Almost 50 years ago, I dropped acid (LSD) for the first time. I remember staring at a wooden closet door panel for what seemed like a very long time, seeing amazing things in the pattern and then wondering if it wasn’t just a tad insane to spend long periods gazing at a piece of wood. But you have to admit, there’s lots going on here if you let your mind go…
I booked time in the studio to practice with my new (old) Pentax 645N II film camera. I didn’t really have anything important in mind to shoot but I wanted to get time playing with the lights and learning to use the camera. In order to test the exposures I was metering for, before shooting with the expensive film I shot with my digital camera, set to the same ISO, shutter speed, aperture and equivalent focal length. In olden times, a studio photographer might have shot a polaroid in the same way.
I stopped to compliment this man on how beautiful his house and garden looked and we chatted for a minute, after which he graciously permitted me to photograph him in front of his house.
Saturday morning I happened to notice early Spring morning light streaming in on an eclectic collection of items on the dining table. Hence the still life images that make up the next several posts.
I shot this with the Fujinon 60mm f2.4 macro. Even though I wasn’t particularly aiming for it, that’s some very smooth bokeh.
Continuing to pull from the archives, here’s a shot from New Years Day 2004, shot as a jpeg straight out of the Minolta Dimage A-1