Hops vine on a weathered wooden wall in Bodie, California.
Hops are an important ingredient in beer, lending a pungent, bitter taste. It’s also one of the hardiest plants, capable of surviving bitter cold, drought, and searing winds. It was grown as an ornamental plant in Bodie, and no doubt was added to home brews.
I was challenged by a friend who wanted to know why I want to shoot film; “All the new innovations are in digital photography”, he said. “Photochemistry is played out!” True.
I want to have a fuller understanding—because by understanding the limitations of film photography, you gain a deeper appreciation for digital photography. By understanding the superiority of silver prints, you gain a goal for digital printing.
The image above, while interesting, is really and truly crappy. And to be honest, it would have been crappy even if it were large format film. At 8 megapixels, an iPhone image does not stand up very well to cropping. It pixelates easily, and efforts to smooth it digitally make it look like a bad attempt at being “painterly”. If I’d captured this on film, I’d still have to deal with motion blur due to a slight breeze.
Still, I’m making art in a wider array of mediums. Film or pixels, there’s lessons to be learned from each.
This image is a bit busier than I’d like; I was trying to capture the feeling that the cedar tree was reaching down to the pine saplings below.
In other news, I have landed safely in Yosemite! It’s good to be back on my stomping grounds. I’m looking forward to another summer of making art.
Woods in winter, Shannon County, MO. Another bit of bottom land near the Current River. Off Highway 106 in Shannon County, look for the sign that directs you to Blue Spring Trailhead. I’d love to make a mural of this.
Cemetery detail, Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. From an outing with my daughter in law in November, 2015.
Reynolds County, Missouri. This lovely bit of bottom land is on the Clearwater Lake peninsula, and almost impossible to find unless you go exploring. I’ll give a hint, though; There are faded plastic ribbons tied to the saplings at the junction of County Road 426 and this road. Be prepared for steep grades, lots of rocks, and mosquitoes. Oh, and it’ll take a couple of turns to get to this spot.
An unexpected gift of pomegranates from my co-worker Connie, some windfall pears, a handful of autumn leaves and a pinecone places on a partially cut stump in autumn light. What could be better? Image taken in 2006. A recent post on Facebook by Ray Santos made me go looking for this image.