Monday, September 25, 2006

More experiments with infrared film. I recently acquired an 87-c gel filter that transmits only infrared light. The filter cannot be seen through unlike the red filter usually used when shooting with infrared so focusing and composition is done without the filter and then the filter is placed over the lens before the exposure is taken. Much longer exposures have to be made so a tripod was needed for these pictures since the exposure was usually around 1 second. The result is the maximum infrared effect, totally black skys and foliage bleached white. The pictures were taken in late afternoon and a cloudless sky made for rather harsh shadows, the bottom image was taken in the shade and required a long exposure thus the blurring of the foliage in the background from wind movement. The flowers over the grave were dark green geraniums with red blossums.
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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Birkenstock footprints 1977 Posted by Picasa
The birth of Birkenstock Footprints, Portland, Oregon January 1977. Here are two pictures of a dear friend of mine, Marion Jessica Hanna, taken a few weeks after the opening of her business, in a storefront that had once contained a Magic Shop. September 20 would have been her 59th birthday. She departed this plane sometime on August 25, 1980 and the last time I saw her was in the Summer of 1979. I met Marion when we were both waiting tables at The University Club. In the Autumn of 1976 when I met her she was preparing to open the first store in Portland that would exclusively sell and repair Birkenstock Sandals which prior to this had been sold on racks in health food stores. She planned to offer every style, she made sure the sandals fit , she modified them to last longer and repaired them when they wore out. My first pair I bought from her I wore for 14 years. After Marion died her Mother took over the business in its new location on 11th ave. Marion's business had done very well and when she moved it to the 700 block on 11th where I last saw her it still retained the character and the old thrift shop furniture she had bought and recovered with fabric and applique of her own design. Marions mother kept the shop pretty much as her daughter had designed it and when I visited over the years for a repair it was like visiting an old friend who never changed even though I did. Where once I looked at her as an older and wiser woman as I grew old she grew young. I visited the shop for the last time in the Spring of 2004 to buy my third and probably last pair of birkies she told me she had decided to sell the business. I promised to bring her these pictures before she left but the next time I came back she was gone and every element of Marions old business was gone as well. Posted by Picasa Marion Jes Hanna September 20, 1947-August 25, 1980.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Another view with another camera. Nikon with 24mm lens. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 11, 2006

Japanese Gardens September 2006 Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Portland Japanese Garden Maple September 2006 A favorite tree of mine to photograph in the gardens. Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 08, 2006

A couple Summer Photos
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No Strings installation last month at Blue Sky Gallery. Collection of photographs of a small group of photographers working with Cherie Hiser in their first public hanging. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Pressed plant & Photo project

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Pressed Flowers and Photos part II

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Pressed Flower & Photo project. Before I had a darkroom one of my first projects was to photograph a flower from my garden and then press it and pair them together in a book. Here are the results made two years ago and scanned recently. The color in the pressed flowers in some cases held up quite well. I found the pressed flowers made a more interesting image then the photographs.

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Pressed passion flower with photograph.  Posted by Picasa
Passion Flower taken with infrared film.  Posted by Picasa
Blue Passion Flower on the front porch of my home. Posted by Picasa
Uncropped image of downtown vacant lot. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 04, 2006

Two views of Skidmore Fountain
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Saturday, September 02, 2006


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