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Some more photos

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I thought I’d share some more photos I’ve taken recently. These are cross-processed — in this case, that means they were shot on slide film but processed in print chemicals. That’s why the colors look weird. Some of these were taken at the same time as the Retina B&W photos I posted the other day. These were taken with my trusty Pentax K1000.

Small headstones
Small gravestones

Country Road II
Country Road

Necklace
Sarah’s necklace

Bike Path
Bike Path

Tracks
Tracks

Bike on tracks
GT Timberline

Bike on tracks II
GT Timberline detail

Bicycle by construction site
My bicycle by a construction site

Trees
Leaves

Atrophy

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Cycling

I have not ridden very much at all in the past couple of weeks. A number of factors have combined to prevent me from riding, including the weather, darkness, illness, and laziness. I did a night mountain biking ride with Dave last week that was a lot of fun, but I got sick after that. I missed out on what would have been a fantastic day for riding on Saturday and fortunately did ride yesterday morning. I tried to ride relatively early as all forecasts I read said there was more of a chance for rain later in the day. Naturally, it started raining as I prepared to ride and stopped shortly after I returned home. It was gorgeous the rest of the day and even sunny for a while. Sarah and I enjoyed the beautiful weather and took some photos around downtown Bloomington.

I am still trying to figure out how to deal with the darkness. It seems weird, but I don’t mind mountain biking in the dark as much as I do road riding. I think I need to spend some more time (and probably money) dealing with the lighting situation. I tend to prepare several lights before I go mountain biking in the dark, and less time preparing for road riding. Maybe that’s part of the problem. Or maybe I just need some brighter lights.

At this point, I have resigned myself to the fact that I won’t be able to do as much riding in the coming months. I hope to ride year-round to some extent, but I know I’ll be fitting in a lot less mileage. Sarah and I have decided to try joining a gym to see if we can stay in shape through the winter.

Photography

Sarah and I spent a little while taking photos in downtown Bloomington yesterday. We had talked about doing some sort of photography and ended up just walking about a block down an alley after we had lunch. I wanted to use the rest of the film in my old (1930s or ’40s) Kodak Retina and once I did so we headed back.  I tried some Ilford XP2 Super film in the Retina. This is one of those B&W films that can be processed in a color lab. I think the shots turned out pretty well. When I scanned the negatives and made a few adjustments, I was getting this lofi retro look that’s just perfect for this old camera. If I wanted to I could make these look more pristine (and in fact the prints do), but I opted to keep the low-contrast, old-fashioned look and even the false color in a few shots.

The Retina is quite an interesting camera. It doesn’t even have a light meter. For now, I use another camera for metering, but I hope to get better at judging exposure without a meter. Also, you can’t see the effects of focusing through the viewfinder. Instead, you have to guess how far (in meters) you are from where you want to focus. Another challenge is that the viewfinder does not show exactly what will be in the photo, and I have not yet figured out how to compensate for that.

Here are a few photos. Some are from yesterday, and some are from the shooting we did on October 27.

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Monroe County Courthouse
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Gutter

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Weird false color

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The Video Saloon

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Old Barn

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McKinney Cemetery

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A row of gravestones

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The cemetery, with hills in the background

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Sarah

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Vista in Jackson-Washington State Forest

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Jackson-Washington State Forest

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Me (taken by Sarah)

A weekend of houseguests

Monday, November 5th, 2007

We had a very busy weekend. My former roommate from college came to visit last Wednesday and was here through Saturday. We had a great time, watched some episodes of The Shield and some bad movies (just like old times), caught up and generally goofed around. Great times. I took Friday afternoon off and we went mountain biking at Brown County State Park. He came at a great time — the leaves are probably at about their peak color, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than Brown County. Josh did a great job on the trails and I sure enjoyed mountain biking again. It had been far too long since I hit the trails.

Friday night, we all went over to my mom’s house and hung out for a while. Josh gave my nephew Avery copies of the comic books he’s written, and signed them for him. Avery thought that was pretty darn cool and seemed interested in reading them. Josh, Sarah and I were planning on going out to eat, but my sister joined us as well. We all had a good time, and I was glad she came. I don’t see enough of her, and it’s ridiculous because she lives just across town.

We took Josh up to Indianapolis on Saturday so he could go to a couple of events there and then catch his bus back to Chicago. After dropping him off, we made an all-too-successful trip to Fry’s and went back to Bloomington.

Sarah’s friend Julia had called on Thursday to see about coming down to Bloomington from Fort Wayne. She and her adorable 3-year-old-daughter, Sammy, arrived at our apartment shortly after we did. We had dinner with them and her cousin Chris, with whom I’ve done some road rides. We had a pretty low-key night Saturday night.

On Sunday, we went to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, which is about an hour west of Bloomington. It was really out in the middle of nowhere, and the place is a bit odd. Right by the front entrance is where they cut up the meat for the lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, etc that they have rescued, so there were miscellaneous animal parts laying around.

The cats were very impressive. I think I liked the tigers best, but they were all great.  A lot of them have pretty sad back stories, most were purchased as pets, but the owners got in over their heads. Some were in bad circus-type situations.

I took some photos with my point & shoot camera; I’ll post some of the better ones later.

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