Abstracts

Rock on the Beach, Big Sur

There is a magical beach south of Monterey/Carmel, California off of US Highway 1 that the locals try to disguise by removing the signs to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach.  I visited there  late one afternoon in 1979.  The rock is about the size of a softball.  The variegated sand is natural and the intense colors are reflections from the sunlit sandstone cliffs behind the rock.  This image looks so unusual that I had a debate with an artist about it not being a photograph.  To find the long entry drive to the Beach, look for Milepost 37 going South or Milepost 52.7 headed North.

Gowland Pocket View 4×5 90mm 1/15 f22 no filter, Kodak VPL 4×5 color negative film.

Bellevue Square Escalators

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Escalators in the Lincoln Square Tower of the Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, Washington  2013

Sony RX100 Compact Digital Camera  1/30  f3.2  12.6mm  No Filter  ISO 1000

Bellevue One

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The first of the tall buildings in Downtown Bellevue, Washington in the 1980’s presented an unusual shape against a stormy afternoon sky.  Newer building surround Bellevue One now.

Century Universal View 8×10 View Camera, 320 mm lens, exposure 1/5 at f16 with a K2 Yellow Filter onto Kodak Tri-X film rated at 160 ASA and processed N-2 in HC-110.

EMP Museum, Seattle Number 1

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In the Year 200, Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, built a Frank O. Gehry-designed museum to celebrate his love for rock-and-roll and science fiction.  The vividly-colored sheet metal skin attracts criticism, praise and photographers.  This particular image was made in 2008.

Sigma SD-14 17mm 1/200 f7.1 ISO 50.

Vandalized Old Jewish Cemetery

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There is a small cemetery in the Jewish Ghetto in Prague in the Czech Republic.  I would like to report that the damage to this holy place came during the rise of Adolph Hitler but Neo-Nazis have created further havoc in recent years.

Sigma SD-10 DSLR Camera, 20 mm setting on Sigma 18-200 mm zoom lens, exposure 1/60 at f5.0 with a Circular Polarizing Filter at ISO 100.  2006

Brass Railing, Los Angeles

While waiting for a table at Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles in 2010, I was taken by this ornate, brass railing.

Canon 5D MKII, 40mm 1/80 f6.3 ISO 100

 

Rusted Car Top, Cambria, California

When visiting Cambria in 2008, I happened upon a junk car with an interesting pattern of rust on its top.

Sigma SD-14, 23mm lens setting, 1/125 at f6.3 no filter, ISO 100.

Wind Sculpture against Ice-filled Clouds

Returning to our alma mater, Cornell University, in 1972, Evette and I saw a large wind sculpture backlit by the sun blasting through icy clouds.  The image was made with a Nikon 50-300mm zoom lens that had 13 elements in 11 groups that caused multiple internal reflections.

Nikon F2ASb 50-300mm zoom lens, 1/125 f16 onto Kodachrome 25.

Mis-Processed Polaroid Photograph

Attending a Friends of Photography Workshop in Monterey, California in 1979, one of the students had a malfunction with a Polaroid SX-70 camera and this was the result.  I intercepted it on its way to the trashcan.

No information is available, of course.

Burned Cabin Corner, Nevada

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When filling my rented car with gasoline outside of Reno, Nevada in 1977, I noticed a partially burned cabin off to the side.  When I went to inspect it, I found this interesting pattern inside in the charred wood.

Mamiya RB-67, 90mm lens, 1/4 at f11 onto Panatomic-X film rated at ISO 25 and processed normally.

Carousel Horses Cooperstown

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A craftsman was renovating these two carousel horses in an old blacksmith shop on the east side of Pioneer Street in Cooperstown, New York when I lugged my 8×10 View Camera up the hill to take their picture.

Century Universal View 8×10 View Camera, 320 mm lens, exposure 1/15 at f16 without a filter onto Kodak Tri-X film rated at 160 ASA and processed Normally in HC-110.  1987

Tool Board Point Reyes

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I got permission to enter a barn near Point Reyes and found an old tool board that had probably not been used for many years judging from the layer of accumulated dust.

Century Universal View 8×10 View Camera, 320 mm lens, exposure 1/15 at f16 without a filter onto Kodak Tri-X film rated at 160 ASA and processed Normally in HC-110.