Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nothing but the blues

Blues band playing at Brass House, Austin, Texas
Somewhere in Downtown Austin, Texas

Freddie Guitar Slim: Darn... I forgot what the next chord is.

TB (The Bassplayer):  No issues with me. I've been playing one note since we started.

Bongo Man:  Boss, you realize nobody is listening to our playing.



Oh, yea.

#nothingbuttheblues #bluesband #TexanBlues #TheBrassHouse #AustinHangOuts #AustinCityLimit #bluesguitar #onewhiskeyonebourbononebeer #CityLife #urban #urbanlife #nightlifeinaustin #xpro1 #fujifeed #nightlife #boogieonbaby #rockmebaby #blackmusicians #chicagostyleblues #ElectricBlues


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top five reasons why photographers missed the shot

Kodak 35

Top five reasons why photographers missed the shot:

1.  Forgot to bring the camera.
2.  Battery ran out.
3.  Didn't read the camera manual.
4.  Camera is still inside bag.
5.  Lens cap is still on.

The Kodak 35 is arguably the ugliest camera ever made.  I own one.  It is not only ugly physically but functionally the beast is cursed.  It ate two rolls of my 35mm films.  No it just didn't eat them.  It devoured them and spit them out or whatever were left of them like fishbones.  I never made any single decent shot out of this camera.

#vintagecamera #kodakduraflex #blackandwhite #macro #stilllife #Topfivereasonswhyphotographersmissedtheshot #film #discontinuedcameras #camerasthatdonotwork

Monday, July 27, 2015

Eating Healthy ... Not really

How to take your guilt away

Rose:  It's almost midnight.

Juzno:  I know but I can't stay away from chips.

Rose:  You're bad.

Juzno:  The label says it has less fat and less calories.

Rose:  Who are you kidding?

Juzno:  I'll cancel out my guilt the next day so I'll just eat fruits.  Well, maybe with a piece of biscuit.  But I think the coffee dilutes the carbs from the biscuit.  So no real issue there.

Rose:  And then you'll go through the cycle again.

Juzno:  It's how I maintain my feminine figure.  Can you pass the beer?

#eathealthy #food #fruits #macro #foodphotography #closeup #naturallight #diptych #gloriousfoodshots #chipsonabowl #avocado #blueberries #eathealthy_not

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Salsa with two red eyes

Salsa Canon 5d mk ii Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro
Juzno:  Salsa, yea.

Rose:  Thank you, sir.

Juzno:  Why are those two red eyes looking at me?

Rose:  To make sure you don't leave without tipping.

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Rose always experiments with food.  She got green tomatoes the other day and they were about to go bad.  So she sliced them and threw them on the Salsa.  Nice touch, I think.  The two red dots are my contribution.

#salsa #mangoes #tomatoes #food #salad #macro #stilllife #foodphotography #closeup #healthyfood

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

And your bird can sing (Re-post January 31, 2012)

Canon 5d Mk ii Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro

Whenever I ran out of photo idea, I start to shoot at random things.  Sometimes I'll get lucky.  But there are times when I think I'll have a brilliant idea of what to photograph.  Then I'll look back and ask myself what the heck was I thinking.  This is one of them.  This image has no significance nor philosophical underpinnings.  There is no sublime message except it's goofy.  Maybe it's to remind me that I need to replace my antediluvian cell phone.  Hope you're having a good day.  Cheers. - R

#still life #macro #closeup #nokiaringtone #smartphone #notsosmaftphone #dumbphone #nest #birdsnest #goofy

The Ghost The Youth and The Machine (Re-post from April 15, 2010)


Diana F+ self-developed







I find another sad day awaiting me as I fade into black.  I miss the days when I was younger yet I was so much older then .  Every moment was magical and filled with wild abandon – like frivolous tattoos appearing randomly in the recess of my brain, and intoxicating music permanently drilling a hole on my one ear.  That felt good even if it felt like I was not going to make it the next day.  It.. what was it?  I would soon forget it.  Has my spirit become so tired of me that it started to run away like this?  At this point, I could only find comfort that unlike many people around me I am not turning into a machine.  Was that it?  Just kidding.

#repost #Diana #toycamera #lomography #Ilovefim #mediumformat #DianaF #blackandwhite #pano #selfdeveloped  #beautifulvignette #lomography #lomo #filmnoir #analog #theruleofthirds #vintage #mystery #urban #oldschool #streetphotography #street #fineartphotography #grainy #vintage #bandw #blackandwhiteisworththefight #rockandrollsinger #monochrome

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Folding Cameras (Icons Behind the lens Series)

Images made by Edward Weston and John Gutmann behind vintage folding cameras


Somehow this fell into the crack.  I started the Icons Behind the Lens Series early this year and I thought I have posted all the images for the series.  This one never made it.  It's a bit of a dark horse so maybe it was meant to be unnoticed.  Until now.

These are my folding cameras.  One of them is a Kodak Jiffy, a real gem that came out in the 30s.  Sorry, but I can't remember which one is it now.  They all still work.  Somewhat.  Depends of what work means.  It's operable but has to be used with some compensation.  For instance, the leaf shutter is slow.  Which means that if I metered at 1/60,  I probably have to set the camera at 1/125 to compensate for the shutter delay.  Fortunately, film is very forgiving.  Especially, if one uses professional films like Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5.  Both are my go-to films.

The image on the left was taken by Edward Weston.  Quite a bit of material has been written about Weston so I am  going to skip him and go to John Gutmann, who captured a self-portrait on the right.  Not much I think is known about him.  Gutmann was a Jew living in Germany in 1930s.  When he came to the US, his eye for the bizarre in cosmopolitan Berlin prepared him to capture the odd, the morbid and the freakish as he examined the culture of that day.


#Flickr #surreal #tripod #LongExposure #PhotoAsBackground #tribute #StillLife #Monochrome #FoldingCameras #IAMGenerationImage #vintage #analogue #camera #IconsBehindTheLensSeries #VintageCamera #film #EdwardWeston #JohnGutmann #BlackandWhite  #blur

Monday, July 20, 2015

Just keep playing those mind games

EMP Architecture (Seattle)  Fujifilm Xe-1 14mm
Architecture is supposed to symbolize or say a message to the public.  Not quite sure if I can write about my opinion here.  This is a PG rated blog.  So the monographs have to adhere to the ethics established in 1563 by the Calvinistic Council of Proper Puritanical Practices.  CCPPP for short.  Actually, I just made that up.  The point I'm trying to make is it is up to the viewer to interpret this work of art.  As John Lennon once sang, "keep playing those minds together ... "


#architecture #EMP #EMPMuseum #colors #mindgames

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How many guitars can one have?

Guitar Tower at EMP Museum Fujifilm X-Pro 1 35mm
Not enough!

My nails are mostly broken so I have to use guitar picks to play.  Years ago, I ditched the guitar pick as it was not working with the style I was trying to develop.  I've tried the thumb pick until I have my injury, which left me unable to pick up the guitar for years.  Bless be the Lord, now I have returned to playing guitar again. I've opted for finger style picking as it seems more natural.   But in recent months my finger picking nails could not keep up.  They just keep breaking.  I think I'll have to go back to guitar picks and figure out how to incorporate the pick with finger picking if I continue to play at this rate.

Rose's birthday is coming so I have decided what her birthday gift would be.  I got her the Fender American Deluxe Strat.  Of course, she couldn't play the guitar so that leaves me to make use of it.  Chuckle.  I've also gone back to singing.  Rose tells me that I sound like Jim Croce.  I wanted to sound like Freddie Mercury - but oh well.  Maybe if I wear spandex tight enough I might be able to hit those high notes.

Mama mia, mama mia.

#guitars #guitartower #EMP #EMPMuseum #sculpture

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bonnie's Dilemma

While waiting outside the Underground Tour (Seattle) Fujifilm X-pro1 35mm

Bonnie:  He's late.

Juzno:  Who is?

Bonnie: Clyde.  He is always late.

Juzno:  I think he said he needed to get the oil changed on the getaway car.

Bonnie:  That's it.  Next time, we need to get an electric car.


#vintage #lookslikefilm #oldmovie #filmnoir #fujifilm #mannequin #monochrome #faded #classiccamera #blondie 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mr Smith leaves everything behind



 Is he walking away from his old life? Or walking towards a new life?  Or maybe the world is passing by like a flat airport escalator and he is still on the same place.

#blur #urban #existentialism #holga #faded #toycamera #lookslikefilm #manwalkingaway #street #streetphotography #candid #theruleofthirds #vintage #mystery #mediumformat #mutedcolors #unsuspectingprotagonist #Iamgenerationimage #oldschool #fineartphotography #grainy #vintage #bandw #blackandwhiteisworththefight #melancholy #monochrome

Iced

Fujifilm x-pro1 35mm
Sometimes we just need to step back and chill out.  Too much noise on politics.  Christians, remember to love your enemies.  There can be no neutrality.  Either hate them or love them.

#loveyourneighbor #loveyourenemies #ice #glass #blue #hollywoodlook #politics