Mark Rhoads lost his job as a journeyman stagehand when his eyesight degraded so much he couldn’t work. While he waits through the months-long process to get disability payments, he’s making ends meet by playing his hard-worn Sigma guitar on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. Taken with my Konica Auto S2 rangefinder camera, which I wrote about this weekend.
At long last, my second installment of photos and tales from the 2012 Southwest trip with Kate. Above, Utah state highway 261 just south of 95, after the snow. An excerpt:
We headed west toward highway 261 in search of views and on the way to our anticipated stop for the night at Mexican Hat, on the border of the Navajo Nation. The snow came down so hard and fast it was nearly impossible to see the road and I was stuck at about 20 mph for half an hour or so. When about an inch had fallen, the snow stopped as suddenly as it had started and the sun came out, melting the snow on the roads almost as fast as it fell. It nearly skipped the liquid state and turned into billowing steam.
You can do really neat things with a $1-2 “Color Optical Lens” toy camera. I had heard that, even seen evidence, but doing it myself really showed me there’s no need to buy a Holga when you can do the same thing with $2 rolls of 35mm film and a thrift store camera. Check out these light leaks!
Medium-format photos from the Southwest
In April, I took a road trip through the Southwest with Katchabird and took along a bunch of cameras. I had a wonderful time and got some good frames, like this one looking back down at the entrance road in Colorado National Monument.
I used Kodak Portra 160 film in my Yashica-D TLR camera for these. I already loved the camera; these just made me love it more.
Taken with Hipstamatic, Libatique 73 Lens, Rock BW-11 Film, No Flash.
Taken with Hipstamatic, Libatique 73 Lens, Blanko Noir Film, No Flash.