Glass plates, part 2

More from the glass plates my husband inherited and I scanned.

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When you consider the process of making glass plates you have to wonder how the photographer managed to get the photo of the dog jumping without it being a blurry mess. The exposures were usually long and people had to hold still.

The last plate, at a funeral, is a bit creepy as we don’t usually take photos at funerals, but when this plate was made it was very common to do this. Sometimes the family would pose a deceased family member for one more photo…..even surrounding live family members around a deceased person sitting up in a chair. Oh, I hope I have a plate of that long ago custom.

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Dusting off digital

Sometimes I wipe the dust off the digital camera and make some photos. Since returning to film my poor Canon 5DMkII doesn’t get a lot of use. These flower photos are from my yard this summer.

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Inheritance isn’t always about money

Part 1

My husband was lucky enough to inherit some glass plates from his Mom who had a friend whose lodger was once in the entrainment industry.  The family’s last name was Goulet, and yes a relative of the singer Robert Goulet. The housemate and three sisters, Golda, Ruby and Pearl,  lived together and none ever married. The housemate was once the manager at the Portland Orpheum Theater during vaudeville days. So along with receiving some glass plates we also received some hand written autograph photos which I may share later.

I wish I knew who all the people are in these plates, but I don’t. Still they are interesting to look at especially when you realize that each photo took some time making. Not only were exposures long, but processing was tedious and chemicals were nasty. It’s surprising that any of these glass gems survived since they are at least 100 years old.

I scanned each image on an Epson V700. I had to rest the plate directly on the scanner bed without any film guide. Some are in decent shape while others have degraded somewhat.

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ET, call home

We live in an era of information and communication by device, but what do you do when you are out in the country and there is no cell service? You might just find a phone booth when you least expect it. I found a few on my recent trip to Northern California and South Central Oregon.

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This one might not get a signal

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(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500 CM and either Kodak Ektar 100 or Ilford+125. Color processed by Blue Moon Camera and the black and white developed by me at home. Scanned on an Epson V700 flat bed)

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Stonehenge of the West

Maryhill Stonehenge is a replica of the real thing in England. It is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River.  It was dedicated in 1918 as a memorial to WWI. It was the first memorial in the US to honor the dead of WWI.

The dedication plaque reads :

“In memory of the soldiers of Klickitat County who gave their lives in defense of their country. This monument is erected in the hope that others inspired by the example of their valor and their heroism may share in that love of liberty and burn with that fire of patriotism which death can alone quench.”

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(all photos were taken with a Hasselblad 500 CM and Ilford Delta 100 film)

 

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Roads less traveled

Most weekends you might find me driving back roads to places I have never been before. Just taking off with no real destination in mind is something my husband and I enjoy doing.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to head up to the Zig Zag Inn for breakfast and then just headed out on highway 26 to points unknown taking side roads through small towns and farm lands.

I decided to borrow my husband’s panoramic camera, Hasselblad Xpan, loaded with Kodak Portra 160. It was so bright that I wished I had used Ektar 100. One thing I love about the XPan is that you can use a panoramic (24x65mm) setting or a different format of 24x36mm.  Enjoy the tip:

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Interesting finds along the way:

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and ending here:

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Finally a Pinhole Mayhem Meet-up

Because I have been laid up for months I have not been able to take part in the monthly pinhole camera meet-ups with Donna and Monica. In July we decided on a pool meeting that meant I wouldn’t have to make any long walks. It was a cool day and we were fortunate to have the use of my friend’s indoor pool.

I used a Zero Image pinhole camera in these photos with Kodak Ektar 100. My interior shots are a bit underexposed at 16 seconds each and wish I had exposed longer. My outside photo was only 3 seconds.

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Fun day.

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