Sunday, April 15, 2012

I should title this photograph, "From a Winter that Was"  This past one definitely wasn't!  I felt a bit sorry for all the ice fisherman who used to sit on their stools on frozen Walton Lake.  It did freeze, but thawed in a bit more than a week, and never was thick enough to support fisherman, skaters, or much else.  The issue in question is "global" warming, not local warming, but if this year were a portent of things to come even around here, it's a major shift in the climate.  I hope not, but who knows?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I enjoyed a wonderful adventure on Friday, April 6th.  We met up with a small group of painters at the Southlands Foundation, Gentle Giants 4H club farm in Rhinebeck, NY.  The painters (OH RATS*) had arranged to have one of the Belgian horses, (Turk), and a couple of donkey's available for them to paint.  I tagged along with my cameras, and had a grand time ranging within and beyond the paddock where the painters were painting.  We will return here (have an open invitation) many times, I think. A splendid place!!

*Old Hudson River Art and Truth Society. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The two photographs below are from 2005.  They were made with my first view camera (ToyoView45D), and a very modest entry level lens (Rodenstock Geronar 210).  I had also just acquired an enlarger for 4x5 negatives, and couldn't wait to print these two.  But, the full negatives had problems I didn't know how to solve, and they have never been scanned or printed until now. (these are scans, but prints to follow immediately).  I have a sense of what to do with the prints that I didn't know back then.  The challenge is to achieve in the darkroom what is so ridiculously simple in Photoshop, but nothing I do there isn't a legitimate darkroom technique as well.  We'll see how well I do!