the importance of Patience


By time

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ

Indeed all of humanity is in a state of loss

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

Surah Al Asr

It seems sort of obvious that those that don’t believe, perform bad deeds, and/or lie and encourage others to lie would be clearly lost, but Allah has included the impatient and those who encourage impatience, rash action, etc. A’udhu Billah! (Allah protect us!)

Ya Allah, make me more patient, grant me patience, and guide me to encourage patience in my brothers and sisters (in Islam and in humanity).  Continue reading “the importance of Patience”

Houseplants and weeds

Petzval Week

Season 3, episode 5

You’ll be happy to know that I did more with the testing than just shoot from the car window.

I also shot in the yard on the way from the garage to the house, and in the house, near where I keep the briefcase. There are no limits to how far I’ll go in the quests for lens tests…

Fun with Curled film!

Don’t do what I did… or maybe do, now that you know what can happen.

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Behind the scenes: Fun with Curled Film

Film curls.

Some film curls more than others.

Some film rolls up along its length as if it misses being stuffed into the canister. This one can be a bit of a bother to scan, but it’s usually easy enough.

Other film winds itself up in a spiral. This one can be tough to scan, but patience tends to win, and with decent results.

In my (limited) experience, many rolls of film tend to curl along the width. This is a nightmare to scan with the Lomography Digitaliza that I use as a film holder in the scanner.

I found a solution that works, sometimes, but I don’t recommend it:untitled|88|©JamesECockroft-20150228Yes, those are teeth marks.

And, yes, they helped flatten this 5-frame strip of film enough to stay in the holder long enough to go through the Scan-O-Matic 7000 mk II.

But they also left quite interesting marks on (and through) the film base, and did fun things to the emulsion, as you can see above and in an image I shared as part of the flare tests. (An aside: emulsion tastes a bit funny. You should take my word for it and avoid trying some for yourself.)

This has in it some possibilities, maybe, for experimentation… I think others have already mined these, but still, could be good times! Continue reading “Fun with Curled film!”

Fun with Flare

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Behind the scenes: Fun with Flare

Quite accidentally, I ended up with a couple of shots that demonstrate the flare characteristics of the Petzval on film (aka full frame).

This, of course, is something most competent lens testers would do as a matter of course. But I’m not a lens tester: I’m a (hack) photographer.

I don’t test. I shoot.

Petzval flare 1|©JamesECockroft-20150228The blue and black marks in the bottom third and the swirls in the upper right are unrelated…



coming home with the Petzval

Petzval Week

Season 3, episode 3: driving Ms. Petzval

From the current office (that is not expected to last much longer) to the current home (which is… longer, at least, than the office, which we’ll be moving from he week after next, if all goes according to plan) there are about 73 routes I could take to get the 4.7 miles to my house. I usually take the most direct: down the highway to the exit for the road nearest the house, to the neighborhood, to the house.

If I need to pick up some groceries, or diesel, or pop by the pharmacy, or drop off/pick up dry cleaning, I take one of two alternate routes, depending on where I need to stop: there’s no need to go into details.

If I leave after 3:30pm or so (one of the advantages to my early start time is an early end time), the usual route is packed with other people who take a similar route home, so I take an alternate route. This route runs between one of the backsides of the airport and an agglomeration of distribution centers, fuel terminals, historic sites, dog/disc golf/city parks, apartment complexes, neighborhoods, and other stuff.

I’ve often wanted to stop and wander around some of these, but I’m always more interested in going home and seeing my darling adorable wife.

These were taken through the passenger window—I think I opened it for these at least: I usually forget—in a little area behind some nondescript office parks near my current one and between the stretch of nondescript office parks and the backside of the East side of DFW. This area is just waiting to be turned into a CVS and a gas station, or a 7-11 and a car wash, or a little strip mall with a dry cleaner, a donut shop and a couple of empty storefronts.

Until then, it looks a bit like some spooky woods that might extend for miles, that you might never be able to find your way out of, or that a scout troop might camp in over a weekend, or that some teenagers might use for some teenagery.

But it’s neither dark nor quiet enough, nor large enough nor near enough to housing to be any of those things: it’s just a bit of undeveloped nothing behind a collection of nondescript office parks, near the backside of the airport.

on the way home with the Petzval-2|©JamesECockroft-20150228