Both Smudge and I have been hiding. Inky is not even letting me take a picture of her . . . hopefully, we will return sooner rather than later! It’s nuts, as always, with the holiday season!
One thing I rather enjoy about going out to test things out – film, camera, lens – is the fact it puts me in a mood to experiment. Not that this is an especially inspiring picture, but what I mean is that I think about photography a bit differently than at other times. Maybe this approach – the thought of “experimenting” and not worrying about the results – is a more creative, and consequently satisfying, approach.
Again, Nikon and Ilford Ortho Plus 80.
For some reason I think this plant is called grindelia, which is a rather thorny plant with yellow flowers. It is also a bit sticky when green and in bloom. In the winter the leaves dry and it becomes a bit more thorny. In many ways it is well-suited for a dryish clime. The resinous qualities of the leaves help preserve moisture, thorny qualities deter making it a lunch. It has a pleasant scent and you can smell it when you walk by or through it. The fields where I walk host its growth along with various grasses and flowers, all of which become a drab shade of brown as the dry season progresses.
I am doing a 365 wordless black and white project this year, but every now and again the need for color rears its head! With nothing demanding my time – being retired is so cool! – I am doing a lot of film photography and using some of my vintage cameras. And, now, I guess vintage film as Agfa Vista 200 is no longer with us . . .
This image was done using Agfa Vista, as stated, and a really interesting camera that I got from the same gentleman who refurbished the Agfa Silette I wrote about earlier. This is a twin lens reflex (TLR) 35mm camera called the Flexilette, produced from 1960-1961. The first roll of film I put through it bombed because I pulled the rewind knob out too far and disengaged the canister. This time I didn’t, and got some really amazing shots. (Not that I am a great photographer, but the film and camera did a great job!)
I plan to write a review of the Flexilette, but if you want to read about it, do so here. Meanwhile, a wonderful and colorful spring to you!
Christmas berries – also known as Toyon – is a California plant with bright, red edible berries which are good in apple pie. ‘Tis the season to see them!