Out the Window

Taken through an old building at Ft. Laramie, Wyoming.

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The Grand Tetons

 

My historical vacation photos on film always ended up . . . as the backsides of deer.  My first visit to Yosemite seemed to be image after image of deer butts.  I had my first “real” film camera, a Canon A-1 (which I still have and is really beat up) and no idea how to use it.  Or how to frame.  Or anything.  It was as annoying as hell, and I walked away from photography until the Nikon Hit Man loaned me his D70 years ago.  Since then, I’ve returned to film, considerably more adept at avoiding deer butts than in the past.

I am not sure where this was taken in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, but I really liked the field of wildflowers, the edge of pine, and then the Tetons rising up from the valley floor.  If I can, one day I want to spend more time truly exploring this area and hiking along the trails – possibly even higher up than we were.

I used the Olympus OM-1n, Cinestill 50, Olympus 35-70mm lens, and the Pakon to scan.  This is a pano of 2 or 3 images stitched together in LR with some post.

White Dome Geyser

Out of all the geysers in Yellowstone National Park, this is by far one of my favorites.  It’s a small dome, probably about 10 feet tall (which is very tall, really, for a dome), but it spews a wonderfully unpredictable little geyser – or big geyser – depending on its mood.  This one is called White Dome – a perfect name for a real beautiful geyser.

Taken using an Olympus OM-1n, Oly 35-70mm lens, Cinestill 50 film, and scanned in a Pakon.

Over the Edge

Today is an uncropped panoramic film image of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park. We were here in July-August of this year, and not in the best of shape for a crawling / climbing tour of this remarkable cliff dwelling. Instead, as I’ve done before, I leaned over the edge of a balcony built high above and took my pictures.

Cinestill 50 Daylight film is used here, along with the OM-1n. There are four images here, turned into a pano in CS6. Cropping would take away from the awesome quality of the overlook and the amazing buildings below.

Click on the image to see it larger.  No retouching done!

The World Beyond

On the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado is a thin line leading to other worlds.

Originally I had mislabeled this as from Mesa Verde (that Southwest just all looks the same! – not!), and then looked again. That is one of the troubles with film . . . you have to use your memory – not your memory card – to recall where you were.

This is a small panorama using Kodak Ektar 100 and the Olympus XA4 point-n-shoot. And, it is the Grand Canyon with a snaking view of the Colorado far below and beyond.

The View from Above

This is just one of many images shot with black and white film produced by the Japan Camera Hunter: JCH StreetPan 400. I used both orange and red filters, and the success shows in good contrast, for both long and short scale. The Oly OM-1n and 50mm lens are a wonderful travel combo – small, lightweight, and well made.

This is one of the cliff dwellings found in Mesa Verde National Park, in the Four Corners area, in Colorado. We spent a couple of days there, enjoying the rich history and beauty of the area.