Latest roll in the Diana F+

I didn’t use this camera much in 2014 and lately I’ve been re-discovering my love of it. I want to start using my Holga again as well; since I got the instant back for it that’s all I’ve done with it, but it was meant for medium format film and it takes great photos with it.

Valcour Aime family tomb

Maison de Reprise

Stations of the Cross

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Diana F+: Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama

I was there about a week before Hope and I went to Fort Pike, so I couldn’t help but compare them. Gaines is in much better condition than Pike, which is not surprising, because Louisiana really doesn’t have their shit together when it comes to parks and historic sites.

Apparently this is where Admiral David Farragut said the famous line “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”, during the Battle of Mobile Bay, in the Civil War. I thought it was odd that they would put it on all their signage and pamphlets, since Farragut was a Union admiral. But you know, we’re all the same country now, so kudos to Alabama for refusing to give in to that stupid us vs. them grudge-holding mentality that is one of my least favorite things about the south.

Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines

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roll from the Diana F+: LeBeau Plantation and Jefferson Island

I shot this roll a while ago but didn’t sent it to Dwayne’s right away; I find it more cost-effective to send at least 2 rolls at a time. So I waited until I had another roll to go with it (which I will probably post tomorrow).

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Diana F+: LA Hwy 82 west


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In other abandoned news, I want to take a trip to Mississippi before it gets too warm. I’ve located a ghost town (although there are a handful of people living in trailers in the area who get tetchy if you call it that to their faces) in Jefferson County called Rodney, it’s about a 4 hours’ drive so if I get up early I should be able to squeeze it into a day trip. It was never a large town, and the population started to decline soon after the Civil War, when the Mississippi River shifted course away from the town. But there were still a few residents there until the end of the 20th century, so there are still some buildings standing–a couple of churches, government stuff. And of course there’s a cemetery.

Nearby is the Windsor Ruins, the remains–pretty much just the columns–of the largest antebellum plantation in the state. It survived the war, only to burn to the ground in 1890. I’d like to shoot that on the same trip.

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Diana F+: Louisiana Renaissance Festival

This was the November meetup, although we had it on December 1st, because the last weekend in November was Thanksgiving weekend. I figured people probably had plans with their families. I also shot some Velvia in the Lomo LC-A+ that I’m probably going to get cross-processed, and a roll in the wide angle Pink Slim Dress. But I only shot about half of those rolls so I have to finish them.


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portfolio: round 4

This is my first time ordering large prints from medium format negatives; the square prints are both 10×10.

The one in the cemetery was taken with my Holga on a spring early afternoon, and it’s printed on Kodak Lustre. It’s a little roadside cemetery in the country near the larger Bancker cemetery where my grandfather is buried. As you can see in the photo, there are cow pastures behind and to one side of it. The Spanish moss is always particularly beautiful on that large tree in the center. I love the dreaminess of the photo (that great Holga softeness and corner vignetting), the little pops of bright color from the artificial flowers, and the cows in the background, which look so odd near the stark white tombstones.

The other photo was taken at the Washington Schoolhouse Antiques Mall with my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye with a flipped lens, and it’s printed on Kodak Metallic. (They’re always putting different stuff in that old sink.) This is the first time I’ve had anything done on metallic that had light, soft colors. I decided to go with metallic because the pinwheel was made of glittery plastic, and I wanted to reproduce that look, but I also like the way it looks with more subtle colors, too.

And the last photo was taken at the Audobon Aquarium of the Americas last summer in New Orleans, with my Lomo LC-A+. It’s an 8×10 and it’s printed on Kodak Lustre. (I don’t think I’ve had anything printed on matte, yet.) This is one of my favorite photos, I just think it’s so interesting to look at. Do you think the orange fish is leading the other fish, or being chased by them?

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downtown fremont, ca with the diana f+

I shot this roll a couple weeks ago, when I went up and down Fremont Blvd. with all my cameras. I just got it back from Dale Labs yesterday.

My family used to eat here all the time when I was a kid (it’s where I learned to use chopsticks), but then the management changed and the food wasn’t as good. I haven’t eaten there in probably 25 years, but it’s been in the same location for as long as I can remember.

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