Dwindling Source of Excuses

Monterey (C) 2003 Kevin Bjorke So Courtney brought my last two C-41 rolls from the To-Do box to Long’s this afternoon and now I have a shot-but-unprocessed backlog of zero, not counting the couple of rolls that are currently loaded in cameras (including an Ektachrome 100VS 6x6 roll from January, sigh). If I want more pictures, I’d best go out and make some.

Current supplies: five rolls of TMax 100, 13 rolls of Delta 400, two rolls of Kodak Gold 100 neg and a test roll of the new Ektachrome 100 G. About a half-dozen 120 E100VS rolls, two long-cut (old bottom-loading Leica-style) TMax 100 rolls, and of course the digital… with about 200 exposures of ancient digibacklog from Helsinki needing to be spooled-off to CD (never to be seen again?).

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Traced

Click thru to larger image, (C)2003 Kevin Bjorke Did it! Actually had time after 6PM to shoot something new for the midnight deadline of the streetphoto salon (click-thru the pic).

I still dug through the archives, and added a little alternate gleaned from last fall’s trip to Tokyo. I like that one, but frankly it’s something of an urban cliche. Still, the full set has quite a number of similar shots, with the hope that as a set they’re stronger.

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Traces

Hmm, got a message from Michal Daniel that it’s already time for another street photography salon — photo web submissions are due tomorrow by midnight. This time the theme is “trace” and once again I haven’t gone and made a doggoned thing for it. Will have to dig through the archives, though I’d prefer to shoot something new.

Haven’t really had time for it this weekend, been struggling with last-minute tweaks to my taxes — might have to file an extension if I can’t find all of the receipts right away, though I’m happy to report that for Hawaii, California, and the IRS, I get refunds all around even without them. I just want to find the right receipts (mostly moving-related) so I can crank those refunds up just a tad more.

That Last 10%

Picking through Dave Beckerman’s Journals on his printing process. Yeah, a lot of steps, many things to go wrong.

The darkroom here is partly re-assembled. I put the Durst back together, but the head wouldn’t light. Not sure if it’s the bulb, the wiring, a fuse in the power supply, or what. I only got to use this enlarger a very few times at the old house — it’s nicer than I remembered (if it will work).

The water situation in the new space is poor. That’s still the biggest limitation, one I’ve previously been able to bypass by just running negs in the kitchen and scanning them at my desk.

Overheard a conversation last week, two illustrators discussing one illustrator’s desire to take a photo class. The other thinks it’s a waste, “not that photography isn’t an art and all, but I don’t see how it has any effect on being able to make pictures.”