Abstracts

Ducks and Koi, Phoenix

When visiting the Phoenician Resort in 2004 with our grandchildren, one of our daily stops was feeding the magnificent koi in a large series of lagoons.  Ducks showed up too adding to the fun.

Sigma SD-14, 41.6mm lens setting, 1/350 at f5.6 at ISO 100 without a filter.

Illuminated Dryer Hose

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In 1978, I entered the home of good friends on Mercer Island in the State of Washington.  I saw a knotted clothes dryer hose in the corner that had a string of Christmas Tree lights threaded through it and immediately got my camera.

Gowland Pocket View Camera 4×5 90m lens, 1/15 at F22, 2X bellows factor compensation, Tri-X film rated at ISO 100, N-2 processing in HC-110.

Wheelbarrow, Cooperstown

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In 1987, my parents were having a home built in Cooperstown, New York.  During the construction, a contractor’s wheelbarrow made in interesting composition in the slanting late afternoon light.

Gowland Pocket View 90mm 1/15 at f22 with a K2 filter, Tri-X rated ISO 160 and processed N-2 in HC-110.

Mud Channels, South San Francisco

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The Circle Star Theater was a performance venue in San Carlos south of San Francisco, California off Highway 101 in 1979; it has since been demolished.  If one could find a legal place to stop  east of the Highway, there are some very interesting mud flats.  The mud can be treacherous, so extreme caution and a partner are advised.  I got out the 8×10 view camera to make this image of the natural fracturing of the mud as it dried as the tide went out. The clumps are approximately 1×2 feet (30.5×61 cm).

Century View 320mm 1/15 F22 K2 filter, Tri-X rated ISO 160 and processed N-2 in HC-110.

Retriever Rock, Granite Falls

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The town of Granite Falls lies about 43 miles northeast of Seattle and 15 miles northeast of Everett, Washington.  While exploring the river near Granite Falls in 1984, I made this abstraction that appears to be a Labrador Retriever swimming across the stream.

Granite Falls is also the home of Bruce Barnbaum, a very prominent black and white view camera photographer and a valued teacher of mine for over 30 years.  I highly recommend  his book, “The Art of Photography,” and his courses offered through Photo Arts Workshops.

Gowland Pocket View 90mm 1/30 f16 K2 filter onto Tri-X film and processed normally.

Moth on Caterpillar, Mexico

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One of the oldest images in the collection, this was made in 1963 on an irrigation construction project in Mexico east of Culican, Sinaloa.  A moth had alighted on the large cable running around the rear of a Caterpillar tractor.

Nikon F2 35mm 1/30 f5.6 no filter Pan-X rated at ISO 25 and processed normally.

Minerals and Lichens, Eastern Sierra Nevadas

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I came upon this scene in the late afternoon in the Alabama Hills in the high desert near Lone Pine, California.  Canon 5D MKII 50 mm setting on 24-105 mm Zoom Lens  1/125 sec at f8.0  ISO 400 No Filter