Friday, August 17, 2012

Leica gets out

I once photographed a row of buses in Myrtle Point. I thought this would work out better; the 85mm Culminar would have been a better choice.
School buses, south Reno, Andrew D. Barron©8/8/2012
Mall parking lot, Andrew D. Barron©8/8/2012
I finally have some frames with my vintage signs in Reno, inspired by the talented Nick Leonard.
Home motel on lost love’s avenue
Vacation Motor Lodge, downtown Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©8/8/2012
Evergreen Trailer Park, south Reno, Andrew D. Barron©8/8/2012
I finally downloaded some images from the infrared D5000. I love clouds.
Clouds, south Reno, Andrew D. Barron©8/8/2012
I hiked once, precisely, once, since I left Oregon. It was the short trail at the Huffaker Hills.
Many fences at Huffaker Hills, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©8/9/2012
One thing I haven’t figured out is what to do for close up shots. I am guessing that extension tubes is the way to go. At 1.1m, the IIIf isn’t good for photographing lizards. Here I think I gave up after about 5 frames and just went for the cool rock. There may be a lizard here.
Many fences at Huffaker Hills, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©8/9/2012
This was the night where after a half mile in my steel-toed, 8-year-old work boots, I took them off and returned barefoot.
Clouds above the Huffaker Hills, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©8/9/2012
The bokeh is nice on the old Summitar. This is a frame that I forgot to focus. After not having fresh photographs to work with, I’m excited for even stuff like this.
After sunset above Reno, Andrew D. Barron©8/9/2012
The next day. . .
After sunset above Reno, Andrew D. Barron©8/10/2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Another one?

Sometimes I joke that I am feral (like a cat). It seemed to happen in graduate school. What I’m getting to is that I would prefer to sleep out of doors most of the time. So indoors, I have been leaving the door open. There’s more air circulation and such. It took about six weeks for the underground communication network of critters to get hip.

So far I ’ve been visited by three mice, a tarantula, and a bat. The spider was a little unnerving; it was so large. I wasn’t really prepared for the size nor the quickness. I placed a colander over it, then shuffled a clipboard beneath. Then I evicted it.
Tarantula gets evictedAndrew D. Barron©8/2/2012
So, I have been closing the door. Except one night last week. I heard weird sounds. It was a mouse. As I tried to scoot it out the door, the bat that had been perched on the far wall started to do laps around the room. It was very confused by the whole situation and so was I. My first close encounter with big spiders and a bat can be crossed off my bucket list.
Desert treeAndrew D. Barron©8/2/2012
I was glad to be out of the photographic low last week. When I dropped of my film at Gordon’s, I had that sinking feeling. There was Ektar100 in there. “When did I do that?!” That means I underexposed most of the roll by two stops, thinking it was Portra400 (like the last 4 rolls in there). I would be worse to go the other way and overexpose two stops.
Concrete sidewalk detailAndrew D. Barron©8/11/2012
I FINALLY put all of my film into PrintFile sleeves. Getting extra shots out of a 36 exposure roll is not a benefit. That extra frame or two has nowhere to go into the sleeves. I am using the 6 strip sheets; a good long size to evenly break up the roll that also fits into the scanner. I have shot a lot of 35mm film since I started one year ago (that blog: 8/7/11). Most of my negs are too curled to lay flat in my scanner, so it was definitely time to deal with storing them properly. I have twenty-nine 35mm rolls in this stack!

I have a refurbished Epson V500. The film holders are very chinsy so I tried out the the DIGITALIZA holders from Lomography. They are set up to show the sprocket holes. With curled 35mm film, it was frustrating. I like the 120 holder better. One detail I am unsure about is that the hunk of metal that you press the film against is sealed in plastic. Are you supposed to remove this or leave it?

Since I have a looming situation with my Honda . . .In September of 2007 I set out on an adventure. The car was less than a month old. With my roustabout lifestyle, there was no way to get out of that lease, so I extended twice. Anyway, here are some photos from the day I left Reno, ostensibly to not return.
Maiden voyage for the 2007 Accord: I’m Old Kentucky BoundAndrew D. Barron©9/5/2007
Here I was a few hundred miles east of Reno. My concentration used to show more in self portraits. I would sure love to visit Kentucky again.
Maiden voyage for the 2007 Accord: I’m Old Kentucky BoundAndrew D. Barron©9/5/20072,062 Miles from Reno to Rosine: maiden voyage for the 2007 Accord: I’m Old Kentucky BoundAndrew D. Barron©9/5/2007

Jerusalem RidgeAndrew D. Barron©9/8/2007
Frank Wakefield, Josh Johnston, Mike Fulkerson, Jerusalem RidgeAndrew D. Barron©9/8/2007

Friday, August 10, 2012

Twenty Four

hours in the life. I am still using an iPhone 3G and the Hipstamatic 190. I also blasted through a roll in the Leica over the last couple of days. The light is starting to get more interesting and/or I am getting through the transition back to Reno, and back to cartography and GIS. This layout was inspired by an interesting photo meme of olympic divers.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Is keep me away from the lens, but out of the deep end. Enjoy Stewart Harris' Rose In Paradise, recorded a couple years ago while living the dream in an Ophir cabin.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Still Around

Back of the screen and me, Andrew D. Barron©7/31/12
Okay, yeah. Still in Reno.

I have been in some kind of suspended animation. I did a few hectic errands, including a Vancouver-turnaround. I had things abandoned in storage in Washington that are now in Reno. I’ve also been working a lot. In my free time, I’m still going through all of my plans, and figuring out my scanner. Since I never planned on being in Reno again, I am a little empty on how to be a photographer here. Cities have been tough for me all along, but here in the desert, I find the light harsh, and also a strange lack of things I wish to photograph.

It has been an unusual time for me. I have only shot one roll of 36 in two or more weeks.
Leica IIIf and Summitar 50mm, Andrew D. Barron©7/1/12
I don’t talk much about it, but this little tripod, the Manfrotto 482K has been a completely great compact tripod. I’ve used it constantly since February 2011. I had to tighten up parts in May. Actually, that reminds me, let me step back to May in Port Orford Oregon, where they take the boats out of the water to dock them. I had to fix the tripod before this shot.
Leica IIIf and Summitar 50mm, Andrew D. Barron©5/22/12
May is about where I am with scanning in negs from the Hasselblad. I picked up the Lomography DIGITALIZA scanning mask from Freestyle photo. It works good for the 120 film. I haven’t been very patient at spending even more time on the computer these days.

On July 2, Joseph and I went to lunch. This was looking down Moana Lane towards the Sierras. It was also a premonition to the what the Indian food buffet did to me.
Fire!, Andrew D. Barron©7/1/12
On July 8 I drove up to Jim’s cabin outside of Portola. This was out the window of the car on the way there.
Train, Andrew D. Barron©7/8/12
So on July 18th, I was unexpectedly watching the sun set in California. Once at Gramma’s, a couple of details explained her apparent urgency to deal with the ownership of her old car. She’s 93, and it was neither July 25th, nor August 9th. But $200 later, the car is registered to me.
Sunset from Ramirez road, Central Valley, California, Andrew D. Barron©7/1/12
Oregon flowers.
Oregon flowers, Andrew D. Barron©7/20/12
My nephew and I met up near Mount Shasta and had a good time camping. I brought 3 or 4 22oz IPA. Our favorite was the Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrell brewing in Bend OR.
California trees, Andrew D. Barron©7/21/12

There was a bizarre rainstorm that lasted for a couple days, starting right when I returned from Vancouver. Approaching Reno from 395:
Sunset, Andrew D. Barron©7/22/12
The next night:
Sunset, Andrew D. Barron©7/23/12
Sunset, Andrew D. Barron©7/23/12
I had a lot of work (jobby-job work) to do, and a lot my old stuff, like tools and camping gear to mess with. I had put all of my plans and stuff on hold and in storage in October. Oh, hey, soon I think I will buy my Honda only because I am 10,000 miles over the lease allotment. Nice. The payoff amount (lease residual) is much less than the blue book or market prices.
Accord at 69,999, Andrew D. Barron©7/31/12
So last weekend I built a stand for my stove that holds propane, water and the batteries that are charged by the 65W solar panel. I had funny geometric ideas and constraints. I made a huge compass out of some twine to get the curve, but now I forget how it relates to the rectangle it is inscribed around. It was supposed to be a little thing I did when not sitting at the computer. But I did it all in one day. I am still shopping for the right battery for my little extended stay kit. I also hope the DC charger for my Macbook makes it here from whatever shady place I ordered it from.
Camping utility table, Andrew D. Barron©7/29/12
Remember when I modified my old boombox to take an Auxillary Input?
 • Clouds, Sunset, Junk, from August 27, 2011
And my trials getting a refillable container. . .
 • Propane, from September 15, 2011,
and the acquisition of the solar panel:
 • Hard Travelin’ from October 8, 2011.

Camping utility table, Andrew D. Barron©7/29/12
It’s a lot of funny ideas I have all put together. Like reusing things: the 20oz Pepsi bottles are exactly the right amount water to make one cup of coffee, becoming about 15oz. Anchor Steam Liberty Ale is a favorite beer, and one of my earliest memories about beer-talk. John Wakabayashi cite this beer as a favorite way back before there were so many microbrews to choose from, maybe 1997. I’m glad I finally got rid of the disposable green propane canister mentality, too. The small Manchester tank has been perfect.

The end of the day today, Tuesday. The third long long work day in a row.
Get the stick Annie!, Andrew D. Barron©7/31/12
The last rays.
Sun in the old 3g using my new mCam mount, Andrew D. Barron©7/31/12

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