Winkie Guard …

January 10, 2009 | Filed Under Photography | Leave a Comment 

Earlier this year, McDonald’s Happy Meals contained, for inexplicable reasons, Madame Alexander dolls in the likeness of characters from the Wizard of Oz.  I simply could not pass up an opportunity to grab a few of these to photograph.  Eventually I gathered, in addition to the Winkie Guard, the Wicked Witch, the Scarecrow, and the Lion.  One of my colleagues became equally fascinated in these and picked up a few additional characters.  I’ll have to ask her if I can borrow Dorothy for a weekend.



Glasses …

January 7, 2009 | Filed Under Photography | Leave a Comment 

This shot was taken at Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe in Taos, New Mexico during the week of my father’s funeral.  A week with overwhelming amounts of work, stress, and emotion, we were struggling to find somewhere to eat and kept indecisively passing acceptable restaurants until we finally arrived here.  A beautiful yet quaint restaurant on the north side of Taos, the food was fantastic and the decor colorful and eclectic.



Crest …

January 4, 2009 | Filed Under Photography | Leave a Comment 

I have spent several hours trying to identify this bird.  I took this at the Denver Zoo in one of their aviaries and didn’t think to note any of the species I photographed.  Oops … Update: It’s a Crested Wood Partridge.



Burlington Northern Santa Fe 823 …

January 3, 2009 | Filed Under Photography | Leave a Comment 

I took this shot while on a road trip through Colorado and Northern New Mexico during the week of my father’s funeral.  Tracy was driving while I took countless shots out of the passenger window.  It was the first real opportunity that I had to do any photography that week.  I’ve done only slight color adjustments to this photo.  I rather enjoy the mix of colors and rust on this train against the spotty clouds and dull gray sky.



Undead Camera …

January 1, 2009 | Filed Under Photography | Leave a Comment 

Tracy recently helped her Grandfather move out of his house in Anaheim and along the way came across a number of old cameras.  I hesitate to use the word “antique” but by today’s standards, these are quite outdated.  Among these cameras was an Ansco Rediflex twin lens reflex camera that was manufactured sometime in the mid to late 1950s.  It shoots 620 film, a format that is no longer available except through special order.  This film format is similar to 120 film so I actually modified the camera to accept that format instead and, viola!, here is one of the first shots to come out of this camera in several decades.  You can see that the negative got scratched as the film was advanced but I kind of like the effect.  Sadly, it is quite expensive to process the negatives ($15-$25 per roll).  It looks like a darkroom is in my near future.



Duck!

January 1, 2009 | Filed Under Photography | Leave a Comment 

Duck!  I shot this at the Denver Zoo in November and nearly hit someone in the face with my camera while panning.  Oops!  No injuries though.  This is favorite shot from that outing!  Also, good news, everyone!  I now have a membership to the San Antonio Zoo.  Guess I’ll have to start shopping for some larger lenses for those trips!