“All the World’s a Stage”

Nearby our house is a small local university. Every summer there is a Shakespeare festival – this summer marks the 21st anniversary. Last night we saw Julius Caesar, using a revision of this stage which was for their other production, Love’s Labours Lost. In the U.S., at least in California, Julius Caeser is required reading in 9th or 10th grade. I read it, and, oh, how I hated it. Not until I started seeing Shakespeare live did I have any appreciation for his works – I would love to see Kit Marlowe’s Faustus some day! But I digress . . .

Vacation Choices #2: Voigtlander Perkeo II 80mm f3.5 Color Skopar

Here is another camera I have taken pictures with, and which I am considering as a 120mm folder for our road trip.  The Voigtlander Perkeo II and the Color Skopar lens are a great combo.  I used Kodak Portra 400 in it, and really did not appreciate what the camera and lens and film can produce together.  These were taken last year in August, and produced some of my favorite images.

What are your thoughts about this camera for a road trip?

Vacation Choices #1: Olympus OM-1n

We are going to be on a longish road trip the last part of July and the first half of August. We are traveling throughout the west with family. Places to be seen include Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada for the most part. We will see the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Sedona, Fort Laramie, Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons, and places in between.

I am in a quandary – what cameras should I bring?? I want digital, and film, both 35 and 120mm. I have a herd of cameras, and only so much room. Now, I have to make some decisions.

I recently acquired the Olympus OM-1n and a 50mm f1.8 lens. Small and lightweight, discreet, easy to carry, simple to use, and it takes great pictures. Using Kodak UltraMax 400, I shot one roll, much of which pleased me for both color and clarity.  As you can see from the images below, it’s a pretty good little camera – much better than I had expected.

If you have any opinions, I sure would like to hear from you . . . I’ve got other cameras to discuss as well!

 

Rain

After yesterday’s post, and Fraggy’s wish for rain for us, something happened.

The sky is falling. Water is coming down.

Thunder.

Lightning.

RAIN!

Here in my dry neck of the woods, rain in July is a miracle. Thunder and lightning seldom happen. The smell of wet concrete, the pattering of rain on the leaves, the dripping in the eaves, the splotchy sunshine. All this is coming through the studio window this morning.

More than 30 minutes after it started, it is still raining.

Amazing.

Overcast

The last week has been so hot- nearly 100F for several days – and sticky with 9% humidity! Yeah, laugh, but in a dry climate you become so aware of moisture, it’s absurd.

Right now, as I write this, the sky is yellowish with smoke from the nearby forest fires. The entire western US is ready to go up in flames, and when I think of our upcoming road trip, all of which is through the western US, I wonder if anything will be left for us to see.

Thus, an overcast day is just what I would like to see. Rain would be great.

This was taken with the Olympus XA4 and Fuji Pro 400H film.

Yellow

I have no idea what kind of flower this is, but it is strange to see in a field of dried grasses and weeds. Its luxuriant and big – large, fuzzy green leaves and flowers that are about 5 inches across. It’s a viney-like critter.

Camera here is the small and mighty Olympus XA4, Fuji Pro 400H film, and home-scanned using a Pakon 135 NonPlus. Some post.