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The Last Rolls of Chrome

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I am not one who usually makes “New Years Resolutions”, but indeed on this first day of 2017, I do have a resolution to make… I will not shoot anymore E-6 Color Reversal Film! Just a few months ago I had over 80 rolls of film in my  freezer to have on hand for time when film was simply just not readily available. With about 50 rolls of Black & White and the rest in color slide film, I was prepared for the end of film to happen. During the time of my film build up i also acquired a Leica R4 SLR and Leica Glass, a Nikon F100, Nikkormat FTn, Nikon FE and even a Nikon N65. After shooting about a half dozen or so rolls of C-41 color print film I also had stashed away, I realized that the degree of quality processing just didn’t exist anymore. Or at least if there was fresh chemistry C-41 processing going on, it was very rare and in fact prompted one of my previous post about C-41 processing. During the time of my film stash build up, I was shooting some Tri-X Black & White film and processing in D-76 with quite satisfactory results. I began to expand my film buying to include E-6 color reversal films such as Ektachrome and Fujichrome. It had been about 12 years since I developed any E-6 films and was eager to experience it once again. After firing off a couple rolls of Ektachrome, I was all set for a night of processing fun with some E-6 Chemistry I had purchased from an online...

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Driving A Diesel Locomotive

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Somewhere back in the late 80’s while working at Imperial Printing in Charlotte, North Carolina, I happened to mention to a fellow worker (Calvin) that I had a nice Model Railroad in my apartment. As the conversation went on, Calvin told me he also worked at the Norfolk Southern rail yards and to drop by some night for a tour of some cool stuff. Of course I took him up on the offer and when I arrived he proceeded to take me onto a GM Electric Diesel locomotive, actually there were two of them connected to each other. He showed me into the generators and drive train compartments and then into the cab where the big beast was driven from. After explaining the “dead mans pedal” to me, he told me to have a seat. Before I knew it, Calvin had the thing started up and let me drive the engines forward about 100 yards and then reverse it back and complete a coupling of a line of boxcars waiting to be moved to a new location. That was definitely one of life’s adventures I will truly never...

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Walking Through Daisy Town

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Spending a month in Europe a few years ago has really elevated my appreciation and love of old architecture and the many stories of peoples lives that had interacted with those structures. So, when fellow camera peep Bob Clark asked if I wanted to join in on his Photowalk @ Elkmont, I was down for the journey. The Little River Lumber Company established the town of Elkmont in 1908 as a base for its logging operations in the upper Little River and Jakes Creek areas. As the Elkmont valley was slowly stripped of its valuable timber, Townsend began to advertise the area as a mountain getaway. In 1909, Little River Railroad began offering the Sunday “Elkmont Special”— non-stop train service from Knoxville to Elkmont. In 1910, an affluent group of Knoxville hunting and fishing enthusiasts formed the Appalachian Club and purchased what is now “Daisy Town”. They built the Appalachian Clubhouse for use as a lodge and within a few years, several club members built cottages, and the club evolved into a mountain getaway for Knoxville’s elite. Most of the lifetime leases on the rustic cottages at Elkmont expired in 1992, and ownership reverted to the National Park Service. However, in 1994, the Wonderland Hotel and several of the rustic cottages were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. I had never visited Daisy Town before so I did not know what to expect and packed along my D600, Leica R4 & Nikon FE packed with Ektachrome 200 and a empty Nikon F100. 35-70 glass on the film cammies, a spare 85mm f/1.8 and my everyday-everywhere 24-85mm glass. I did actually fire 2 or...

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Whimsical Works

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I have added a new favorite to my “Whimsical Collection” – The concept came to my mind one day while browsing the shops at The Wheel in Pigeon Forge. It was about a month later, but finally “The Duck Family” is ready and already a 14×20 Wrapped Canvas hangs in the bedroom.     It was actually the store where I found Stewart, who is the subject of “Hopscotch“. Also in a 14×20 wrapped canvas already hanging in my bedroom before any of my gallery outlets have a print.       “Horse Play” was originally a piece  was just playing with and not having any intentions to make it a public gallery release. Funny thing was, when I first took it to The Turning Leaf Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA… It sold in the first 15 minutes of being there.       “Po Side In” started from a photo challenge between me and fellow photographer John Jacobs. As he dropped by my artist day at The Turning Leaf Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA, He made note of passing by the submarine, so I issued the challenge to see what we could come up with.       “The Big Show” is based on a character (the muscle guy) that hangs out at a mini-golf course in Gatlinburg, TN. Another one of my personal top 5 favorites of all my works.       In all fairness to Gumby, I had to produce “Gumby At The Water Park” since his pal Pokey was already a sensation in my “Horse Play”...

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The End of C-41… or pretty close to it.

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Just a few months ago I was testing some old film cameras to see if they still functioned properly, and subsequently took the exposed film (C-41 process) to Walgreen’s for developing and scan to cd. Never really thought about how much longer this service would be available… I guess we just always figured that someone was doing it. I was certainly glad to know if I wanted to shoot some color film, I could get it processed and scanned. Until Now!!! As I just wrapped up shooting a roll of Kodak BWC (Black & White C-41) and went to the Walgreens I had previously had process my film. And to my surprise it appears that Walgreen’s no longer does this service “in-house” anymore. In fact said it would be about a week before I got the film back. Funny thing is that when I first got into photography, that waiting a week to see your results was quite normal. Unless you shot and developed black & white film and printed the images in your own darkroom. But in the age of gotta-have-it-now, it seems that even waiting an hour to get film processed and then scanned to a CD is too long of a wait. Since I had purchased a vintage Nikon FE and even more vintage Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens, I was really eager to see the results from a test roll of BWC I shot. As I had then planned to go out and shoot a serious roll or two, over the holiday weekend. One of the sad parts of it all, is in how we preserve moments...

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Biography – Commercial Printing Journeys

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When I was in High School and had the opportunity to attend the vocational school located in the same building, I jumped on the offer and signed on for “Graphic Arts” class. Since I was already taking the maximum of art classes in my regular curriculum, I figured it was just an additional “art” class I could take. When I had my first day of class and saw all the printing presses, I realized it was a bit more than “art” but still had an interest in learning the craft. There was also a darkroom for processing of litho film and making negatives of the work to be printed. Since I already had my own film photography darkroom at home, I figured this would give me a slight edge on the rest of the class. The teacher saw a quick advancement in my abilities and quickly moved me from the bookwork into the darkroom and onto the presses. I was able to learn a AB Dick 360, Multilith 1250, Chandler & Price Letterpress, Ludlow Lead Typesetter and assorted bindery equipment. Even before the first year of class was completed I applied and got a job running the letterpress department at Modern Press. I had at my disposal a set of 3 assorted C&P presses and a linotype lead typesetter. Although it was 1978 and letterpress was even a dinosaur back then, you could still find one in use in a shop every now and then. I also had a large 40″ paper cutter and eventually ran the shops AB Dick 360 7 Multilith 1250 on occasion. But like many print shops...

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