolor160 #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
I think this is the first roll of Kodak Direct Positive Panchromatic film I’ve shot this year. I absolutely love this film. The results tend to look a bit more contrasty and really remind me of ORWO UN54 (a motion picture stock that is a lot like Plus-X). According to an old Kodak film book: “This extremely fine grain panchromatic film is for making 35mm black-and-white transparencies directly from the camera exposure. The positive image is obtained by reversal processing; thus the intermediate negative is unnecessary. The film is suitable for producing 35mm slides from most general subject matter, as well as from photographs, ….” The original ISO was 80, but I shoot it around 64iso due to the age. I’m surprised it doesn’t fall around 32, or even 20. . . . ‘Laid Aside’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Isco-Gottingen 50mm f/1.9 Film: Kodak DP Pan 5246 (x-7/77); 64iso 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 #kodak5294 #hc110 #standdevelopment #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
This was a second shot that I took using Arista Ortho Litho 3.0. As I said before, this isn’t the easiest film to work with. Getting grays out of it is difficult. It tends to leans hard into contrast, with many examples strictly black and white with little if any gradient in between. The scene when I shot it was with a heavy sun and sharp shadows. I thought for sure that I’d end up with a contrasty image. And yet, I’ve got plenty of gray to go around. And as I said before, I think this has a lot to do with being incredibly gentle when agitation during processing. Do it sparingly and very lightly. Slosh it around, don’t shake it. . . . ‘Others May Be Sweetened’ Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962) Lens: Graphex Optar 90mm f/6.8; f/6.8; 1/2sec Film: Arista Ortho Litho 3.0; 3iso Process: HC-110; 1+200; 18mins Grand Ronde River, Asotin County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #aristaortholitho #aristaortholitho3 #crowngraphic #hc110 #grandronde #standdevelopment #asotincounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
I love alpine naps!
This boulder was carried to this location around 20,000 years ago. During the last ice age, scores of cataclysmic floods rushed through eastern and central Washington. In their wake were left innumerable canyons and coulees, as well as debris such as this. This rock is near to Moses Coulee – a canyon system whose origins are a bit of a mystery among geologists. While most flood-related coulees in this area can be traced from one bend of the Columbia River to the other, Moses Coulee seems to start almost out of nowhere. Further, its middle section fans out and jogs to the right before forming another deep canyon. The Douglas Creek area, where this photo was taken, is near the head of the lower portion of Moses Coulee. It’s where the flood’s path jogged back to the left in nearly a right angle. The boulder was likely tumbled by the flood waters down Moses Coulee from some location a bit further north. It came to rest where it is probably because of the backwaters formed by the flood fanning out and backing up due to the narrowing at the jogs to the right and left. . . . ‘In Their Season’ Camera: Mamiya m645J (1979) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor C 45mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Vericolor 160; x-09/83; 50iso Process: DIY ECN-2 Near Douglas Creek Falls, Douglas County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #mamiyam645 #kodakvericolor160 #diyecn2 #douglascreekcanyon #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
I accidentally stumbled onto the Mayville Grange Hall as we were wandering around Garfield County last month. According to a source: “The Mayview Grange Hall was organized on Jan. 14, 1903 and was one of the oldest farm organizations in the county. Many of the organization’s records have been lost, but it is remembered that Harve Beach, at one time Garfield County Treasurer, was Master and his brother, William Beach, was secretary.” I also stumbled onto an old photo taken around 1920. I found this after visiting, but it’s nice that the old and forgotten photography and I have the same approach to photographing the front of a building: just take the picture and move on. Notable difference is that he took his photo a few hours earlier than I did (as evidenced by the shadows). I like his better. I don’t generally attempt before/after shots, but I like it when I do. Maybe I’ll try more of these sometime. It’s not something I actively plan or even remember about when I’m in the field. . . . ‘Settled Its Dimensions’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 Mayview, Garfield County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #diyecn2 #garfieldcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #thenandnow
I don’t mean to always take photos of signs. And yet here I am again, taking a photo of a sign. . . . ‘All Their Scornful Neighbors’ Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960) Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min Spokane County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #imperialdebonair #620film #spokanecounty #thisiscascadia #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #wanderwashington
Eastern Washington has almost countless dilapidated and abandoned farms. Each catches my eye, and I stop for most of them. I felt comfortable approaching this one since the land was open to hunting. And while I don’t carry a gun to kill animals, I do carry a camera to capture light. Since this is much less intrusive I figured that nobody would mind. . . . ‘Reckoned the Man’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 South Mullinix Road, Spokane County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #spokanecounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #diyecn2
According to the Walla Walla tribe of the Pacific Northwest, this is a photo of the Cayuse Sisters. How they happened to be here involves Coyote. A long time ago, Coyote was traveling up the Big River (Columbia) and was nearing the Walla Walla River. There, he saw three sisters carrying large rocks from the shore into the river. They were making an artificial dam that salmon would leap over on their way up the river. When they lept, the sisters planned to catch them. But Coyote is a trickster. Though he watched their efforts through the day, at night he went down to their dam and destroyed it. The next day, the sisters rebuilt it and the next night Coyote destroyed it again. The following day was the same. On the fourth morning, however, Coyote saw the sisters crying. Now apparently concerned, he went over to them and asked they what was wrong. They told him that they were unable to catch fish and were starving. Coyote then suggested that he could build them a large dam and they could catch all the salmon they wanted, but only if they agreed to marry him. Since it was either marry Coyote or die, they agreed to marry him. That day, Coyote kept his promise and build a long point of rocks that ran nearly all the way across the river. And for a long time, Coyote and the three sisters were happy together. But after some time, Coyote grew jealous of his wives. Using his supernatural powers, he turned two of them into pillars of basalt. The third he turned into a cave. As a final act, he changed himself into a boulder so that he might watch over them forever. (continues below...)
. . . ‘Stretch Out My Hand’ Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f/2.8 Film: Fuji Reala (x-06/2005) Process: DIY ECN-2 Garfield County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #mamiyam645 #garfieldcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #wanderwashington #diyecn2
There’s a lot to talk about here, but I think I want to focus upon the film (I’ll get to the cabin at a later date, I took more than one photo of it). I was told to pick up the Arista Ortho Litho 3.0 as almost a dare. It was cheap, so I did it. As I read more into it, I was completely befuddled as to how to shoot it and develop it. Being an ortho litho emulsion, it very easily leans toward heavy contrast. Many photos I’ve seen with it are literally black or white – with no grays at all. Because of this, I wanted to see if I could find the sweet spot. People seemed put off or even confused by the low ISO of three, but many emulsions I shoot are around there. This was just normal for me. I’m not really sure why it was so off-putting. Many large format photographers love long exposures. They’re shoot at f/64 pretty regularly. Of course, those emulsions are 100 or 200iso, so the exposure time isn’t all that crazy. With a low ISO film like this, you have to compromise a bit. You can’t shoot it at f/64. Well, you can, but on a sunny day it would take a five or even ten second exposure (and since I have no idea of this emulsion’s reciprocity failure, I didn’t… but I think I should have because why the hell not?). Anyway, this was my first shot with it. I wanted to use it on a cloudy day, but the sun decided to show up and the clouds were nowhere to be seen. I took my chances, figuring that the grays didn’t stand a chance. And maybe they wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for how I developed it. A lot of photographers use a paper developer and process it under a red light (it’s safe to load/develop this film under a red safety light). Since I have none of the above, I had to do a bit of guessing and research. I had Rodinal and HC-110 at my disposal. Rodinal tends to be harsh, so I opted for HC-110, which tends towards less grain. I like HC-110 as a stand developer for old films, but usually use Rodinal for the newer stuff. I’ve read several places that a slight dilution of 1+200 for 18 minutes was good. And that’s what I did. (continues below...)
Around 17 million years ago large fissures opened throughout eastern Washington. Magma churched towards the surface and lava slowly flowed across much of the land. For nearly 10 million years this happened over and over. As the lava cooled it took on curious shapes and formations. The most striking in this part of the state is the Elephant Mountain Flow from about 10.5 million years ago. It likely took 100 or so years for it to fully cool (from 2,000F/1093C). It’s the cooling that gave the columns their shape. As the lava solidifies from the surface down, it creates large crumbly chunks of rock. But as it solidifies from the bottom up, it creates these columns. Due to the Ice Age Floods that came through here 15,000ish years ago, most of the top crumbly layer of the Elephant Mountain Flow is gone, washed out across the lands to the south. What’s left are the columns – the bottom half of the original flow. These are striking and beautiful and always catch my eye. They’re also much taller than they seem. In many cases, they’re 50 feet high, and three or four feet across. When you’re wandering around on top of the columns, you have to be careful not to drop anything. The cracks between them are an inch or two wide. I’ve lost a Polaroid negative there once, but you could easily lose a geologist’s hammer if you’re so inclined to bring a geologist’s hammer with you. . . . ‘And Fire Burnt’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Lens: Industar 50-2; f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-01/1999) Process: DIY ECN-2 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #kodak #kodakvericoloriii #expiredfilm #diyecn2 #columbianationalwildliferefuge #drumhellerchannels #basaltcolumns #elephantmountainmemberflow #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #cascadiaexplored
Everyone has shot waterfalls before, but this was the first time I really got close to one with a 4×5. I’ll be honest, I really have no idea how to shoot these. Douglas Creek Falls isn’t exactly dangerous, but you do have to watch your step. This makes finding good angles, etc a bit more challenging. Some shots that I took required the tripod to actually be in the water. Is that normal? I have no idea. I’m not exactly thrilled with what I got, but I’m glad I was finally able to make it there. Also, I’m pretty thrilled that this 42+ year old film has held up so well. . . . ‘All Her Treasures’ Camera: Seneca Chautauqua 4×5 (1905) Film: Kodak Super XX (x-09/1976); 50iso Dev: HC-110B; 8.5min; 68F Note: f/11; 1/15sec Douglas Creek Falls, Douglas County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #senecachautauqua #kodaksuperxx #hc110 #douglascreekcanyon #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
Last year I couldn’t get enough of the Ricoh KR-10, this year I’m getting pretty over it. I have a Spotmatic F on the way, and we’ll see if it takes its place. . . . ‘Weeping as they Come’ Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980) Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/1.8 Film: Film: Fomapan 100 (x-05/09) Process: HC-110; 1+200; 120min Thorp, Kittitas County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #ricohkr10 #fomapan100 #hc110 #thorpwashington #kittitascounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #honeycrisp
Because I shot the Argus C3 so much last year, I figured that I’d use it less this year. And that’s mostly true. However, I just can’t keep away from it. . . . ‘And For Conscience’ Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Svema Color AC 100 (x-09/2002) Process: DIY ECN-2 Saint John, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #svemacolor #svemacolorac100 #whitmancounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
We stepped around Walla Walla’s beautiful downtown for an hour or so, and the only thing I took a photo of was this. Took several, actually. You’ll see. . . . ‘Justified Through’ Camera: Ansco Color Clipper (c1950) Film: Kodak Gold 100 (x-12/96) Process: DIY ECN-2 Walla Walla, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #anscocolorclipper #kodak #kodakgold #kodakgold100 #diyecn2 #wallawalla #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
. . . ‘Cast for Themselves’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: Tele-Kinegon 135mm f/3.5 Film: Polypan F; x-2006; 100iso Process: HC-110; 1+90; 20mins Frenchman Coulee, Grant County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #polypanf #hc110 #frenchmancoulee #grantcountywashington #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
Approaching the Pearly Gates last Saturday. 📷: @rachelgrace.harmon
It’s hard to find a sign without bullet holes in it. Nearly impossible in some parts. . . . ‘For Once You Lived’ Camera: Argus C3 (1953) Film: Svema Color AC 100 (x-09/2002) Process: DIY ECN-2 Grant County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #argusc3 #svemacolorac100 #grantcountywashington #murica #diyecn2 #thisismurica #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm
It has been several years since I shot with the Tru-View Diana clone. I do sort of hate it, but wanted to see for sure how I felt. It was nice getting more shots per roll – that’s nice, I guess. And I sort of like the weird fuzzy (hairy?) results. Honestly, I have no idea at all what happened here. I guess the best thing about shooting with a Holga or Diana is that no matter what went wrong you just don’t have to care. It’s super easy! . . . ‘You Will Live Long’ Camera: Tru-View (Diana Clone, circa 1960) Film: Kodak Ektachrome 64 (x-07/1989) Process: DIY ECN-2 South Mullinix Road, Spokane County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #expiredfilm #kodak #kodakektachrome #ektachome64 #diyecn2 #spokanecounty #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
I’m never quite comfortable with wide angle lenses. I tend to like what I get with them, but I’m just never sure what to do with them. I don’t feel like they’re gimmicky or anything like that. I just don’t have a great feel for them. Basically, for me, it comes down to asking myself “do I want more stuff in my picutre?” If the answer is ‘yes’, then I grab the wide angle. But I guess it works. . . . ‘May Die In Battle’ Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 St. John, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #saintjohnwa #7up #kodakvision3 #kodakvision3250d #diyecn2 #whitmancounty #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #mycascadia
The town of Sprague is a wonderfully photogenic place just off the interstate. When you’re buzzing through Washington, maybe drop by for a bit. . . . ‘Until It Falls’ Camera: Smena-2 (c1957) Film: Kodak Plus-X (x-1960s; found in camera) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60mins Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #smena2 #kodak #kodakplusx #lincolncountywar #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #spraguewa
When you think of hand-held large format, you probably think of old timey reporters with press cameras. But this 4×5 hand held isn’t that at all. This is your fairly-typical box camera that just happens to take 4×5 film holders. It’s 118 years old and working every bit as well as it did when new. With a fixed aperture and a shutter speed of around 1/15 sec, you’ve got to have a steady hand. If you’re got the shakes, however, there are two tripod sockets on the “bottom” and “side”. The film, however, is new. Or rather, it’s Shanghai, which is technically new, but kinda so so film. But it’s speed is more or less true at 100iso. With a red filter essentially depriving the film of two stops worth of light, you’re going to see a lot of vignetting. I probably should be using a 400 speed film if I’m going to use the filter. Typically I can shoot 50-100iso film on bright sunny days. Since the aperture and shutter speed are fixed, the only way to adjust the light is through filters and film speed. But shooting one of the simplest cameras ever is probably worth it. . . . ‘Attack the Land’ Camera: Conley Senior 4×5 Box Camera (1900) Film: Shanghai GP3 Pan 100 Dev: HC-110B; 8.5min; 68F Note: Red Filter; 1/15sec Beverly Junction, Kittitas County, Washington #4x5 #largeformatphotography #4x5photography #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #conleysenior4x5 #shanghaigp3 #milwaukeeroad #hc110 #oldasscamera #kittitascounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia
If I had a dream house, this might be it. And it’s for sale. Some folks want mansions. Not me! I’d like a little house with a bit of a porch. Maybe this porch could be a bit bigger, but I’d take it, thanks. . . . Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951) Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5 Film: Kodak Vision3 250D (5207) Process: DIY ECN-2 La Crosse, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera #staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels #istillshootfilm #filmisalive #exaktavarexvx #kodakvision3 #kodakvision3250d #lacrossewashington #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #mycascadia #thisiscascadia #whitmancounty #diyecn2
When you stumble upon on old ice cream truck along some lonely Washington backroad, you have to stop. That’s the rule. Stop and do what you can with the light you’ve got. Fortunately, this was around 7am and the light was quite lovely. . . . ‘Content to Wear’ Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960) Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974) Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min South Mullinix Road, Spokane County, Washington #120film #mediumformat #6x6 #filmphotography #filmsnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotographic #shootfilm #analogphotography #spokanecounty #cascadiaexplored #cascadia #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #imperialdebonair #hc110 #verichromepan
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