fog

For the past couple of years my town has experienced more than its fair share of fog. I expected fog when I grew up in the San Francisco area because we were so close to the ocean, but Wilsonville is 80+ miles from the coast so what gives? I need more sunshine. The weather forecasters have promised more sun in the days ahead, but as I look out my office window I just see more fog. Time to go out for a walk.

The fog  makes for moody, grainy photos from my Holga plastic camera. The camera is light and easy to carry on my long walks. So I set out and walked about 5 miles through the new development down the street, across the train tracks, along a frontage road and then back home.

WES train station tower clock

WES train station tower clock

WES train

WES train

blurry spider web across the wet lands

blurry spider web across the wet lands

winter tree

winter tree

tree and fog

tree and fog

tracks into new development

tracks into new development

new roads

new roads

geese going home with new condos in the background

geese going home with new condos in the background

(I used Kodak TMX 400 film and developed at home in Ilfosol 3.)

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more from Astoria

Continuing from my last post, I want to share more photos from my foggy trip to Astoria. There is a nice 4+mile walk along the Columbia River that I took. Problem is, you have to walk back. I decided walking one way I would face the river and on the way back I’d take some photos of the buildings.

pilot boat helping a ship navigate the fog

pilot boat helping a ship navigate the fog

bridging Oregon to Washington

bridging Oregon to Washington

Canary Row Hotel

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Before I returned home I stopped at the 14th Street coffee shop on the ground floor of the Commodore Hotel. The sun was streaming in the windows and I sat for awhile to warm up and do a little people watching.

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looking into the warm sunshine

looking into the warm sunshine

(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500 CM, Ilford film and developed at home)

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Astoria revisited

After the fiasco with the light-leaking Hasselblad back and 4 rolls of ruined film, I returned to Astoria to make my photos all over again. This time the fog was heavy and the skies white. I didn’t mind. I spent about 4 hours walking along the water front taking many rolls of film. Here are a few from that day.

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you can barely see the base of the bridge

you can barely see the base of the bridge

Big Red

Big Red

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several layers of fog

several layers of fog

If interested, here is a bit of background information about Astoria, as found on Wikipedia:

“Astoria is the seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811. Astoria was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 20, 1876.

Located on the south shore of the Columbia river, the city is served by the deepwater Port of Astoria. Transportation includes the Astoria Regional Airport with U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 101 as the main highways, and the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Astoria–Megler Bridge connecting to neighboring Washington across the river. The population was 9,477 at the 2010 census.”

For movie buffs, there is this:

“Astoria was the setting of the 1985 movie The Goonies, which was filmed on location. Other movies filmed in Astoria include Short Circuit, The Black Stallion, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Benji the Hunted, The Ring Two, Into the Wild, The Guardian and Cthulhu.”

(all photos were taken on my Hasselblad 500 CM with Ilford 125 film. Developed at home in Ilfosol 3)

 

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PDX carpet update

So today is the big day in Portland. Yep, it’s the start of the carpet removal at the PDX airport. I doubt there would be any other city in the US making this event a ‘headline news story’. We are just keeping it weird here.

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Okay, so maybe I have fallen victim to the whole carpet thing too. When the carpet was installed, some 30 years ago, everyone hated it. Who remembers what was there before? Not me. I actually know the designer who was responsible for the current carpet but sure don’t want to give her name out for fear she might be stalked. You are welcome, Linda. Since I know several women with that name you’ll never figure it out.

there are great shops at the airport

there are great shops at the airport

arrivals, but long exposure time means you don't see the people

arrivals, but long exposure time means you don’t see the people

Last week I spent a few hours making pinhole images of the carpet. I hid my camera under tables and chairs so I wouldn’t draw the attention of security. My exposure times were between 8 and 13 minutes so I had to be discreet. As silly as it is, I will return to photograph the new carpet which isn’t much different from the existing carpet. I am not sure what all the speculation is about. I don’t really notice the floors of other airports but I might now. Is PDX one of only a few who actually use carpet? I don’t know.

SQUIRREL!

SQUIRREL!

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You can even get your hands on PDX carpet motif items: T-shirts, socks, coasters, water bottle, and of course, a local ale. I understand the airport will be giving away/selling pieces of the old carpet as it comes out so that they don’t have to take it to a landfill. May I please have a clean piece and not a piece outside the bathroom doors? Yuck.

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When it all goes wrong

Last week I spent two days at the coast making images with my Hasselblad 500 CM and a NEW back. Big mistake. I have never had a problem with film backs for my Hassie, but it seems this one was defective and almost all of my photos were ruined. Not happy.

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Luckily the store where I bought it will ‘share’ in the cost having the light leak fixed, as my warranty is over.

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I did have a nice two days driving from Cape Kiwanda to Astoria. The Oregon coast is fairly unique in that its beaches have public access. It’s also a short drive from my house to the coast so I will return next week to retrace my steps and make new photos. I am actually hoping for cloudy skies so that the images will be a bit more interesting.

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I am sharing these rejects here because I think it is important to share the failures as well as the successes. It is juts one of the properties about shooting film and why, I imagine, many of you have abandoned it and switched to digital. I do both, but I still prefer my film. Instead of firing off a hundred images I exposed only 2 rolls, 24 images, in my two days. Just think if I had a bad SD card and lost even more photos…..that has happened to me too.

A few of the photos might be salvageable with a little work.

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These photos were made with Ilford HP4 125 film and developed at home for 6.5 minutes with Ilfosol 3.

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Beach trip

I noticed the weather was going to be dry and sunny at the Oregon coast on Tuesday and Wednesday so I decided I needed to go. I wasn’t ready for such warm temperatures and happily discovered I didn’t need my jacket on the beach. It was gorgeous.

Haystack Rock at cape Kiwanda

Haystack Rock at Cape Kiwanda

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I chose highway 18 to the coast and then made my way north to Astoria, stopping at Cape Kiwanda and Arcadia along the way. I spent the night in Astoria and made it to the Peter Iredale ship wreck just before the night sky took over.

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over the dunes and another hidden gem

over the dunes and another hidden gem

sunset at the Peter Iredale

sunset at the Peter Iredale

I set my pinhole camera up in the window of my hotel room and let it go for most of the night. Hope I got something. I had a perfect view of the Astoria bridge, but there was a street lamp that may ruin my exposure.

lunch at Pelican Pub

lunch at Pelican Pub

The next day I walked along the waterfront in Astoria and made 6 photos in my Harman Titan 4×5 pinhole camera. Can’t wait to see how they turned out.

glad I wore my Duck boots

glad I wore my Duck boots

(these photos were snapped with my iPhone. I also exposed 5 rolls of film, pinhole and Hasselblad. I will post those after they are developed and scanned)

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Hobbits

If you have followed my blog over the years you’ll realize my husband Ron and I enjoy going for drives over back roads around Oregon and Washington. I wanted to return to Cottage Grove to make some more photos of the alleys that were used during the parade scenes in the movie “Animal House”. After we left Cottage Grove we headed west and ended up outside the tiny town/village of Lorane. We stumbled across this concrete house and after a little research I discovered it is called the Hobbit House.

It is made of concrete, inside and out. It is a concrete dome house and for most of its life it acted as a residence for the ministers who served the church located across the street. (Now that I know this I’d like to go back and get a photo of the church).

The house used to be covered by soil, but is now uncovered and is being restored by several artisans. They are conducting training sessions on decorative concrete techniques and if interested, you can sign up for their courses.

Hobbit house

Hobbit house

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You just never know what you’ll come across if only you just take the road less traveled.

(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak TX400, and developed at home for 7.5 minutes in Ilfosol)

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