a pleasant evening

I pulled out the big guns for the last days of the #FP4Party: the Graphic View 4×5 and a couple sheets of FP4+. I had it all ready and had sheets loaded before the shoot week even got started, but it was Saturday before I came up with an idea, and Sunday before I executed it, poorly, but this is my idea of a pleasant evening at home: a cup of tea (or, in this case, hot cocoa) and a good book (T. J. Clark’s Farewell to an Idea).  Continue reading “a pleasant evening”

Downtown McKinney Photo Walk

Saturday the 9th found me in downtown McKinney, TX with the Dallas Photo Walk group. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was my third photowalk in historic downtown McKinney.

On the first, in 2012 with the Dallas Photo Walk MeetUp Group (a different group), I shot some Fuji Pro 400H in the Ricoh 35ZF alongside the D7000. I’m pretty sure that was my first photowalk with film, and I’m pretty sure I never shared pictures from that roll.* Shame, I think.

The second was a fun Scavenger Hunt with the North Texas Photography Explorers Meetup Group in 2013, and all digital. I didn’t much participate in the group voting, and don’t think I won any awards for my attempts to combine multiple items into each photo. Oh well.

Somehow, in the intervening years, I forgot all about those walks, and it was only late in the day, when I came across that strange, fenced-off, main street play yard thing at the back of CASA of Collin County that I remembered.

This, though, time was all film: I finished off the last roll of 35mm FP4 and a roll of Fomapan Profi Line 200, then started rolls of Lomo F²400 and Adox Color Implosion, and had a pretty good time. Continue reading “Downtown McKinney Photo Walk”

Saturday morning at the Cedar Ridge Preserve

The Cedar Ridge Preserve is a nice bit of nature, just 20 minutes south of Dallas, and worth a visit if you like pleasant little hikes along marginally improved trails. Most of the preserve is, well, preserved, wild. I quite like it; my darling little wife, less so, perhaps. Saturday morning, the next-to-last shooting day of the #FP4Party, my darling adorable wife and I took a nice ~2.5 mile hike up, down, and around. We took the Escarpment Trail down to Cattail Pond, then took the Fossil Valley Trail up and around to where it met up with the Cattail Pond Trail, then up and down and back to the car.  Continue reading “Saturday morning at the Cedar Ridge Preserve”

New Desk in a New Wing

A couple of years ago, the company I work for moved our office, from a faceless office park down the street to a comparatively fancier X-shaped building in North Dallas. Everyone was thrilled.* The new office occupies one whole wing of the X, and half of another, and it’s up high too, with a nice view down a major street where I took a whole bunch of streaking taillight pictures.

Well now, they’re moving us again, but this time just around the corner, literally, from the half-a-wing of the X we were in, to the full wing. Good times. Continue reading “New Desk in a New Wing”