Plastics

The famous word of advice in the movie “The Graduate”. Who would have known that advice was probably spot on. Plastics dominate our lives and several of my cameras are made of the stuff. When I go to the beach I take my plastic cameras with their plastic lenses because sand and salt water won’t damage them. I’ve had the $200 repair bill on my husband’s Canon dSLR so I’ve learned. I forget to use my Holga PAN and should take it out more often. the photos are soft due to the plastic lens, but it’s light, easy to use and I don’t worry about it.

Here are some photos I took last week using this panoramic camera:

We went along the Portland waterfront during the last weekend of Portland’s Rose Festival.

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the fleet is in town

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cute as Pooh

dragon boat races

dragon boat races

Salmon Street fountain

Salmon Street fountain

cooling off in one of many Portland fountains

cooling off in one of many Portland fountains

We left the waterfront to take a little drive to the Columbia River Gorge:

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bird's eye view

bird’s eye view

I finished out my week with a trip to the Oregon coast. We are so lucky to live so close to both the Pacific ocean, the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood.

from Ecola State Park and the opening scene in the movie "The Goonies" celebrating its 30th anniversary

from Ecola State Park and the opening scene in the movie “The Goonies” celebrating its 30th anniversary

Ecola State park. Looking for the treasure clues

Ecola State park. Looking for the treasure clues

Haystack Rock on Cannon beach

Haystack Rock on Cannon beach

a great spot to watch the waves

a great spot to watch the waves

Don’t forget that an inexpensive plastic camera can create some great memories.

BTW, I just heard that Oregon is experiencing the driest summer since 1940. I know we need the rain, but these sunny days at the beach are just lovely.

(all photos taken with my Holga PAN and Kodak Portra 400 film)

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Vernonia, Oregon

Hitting the backroads of Oregon again. This time to Vernonia. My interest was peaked this time because of s hop there called ‘Gretchen’s Saddlery Shop’. I wanted to investigate to see if they could make a hand-tooled leather item for my Dad’s 90th birthday, coming up soon. I thought he’d get a kick out of the name since not many people share mine….except German Shepherds and Doxies. Forget that.

Gretchen's Saddlery Shop and old movie theater

Gretchen’s Saddlery Shop and old movie theater

Vernonia is located along the Nehalem River on the eastern side of the north part of the Oregon Coast range. It was one of the most important areas for timber in Oregon. At the last census there were 2,260 residents. The town is off the beaten path, but can easily be reached west of Portland off Highway 26 or off highway 30 if you are heading to the coast. Either way, the winding road is a beautiful drive. It is serviced by Oregon Route 47. There is also a 21-mile mike and walking path that stretches from Vernonia to Scappoose.

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timber

The city does get impacted by flood and many houses are now on stilts. In 2007, the then Verizon, now Frontier, communications building was heavily impacted. Why it was built next to the river is anyone’s guess.

We spent the day wandering the streets, taking photos and stopping for a picnic. there is a lovely park and lake on the edge of town, but be prepared to pay the $5.00 fee for parking, not covered by any Oregon State park pass that we could find. A short walk along the lake path and you’ll come across one of the abandoned mill buildings (photos posted in past entries here).

doll shop

doll shop

home sweet home?

home sweet home?

sit a spell

sit a spell

alleyways

alleyways

porch

porch

yard art

yard art

"beware of dog an cat"

“beware of dog an cat”

not very welcoming

not very welcoming

(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500Cm and Ilford 125+)

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yes, it really is green

Over the Memorial Day weekend I hiked the trail at Opal Creek with my husband and our friends, the Andrews family, Zeb, Wendi and Owen. A good day of hiking, photography and good friends.

Opal Creek is off highway 22 which runs east of Salem, Oregon. It is the highway we use to get to Sisters and Bend. It’s almost a 3 hour drive from Portland  to Opal Creek and the last few miles are over a gravel and pot ridden road. I didn’t think much of it being a holiday weekend, but my first clue was when we couldn’t even get to the parking lot. So parking on the side of the road, our walk to the trail head was longer than the usual 1 1/2miles. The complete loop is about 9 miles. It’s not difficult, but the road to the mining camp is uneven and rocky. The trail on the other side of the creek is full of tree roots. No matter, we had a wonderful full day of hiking, exploring and making photos.

Due to my recent arm surgery I am unable to carry  heavy loads for a few months so I went with one camera: my pinhole. It’s interesting to take only one camera especially one with long exposures. It gives me the chance to set up and then sit and enjoy the scenery. Those photos will follow as they have not been developed yet. The photos I am sharing here were taken by my husband with a Canon 5DMkII and only one lens, a 50mm.

And yes, the water really is green. I did not photoshop any of these photos.

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more people than usual

climbing over rocks to set up my camera is just part of the experience

climbing over rocks to set up my camera is just part of the experience

Owen and Zeb

Owen and Zeb

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Owen rock climbing

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pools

pools

a boy and his stick

a boy and his stick

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Zeb, his cameras, Wendi and Owen

a bridge too far

a bridge too far

walking out

walking out

For some reason there are no digital photos of the mining camp that you cross halfway into the hike. I believe there are images in a post from a few years ago. Doesn’t matter, we’ll be back.

Oh, and Owen, who is 8, walked the whole 9 miles and never complained. This was the longest hike he has ever completed. So congratulations to him!

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the end….

from Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. I took a few photos with my Holga during the day to capture some of the places we visited. These were all taken with a Holga 120CFN and Kodak TMAX400.

St Johns bridge

St Johns bridge

St Johns Bridge

St Johns Bridge

empty chairs on NW 23rd

empty chairs on NW 23rd

walking along NW 23rd

walking along NW 23rd

Lunch in St Johns

Lunch in St Johns

old gas station and now it's pizza

old gas station near Burnside St

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

making images

making images with pinhole cameras

Portland from close to 405 freeway

Portland from close to 405 freeway

homeless camp below Hawthorne bridge

homeless camp below Hawthorne bridge

reading along SW Burnside St

reading along SW Burnside St

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more from WPPD in Portland

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was a great success in Portland, Oregon. I am not sure of the official count, but I think we had upwards of 35 people showing up.

The brave ones showed up at 6:30 a.m. along the waterfront for an early morning shoot before heading to breakfast at Zeus. We just missed the gorgeous sunrise that day, but WPPD is more about meeting the people you connect with on Flickr and Facebook than actually making photographs. Although we all managed to do that too.

I am posting some of mine for the day, but I was a bit disappointed for two reasons: my favorite camera broke on me at the early morning get together and I had just had surgery the day before and was not quite my usual self. Looking back I should have stayed home to recuperate, but I refused to miss the fun. I did poop out by the late afternoon and snuck out to go home.

6:30 a.m. :

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8:30 breakfast:

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10:30 Saturday Market:

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What happens when the spring breaks on the Zero Image and the shutter falls open:

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4:30: I ended my day after a pint at Apex Pub:

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The group then moved on to Central Bowling while I headed home to bed.

If you want to see more photos from this great weekend then please check out #GitTogether for more photos. People from all over the world will soon be posting at WPPD website too.

There are already plans to meet up next year in Barcelona. I hope I can make it.

(all photos were taken with my Zero Image and my Innova pinhole cameras)

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Worldwide Pinhole photography Day in Portland, part II

Here are more images from WPPD_2015_#GitTogether.

The first three were taken with my Zero Image 6×6 Pinhole camera using Ilford film.

Welcome to Portlandia

Welcome to Portlandia

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Japanese-American Memorial on SW Waterfront Park

Japanese-American Memorial on SW Waterfront Park

The next three images were taken with my Vermeer Anamorphic 6×17 pinhole camera and Fuji Acros film:

The 'Car Wash' Fountain

The ‘Car Wash’ Fountain

The Portland Building

The Portland Building

The Biltmore Apartments

The Biltmore Apartments

Color pinhole images will be posted tomorrow.

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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day in Portland, Oregon

One day a year, on the last Sunday in April, pinhole photographers all over the world meet-up and make pinhole images. Believe me, we don’t limit ourselves to this one day. Most of us are making pinhole images all year long. There isn’t a photography style much more primitive than using a pinhole camera. There is no view finder and no lens. To shoot pinhole is to be patients, use your eye and expect some bad photos. Exposures can go from a few seconds to many minutes or even hours.

This year, Portland was one of the cities across the world that played  host to people from other States and countries. The day really stretched into a weekend and beyond. It included a lot of food, drink and some early mornings.

Here I am presenting Part I of WPPD-Portland, Oregon, #GitTogether. This was on Saturday, April 25th. A small group of us met up at Newspace Center of Photography to view the beautiful portraits taken by Jake Shivery, owner of Blue Moon Camera and Machine. We then moved on to St Johns, the camera shop, the St Johns Bridge and lunch. The evening concluded with beer and food at the Lucky Lab on SE Hawthorne. I left early because I was one of the food, not really, who planned to meet-up at 6:30 a.m. on the SW waterfront.

At Newspace:

Monica setting up her pinhole camera

Monica and maybe Todd setting up her pinhole camera

yep, Ron and I are on the wall, dressed as Old English Sheepdogs, what else?

yep, Ron and I are on the wall, dressed as Old English Sheepdogs, what else?

Moving on to St Johns:

there was a wedding under the arches

there was a wedding under the arches

under the St Johns Bridge

under the St Johns Bridge

trolley

trolley

lunch time

lunch time

Not sure how it happened, but I didn’t make a single pinhole image at the night’s activities. Oops.

Althea photos were taken with my Zero Image pinhole cameras. if you’d like to see more images from all over the world then please go to: http://www.pinholeday.org

I will post photos from the actual day tomorrow.

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