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Déjà vu

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This is the way I shot and printed in the darkroom between 1971 to 76. I had a old beaten up Nikon that half worked right and a passion to create. It’s hard to keep up with the technology today, let alone the cost, so I find myself again shooting all manual with a fixed 200mm lens not made for low light. BIG Thanks for letting me photograph period! I told Khalima to find a photographer with a full sensor camera to shoot in the light for the student show this year. These women deserve better than I’m able to shoot these days. When I was young you would be lucky if you saw a belly dancer at a food festival which was rare. Dogtown Dance is a treasure!

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Student show 2013




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white solstice

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I’ve been in a rut but today’s sites snapped me out of it somewhat from a sea of bad vibes.

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Rocketts Landing #6

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Hard to photograph

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The two hardest things I’ve found to photograph are a mimosa in bloom and a crow, period. Having a bout with carpal-tunnel syndrome hasn’t helped either.

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Armagedōn (local weather front)

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Local network weather, report each storm front as if it’s Armagedōn.


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“In 1875, the Grand Duchess María of Russia married the Duke of Edinburgh in a festive wedding, which caught Europe’s fancy. To celebrate the occasion, a small English bakery in England created a sweet new cookie with Maria stamped on the top. Its popularity spread throughout Europe. Most of all, in Spain it became the nation’s favorite cookie — 40% of all cookies sold in the country.

Marías were first produced in large quantities in Spain around the turn of the 20th Century, but it was not until the Civil War that they became an integral part of the national culture. The long harsh years of the war plunged Spain deep into poverty, turning even a simple loaf of bread into a luxury. When the war ended in 1939, the nation’s top priority was for every Spaniard to have enough bread. The wheat harvests were so plentiful that the bakers turned out huge number of cartons of Marías to consume the surplus. In those days, every café had a plate of Marías on the counter — a happy sign of Spain’s recovery.”


A cheerful find from the Dollar Store this month.

Stormy Monday

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I’ve been documenting the cell tower weather stations with my snapshot camera as I have been driving lately.

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Black Bird #2

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I’ve seen the biggest Crows the past couple of days, mostly going for trash on street. I look at them sideways or they hear my camera shutter and bye-bye another fleeting moment. If they only knew I’d cook to order for them for a portrait. Somebody left the trash bin open out back at the Mall yesterday and I never seen so many different types of black birds in and around it.

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snapshot camera photos below :

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Our tiny wild rose that blooms once a season…


Cicadas & etc.

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