We channeled our inner Candide, using a few log rides and dirt patch straight lines, to get within feet of the cars. Super fun exit and a great crew made for another amazing experience in the mountains. P.S. Of the 25+ times I've been on Mt Adams the snow conditions yesterday were definitely top 3. I would highly recommend getting up there soon!
I don’t usually do the whole “then & now” thing with my photos, but I’m always fascinated by it. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at it.
Take this photo, for example. In it, I was trying my best to replicate the one you see when you swipe left.
This was taken in 1977 by Gary Brown. A quick glance at both can tell you that I was about a half mile farther away than I should have been. Maybe a bit more.
Of course, it could also be a case of using different lenses. I used a medium-wide angle 90mm (shooting 4×5). The original was probably taken with a 100mm (shooting 35mm). My photo makes the approach to Beverly seem long and drawn out, while the original basically plops you down right in the thick of things.
With no foreground features like poles, tracks or signals remaining, there wasn’t an easy way for me to figure out exactly where the original photographer stood. The powerlines to the left aren’t even the same. The rocks piled up on either sides of the tracks are also seemingly gone.
If I return to this spot, I’ll have to pay closer attention to how the mountains in the far distant center overlap each other. Maybe then I can get it down.
All that said, I love the photo that I took. I enjoyed my time there, even though it was a comedy of errors on my part (I had lost a filter, a level, jotted down the wrong film information and forgot that I wanted to use the 120mm lens. It was a mess.
A quick note on the development – This was processed using a DIY ECN-2 formula. ECN-2 is the process used on motion picture film. It’s pretty close to C-41, but is different in a few sciency ways that I can’t explain to you with any authority. But trust me, they’re different.
The different processes react differently with each emulsion, and I’ve been enjoying how they boost the reds on most (but not all) C-41 stocks. More on all this later. .
‘We May Eat the Fruit’
Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962)
Lens: Graphex Optar 90mm f/6.8; f/16; 1/2sec exposure
Film: Kodak Commercial Internegative Film (4325) (x-09/04); 3iso
Process: DIY ECN-2
Beverly Junction, Kittitas County, Washington
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I’ve recently said some unkind things about Fuji Reala. Something about it being even more boring than Portra. This might be true, but it’s still got a nice feel to it. Someone said that it was “realistic,” which makes sense. Portra tends to be as well (until you get into the 400s and 800s). I don’t mind photorealism, it’s just that… actually, wait… yeah, I sort of do mind it. It’s all well and good in its proper place, but for my money, I like my photos to feel how I felt when I was there. I don’t much care if they look like how it looked. In fact, I’d rather they not.
This is a personal choice, and it’s why I choose to shoot strange emulsions and like to throw Provia in a plastic point & shoot. To most it doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’m okay with that.
And it’s not that I want wacky color shifts, light leaks and symbolic double exposures. I’d rather not have any of that, thank you.
When I visit a place, part of it stays with me. It moves me as I take it in. I’d like my photography to capture at least a sliver of how it felt to be there.
For that, maybe Reala isn’t the emulsion for me. Maybe it holds me back (for better or worse). In this case, I simply wanted to take a photo of a sign telling you that there are no signs. It’s beautiful in a way, and I like that.
Thank you, Reala. It’s been swell. .
‘Your Brother’s Blood’
Camera: Mamiya m645j (1975)
Lens: Mamiya-Sekor Macro C 80mm f/4
Film: Fuji Reala (x-06/2005)
Process: DIY ECN-2
Kenova, Whitman County, Washington #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #ishootfilm #120film #mediumformat #mamiyam645 #6x45 #fujireala #diyecn2 #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #thisiscascadia #mycascadia #expiredfilm #filmphotogeeks #whitmancounty #roadsign #irony #isntitironic
This week might seem like any other, but for me it’s when I start to post photos I’ve more recently taken – ie, photos taken this year. I’m doing a few things differently this year. So far there have been a number of rookie mistakes, a few surprising successes, and a new process that I’ll talk a bit about later.
As with last year, I’m obviously still working on figuring out what to do with my foregrounds. But with this photo, I had a very difficult time not taking it.
I drove by this barn on I-90 in Washington, seeing that “Hillary Clinton” was showing over a single coat of paint. What’s more is that there was a ladder leaning up against the side of the barn. Here was a story.
I took a dozen or so photos in the morning light, but few came out as I had hoped. That’s just life, I guess. It was my first weekend shooting since October and there was a lot of rust to be kicked around (or something like that). In fact, this was my first stop of the season. It was windy and cold and there was a bit of rain (a rainbow formed just after I took this, but I couldn’t work it into any of the color photos). .
‘Leave Your Own Country’
Camera: Exakta Verex VX (c1951)
Lens: A.Schacht Ulm Travegon 35mm f/3.5
Film: Polypan F; x-2006; 100iso
Process: HC-110; 1+90; 20mins
Thorp, Kittitas County, Washington
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Pilot Rock is a three-story high boulder that was dragged to its current location by a glacier. When eastern Washington was being explored, it was used as a landmark across the wide plateau. On USGS maps, it’s called Tower Rock.
One such explorer, Thomas Symons, left an account of his travels. He and his party left the Columbia River at White Bluffs, searching for a better way to Fort Coleville, over 200 miles to the north.
At this time, 1879, there were only a couple of white settlers in this area – Portuguese Joe and Wild Goose Bill. They lived along Crab Creek, the home of Chief Moses’ band of Columbia Indians. North of Crab Creek, however, the land was very little known about the land.
Unfortunately, after leaving the Columbia River they got a bit lost and by the second day of their journey were out of water. After another half-day of walking, they came upon an old wagon road used by the Oregon Steam Navigation Company decades before.
Taking it, they finally came to an alkali pond. It was fairly disgusting, but better than dying. The next day they continued their path, making it to Black Rock Coulee and the spring therein.
Symons himself continues: “From Black Rock Spring we kept to the north, and in about nine miles came to Crab Creek, which is here quite a stream [probably just west of the present town of Marlin], flowing through a rich bottom half a mile wide. Up the stream the bottom narrows and becomes a chasm, formed by the perpendicular and overhanging walls of basaltic rock.
Lower down the bottom became a march, entirely filling the space between the basaltic walls, in which the creek sinks to collect again further below. Where we crossed it in the bottom was good, and the descent and ascent from the great table land were comparatively easy.
Leaving Crab Creek we went nearly northward, taking as a guide the Pilot Rock, a mass of rock about thirty feet high, but which, on account of the general flatness of the country, can be seen for a great distance in every direction.” — (continues below)
It’s always a bit of a challenge to take photos of signs. Essentially, every sign photo is the same. That’s sort of the point. And while the signs are always the attraction, you’ve got to do something to change things up.
So unless your photos are meant to simply document individual signs, I’m not sure of the point.
And that goes for this one, too.
That said, I almost always like photos of signs – even the boring photos (of interesting signs). With this one, I used some old SFW film that was “made in Italy” – thus making it Ferrania. And rather than shooting it as a portrait, I landscaped instead. It’s nothing special, and still a bit boring, but I’m okay with that. I don’t take too many sign photos, so I won’t be too hard on myself here. .
‘Flee to Freedom’
Camera: Ricoh KR-10 (1980)
Film: Seattle Film Works 200 (Italy) (x-12/01)
Ephrata, Grant County, Washington
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