A year (roughly) in review. (Or, a FREAKIN’ TON OF PHOTOS!)

Casually looking through my wordpress the other day, I noticed that my first post was back in June 2015.

June came and went for me this year and I didn’t even notice. Well, that’s not true, I did notice. I just wish I hadn’t.

When I realized that it had been an entire year for me working this page, with varying degrees of consistency, I was a little excited. I’d done this site, and photography consistently, for a whole year. How cool is that!?

To do something you don’t have to do, you’re not paid to do, no one’s forcing you to do, for an entire year. Doing it simply because you enjoy it. That’s a powerful thing. It makes you feel good.

I decided that I should do the obligatory “Yay, look at me!” post just because I can. I also wanted to throw in a little review, and some thanks too.

So, the review of a year. And a month, but let’s not get technical, okay?

I started with a Nikon EM, a Nikon Series “E” 50mm lens, and a Vivitar 50-210 lens. I used Wal-Mart Fuji print film, and knew about the rule of thirds.

I then bought a Nikon N65, with a Quantaray 28-90mm lens, and began using Kodak print film instead.

I then discovered Dodd Camera in Cincinnati, and began shooting black and white film. My favorite, so far, is Kodak Tri-X 400. T-Max is also nice, and so is Kentmere. I’m playing with new Ilford films now, as well as Fuji Across. By playing, I mean I have rolls waiting to be shot. Also bought a Nikon 70-210 af lens.

Shot a medium format camera, a good Soviet Kamera, the Lomo Lubitel 2. Shot on Kodak Ektar and Fuji Velvia. My Ektar came out fine, my Velvia was… Not.

Then I bought a Nikon F4, which was the dream camera. Learned a little bit more about rules, aperture, shutter speed and the rule of threes.

Upgraded my Kodak films to Ektar, Portra, and Color Plus. That last film is the Dark Horse; I didn’t think it’d make good pictures. Boy was I wrong.

Started shooting slide film in 35mm. Started with Agfa CT Precisa, then tried my hand on Fuji Velvia. My Agfa shots seemed alright, and I had a few keepers. Velvia remains the unconquered beast.

Began using filters. (Boy was this a surprise, haha.)

Most recently, purchased an incomplete Nikon F4 from Dodd, and completed the camera with a new battery grip, giving me essentially a Nikon F4 and an F4e. Also acquired a new Nikon 35-70mm af lens.

I’ve aquired a lot of camera stuff in the last year. What can I tell you about it? Sure, I like it all, but it hasn’t made me a better photographer. I still go out with my Nikon EM, a simple 50mm lens, and go make great, and bad, shots. I don’t know everything, and since this is just a hobby, I doubt I ever will. But I enjoy it anyway.

So why share my photography? Well, sure it’d be neat to become a famous photographer, maybe. Being able to spend all my time photographing sounds good. If I could only photograph and fly for the rest of my life, I’d be a happy man. Sadly, I doubt that will ever be the complete case, but oh well.

I share my photography so that maybe someone else will get some enjoyment from my pictures. If just one person looks at my photos and goes is amazed, or just simply likes them, then hey, I’m doing pretty good.

Sure, I like it when 15 to 20 people like something I post. But most of the time I only get a like or two. Sure, that’s a little stinky. But hey, I forget all about that when I’m out chasing down something I think is interesting, or stopping on the side of the road suddenly to capture an image I stumbled on.

Do I have anything to share to anyone who wants to do something similar? Sure!

Do it because you enjoy it. Do it because you want to. Don’t do it for accolades, or for attention, because you might not get it. You have to do it for you. Focus on the fun, don’t focus on trying to make yourself famous or well known. I guess if that’s supposed to happen, it will happen. If not, oh well.

And never think you know it all. You’ll get a whole heapin’ helpin’ of humble pie so fast your head’ll spin!

So, now what?

I guess I should include some pictures from the past year. Maybe my favs? Yeah, let’s do that.

So here are my favs. I’m not going to bother with technical info on these, and I might not anymore at all. Just… Enjoy the photos. Stop worry about how.

And go make your own. Staring at mine can’t be a fun all day experience.

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One of my first shots. It’s not bad. Ignore the phone poll. This was also Ent’s last spring. Ent is the tall Ash at the right of frame. You can read about Ent’s story here… https://oflifeflyingandphotography.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/i-lost-a-friend-this-year/

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Another early shot. I’ve come to love this one over time. Such bokeh. Much wonder…

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Is it England, or just a small Ohio community trying to LOOK like England… It’s the latter, honestly.

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The West Main Street Cafe, Hillsboro, Ohio.

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Fallen log.

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Chained gate.

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Unlike Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, I prefer real mail…

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A reflection through old and broken glass…

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Metal Yard, Wilmington, Ohio

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Crossing tracks and an old mill, Wilmington, Ohio

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Old door, Wilmington, Ohio

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Steel and wood, Wilmington, Ohio

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Old doors. Notice the EM getting tired on this day, a little light leak down in the bottom corner. Wilmington, Ohio

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262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. A little lighter than I’d have liked.

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I doubt I need to describe…

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Sky Galley at Lunken Airport. A little lighter than I wanted. Cincinnati, Ohio

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1945, or 2015? Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio

These next 4 are digital from a Nokia Lumia 1020, processed with Alien Skin’s Kodachrome 64 emulation. They’re the only digital images here.

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Little crick, Kodachrome 64 emulation (Nokia only image)

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Rocks, Kodachrome 64 emulation

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Bubbles, Kodachrome 64 emulation

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More rocks, Kodak Kodachrome 64 emulation

The next shots came from the Lomo Lubitel 2, shot on Kodak Ektar 120 film.

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Headstones near Fort Ancient

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No railroad here anymore

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Old bicycle

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Very cool house

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Fort Ancient antique store

And we’re back to my normal 35mm photography.

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A shattered back board, for a shattered playground

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4400 dog visits?

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Decay.

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Long unused fountain.

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Hostas.

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Inspirational Message on the Little Miami

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Little Miami Bike Trail

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Tractor Gauges

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1964 John Deere 2010

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Maines Tin Shop, Hillsboro, Ohio

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Ladder to no where.

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Fire Escape, Hillsboro, Ohio

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Christmas Courthouse Lawn, Hillsboro, Ohio

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Almost there….

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A frosted branch.

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Black, yellow and blue.

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A frosted fence.

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Sun still rising.

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A frosted fenceline.

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Getting more light.

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And here it comes.

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Goodbye, old friend.

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Sawdust and echoes.

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Hawk at sunset

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Sunset over the field

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Sun to the right. (Note: I cropped a small amount of the right of the picture off, as it had a strange light streak on it. Not sure what it is exactly, but I removed it.)

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Down the nose

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Random berry… Things.

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Cemetary Bench

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Cobbled Path to Stairs

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Back of the Opera House… With a filter this time! (ND-4, for the tech folks)

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I prefer RC honestly…

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Hello

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Ohio River Trail Mile Marker

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Sunset over snowy field.

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That’s one bad lensflare. Or good, depending on how you look at it…

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Snow drawings in the… Snow.

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Lilly’s in black and white.

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Nifty lamp.

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Nifty chandelier.

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Lilly’s on the inside… In amazing Kodak Portra 160 color! (I should sell for Kodak, I really should…) Yes, it might be a bit off balance. The floor in Lilly’s isn’t really level. Anywhere, if I’m honest.

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A collection of stuff.

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Nifty chandelier in AMAZING KODAK COLOR!

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Stuff in great light.

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Selfie, hashtag and yolo are NOT in this dictionary. As a result, I bought it…

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A sled, brought to you in amazing 35mm Kodak Color! (Product plugging, much?)

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Same dictionary in Kodak Portra color.

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A magnified copy of Pride and Prejudice.

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A new old cart.

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Again, nifty color and light, eh?

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Wow, talk about a waltz through time…

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“It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said; “For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Deeds Carillon, Dayton, Ohio

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Deeds Carillon, umm, upside down.

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Fallen tree.

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Open field.

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Mossy fallen tree.

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A creek… Still runs through it.

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Country road at sunset.

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Country farm at sunset.

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Pretty flowers.

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More pretty flowers.

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You guessed it… More pretty flowers.

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Flowers with flare!

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I want the white one.

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You shall not pass.

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American flag on mainstreet.

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Little Vespa

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Old tractor cabs

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Decaying tractor cab.

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Where does this path lead?

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A study in trees.

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Horses.

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One horse walking.

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One horse eating.

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Tractor gauges.

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Abandoned baseball field.

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A childhood friend.

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Where children play.

 

And that’s my year in review.

More photos are coming.

New ideas are coming.

Kodak slide film is coming. (WHAAAAAAAAT!?)

And, as always. Winter is coming. Stupid Ohio.

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