Why Blog?

I tried a bit of an experiment today. I posted on my instagram that I was posting more to this blog, just to see if anyone would be motivated to check it out. Not a single person, according to the metrics, made a visit, much less liking or commenting on anything. I think fewer people are blogging, and reading blogs. It’s all social media all the time.

It’s time to get going on the next zine. I’ll maybe post about that here when it gets finished, but more likely I’ll just post something on instagram where at least a few people will see it. My feelings are not wounded, it’s just the way things are now.

Sorry Scott, but even you haven’t visited lately either, which is also okay. I’ll mail you a copy of the next issue when it comes out.

Poetry

I have reached a point where long reads, novels, fiction or nonfiction, just don’t work for me anymore. I can do short stories, but poetry is what really can capture my attention.

Went to my favorite bookstore two weekends ago and saw this title, and couldn’t resist picking it up. One of the best I’ve come across in a while. Rita Dove is well known, was the poet laureate, but I had never read her stuff before. I know I will return to it, because it needs to be read more than once.

You wanted to know, Scott, so there you go. As my one commenter, you should have your request honored.

Changed My Mind

Picked up two rolls worth of processed film negatives Friday and got them scanned in earlier today. These were shot on different film and with my trusty Olympus OM1, some using the 50mm and some the 135mm. The film was a 200 ISO, shot at box speed, and I am digging the results.

I normally like to travel light when I go out to photograph, so carrying two cameras is not something I like to do on a normal excursion. Yesterday I took my OM1, which is more compact than a normal SLR, and I also took my Pen f digital camera with just a wrist strap and small 50mm manual lens, the Pen in a small sling bag that I have. I was able to interchange them as needed pretty seamlessly, so I’m going to continue that process for a bit.

Still no idea when the next zine will happen, or what it will look like.

Film

Shot some film for a change recently. Been a couple of years since I pretty much had given up on film. Friend gave me a Pentax K1000 that had belonged to her father in law, so I bought a couple of rolls of Kodak Tri-X and decided to shoot at 200 ISO instead of the box speed 400, based on a recommendation from a pro photographer I used to follow on line.

Frankly, I didn’t notice much difference, and it cost 4.00 more per roll to get it processed. Maybe if you are going to print from negatives in a darkroom you can see a difference, but to scan negatives to jpegs and edit digitally, not worth the extra cost. And there is very good film for half the cost of Tri-X out there right now.

Here is my favorite from the two rolls. Digital still works better for me day to day. With the cost of film and processing, it’s more of a luxury item right now.