Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? I went for the first time this summer, and its vastness and beauty was truly humbling! Until my analogue photos are all scanned, here are a few digital photos for you...
Grand Canyon at Desert View
The Grand Canyon at Pima Point
The Grand Canyon (in shades of...)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
Many more to come! You can see a few of the many Polaroids I shot in my Flickr...
Recently, the local fair was in town, so I just HAD to go out and get some photos! I've been enjoying shooting Polaroid 600 film in my SX-70 camera, too. Although the film is too fast for the camera and an ND Filter is recommended, I've been enjoying shooting without one, just to see what comes of the colors. I really like the faded-out feeling!
Butterfly Fries I wish I had a dress in these colors!
On my drive back home during my recent summertime roadtrip, I stopped at a roadside rest stop in southern Arizona, to take a photo of the beautiful Saguaro cacti that were sprouting up everywhere. Because I know that the desert has all kinds of poisonous snakes and insects, I looked carefully and thought I didn't see any. However, I apparently didn't look carefully enough, because this creature suddenly stood up, hissed, and rattled at me when I got close to him, on my approach toward a cactus!
EEEEK!!! I jumped and shrieked, then went back to my car to get the longest-lens camera I had on me. It was only 150mm, but it did the trick and I got the above photo! He was already curled back up, but that was fine by me! I have since learned that this was a Mojave Rattlesnake, and that they are the most venomous rattler in North America!
Needless to say, I did NOT get my Saguaro Polaroid photo at that stop! I kept driving, and eventually, by the time I got to the lovely Picacho Peak turnoff, I felt secure enough to try again. This is my resulting diptych, taken safely from the paved road!
Picacho Peak (2009) Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Film: Polaroid Artistic TZ click here to see it larger
Moral of this story? Don't assume there are no poisonous creatures near you in the desert, just because you cannot see them! Fortunately, rattlesnakes give you a loud warning!
My heart goes out to everyone in my home state of California dealing with horrible fires, including the Station Fire, which is, apparently, the biggest wildfire in Los Angeles in over 100 years.
I was in LA a few weeks ago, and I shot the remains of my last pack of Time-Zero film. I have had several "last packs"--packs I thought were my last, only to be blessed by kind souls who keep giving me more! However, I'm pretty sure this really was my last pack, RIP. In any case, this is my second-to-last Time-Zero shot. I've named it after the place where I shot it. I wish it didn't remind me of the current fires; I think of it more as an elegy to lost hopes, coupled with a smog-drenched sunset. Hollywood is, after all, a pretty nasty place, but it continues to draw us, moths to flame...
Hollywood (2009) Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Film: Time-Zero *expired*
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