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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Saturday, March 14

Repost: Viktor at Grand Central Market


Viktor:  You talking to me?

Juzno:  I would like to take your picture.

Viktor:  Why?

Juzno:  I am going to be the next Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Viktor:  Who is he?

Juzno:  Why?

Viktor:  Why you ask why?

Juzno:  Bye.

Tuesday, March 10

Dreamin' of My Chevy

Dreamin' of my Chevy and my old blue jeans

I had a dream.  My old 56 Chevy.  A V8 engine that was all mine and an overhead valve high compression, short stroke design, a two-barrel carburetor rated at 162 hp complete with "Idiot" lights as gauges for the generator and oil pressure. The interiors matched my cowboy boots from the classic old time crocodile rock and roll.  Yipee-ka-yay!  Now if I could just fit in my old blue jeans.

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Wednesday, March 4

Doing the Thing I Do (part II)

Sometimes an egg and fork can make you think deeply.

An ordinary shot, yes.  But the result is very organic.  Moreover, the process excites and stimulates me more than digital.  In order to get this shot, I used a 21mm extension tube on the 80mm CF lens, a nice lens that came with my Hasselblad 500 CM.  The 80mm on a medium format is wide enough to get a good perspective and yet give out a nice blurred out background even at f16.  Try doing that on digital SLR.  One would need a wide angle lens at f2 or wider.  The 21mm extension tube allows me to get closer to the subject.

I am really into this film phase.  I'm for the most part liberated from Photoshop.  Except for digitizing the image - digitalized with Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro on Canon 5D mk ii, everything is done old school: shot on Hasselblad 500 CM with Ilford 100 Delta Pro 120 film, and self-developed using Ilford solutions.

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Saturday, February 28

Mimi Old School

Expired 35mm film on Hasselblad 500 C/M
Lately, I have gone back to Old School.  That is I have been shooting analog.  The process is longer and the tolerance for mistakes is unforgiving.  But the result can be very satisfying.  The photo of Mimi is one of my first attempts in using an expired 35mm film on a Hasselblad 500 C/M, a real nice medium format camera.  Since the format is wider than a 35mm film camera, I was able to include the sprocket holes in the image.  I used this in my Lomography days using Holgas and pinhole cameras but never on a Hasselblad.

The negatives were processed using Ilford solutions, and then digitized by laying the processed film on top of an iPad with a white screen and capturing the images using Canon 5d Mk ii and Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro f2.  The captured image is pixilated so I have to further process the digital negatives in Photoshop to alter the noise.

I am quite happy with the result here.

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Thursday, February 26

Trying to get your attention here

Molly is the singer of the band.  Desmond says to Molly Girl I like your face.

Sometimes a flower is just a flower.  I'm shadowing Sigmund Freud when he commented that  "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."  I read somewhere that there is no evidence that Freud actually said that.  No matter.  Sometimes a misquote gets more attention than what was really said.  Selah.

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Tuesday, February 24

The Sneeze

Edwin Cordova as Ivan Cherdyakov

GENERAL: My dear young man, I am not angry with your nose. I am too busy to have time for your nasal problems. I suggest you go home and take a hot bath— or a cold one— take something, but don’t bother me with this silly business again... Gibber, gibber, gibber, gibber, that’s all I’ve heard all day. (Going offstage) Gibber, gibber, gibber, gibber.

CHERDYAKOV: Thank you, sir. God bless you and your wife and your household. May your days be sweet and may your nights be better than your days. May the birds sing in the morning at your window and may the coffee in your cup be strong and hot... I worship the chair you sit on and the uniform you wear that sits on the chair that I worship...
Oh, God, I am happy! I’m going home.
And yet.
Have I been the butt of a cruel and thoughtless joke? I AM FURIOUS!!
SONYA! (She rushes in) I have been humiliated. 


The scene was from The Good Doctor, a small budget play based on Neil Simon's take on Tales of Anton Chekhov.  

Tech notes:  The only available lighting was a couple of incandescent bulbs overhead and their effect was terrible.  The stage was not meant to be used for a play.  It was actually a sanctuary used by the Los Angeles Reformed Presbyterian Church.  They allowed me to take pictures as long as I don't use flash.  I had to improvise.  FortuitouslyI have settled in the front row so I can take photos of the act. That meant I could shoot low and hoped that some of the overhead light would be mitigated by the low angle perspective.  Otherwise, all my portraits would look like the actors were from a family of raccoons.  In this case, the Canon 60D with the tilting view finder really helped.  I set the view mode to see everything on screen, and then I laid the camera on my lap.  The view mode help reduced the camera noise.  I tried to shoot when there was dialogue.  Otherwise, it would have called attention.

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