The World Beyond

The World Beyond

The view from the top of Mesa Verde into the canyons which surround it, and on to ranges beyond.  Wanderlust to explore sets in!


Another Form of Life

Cacti BW

Welta Weltur, 6×4.5, Kodak Ektar 100 rendered to B&W in Nik Silver Efex.  Scanned with Epson V600.

By the Garden Wall

By the Garden Wall

Out of the roll of Kodak Ektar 100 I used in the Welta Weltur, this one is my favorite.  It has an old-fashioned look to it, which may be due to the fact it is is 1930s lens which is uncoated.  I pushed the colors a bit to get the result I liked best.  I scanned this with the Epson V600.

A Place to Rest

A Place to Rest

In the past couple of months, I’ve moved from digital to film, which is much slower.  It’s a totally different mindset for me.  I hated film years ago because I couldn’t take a picture worth paying for.  Now, after doing digital, I more comfortable and confident, and most importantly, knowledgeable.  I continue to use digital, but sort of have a “year long project” to master film photography, from taking to developing both b&w and color.

The medium format film craze for moi started with the Holga 120 GCFN I got for a present.  As a camera, the Holga leaves a lot to be desired, like control.  Since then, I’ve gathered into my camera herd an Agfa Isolette iii (6×6), and with this image, a Welta Weltur ca. 1938, that produces both 6×6 and 6×4.5 with an insert.  The interesting differences between the two cameras is that the lens on the Agfa is from the 50s, therefore coated, and the one on the Welta is uncoated.  The visual differences are there, as well as how each handles flare and other things.

Shot on Kodak Ektar 100 with the Welta Weltur, scanned using the Epson v600.  Post in LR and On1 software.  Developed at a local lab for $5.00.



Something salvaged from a home film processing disaster.  Ilford HP5+, Holga 120 GCFN, Epson V600, along with LR6, On1 Photo 10, and PS 6.  Probably a few other things, but I forget . . .



After being down with the flu for a week, feeling better – even if not completely better – does make life sparkle a bit, doesn’t it?

Looking Toward Spruce Tree House

Looking Toward Spruce Tree House (1 of 1)

I am still going through the pictures I took during our stay in the Four Corners area and our visit to Mesa Verde National Park.  The colors of the high desert, combined with the sudden appearance of a cliff dwelling, are breath-taking.  As you descend toward the Spruce Tree House, glimpses are caught here and there.

Can you imagine the surprise of seeing these buildings tucked underneath a sheer cliff, with no apparent access?  Trees above, canyon below, with only ropes and ladders and narrow paths to come and go.