The Huron River art Island Park, Ann Arbor.
I guess I may as well end May with a post extolling the virtues of a hazy afternoon and a box camera. Taken with a Kodak Brownie Bullseye, 100 ISO Arista .edu film, souped in Diafine.
If you can't find a series VII or VI filter holder, drop me an email, as I have many boxes full, and can set you up pretty cheaply. I do have a few of the Tiffen vari-close-up lenses for sale at $35 each. When they are gone, they are gone!
It's entirely possible that the problems in getting supplies from Europe have added to their their troubles, as well as the shrinking film market. I still think that a boutique store of this type could make it, but I don't know what kinds of problems they were having that led to their closing up. I really liked their custom film sizes, and am now kicking myself for not buying a bunch of 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 sheet film. I do have a box of 2 x 3" sheet film from them, so I can at least put it to use in my baby graphic.
Thanks, J&C -- I have missed ordering from you. Freestyle is now the only place that caters especially to film users, so I suggest that you support them.
Photo taken of the road just S of Northport, WI (Door Peninsula) - Kowa Six, J&C 200 Classic Pan film.
Yesterday, Marjorie and I went all the way to the tip of the Door Peninsula (or at least as far as one can go without assistance from a car ferry). We took the scenic route (as if there are any others here) and had a good trip, getting back to Algoma about sunset. I think my personal favorite was Cave Point County Park on the E side of the peninsula:
Really nice limestone cliffs overlooking Lake Michigan. We really don't have rocky cliffs along the Michigan side of lake Michigan -- it's all sand. Of course, this Niagara Escarpment phenomenon is pretty damn cool, with Silurian limestone everywhere. We also visited the Ridges Sanctuary near Bailey's Harbor -- too early for dragonflies, but they'll be out soon. It was interesting seeing so many places not open yet as the tourist season isn't really underway here until after Memorial day. We finally found a coffee shop that had just opened for the season near Gill's Rock. Might have been the best cup of coffee I have had in a while.
Although the sky was mostly overcast, it was a great day, and we saw quite a bit along the coast. Heck, we didn't even make it into any antique shops -- and there look to be some really nice ones here. Next time.
Last night Marjorie and I checked into the Algoma Beach Motel on the outskirts of Algoma, Wisconsin. Our plan is to do some photography in Door County today, and then head home to Ann Arbor tomorrow. I was in Sturgeon Bay and Bailey's Harbor for a few days in 2000, when I attended the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly conference at the Ridges Sanctuary. Since then, I have grown as a photographer, as 2000 was when I started taking it seriously. It will be an interesting day, I'm sure!
This morning I woke at 6 am on my watch to see the sunrise out the window. I grabbed my camera, realized that I left the tripod in the car, and just went sans support onto the blacony overlooking the lake, and shot a bunch of frames, supporting the camera as steadily as possible. Marjorie joined me, too. Then realizing it was a little after 5 am local time, we both went back to sleep.