Lake Geneva: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Nature, Photography, Travel by daybf on February 6, 2013

I had 2 rolls from my Holga developed recently! I’m still working on perfecting the scanning process-it’s so tedious!

This time around I used a different brand of 120mm film, which must only be compatible with 12 exposures, because when I did 16 they all overlapped. I like the imperfections from using a Holga, so I really don’t mind the unexpected effect. The owner at the camera shop actually tried to give me advice on how to win
d the camera, thinking that I didn’t wind far enough each time.

These 2 photos are from last November when I visited my grandparents’ cottage on Lake Geneva in Delavan, Wisconsin. I think they truly embody the mood of that lazy Fall afternoon. 
Lake Geneva Nov 2012
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Return of my Mighty Holga!

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography, Travel by daybf on October 9, 2012

In the past I’ve had my Holga 120mm film rolls developed and scanned at the same time from Bay Photo Lab in Santa Cruz. Early this year they stopped processing film altogether, so I had my film developed at Foto Express in downtown San Jose, but opted out paying for digital scans. I decided to invest in a film negative scanner so I can do my own film scans and hopefully scan old slides my family has as well.

The fun thing about my Holga is I don’t take photos with it often, so 1 roll can contain photos from a whole range of events. This first batch of scans are from the same roll but contain images from my first NFL game (Raiders vs. The Bears), a trip to Seattle last February, a local beach outing, and my coworker/friend Ari and I at First Friday in Santa Cruz.

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Can you spy the double exposure? ^ 
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From this same roll I also have images from Christmas (2011) and New Years Eve that I’ll be posting in the future!

Monterey Bay Aquarium-highlighting the beauty of our bay’s critters

Posted in Photography, Travel by daybf on February 10, 2012

This is a series of photographs from Monterey-most of which take place in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’m embarrassed to admit that these were actually from July 2011 and it’s been an ongoing project editing them in different ways with Lightroom. Enjoy!
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Crab with a mustache?:
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Quad Cam: hittin’ the streets and throwing scarves!

Posted in 35mm, 365, Action, Film, Photography, Travel by daybf on March 25, 2011

More quad cam pics around Portland:
I got Shannon to take one of me:

Quad Cam: Shannon in action!

Posted in 35mm, 365, Action, Film, Photography, Travel by daybf on March 24, 2011

I bought a new plastic quad cam at Powell’s Books, since something was wrong with mine. The pics turned out better!

Today I’m featuring Shannon during our Portland trip. Jumping on the hotel bed, hanging out in Chinatown, and making faces on the streetcar:

Exploring Downtown Portland

Posted in Photography, Travel by daybf on March 21, 2011

I frequented downtown Portland throughout my stay. On this particular day I took the streetcar downtown to catch a bus to get to the Hawthorne District. So, I took this opportunity to photograph some of the area while the weather was pretty nice.

I was surprised to see a bunch of seagulls flying around/searching for scraps of food. Below is the MAX passing by the pretty City Hall building.
Portland Center for the Performing Arts shot during the day (left) and early evening (right):
The Portlandia statue crouches above the entrance of the Portland Building. The statue was built by Raymond Kaskey and installed in 1985. It’s the second largest copper sculpture after the Statue of Liberty and is based on the design of Portland’s city seal.
Lownsdale Square (top), Tri-met MAX stop (bottom left), water fountain (bottom right)

Exploring Portland’s Nob Hill District, 21st & 23rd Ave Neighborhood

Posted in Photography, Portraiture, Travel by daybf on March 17, 2011

Our hotel was closest to Portland’s Nob Hill district in northwest Portland. I spent one early afternoon walking up and down 23rd and 21st avenue taking photos and browsing some shops.


Went to a cool coffee shop called Coffee Time on 21st avenue. Awesome rock & roll painted outdoor tables:
I photographed the barista (left), and a man from San Francisco (right) sitting near a table lamp. We had a quick conversation about photography (since I had my camera around my neck) and then I asked him to pose, and he went right into deep stare mode.
Silly self-portrait in the graffiti-filled Coffee Time bathroom.

Hawthorne Blvd, a photographic stroll

Posted in Photography, Portraiture, Travel by daybf on March 16, 2011

Portland is divided north to south by Burnside St and the Willamette river divides east and west. I primarily stayed on the west side, since my hotel was in the northwest and the transportation via the streetcar and the MAX get you everywhere on the west side. You have to take buses to get over the river (except for the airport and IKEA where the MAX goes). I knew I had to make my way over to the Hawthorne District in the southeast where all the hipsters hangout (supposedly). Kind of like the Mission District in San Francisco. I also heard Hawthorne Blvd. in particular be called the Haight-Ashbury of Portland. In any case, I took a bus over and got off at 30th and Hawthorne and walked down to about 41st where there seemed to be less to walk to and see.

The vibe was instantly different. A little grungier (in a normal city kind of way) and reminded me of my hometown Santa Cruz’s downtown.  Neat old buildings housed coffee shops, diners, boutiques. Unique privately owned stores promised one-of-a-kind finds, such as vintage clothing and vinyls. On this day I decided I would conquer my fear of photographing strangers. So, I made a promise to myself that I would ask at least one stranger if I could take their picture. It turns out I asked many  more and none of them said no! However, I also carefully chose who to ask.

I initially wanted to photograph some hipsters, since Shannon’s mom Sarah was still unsure of what a hipster was. But, it was 38 degrees and I think the hipsters were hiding (indoors). Or, were not simply roaming the streets on a Sunday like I was. I got to photograph super nice and interesting people, don’t get me wrong, but I was expecting more over-the-top hipsters. In any case, I’ll let my pictures speak for themselves now.

My first subjects were these teenagers in ghillie suits hiding in bushes and scaring pedestrians.

This violinist was super talented and taken aback when I asked if I could take his picture. He thanked me and said that most people don’t ask.
Doesn’t he have a great smile?
Another musician, who was very serious for someone who seemed to be a young teenager. But I’m bad with ages…

This man had a booth for PGE (Portland General Electric, too similar to PG&E) and I stopped and talked to him for awhile about this new thing you could sign up for to save energy, etc. Then he graciously let me take his photograph. Love the hat and beard, and check out those eyes of his!
I went into this herb shop to buy some loose leaf tea, and photographed the employee who had impressively long dreads. She was sweet and timid, but didn’t even flinch at the idea of having her photograph taken.

Most of the dogs I saw wore little coats to keep them warm, but this little guy had a furry parka!
I stopped at The Fresh Pot coffee shop inside of Powell’s Books on Hawthorne. When I asked this woman for her picture and gave her my spiel she just said “I used to do that.”

Caught a Powell’s Books employee on a smoke break. “Uh, sure you can take my picture…what should I do?” “Oh, you can just keep smoking.” But then he continued to look right at me, which was what I really wanted.
It was a nerve-racking day full of firsts and I was constantly amazed at how kind everyone I ran into was. I gave all of my subjects my business card and told them to contact me if they wanted to see/have their photographs. About 4 of them got back to me, which I was pleased with.

Exploring Portland’s Pearl District

Posted in Photography, Travel by daybf on March 5, 2011

When I visited Portland I stayed at the Inn at Northrup Station, which is a super fun and colorful hotel filled with work from local artists. I’ll put some photos of the hotel on here eventually. The hotel is on Northrup and NW 20th right near a streetcar stop and within walking distance to a variety of cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars.  So, I was closest to the Northwest/Pearl District and spent a lot of time walking through it.

Here’s a vintage-y edit of a common street scene of an oncoming streetcar:



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