Vacation, Shmaycation… but at least it was foggy for part of the drive home.

Once the heat of the Texas summer finally broke, I needed a break. I felt a little bit stressed and really rather depressed, and I made plans to drive up to visit Mom in Northwest Arkansas, rest some, sit on the deck and look out at the trees, the valley, the picturesque little farm down there, and just relax and try to get my head straight some.

Alas. My employer had other plans. Continue reading “Vacation, Shmaycation… but at least it was foggy for part of the drive home.”

Bergger Pancro 400 at 125

I’m awful at remembering to check settings on cameras before I start shooting. I’ve gotten a little bit better over the years, maybe, but I still lose it from time to time. For this year’s summer vacation, I took along some Bergger Pancro 400 in 35mm and 120. I managed to set the Olympus XA to 400 right after loading, but somehow forgot with the Yashica Mat-124.

Actually, it never even crossed my mind, and I didn’t realize it until I was almost headed home… Continue reading “Bergger Pancro 400 at 125”

James and Hana’s Summer Vacation

For our annual late-summer vacation,* my darling, adorable wife and I took a 1000 mile driving tour of central and south Texas. We had a great time, Alhamdulillah. I didn’t shoot much, for once, just 4 full rolls and 2 partials, so rather than whacking this up by day or film stock or city or something, and with apologies, here’s the whole 5 day, 4 night trip in one long post.**

Many of the places we visited were hit by Hurricane Harvey and intense rainfall, and are underwater as I write this. May God grant mercy and ease to the people and communities effected, and may He bring us all together to rebuild and to take clear, concrete steps to mitigate our impact on the environment, ameen.

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“Creeping Sharia”

Today, I’m thankful for “creeping sharia,” the slow, clandestine spread of Islam throughout this great country. I know that may be frightening to some, but don’t worry: despite it’s spread, Islam and Muslims still form only a tiny fraction of American society (3% or less) and so-called “sharia law” of the type practiced in some oil-producing and war-torn nations halfway around the world is not in any way encroaching on the Constitution or the rule of law here in the U.S.

Islam is here, though, and Muslims are establishing themselves all over the land. Allahu Akbar!
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Expired Film Day!

… many days late.

Expired Film Day occurs on March 15, the Ides of March, is also Expired Film Day, an annual celebration of all things film and expired.

For my first entry, and thanks to a poll I threw up on Twitter that didn’t go the way I hoped, I went with the two rolls of 2001 vintage Kodak Ektachrome EPP 100 that I acquired for free, thanks to a botched USPS delivery of some Kodak Pro Image 100 I ordered last summer.

I had high some hopes for it, sort of, but something went way off. Continue reading “Expired Film Day!”