The fog comes…

…on little cat feet.



It sits looking

Birds 1


over harbor and city



on silent haunches

Rowboat 1


and then moves on.

Statue 1


–Carl Sandburg


Day 158: D’oh!

It’s a good thing that our little jaunt to Maine this past weekend wasn’t for some kind of photo assignment because I might have failed. First it was the Polaroid that dropped out. I did have the Zorki and some black and white film but I really wanted some color film shots.

I thought all would be fine when I found a little store that actually sold the color film that I wanted. Excitedly, I loaded up the Zorki and started shooting.

Note to self: Next time, please remember to remove the yellow filter from the lens.


Day 158 - Yellow boatI suppose it sorta-kinda-maybe-justa-little-bit works in a funky, vintage-y way. Right? Anyone? Bueller?

Day 158 - Yellow lobster trapsA few pictures had enough red in them to push through the yellow.

Day 158 - Yellow buoys and buildingUsing the magic of post processing, I could adjust the color saturation and bring it back to a more natural look. I’ll try that, but it’s not a quick fix so I have to do some practicing with that before I’m ready to reveal. An easier way to salvage this roll using software is by switching it to black and white.

Day 159 - B&W boatOf course, I already have a lot of black and white shots using film that actually started out that way. I guess now I’ll have more that ended up that way.

Oh well. I’m going to take some comfort in knowing that at least my exposures were generally good on that roll.

And guess who will forever pay more attention to filters?


Day 157: What is a boat?

Apparently, it’s a big hole in the water into which one throws a lot of money.

Day 157 - Boat and reflection

It’s also said that the two best memories of owning a boat is the day you bought it and the day you sold it.

Day 157 - Boats in mud

I’ve personally taken on the philosophy that I should never own a boat, but I should always have friends who own a boat.

Day 157 - Boat and treeStill, I’d like to get a little canoe one day.


Day 155: Back-up plan.

Whenever we get a chance, Buzz and I like to hop in the car and spend some time in coastal Maine. I don’t know if it’s my Portuguese blood or my Piscean nature, but being near the ocean is unfailingly restorative. Two days in Maine might not have been quite enough to get me back to full power, but it certainly was a start.

Naturally, we brought cameras. We liked the idea of photographing a traditional New England coastal town with traditional old cameras. Buzz brought along a recently acquired Kodak Retina folding camera. I brought my Polaroid. After testing and experimenting with it around my house, I was excited to bring her out and do some work in a new setting.

Here’s the first picture I took:

BlackIsn’t that lovely? It’s the picture of a camera whose battery wire had broken off the contact about 30 seconds before this shot was snapped.

So the Polaroid was out of commission for the rest of the trip. Fortunately, I’d also brought the Zorki and the Canon digital. The film shots aren’t ready yet, so the next few days will be digital days.

Day 155 - FlowerI tried to stick to using the digital in a way the film cameras wouldn’t work. I don’t have a macro lens for the Zorki or an adapter for the Polaroid (even if she was working), so the Canon came out when I wanted to play with close-ups.

Day 155 - Traps