Pinhole Mayhem 2016

It’s been a few months since my Pinhole Mayhem group has managed an outing. I was traveling in England for 7 weeks and then when I came home we were busy with Christmas and then the weather turned. Each time we tried to get together we were stopped by Mother Nature. Finally, at the end of January we got together. It was a sunny beautiful Monday in downtown Portland.

We met up at Powell’s City of Books for coffee and ¬†brainstorming about what we’d like to do for the next 12 months on our pinhole Mondays.

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coffee at Powells. 5 minute exposure

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Powells. 5 minute exposure

We then wandered the streets, stopping for lunch at Boke Bowl on NW 18th and Northrup.

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Boke Bowl. 4 minute exposure

We took time to bask in the sunshine

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Me and Donna. 12 second exposure

We managed some self portraits along the way.

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me. 20 second exposure

Our last stop was Keller fountain. The water is turned off for winter, but we stayed long enough for one more photo.

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Keller Fountain. Moving around, Monica, me, Donna and me again. 4 minute exposure.

I plan to use more 4×5 film in 2016. I love the large negatives and detail they provide.

(all photos taken with my 4×5 Titan pinhole camera and Delta 100 Pro, b&w film. Developed at home and scanned on an Epson V700)

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Busy year

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but have to admit that I do hope to spend more time on my photography and on my blog. I really fell down in 2015, lacking creativity, inspiration and little to talk about. However, looking back on 2015 I discovered I was quite busy and spent more time away from my computer, which I think, is a good thing.

Here’s just a bit of what I was up to in 2015:

I spent many days at the beach

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Had wonderful outings with my pinhole mayhem group

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Started a new series of small town post offices

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Took walks in Portland neighborhoods

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Took part in World Wide Pinhole Day in Portland, Oregon

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Took many weekend road trips visiting small towns and one weekend drove down to Shasta just to photograph this famous old gas station

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Spent a lot of time in downtown Portland and walked across the new bridge on opening day

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Celebrated my Dad’s 90th birthday in June

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Took up rowing

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Said goodbye to the iconic Portland airport carpet

 

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Spent several weeks at my friend’s cabin along the Salmon River

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Helped cheer the Portland Timbers to MLS Cup championship

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Said goodbye to the original University of Oregon fishbowl, made famous in the movie “Animal House”

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And in the Fall I returned to London for 7 weeks where I spent time with the Crabb family and met Madison for the first time. Took her, Sophie and Debbie to their first-ever pumpkin patch

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red riding hood

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Ending with Christmas and photos not downloaded yet. See, I am so behind.

(all these photos were either with various film cameras, including pinhole, or my new Sony A6000)

And I’d just like to say I hate the new WordPress format and changes they have made. It was better before. However, I still hope to blog here once a week unless it becomes too frustrating. Then I might have to find a new user-friendly site. Happy New Year.

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St Mary’s Cathedral¬†

I visited St Marys Cathedral in Portland yesterday for Mass with my good friends, Lori and Nellie. Lori’s brother was conducting the service so it was made even more special.

   
 I got there early and spent a few minutes taking some photos of this beautiful place. The present Cathedral was built in 1925 and held its first service in February 1926. It was designed by the firm of Jacobberger and Smith in the Romanesque style with Byzantine features. There is beautiful artwork, paintings and stained glass in the Cathedral. Some of the stained glass dates from the earlier Cathedrals.  


   
 
 In 1851, a group of Catholics built a modest church near NW 5th and Couch. It was in a forested area and not near the center of town so it was later moved to SW3rd and Stark. It became a Cathedral in 1885, but after a flood in 1894, it was moved to NW 15th and Davis. In 1925, a new Carhedral was built at its present location at NW 18th and Couch.

My information about the Cathedral was taken from their website

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Back soon

Will be back soon. Since returning from London a few weeks ago I have been sorting photos and involved in Christmas prep. Hope to post later  this week.

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Technology

Sometimes I hate the digital age, but when I can have a Face Time chat with my friends 5,000+ miles away then I totally embrace it. I am suffering from jet lag so at 3:00 am I was able to connect with Madison in London. I love this little girl. I just wish there was smellevision because she smells great.

  

  
She kept trying to stroke my face and kiss the phone. When she tried to give me a hug then I lost her. I think we’ll be having many of these sessions for years to come. When I met her Mom in 1998 we would read books to each other over the phone. When she got a computer we would do craft sessions while online. Sometimes technology can be wonderful when put to good uses.

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Good bye London

It’s time to say “good bye” to the city I have visited many many times, but seems so different this time. 

  
As I walked down familiar and unfamiliar streets I was struck by the change in the street scape. Cranes and new build-ups dot the skyline. Looking for familiar landmarks that used to stick up above the old buildings are now hidden by new modern glass architecture. I don’t particularly like the changes even though I know they are a given. But coming from a city where we might see one or two cranes, this is a huge contrast.

     

the view from Westminster Cathedral courtyard

 The congestion and the crowded streets got to me this time. I felt like I was always fighting for space when I just wanted to wander down a street. Stopping to take photos could sometimes feel like a jostling match. I didn’t get to take as many as I wanted and setting up my pinhole camera was, at times, impossible.

   
 It was after my last night staying in central London when I returned to my friend’s house on the outskirts of London that the tragedy in Paris unfolded. We don’t like giving into fear, but admit we changed our weekend plans. We were going to have a crazy jam-packed weekend in the city, riding the tram across the Thames, the O2, the lighting ceremony on Regent Street and lots of eating in crowded restaurants. Instead my last weekend is spent doing family activities , snuggled on the sofa, getting take-out and watching the news from Paris. We’ve decided to forget the crowds. Maybe if I was alone I’d do it, maybe not, but when there is also a baby with us, we think twice.  

 I will come back. Not sure when, but I know I will. London and the friends I have here draw me back. Now I just want a safe journey home and I won’t just think about the people in Paris, but people everywhere who have lost their lives to the violence that seems to crowd our newspapers and Tvs. Will we ever have peace? I can only hope. 

( I will continue to share photos from my amazing 6 1/2 weeks in London once I return home. Take care and may we all stay safe)

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Whirlwind

 For five days and four nights I ran around London for my farewell to a city I love.  I timed it perfectly to see the Christmas lights, the pop-up ice rinks, and the many holiday display windiws. I’ll miss the tree raising in Trafalgar Square and the light ceremony on Regent Street, but I managed to see quite a few holiday expressions, including the count down on Carnaby Street.

  
  
  
  
  
I do have one observation about people. Sad, but so many rude people. Just once I wish someone would have given way for me, just once. It never happened. I constantly had to move to let people by, or they cut in front of me to get on the Tube, or they’d just ignore me.  I don’t feel most of the rude people were British except maybe the commuters, but there were an awful lot of people who acted like I was invisible. I was happy to leave all that behind today………

  
And be greeted by this:

  

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