Photographs by Frank

6 November 2016

Bumper Stickers

Filed under: Monadnock Region,Off Topic — Frank @ 1:00 PM

Have you ever noticed that folks who put bumper stickers on their vehicles are not usually satisfied with one?

Found in Peterborough yesterday…

NextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnail
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled

 

23 September 2015

Flying Guys*

Filed under: Off Topic — Tags: — Frank @ 3:30 PM

Last weekend was Antrim’s Home and Harvest Festival… a combination of street fair, parade, barbecue with fireworks, etc. A little bit of something for everyone.

That little bit of something for me was the competition at the skateboard park.

Although I am too old for skateboards now and their introduction on the east coast was a bit late for me to catch in my youth, I greatly enjoy combination of athleticism and revolt (outsiderism?) that skateboarding represents.

Thus, I took up a position behind the quarter pipe and snapped away while dodging the occasional errant skate board.

NextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnail
01
01
02
02
03
03
04
04
05
05
06
06
07
07
08
08
09
09
10
10
11
11
12
12
13
13
14
14
15
15
16
16
17
17
18
18
19
19
20
20
21
21

* I usually photograph flying animals (odes and birds)  so maybe this is not as far off topic as it seems!


 

26 August 2013

Making Cameras, Not Photographs

Filed under: Off Topic — Tags: — Frank @ 6:00 PM

The language we use to describe photography is sometimes quite curious… most folks talk about “taking” photographs. “Taking”, in my view, is not the correct word. One implication of  “taking” is that something (maybe the subject of the photo?) is diminished in the act… if I take candy from the baby, the baby lacks candy, if I take a photo of the same baby, she or he looses nothing!

The proper phrase for the act of tripping the shutter is “making a photograph” as this is inherently an act of creation. I am not sure that I have been successful in convincing any of my circle of  photography acquaintances in changing their use of the language, but I’ll keep using “make”, not “take” in this regard. I’ll keep tilting at windmills too!*

Oh well… back to the main act.

I note that, again, have not written a blog entry in over a week. This is because I have been spending time making photographic apparati rather than making photos.

First, I decided that it might be worthwhile to stabilize the relationship between camera and lens in the apparatus I described a week, or so ago in “Experiments in Optics“. The result is show in the first photo below and the four photos following are test shots from around the yard. Now all I have to do is find some time and energy (it is heavy!) to take it further afield. (Kevin… I’ll definitely try some flowing water.)

In addition to this decidedly nonstandard photographic contraption, I also spent a couple of days constructing a classic sliding box camera for 4″x5″ film. I used another old lens I had lying around; an 6.5” f/4 doublet with an aperture but no shutter. I have no clue as to its former life. Instead of ground glass for the back, I used a piece of an el cheapo (2 for 99 cents at Ocean State Job Lot) plastic chopping mat. These are textured on one side and smooth and shiny on the other and one can form an image on it just like ground glass.

In action, the ground glass and its frame get replaced with a film holder that I forgot to take make a photograph of of this blog article.

The last two photos below show “Big Red”.

Now comes the big step…  setting up a darkroom. Fortunately I won’t  need anything too fancy if I stick to lith film. I figure that I’ll use the negatives to make cyanotypes and maybe, eventually, silver contact prints. We’ll see if I follow through. Setting up a dark room from scratch in the 21st century… I must be nuts! Stay tuned!

NextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnail
Optical Contraption #1
Optical Contraption #1
Test Shot #1 Using Optical Contraption #1
Test Shot #1 Using Optical Contraption #1
Test Shot #2 Using Optical Contraption #1
Test Shot #2 Using Optical Contraption #1
Test Shot #3 Using Optical Contraption #1
Test Shot #3 Using Optical Contraption #1
The Kale Patch
The Kale Patch
Sliding Box Camera
Sliding Box Camera
View of the "Ground Glass"
View of the

*When I was teaching, I used to tilt at another, similar windmill.

Both students and faculty invariably use the word  “give” when it comes to grades. I gave Sally a B on the last test. Professor Jones gave me a B in biochemistry. Wrong!

On the first day of each semester, I would announce to my students that I had never, ever, ever, never given a grade in my teaching career. Invariably, this led to many puzzled looks. Only some of the puzzled looks disappeared when I continued by saying that the grades in my courses are  earned by the students.

For years, I would bring up this issue of proper language around grades with my windmills faculty colleagues. I never got very far there either!

18 September 2011

Antrim Home and Harvest Day

Filed under: Off Topic — Frank @ 1:47 PM

Yesterday was the peak of Antrim’s 8th Annual Home and Harvest Day event… a parade, skateboarding, crafts and food along Main Street, a corn on the cob eating contest and much more. The day ends with a chicken barbecue, concert and fireworks at the Tenney Farm; the headliner for this years concert was Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, a Chicago bluesman who lives in the Antrim area.

Joan and I spent the entire day “downtown”. We delivered the apple crisp that Joan made at the behest of her cousin Liz to the Antrim Historical Society booth just before 9 AM. We ended the day with chicken (cooked by Joan’s cousin John) and the concert/fireworks. We arrived home — very tired — just about 9 PM.

While Joan made herself “useful” at the apple crisp stand, I, as you might imagine, spent the day roaming with my camera.

Here are the photos:

The parade…

Skateboarders…

Everything else…


20 June 2010

A Sign of the Times

Filed under: Off Topic — Frank @ 12:11 PM

We were getting ready for breakfast on the porch this morning when I was struck by the items on the table:

dsc_5563

Sometime last winter, after a spate of delivery problems, I got fed up and cancelled our subscription to the Boston Globe. You know that there is something wrong with the way things work when a newspaper changes its subscribers more for the paper than they charge at the newsstand… I thought that the having a subscription (and being a loyal customer) would merit a discount not a surcharge.

I probably would not have minded the delivery surcharge if the Globe could have met its own deadline. They say that the paper will be delivered by 6 AM… many mornings the paper was not in the box when I left for work at 7:30. So, in a fit of frustration, I cancelled the subscription and began reading the paper on-line every day. (I had been reading on-line on some of the days when the paper was late.)

It took me quite a while to get used to reading the paper (and doing the crossword puzzle) on-line each morning. But by now firing up the laptop is simply part of the morning routine just as making the coffee is. On weekends, at least, Joan does the same. The scene shown above is the result!

As far as the Globe goes, the story gets worse.

For other reasons, I have been using FireFox with Ad Blocker Plus, to surf much of the web. Now the Globe website, along with many others, load four or five time faster than they used to and there are no advertisements cluttering things up…not that I every paid any attention to the ads before.

I may be a codger and a curmudgeon, but I am a modern up-to-date with technology one!


Powered by WordPress