Black + White

Weed and Mud, South San Francisco Bay

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The Circle Star Theater was a performance venue in San Carlos south of San Francisco, California off of 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.

Gowland Pocket View 90mm 1/30 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.

Menorah, Palo Alto 2

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Espaliered fruit tree seen in Old Palo Alto, California in 1980.

Gowland Pocket View 4×5 90mm 1/30 f16 Tri-X rated 160 ISO no filter normal processing in HC-110

Menorah, Palo Alto 1

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Espaliered fruit tree seen in Old Palo Alto, California in 1980.

Gowland Pocket View 4×5 90mm 1/30 f16 Tri-X rated 160 ISO no filter normal processing in HC-110.

Rocks and Ice Plant, Point Lobos

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While photographing at Point Lobos in 1979, I saw an interesting pattern in the rocks and ice plant that seemed to suggest a brontosaurus.  The low contrast subject required underexposure and push processing of a high-silver film to bring out the details.

Century View 8×10 320mm lens 1/15 at f22 with a K2 Yellow filter, Super-XX film rated ISO 160 and processed N+2 in HC-110.

 

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.

Lady Ostapeck’s Tub, Fly Creek, New York

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Famous Finnish photographer, Lady Ostapeck, lived in a farm house outside of Fly Creek, New York.  She had a wonderful outdoor tub which I photographed in 1979.

Century View Camera 8×10, 320mm lens, 1/15 at f22 onto Tri-X Film rated ISO 160 without a filter and processed N-2 in HC-110.

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.

Whalers’ Cabin Point Lobos

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There is a cove on the north side of the Point Lobos Park where this cabin sits under a huge oak tree.  It was used in the 1800’s by whalers who worked the area around the Monterey Bay in Northern California.

Century Universal View 8×10 View Camera, 320 mm lens, exposure 1/15 at f22 with a K2 Yellow Filter onto Kodak Tri-X film rated at 160 ASA and processed N-2 in HC-110.  1979

Barn with Aluminum-painted Silos

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South of Cooperstown, New York there is an old barn with its silos protected with aluminum paint.  This provided high-key elements that allowed the rest of the barn to be rendered a few stops darker.

Gowland Pocket View 4×5 View Camera, 90 mm lens, exposure 1/15 at f22 with a K2 Yellow Filter onto Kodak Tri-X film rated at 160 ASA and processed N-2 in HC-110.

Rock of Ages Quarry, Barre, Vermont

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Near the town of Barre (pronounced BAR) in Vermont is the famous Rock of Ages Quarry that has produced high-quality granite for buildings, monuments and grave markers for centuries.

This is one of the very few times I had employed the dropping front element of a view camera to image the deep quarry with minimal distortion.

Gowland Pocket View 4×5 View Camera, 90 mm lens, exposure 1/15 at f22 without a filter onto Kodak Tri-X film rated at 160 ASA and processed N-2 in HC-110.  1981

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.