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This Week in Photos

2018, 31DEC thru 2019, 06JAN

Welcome back to another episode of TWIP!

Welcome also, to 2019! I hope this year brings much excitement and many photographic opportunities!

The first week of 2019 in our household was one of warm weather, furious activity, and the excitement of something new. And by warm, I mean spring-like, sunny, only a little precipitation, and T-shirt weather. On Saturday (05Jan), I was wishing I had worn my shorts outside! Our cabin is now officially ours, so I'm an official resident of Jasper, Arkansas now in addition to Kansas City.

The first part of the week saw the New Year transition, which for us was uneventful as usual. KC had only a few fireworks that we heard but did not see. It was also a quiet few days photographically too.

I didn’t pick up the camera until 02Jan to snag a fantastic sunset, and held onto it for the next several consecutive days. Although I don’t have a specific photographic goal most of the time, I do try and complete challenge directives. Among those are the DAILY-IN CHALLENGE (one photo per day of anything), 52FRAMES (one photo per week of a specific theme), and the FLICKR MONTHLY CHALLENGE (ten photos per month of ten specific subjects). At the end of December, I did manage to complete all of these, although I fell below my stated goal for the December DAILY-IN challenge. You can view results and details at the links above.

I did shoot most a roll of film, but still haven’t developed the two rolls sitting in my tank. When this roll is complete, that’ll be three rolls ready to process, and I’ll have little excuse to not get further behind. I am still half-heartedly participating in a FILM CHALLENGE, whose goal is to shoot and present one roll per week. I managed three of four rolls in December, and am slightly behind schedule so far in January. Film photography begs a slower and more deliberate approach, so it gets hard to find and shoot 36 things in a week, especially when I’m trying to do other projects.

That’s about all there is for this month. I have no way to gauge interest and audience size for this blog, so if you want to discuss something specifically or want me to address something in the blog, please give me a shout.

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Click here for the gallery, and thanks for viewing.

Jasper Cemetary

Jasper Cemetary

Pentax K-1 mII, A*135f1.8


Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to All!

K-1 mII Ltd Silver, A*85f1.4

This Week in Photos

2018, 24DEC thru 30DEC

Welcome back to another episode of TWIP!

It was a week of gray weather, sleeping in, naps, cold temps, more naps, and Christmas at Charlotte & Brando’s house. I spent a lot of the week not working, reading books, playing games on my telephone device, and pretty much doing almost nothing, and that includes photography. Most of that occurred at the very front and the very end of this week.

Christmas was good this year, especially since I haven’t really been into the gift-giving or gift-getting deal for about two decades now. Expect nothing, and you won’t be disappointed. My lovely wife, however, did receive a coffee mug that can transmit the temperature of your beverage to your phone, and keep it at some desired temperature. I never knew such a thing existed, did you?

Anyway, back to the camera stuff. I finished a month-long SCAVENGER HUNT challenge run by a Flickr group, which makes up the bulk of this week’s load. Also, another week’s worth of 52FRAMES is in the can, ending 2018 and setting up a full 52 for 2019.

Weekly photography challenges have always held some fascination for me. 52FRAMES is one of those which is open to everyone and presents the resulting weekly galleries in a FB group. This is a fairly large group of all skill levels, and each week I’d guess about 600 or more photos are submitted, depending on the theme. Challenges range from subjects, techniques, compositional challenges, and photography styles. One can take it seriously, as in set up studio shots or make special trips to satisfy weekly themes, or as I sometimes end up doing, take a snapshot at the last minute and hope it doesn’t suck too bad. At any rate, I encourage anyone reading to join the fray if you’re photographically inclined. Let me know if you do join… I’d love to have a partner or a tighter group to do challenges with, and if you’re local (KC or NW Arkansas), let me know and maybe we can meet in person.

Still no film development. That would have seriously chiseled away at some of my nap-time, so I again put that off. The FILM SHOOTERS’ CHALLENGE is of waning interest to me, and I’m still undecided about participating in January. The theme that was chosen, by the way, is “Wide Open,” which means all shots taken at the lens’s widest setting, which means narrow depth of field, which means lots of stuff out of focus, which means either some real interesting stuff or a lot of junk shots. I remain on the fence.

If you want to comment on any images, try to share it to FB or Twitter and I will respond.

Do you a blog? If so, share it with me via FB or Twitter.

Do you participate in a weekly or monthly challenge? If so, let me know.

I’m always looking for something new.

Click here for the gallery, and thanks for viewing.


This Week in Photos

2018, 17DEC thru 23DEC

There was mixed weather this week, but most of it was warm for this area; mostly in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Unfortunately, the sun was hit and miss, but mostly miss as most days were solid neutral gray and overcast. I suppose that’s good since I get sunburns easily.

Significant events for the week? Well, none really other than the cessation of official work thru the end of 2018. I guess I have to make an appearance on 31Dec, but I that doesn’t mean I will be doing much.

After one dog recovers from colitis of unknown origin, another one picks it up. Wes is in rough shape after having to do a some dry runs in the middle of the last night. Kawai got metronidazole, Wesley got acupuncture. Both seem to be working so far!

Christmas approaches again. 2018 draws to a close, and a “new era” will begin in 2019. One house-in-law was sold, another goes on the market (again) and another one will go off the market. There might be a downtown relocation, or maybe not. At any rate, I’m very hopeful that next year will include a *lot* more time outdoors and in nature with much greater peace, peace of mind, and hopefully discovery.

But this is supposed to be a photoblog, so where the hell are the photos?

First, film. None to include. I’m still participating in the FILM SHOOTERS’ CHALLENGE for this month, but January might be a different story. One roll/week is a little too ambitious for me, especially since digital images are so much nicer and easier on the eyes. I did finish one roll to combine weeks #2 and #3, and these will be developed this week and should show up in next week’s TWIP.

So this week is 100% full frame digital.

I don’t shoot a high volume, and I don’t keep very many repetitive shots. So, this week is fairly typical for me… 13 photos with some different takes on some subjects. Challenges keep me looking for new shots, and habit keeps me carrying a camera with me all the time. I’m still shooting daily digital images for the “DAILY-IN CHALLENGE” at Pentax Forums, and for the FLICKR MONTHLY SCAVENGER HUNT. The slideshow should have more information than in previous weeks, now that I know how to transfer titles/captions back and forth between this website and my Lightroom catalog.

If you want to comment on any images, try to share it to FB or (preferrably) Twitter and I will respond. Do you a blog? If so, share it with me via FB or Twitter. Do you participate in a weekly or monthly challenge? If so, let me know. I’m always looking for something new.

Click here for the gallery, and thanks for viewing.


Holiday Train: An Annual Tradition

Holiday Train: An Annual Tradition

K-1 mII Ltd Silver, K135f2.5


This Week in Photos

2018, 10DEC thru 16DEC

The cold and grey weather that dominated the early part of the week gave way to bright sun and warm weather over the weekend.

There were no significant events this week, so all the photos were taken around the house and/or around town.

Anyway, let’s get to this week’s photo display. It was a slow film week. I developed a roll from the first week in December, and shot a half-roll. I have a roll of color negative film to show this week, and shot another half-roll which will be completed next week. I develop the film myself in my kitchen. The labeled recipe for color negative film calls for about 3-4 min in developer and another 6 min in bleach/fixer (aka, “blix”) both at 100F. The temperature needs to be controlled within a degree, and any variability with such short developing times will cause variation in results. So, knowing I had issues keeping time and/or temperature on target in the past, I tried a new method. This is called “stand developing,” and dramatically lengthens the processing time, but allows it to be done at room temp (70F). Instead of 3-4 mins, it sits in the tank for 40 mins, and is blixed for an hour. Nobody shoots film for fast turnaround, do they?

I’m still shooting daily digital images for the “Daily-In Challenge” at Pentax Forums. The goal is to make one photograph of anything every day for the whole month.

So what’s new this week? In the Gallery view the first 12 images are the color film shots taken in and around our apartment building. The remaining are full frame digital images, some from inside our apartment, but most around town. The last 8 are from a trip we took to Union Station. I still need to get the Holiday Train before it departs… hopefully tonight.

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This Week in Photos

2018, 02DEC thru 09DEC

Good news. I found a fun game I can play on my phone while on the toilet.

Bad news. My camera battery died while we were at the City Market. When I put the spare in, it was already dead. Nothing pisses me off worse than that! Except maybe when I forget to put the card back in the camera.

Anyway, let’s get to this week’s photo display.

This week, two black and white rolls are ready and a few digital shots from around town. Digital images are daily images taken for a project I’m participating in here. The goal is to take one image per day, so they can sometimes get mundane. I’m only shooting for 75%, and I’m already behind. Lots of time to catch up though.

This week there are 14 new uploads, including this nice HDR photo of our favorite cocktail lounge, The Drum Room, and a shot of our building lit up in blue light. Also included on the front page is a shot of Pandora sitting before the Christmas tree that everyone except she put up.

Two new rolls of film were developed to complete the Film Shooter Challenge for November. Theme: Black and White film. These two rolls turned out pretty good, and the second roll was developed by….. Pandora! The B/W photos included here are the ones she did. Pretty good, huh?

Click here for the gallery, and thanks for viewing.