Heart of the Pine

Today I am going to break the silence of the Silent 365 project.  I’m a bit behind, but I’ll tell you why.

I have been working for hours on managing the software quirks for the Pakon 135 scanner I use for 35mm film.  I finally have it working where I can do color negative film, positive / slide film, C-41 black and white, and genuine black and white.  Post processing is done primarily in Lightroom and On1 Photo Raw.  It’s a good feeling that I can scan my film in a good scanner which produces better results than a flat bed.

Ah, the benefits of retirement!  Time to solve problems and stay focused on them for a long time!

Cactus Flowers at Sunset

About 3 weeks ago I dropped off some slide film I finally finished up.  The problem was I couldn’t advance my film or rewind it halfway through the roll.  Off to the neighborhood repair shop, and voilà!  Just a this and a that, and the film worked.  I advanced a few and finished up the roll.

This is a view of my neighbor’s garden – he has one of the finest “southwestern” gardens I have seen because it is well kept and not full of weeds.  At sunset, with soft light, a row of blooms – quite lovely.

I was hoping to get a lot of photography done this week since I am off from work, but instead I decided to break my wrist and finger on Easter Sunday, just to do something different.

Leaves or Petals?

I’ve been a bit off the grid for the last few weeks, focusing a bit on some other things rather than photography.  I actually never thought I would miss out on looking at my photos and taking them – but I do!  I guess I do like photography more than I thought!

These are – I think – bougainvillea flowers, but as they were shot on Kentmere 100 awhile ago, I don’t remember.  Taken with a Nikon FM2n, an Elicar 55mm f2.8 manual-focus macro lens, and, obviously, B&W film.  Another surprise is that I really like the quality of image with the Kentmere.  Ya learn something new every day.