Wednesday, May 20

The Secret Life of a Superhero

Man in Brass House, Austin, Texas caught with Fujifilm X-pro1 35mm

Scene 1:  Somewhere in an existential bar in Austin.  Loud blues band wailing on the background.  Other than that, only two people and the bartender are there.

Chuck:  Can I tell you a secret?

Juzno:  Sure thing.

Chuck:  I'm Superman.

Juzno:  Wow.  Can I have your autograph?

Chuck:  No, it's a secret.  Remember?

Juzno:  Aha.

#man #moody #secret #bar #cocktail #Secondstreet #urban #austin #texas #blackandwhite #BW #BnW #grain #portrait #juzno #RobCastro #juznobsrvr #fujifilm #xpro1 #xmountlens #35mm #night #bar

Tuesday, May 19

Chilling at Rainey Street in Austin and how to turn your botched image into art

Caught with iPhone6 at Containers Bar, Rainey Street, Austin

There is a block in Austin called Rainey Street.  Old bungalows have been fixed up and turned into bars and cocktail lounges with ample backyards and porches.  Beers are cheap although mostly diluted.  It used to be that every bar would have their own house band.  Lately, condominiums have sprouted within the area and some residents complained of the noise from the bands playing.  When we were there a few days ago, the place was mostly dead.  Just a few college kids nursing on cheap beers.  And no more bands playing.  A sad change if you asked me.

Rose used her iPhone to take this photo of me inside one of the bars at Rainey one night.  It was severely underexposed but I thought it had potential.  In post-processing, I raised the exposure, which created more grain.  I actually like the grain and continued to edit the photo as though it had been captured with a vintage camera. Moral of the story: do not delete those botched photos.  One day they can be turned into art.

#bar #cocktail #RaineyStreet #RaineyStreetHistoricDistrict #austin #texas #blackandwhite #MobilePhone #MobilePhonePhotography #iPhone6 #vintage #wetplate #BlackandWhite #BW #BnW #grain #textured #selfie #portrait #juzno #RobCastro #juznobsrvr #techniques #selfportrait


Thursday, May 14

Blue in Austin City Limits

Austin City Limit shot with Fujifilm pro-1, 35mm

Dear Editor of Lonely Hearts Magazine,

I am disappointed that you have denied my request for a refund. Anyway, I am still in Europe getting lost with all the conflicting translation from the locals here. My experience here has been wonderful until I got a postcard from Joe of Oregon. He tells me that he is now in Austin,Texas looking for a job. Joe as far as I could tell has no real skills except for selling people what they don't need. Perhaps he will achieve success in Texas. He wants me to move in with him. Joe is a sweet guy but after the fiasco in Oregon I'm having second thoughts. Do you have any advice for this?

I think I will like Austin.  It's such a cultural hub for hip trends.  The blues and the jazz scenes are top notch.  One can get a pint of beer for a few dollars.  What do you think? 

Yours Truly,
Eve

P.S. I'm still waiting for my latest copy of Lonely Hearts Magazine.

#austin #austincitylimits #urban #35mm #fujifilm #xpro1 #night #nightshot #buildings #nightlights #bridge #Iamgenerationimage #cars #texas #travel #architecture

Thursday, April 30

Selling Castle Haarzuilens

Castle Haarzuilens shot with Fujifilm xe-1 14mm
Somewhere in Haarzuilens

Dear Ms Real Estate Person,

I trust that you are in good disposition.   You will recall my previous request for you to look into selling my castle in Haarzuilens.  I am hoping that you have made significant progress to my request as  a lot of things have happened.  Not only has the tax people been threatening to sequester my assets, I am now being pursued by the Dutch court for allegations concerning illicit use of recreational medicinal in my own humble abode.  Nonsense.  The concept that recreational medicinal is illegal is oxymoronic.  Besides I have stopped doing illicit drugs since our last North American tour.  I now confine my habit to Jack Daniels, which I believe is still legal.  By the way, the moat in the castle has been fixed so you don't have to worry about  prospective buyers falling into the water.  The water is cold but it won't kill ya.  I remember when Mick was stoned out of his face one time that he thought it would be a great idea to play a small gig with the band on one of the castle's boats.  We all went along with him.  Mick sang Satisfaction, which was the craziest sound I have ever heard since we were playing Brown Sugar instead.  Anyway, Bill got so upset that he finally threw Mick off the boat.  A sorry sight to see - considering Mick was wearing my Armani jacket.  Mick survived but never wanted to visit my castle again.  Oh well, I digress.  Again, I would appreciate if you can expedite the selling of my property.  I'm attaching an updated photo that my friend Juzno recently took.  I'll be driving down south to Luxembourg in the next few days so I hope we can finalize a deal before then.


Very Much Yours,
Keith Richards

#reflection #water #moat #castle #14mm #14mmxflens #14mmxmount #Amsterdam #Benelux #BestofHollandBelgiumandLuxembourg  #Dutch #EuropeanUnion #Holland #NorthernEurope #TheNeatherlands #Trafalgar #TrafalgarInsider #buidling  #vertical #leisure #outdoor #sightseeing #springtime #tour #Fujifilm #xpro1 #HDR #Niksofware #sunrise #boat #waterscape #IAMgenerationImage  #outdoor #Haarzuilens #wideangle

Monday, April 27

Seeking Refuge in Canal Wyndham

Canal along Wyndham Hotel, Amsterdam.  Shot with Fujifilm Xpro-1, 35mm.


Somewhere in Amsterdam

Dear Lonely Hearts Editor,

It's been a few weeks since I last wrote to you about my prospect of moving in with Joe of Oregon.  It turned out that he was not what he claimed to be.  He has a wife with six children.  The oldest is 24 years old and still lives at home.  His youngest child is a paragon of nuisance.  I believe that the character Dennis the Menace was inspired by him.  One time while we were having dinner at Joe's house, without my knowing it the kid tied my feet to the chair.  I then realized that he tried to light a couple of matches that were stuck on my sandals.  Good grief.  I have since left Joe as it was obvious to me that this kind of arrangement would not work out.  I needed some space to clear my head so I decided to flee to Europe.  Right now, I am somewhere in Amsterdam.  I am currently writing this missive as the sun is about to rise.  It is a gorgeous sight to see.  The canal is clean.  The locals tell me that the water is potable.  That is good to know.  I think I will stick it out here for a while.  In the meantime, I would like to renew my subscription to the Lonely Hearts Magazine.  Alas, I am again a proud owner of the Lonely Heart.  Please send it to the address above.  As I may be in different places in the next few months, I will advise you on my new address.

Sincerely Yours,
Eve

#reflection #letter #canal #houses #urban #35mm #35mmxflens #35mmxmount #Amsterdam #Benelux #BestofHollandBelgiumandLuxembourg  #Dutch #EuropeanUnion #Holland #NorthernEurope #TheNeatherlands #Trafalgar #TrafalgarInsider #buidling  #vertical l #leisure #outdoor #sightseeing #springtime #tour #Fujifilm #xpro1 #HDR #Niksofware #sunrise #boat #waterscape #IAMgenerationImage  #tree

© 2015 Rob Castro

© 2015 Rob Castro

Wednesday, April 22

Windmill Kinderdijk

Windmill Kinderdijk shot with Fujifilm Xpro-1, 35mm

Somewhere in Benelux

Dear Ms Real Estate Person,

I saw this great real estate for rent in Amsterdam.  It's in a small village called Kinderdijk.  It only cost 400 EU per month to rent.  Running water is abundant.  And the building is three-story high.  No central air conditioning though.  But I figured I can fire up the wood stove.  I've never used one before but there are a lot of dead grass around the area so I should be good for ample supply of fuel.  The only caveat - which may not be a real big issue - is I have to maintain the windmill.  How hard can that be?  Just turn on the thingamajig lever and the flags start spinning.  Easy as 1, 2, 3.  I wonder about the running water in this area.  The locals tell me that the entire area could get flooded if I don't operate the windmill every day.  I find this hard to believe.  How can a teeny bit of water rise up so rapidly?  Anyways, I wanted to request you to look into this building more in depth because I think I want to buy it.  Yes, I'm quite serious.  I want to move to The Netherlands.  I've been practicing on drinking Dutch Beer and have been able to tap dance well on wooden clogs - and this I can do after a couple of rounds of beer.  A group of women are a delight to see.  They stand around and you can see them through the windows as they beckon you to come in their house.  It's proof that no central heating is required as one could not help but notice the summer clothes they are wearing.  I do find their taste for summer clothing a bit too revealing.  Never mind.  I am really more interested in fixing up the old windmill.  That should keep me busy for a while.  Please let me know as soon as possible what you find out.

Sincerely Yours,
Juzno

#panorama #2x1#river #grass #houses #rural #35mm #35mmxflens #35mmxmount #Amsterdam #Benelux #BestofHollandBelgiumandLuxembourg #BoatRide #Dutch #EuropeanUnion #Holland #NorthernEurope #TheNeatherlands #Trafalgar #TrafalgarInsider #UnescoCulturalHeritage #Windmill #buidling #canal #horizontal #leisure #outdoor #sightseeing #springtime #tour #Fujifilm #xpro1

© 2015 Rob Castro

Tuesday, April 7

No longer the owner of the lonely heart

Street shot with Fuji Xpro1

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you because after some soul searching I have decided to cancel my subscription to Lonely Hearts magazine.  I realized now that I am no longer lonely.  Joe who patiently sits right next to me has ordered two gourmet hot dogs and special diet sodas to go with them.  I have just met him today but I think he is a fantastic guy.  He tells me that he has a big ranch in Oregon, and comes from a family of Dairy Dutch farmers.  It's funny because he doesn't look Dutch.  He assures me that he is, and that his dark skin is due to being out in the sun all the time.  His hands are also soft that I could hardly believe he is a farmer.  Maybe he has a lot of hired labors at his ranch so he doesn't have to lift a finger to manage his business.  Anyways, I got to run.  I see that our food has arrived.  Please send me a partial refund as I will be needing some extra money to pay for our bus fare to Oregon.

Yours Truly,
Eve

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Thursday, April 2

Hamilton


A few months ago,  I received an email from Hamilton announcing his retirement. He inquired if I still have the photo I took of him a couple of years ago so he can use it for his signature board. So I dug this up and thought I might share it here. It's really a test shot. At that time I just got my Canon 580ex ii flash and wanted to practice on bouncing the light. 

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Monday, March 30

Jojo and his magic harmonica


Jojo was a man with tweed polyester slack and 70's disco era polyvinyl shirt.  We called him the Walking Plastic Show, and everybody loved him.  Once he showed up in our neighborhood with a junk harmonica he traded with a Traveling Shaman.  He played all kinds of weird notes and told us that they were called blues notes.  We have never heard of the blues before but we called the sound Chinese Rock and Roll.  The notes never made sense to us.  But the sound was magical.  It made us forget who we were.

The last time I saw Jojo, he was married to Sweet Loretta Mollie who thought she was a woman but she was another man.  Jojo told me that he was leaving his wife to sail to Xianggang Guangzhou to become a monk.  I have never heard from Jojo again.  I would like to think that he is still playing his magic harmonica with those weird notes to the place where he had found peace.  Selah.

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Saturday, March 28

An Afternoon Inside Julio's Mind


Once upon a time, I could walk thousands of mile, climb every mountain, and swim in every ocean.  I know that sounds like bragging but it's the truth.  Or what I seem to recall.  These days my mind have been hazzy.  How long has it been?  I better start taking notes on pieces of paper.  Mental notes seem to scatter everywhere that I forget where I put them.  Where is my favorite pen?  No ink.  Darn it.  I don't want to use that old typewriter. My fingers don't seem to find the right keys anymore.  Coffee makes it worse.  Did you come here to take me away?  I forgot who you were.  Come.  Yes.  Come.  Can I bring Stella with me?  You know, Old Stella.  She used to sit by my feet during those hot lazy days.  I missed her.  She was a good dog.  Yes. Come.  We must go.

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Thursday, March 26

Random Thoughts of Mrs Wright


Mrs Wright felt that the winter would never end.  Hardly any sign of spring on the horizon.  I better get me another cup of hot tea, she thought.  Why does the tea get cold right away?  I'll have to talk to Doctor Leete about my sleep.  The system of socialism is utter nonsense.  I recall in 2078 - yes that was a memorable year - when the Boston Underground played a concert for 36 hours straight.  We were wild and running free.  That was then.

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Tuesday, March 17

Drift Away

Hasselblad 500CM, 150mm, 21mm extension tube

The expired film and used chemicals can sometimes result in beautiful accident.

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