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Early-morning light and shadow on Santa Fe’s Canyon Road; Photo taken with a Canon Rebel T2 and Fujichrome Velvia 100F 35mm color-slide film.

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It always feels a little like Christmas when I get film back from the lab and it’s always a surprise to see what’s on those rolls I’ve left sitting in a drawer for months. All of a sudden, we’re back in Santa Fe. How cool is that? :-)

Photo taken with a Canon Rebel T2 and Fujichrome Velvia 100F 35mm color-slide film.

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While I’m at it, I’m going to go ahead and post another sun print from today. This one is a little dark but I think the shade of blue is a bit nicer.

And if, by chance, you’re not digging this new whim of mine, never fear, I’m planning a photo safari for this week and should have some normal photos to post soon! ;-)

 

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It was a spectacular day here in Idyllwild today so I took another stab at the whole sun-print thing. I wanted to do something other than a botanical and it finally occurred to me to fish an old crochet top out of the Goodwill bag. This image has less contrast than the one I posted yesterday, and I do miss the darker shade of blue, but I like the pattern so I’m posting it anyway. I’ll give it another go tomorrow!

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So, I’ve been feeling a little ambivalent as to how, or even if, I want to go forward with this daily-photo project which, of course, has been anything but daily in recent months.

I’ll admit I’m tempted to abandon it. Things have changed after all (I just put up my fifth photography exhibit with a sixth opportunity falling into my lap just this afternoon), and it would be easy for me to rationalize that I don’t have time and that I’m justified in easing up on the self-imposed pressure.

There’s also the issue of keeping up appearances. I’ve always looked upon this blog as a safe place to document my overall progress, as well as my experiments with different kinds of photography, and that was fine when hardly anyone was paying attention. Now I feel self conscious knowing that people are, on occasion, looking for me online only to stumble upon what is decidedly not a collection of my best images but, rather, a visual journal and photographic sketchbook. The truth is, a project like this sometimes means posting a photo that otherwise wouldn’t make the cut not to mention the fact that vintage-camera and home-darkroom experiments and even Polaroids (as much as I love them) aren’t for everyone.

The thing is, I also love this blog and have come to think of it as the project-from-which-all-good-things-have-come. It wouldn’t feel right to abandon it now knowing, as I do, that without it there would be no photography shows.

So, I’ve decided to keep my head down and continue plugging away at it. I may redouble my efforts (however sporadically) and try to finish by December 31st or I may simply keep posting until I get to photo 366 even if that means I don’t finish until sometime next summer. :-)

Because, when all is said and done, it doesn’t really matter. What matters (to me anyway) is that this site continues to propel me forward while also providing me with some much-needed structure.

So, it’s in the spirit of experimentation that I’m posting my first sun print today. Also known as the blueprint process, or cyanotypes, sun prints were first introduced by Sir John Herschel, an astronomer, in 1842 and are the oldest non-silver photographic printing process.

And, while many of the contemporary sun prints you see are printed from film negatives, the earliest cyanotypes by Anna Atkins were simple botanical prints created by arranging objects on treated paper and then exposing the paper to sunlight. As you can see, I’ve decided to go old school with my first effort, this sun print of a pine bough.

Thank you so much for sticking with me, folks. Wishing you all a great weekend!

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Fellow Americans, I hope you will accept my belated Independence Day greetings!

I didn’t foresee being absent from this space for so long but real life has once again gotten in the way. There have been more than a few distractions among them the fact that my computer’s near-death experience a couple of weeks ago was not a false alarm but was in fact a prelude to the real thing.

Yes, my faithful companion of the past seven years has finally kicked the bucket. I’m not one to anthropomorphize inanimate objects but we’ve been through so much together, that computer and I, and I’m a little sad to move on without her. I was hoping she had another year or two left in her.

At least there have been no tears. I’ll admit I once stood weeping in a Saturn dealership (remember them?) when I was told my beloved 2-door coupe (which, although I didn’t know it at the time and even more distressing, would turn out to be my last car with a stick shift) was beyond repair. I’ve had some arguably cooler rides since then but I doubt I’ll ever love another car liked I loved that Saturn!

So, anyway…the good news is I have a new computer! Yay. The bad news is I couldn’t really afford one. Oh well. I’m not going to obsess over the particulars.

As for the photo, it’s an iPhone snap I took yesterday while soaking up the festivities here in Idyllwild. There are few things more fun than the 4th of July in a small town!