The Colony

I’ve photographed this theatre before, but this is different.

The Colony was the theatre in Downtown Hillsboro. Earlier this month, it was torn down. While it was being demolished, I snapped a few pictures. My camera malfunctioned and many of the shots were ruined, but I got this one.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Happy Accidents

“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”  – Bob Ross

I can be a real clutz sometimes.

Clutz is a technical term for Noob. Or nitwit. Or dummy.

I went to Glen Helen in Yellow Springs and shot a roll of Fomapan 200 black and white film. I really liked it, but Foma doesn’t put DX coding on their film canisters. No big deal, right? Just tell my F4 that I’m shooting a 200 ISO film. Happy Shooting! Right? Right.

Until you go to load the next roll of film.

I’ve never really done well with slide film. The demanding exposure latitudes of slide film have always found me either completely relying on A mode, of which there’s nothing wrong with, or have a roll of completely blown out or underexposed slides. Yay me.

Determined to become better at photography, I loaded a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 into my F4, and went to an old homestead to capture all the wildflowers and abandoned well that still remains. Only one problem.

I never reset my ISO dial. What’s worse, I shot the whole roll -1 step. Ugh.

As a result, there was very little worth noting on this roll of Velvia. Except for three shots.

One is a duplicate, the other I don’t really feel like sharing as I’m sort of “eh” about it.

The last is this one.

As Bob Ross said, a happy accident.

Go.

Find.

Photograph.

And double check your camera settings!

greenrain (1 of 1)

Nikon F4, Nikon Nikkor 28-105 f/3.5 – 4.5, Velvia 50 shot at 200 ISO. Oops.

 

Home

I’ve been wanting this shot, or something close to it for a while now, but I haven’t been able to find it. Until I remembered, I already had.

A couple of years ago I found myself visiting Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. I found myself on the fourth level of the main parking garage looking for a spot when I noticed the view. It was spectacular. Downtown Dayton in all it’s glory. I wasn’t doing the whole photography thing then, but I still snapped a shot with my cell phone.

I had been wanting to get this glorious shot of Dayton at night. But the opportunity never came up, and I forgot about the view from the parking garage at MVH. Until I get a Facebook memory, reminding me about the picture.

So I went back and got this.

Shot with a Nikon D300, an 18-200 f/3.5-4.5 DX VR lens, and some Lightroom tinkering.

Go.

Find.

Photograph.

DSC_0215-3

I’m a pilot, in case you forgot.

This blog is titled “Of Life, Flying and Photography.”

Mostly though, it’s focused on photography. This has happened for two reasons.

One, an immense case of writer’s block. Seriously, I can’t seem to write a thoughtful blog post to save my life. It fizzles out after a couple of paragraphs.

Two, it is very hard to photograph during flight training. When you’re practicing stalls, steep turns, lazy 8’s and chandelles, it’s hard to hold a camera at the same time. Recently, however, I was on a training trip that was a long cross country. 9 hours total time, actually.

I flew down to Southport, North Carolina from Cincinnati, Ohio. What should have been a 3 hour and change flight was nearly 5 hours due to winds that were stronger than forecast. This meant two things. First, I was going to be out later than I had planned and two, I got to the airport and couldn’t leave. The Fixed Based Operator had closed after I arrived. What I had planned to be a couple of hours grabbing some food and photographing some landmarks turned into what we in aviation call a quick turn. Land, use the restroom, fuel the plane, and leave. I was disappointed the day had gone as it had.

However, not all was lost. I brought a Canon AE-1 that I bought at a yardsale after shooting my grandfather’s and falling in love with it. I also brought a roll of Kodak Ektar 100, and a roll of Fuji Superia 800. I made photographs most of the way down to North Carolina, and some of the way back. It got dark about a third of the way home.

Photographing inside an airplane with a manual focus film camera is not the easiest thing in the world, especially when it’s a turbulent day. I fly Cessna 172’s normally, and the high wing configuration allows for wonderful views of whatever you’re flying over, at the cost of constant shade. Plus moving at over 100 miles an hour, several thousand feet above the ground, makes things tricky. I had two lenses, the FD 50 mm f/1.8, and the FD 135 f/2.8. Both came with this new AE-1. I had no idea how these shots would turn out, but I knew I wanted to try. Fortunately, I got lucky.

Now, a note. I had these developed at a shop that has given me some troubles in the past with bad developing, but I was assured the machines were fixed. These images are really nice, I like them, but there are some issues and you might notice them. I know some people don’t care, or won’t notice, but I did. So if it bothers you, believe me, it bothers me. But I like the pictures too much not to share them. So. Apologies.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHAutosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

 

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

_30_0302 copy.jpg

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHAutosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

_35_0307 copy.jpg

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHAutosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHAutosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Every time I fly, I’m reminded of something, and this is something that many people, even myself, struggle with sometimes.

We focus so much on the negatives in our lives. Our jobs aren’t that great, our cars, our clothes, our phones, our computers. The government stinks, the world is a mess.

Yet every single day, we are surrounded by the beauty and creation of the God of Israel. We are reminded that everything has beauty, and everything has purpose. We get so lost in the grind that we lose this sight. That the world, and ourselves, are beautiful. Even if we don’t feel it sometimes.

We’re all surrounded by immense beauty. Sometimes we need to take a break and make our way into it.

Or if you’re just lucky enough, you can get on top of it. And that’s not so bad either.

Go.

Find.

Photograph.