NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS WITH TRI-X

Admittedly, I used to go on a lot of neighborhood walks.  They used to be more frequent because I wanted to try new cameras or new stocks, or maybe it was because I was still excited about photography.  The ebbs and flows of sitting really high atop the crest of loving film and photography versus falling down to the trough of not caring about your work or being completely uninspired is a very real, very constant struggle.   Currently, I am sitting at the bottom, but I know I’ll eventually make my way out and back up.

It’s always nice to feel unencumbered by a reason for making photos.  These were just very boring photos that didn’t fall into any of the motifs of what I was sharing on social media, but they were also images I didn’t not hate; they just didn’t hold significant space but I think they’re decent enough to warrant a blog post.  At any rate, these were shot on 35mm and I think I am finally over this format.  I have a Leica M4-2 bargain-quality that I am going to be trying to sell, then eventually and slowly parsing out with the point and shoots.  If you’re interested in anything, let me know.


NOBLEX WOES

This is more of a call for help than anything.  I’ve had the Noblex for a few months, and have shot with it three times.  The first, everything was perfect and worked properly; the second and third times, the swing lens stuck and would only swing open if I nudge it.  But when I do that, the image is no longer framed properly and it has my hands or face in it.  It’s heartbreaking to know this camera is faulty and will be expensive to fix. So, if you’ve any experience with this camera, and any suggestions on what I can do to possibly correct this issue, please reach out to me.  I’ve tried replacing the batteries, but the lens still stutters and won’t swing on its own for the first two shots, which is four exposures from a roll.  That hurts, a lot.

You can see from the photos that there are framing issues, but of the three rolls I shot, these were the only worthwhile photos.  My heart hurts because this camera is so fun to use and very capable, but only getting a few viable shots from an already short roll really sucks.

P.S. click on the images to get the full resolution and size :)


YOSEMITE, MARCH 2022

We packed our bags for three days and two nights in Yosemite this past March.  The mountains are still snowcapped and most of the rivers remain frozen over; best of all, the park is devoid of people and the hiking trails are uncrowded.  We feasted like kings (first time ever having pork belly banh mi’s, and at camp nonetheless), rose for the sunrises, and stayed up past the sunsets.  

After having missed it two years in a row, we thought we were finally going to be able to witness the Firefall, which is a spectacular phenomenon attributed to when the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at a particular angle to illuminate the upper waterfall, casting a red hue on the water and thus, making it appear to be on fire.  Unfortunately, we timed it poorly, again, and missed it by a week.  However, we were able to see some remnants of the fall with a crowd of 100 or so people.   If you’re a Californian, you can attest to how dry our state is; Horsetail Fall fell victim to the calamitous dessication and there was no water at all.  The sun was still able to reflect off the slick rockface and we saw some reddening, but it was a lackluster performance.  On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I am an absolute sap when it comes to strangers spending time together to marvel nature.  Maybe I cried, maybe I didn’t….I definitely did.

These were shot on Lomography 400, hence the light leaks.  I did not meter for the shadows because the sky would have been blown out.  Moving forward, I think I’m going to try to learn how to use flash so I can utilize some fill flash and maybe get some of the shadowed foreground to show.  Anyway, hope you all enjoyed and are able to get outdoors this season.  Happy shooting!

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