“The View Over My Handlebar…”

20141030_6794webThis morning was gorgeous again as I set out to get in a 20 mile bicycle ride. On the return leg I decided to record some of the scenery along the route, not with carefully composed and metered photos, but just pointing & shooting as I rode along. It is on days like these that I realize how fortunate I am to have access to these mostly lonely country roads, starting right at our front door. In this photo the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is on the right. The terrain on the left is called Tiger Island – I have no idea why.

20141030_6801webThis is Herman Wells’s sawmill where he mills the wood for his shop.

20141030_6804webMiss Dot’s Country Store – Miss Dot lives down the street from us and she was just leaving her house as I finished my ride this morning.

20141030_6805webA few miles after the Refuge comes the Cedar Key Scrub Reserve.

20141030_6807webThis is “#4″ – the tidal marshes of the Gulf of Mexico going into Cedar Key.

20141030_6808webThis cross and net were erected some twenty years ago to mourn the Florida Net-Ban, and the way of life it destroyed here.

20141030_6813webThe only RV Park left in town.

20141030_6815webPart of The Southern Cross Sea Farms where many of the local clams are processed.

20141030_6819webThe Blue Desert – one of our funky restaurants.

20141030_6820webThe main building of our K-12 school. The second smallest in the State.

20141030_6822webRicky Cooke’s place – the signs say it all!

20141030_6823webAlmost home – two houses to go – I love the boardwalk!

20141030_6825webSafely back in the carport!

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“Laerke Posselt …”

Laerke Posselt receiving the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Rising Star Award. The award show was broadcasted live at national television by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

I became a photo friend of Laerke’s many years ago when she was still in high school. So seeing this is just wonderful news!

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“Wayback Machine….”

GBH001I just ran across this picture I took of my journalism class in High School, way back in 1959. The print, on RC paper, is from back then and has held up extremely well. The actual print looks like it could have been made yesterday.

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“Having Bicycles on the Brain…”

Capture…I just finished watching Bicycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette), directed by Philippe Le Guay and with Fabrice Luchini and Lambert Wilson in the leading roles. Maya Sansa, plays Francesca who brings added tension to the already complicated relationship between the male leads. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but am certain it is one of those viewers will either hate or love. I should explain that Netflix ‘recommended’ the movie to me since I previously enjoyed The French Minister, Museum Hours, and The Artist and The Model.

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“Sunday Breakfast…”

20141026_6790webI was going to make Roger’s Omelette Soufflé this morning, but then did not get around to it, so we had a very simple meal. The weather is gorgrous, the front and back door are both open, and this afternoon we are going to put some of the screens back into the windows, so we can have a cool breeze float through the house. I am going to do the Soufflé one day soon however. It just looks too fantastic!

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“A Couple of Clichés…”

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20141025_6781webYesterday a deer was standing right in front of me in the road, and I thought I had gotten a couple of good photographs of it before it disappeared into the woods, but even my fast little Sony was not able to focus and get a good light reading in that short of a time. So, no photos of a deer on the road. This morning I was determined to come back with a couple of interesting photos, and invariably fell back on some southern back country road clichés that I don’t even ‘see’ anymore, but thought might be of interested to those of you not living on this part of the continent. Lines of mail boxes by the side of the road usually make for interesting photos because of the huge variety of combinations of colors and shapes they present. The highway signs with rifle/shotgun holes in them are also still pervasive around here. I used to be amused by them, but given what is going on these days, I am no longer amused. At least the ‘School Zone’ sign in town does not have holes in it anymore – hopefully it will stay that way.

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“Auto Photo…”

20141024_6770nikcweb….this one feels a bit different and I can’t put my finger on why that is. First of all it is an exposure my camera made without my knowing about it. I was just riding along and had the camera dangling from my wrist, with the cover closed, as far as I know……This is not cropped and I find it to be a fascinating composition of…nothing……

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“A Little More Formal…”

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…made while riding my bicycle on CR 347 through the Lower Suwannee River Basin. – Don’t try this on a busy street/highway!

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“OK, A Kinda Touristy Photo…”

20141022_6675web…made by your intrepid bicycle photographer while riding on CR 347 – just to debunk that Florida has no seasons. It was a sunny 60 degrees F or, as my Grandfather would have said, 12.4 degrees Réaumur – on a sunny October day.

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“This Unique Property…”

20141022_6644webThe intrepid bicycle riding photographer – see lower right corner!

[Click on photo to really see the texture in the vegetation.]
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“My Bike…..”

20141021_6758webI know I just recently posted a photo of my bicycle, a Fuji Sagres, and here I am posting another one. I am celebrating coming back from a 20 mile ride this morning. This makes three days in a row that I have ridden 20 miles. From all I can tell this Fuji bike is considered  ‘not much of a bike’ – a starter bike – just not quite the real thing. Well, I have been riding now for about six decades, anything from clunkers to road bikes. I have come to the conclusion that just as with cameras, there is an awful lot of snobbery and technical mambo jumbo going on out there. I have had the Sagres for about 14 years now, I really don’t quite remember what year I bought it; new from our LBS. All this time I have not really taken good care of it, just ridden it, replaced a few tubes and tires, a shifter cable, and oiled some parts now and then. That’s it. From my perspective it has held up spectacularly well, and provides me with a very comfortable ride. This one has a 23 inch frame, I am 6-3 and think it fits me great. I love the flat handlebars and the fact that the stem is articulated. I have always ridden it with 700×35 tires, but now I am getting curious if putting on some 700×32 or 28 size tires on would not make this an even better fit for me. I am only riding on smooth asphalt roads and am not looking for a cross-country or off the road capability. My lesson from all this is that I think we all need to be willing to learn that often good enough is so indeed, and be satisfied with a well crafted bicycle or camera which did not cost us an arm and a leg, but does exactly what we need and want it to do.

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“Liner Magazine….”

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 Just now I received an email from Kelly Searle, the Editor in Chief at Liner Magazine, letting me know that photos and text from my WaterWomen work will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. This is immensely pleasing news. I think  Liner is a very cool publication, and the kind of place where I really like showing my work because I know it will get ‘out into the world’ reaching a much different reader/viewer than the publications in which I have previously shown work. The first image we agreed on immediately is of Jeanine Beckham – a photo she and I did one Sunday morning, off Atsena Otie Key.

0208a-07It is the only posed photo in the selection, and was made with my Holga, and then it almost did not ‘see the light of day.’ When developing the roll, I forgot to put the spindle into the tank, and thus it was no longer light tight, and light leaks ruined almost the entire roll. [I have come to believe that, working in the darkroom, one has to at least make every mistake once]. This negative was damaged too, but with a lot of futzing around a decent print can be made from it.

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“The Great Empty…”

20141013_6635webWhen this was made I had just turned at my ten mile [or so] mark to head back home. This is one of the  areas that make my ride so great.  County Road 347 alongside the Lower Suwannee is beautifully paved, with hardly any traffic on it. Sure the occasional pick-up truck will pass, doing 70 mph, but the drivers never fail to give me a wide berth, usually swinging all the way over into the other lane. The one thing that is missing is a great little café, with fantastic coffee, somewhere along here. Just as well there isn’t one, I would probably spend inordinate amounts of time and money there, taking all day to complete my ride.

CaptureThis morning it was drizzling and windy and I took a break from riding. Looks like we have a cold front moving our way pushing some heavy rain in front of it.

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“Well Kept Secret…”

20141010_6617webYesterday I went to the ‘big city’ to, among other things, get a new battery for my above Yashica Electro 35. Well, my root canal took a lot longer than I had anticipated, so I was happy to just drive home and not do a lot of running around shopping for hard to find items. However, it reminded me that I had been meaning to write a little post about this camera for a while. Since I did photography for almost five decades before I bought my first digital camera, I am now often amused by the gushing posts about analog photography I see. Aside from the gushing they usually show some rather lousy photographs,  badly printed/developed/processed, but that is OK. Back to my Yashica. It has the best lens of any camera I have ever owned – I think my Yashica T4 is not bad either, nor are the Zeiss lenses I have, but this one is really great. The camera is a bit quirky. It is ‘automatic” aperture-priority camera. so you don’t have that much control over the exposures. However, it has a fantastically silent shutter, and I think is a very cool looking rangefinder camera. The even better part of it is that for some reason I has never become a ‘cult’ camera and thus is still ridiculously inexpensive, even for a nice looking and properly functioning model. It is a bit heavy and clunky, but if you are looking for this kind of camera, I would google it and do some research. Personally I think the quality of the negatives and the enjoyment you would get out of the camera easily equals what you would get from a Leica, except for a whole lot less money.

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“Chain Reaction…”

IMG_5312I follow the Calvert Journal  [A Guide to Creative Russia].  As an avid, but not gonzo, bicycle rider I love reading/seeing good posts about all things bicycle. They have a great piece on bicycling in Russia called Chain Reaction – you might want to have a look!

 

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