Fluff

Time for a little Namco Arcade joy for everyone. I wanted to badly to dump coins into one of these machines until I won something but I just couldn’t bring myself to burn through as much money as it probably would have taken to snag one. I’ve never had much luck with claw games but these giant machines with large fluffy plush toys sure were tempting.

I decided to pull out my camera instead and snap a few photos. Actually, I pulled my little audio field recorder out as well and recorded the sounds of the arcade which ended up in one of the tracks on the album of 50ft music I mentioned last post. Its nearly done! I am waiting on one last piece to the physical release side of it then all thats left is to take a few photos, write up its story, and share it with everyone. I really can’t wait. I hope some of you guys enjoy it because its been a lot of fun to put together, but more on that in the coming week or so.

For now I hope you enjoy the couple of new desktops here, as usual see below for links and I will see you again next time.

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One Fine Day

Absence makes the heart miss fresh wallpapers, isn’t that right? So what have I been up to lately? I have been focusing my precious personal time recently into mixing down and ordering things for an album of original music which I hope to release at the end of the month. Its a passion project, just like this one, and something that I have been putting together for a few months now. More on that soon enough.

I am still without a day to day digital camera in my life. A situation I find depressing when I let myself dwell on it too long. After my X-Pro died and my precious 5D went missing, possibly stolen actually, I have been really down about photography lately. Down but not out.

I have been doing research on what it will cost to buy a new digital camera so I don’t have to keep borrowing one of YoungDoo’s so often. If your curious, at the moment I am considering at a Sony A7II, a body I’m not too crazy about but a sensor that I think will suit me well, paired with a manual Voigtlander M-Mount lens on an adaptor. Then when Im able, I will pick up an old Leica body as well so I can swap from digital to film with the same familiar lens. A least thats the idea. May not end up the direction I go but it’s what Im leaning toward.

I have also gotten my enlarger out, ordered some fresh chemicals and photo paper and made darkroom prints for Aprils Print Club which I am excited about. Thats about it for the 50ft update.

The photo here is another from my Koyoto trip. I loved the endless charm found down so many streets and took quite a few one-point perspective shots like this along the way that I will probably continue to share because I love them so much. Links below, thanks for stopping by, and I will see you again soon!

Kyoto Station

There is a special place in my heart for train stations. I could easily spend several hours getting lost in the movement and variety of life. An intersection of countless lives which collide and drift apart endlessly. What is a daily commute or a means to reach an end for most is a flourishing hot spot for life and activity that never ceases to inspire me.

Kyoto Station was a massive interchange to explore and late one night we wandered beyond the turnstiles to find a sparse platform begging for a quick photo. Looking back on the image now I catch myself coming up with stores for those waiting patently for a train to arrive. A modest moment, sure, but one that I found myself getting lost in this evening, two years later. I thought surely there are others here that may enjoy it as well.

Still Forward

Our time in Kyoto was all too brief. We split our week up and managed to do a number of the guide book must see sort of places as we could manage but almost more importantly to both YoungDoo and I was making sure we had enough time to simply walk the streets and explore a new city together. I have traveled both in highly structured ways and the total opposite. I still remember wandering the streets of Paris for hours without a map or knowing what anything I came across actually was. As with many things, there is a balance to everything and our time in Kyoto was nicely balanced.

I don’t remember the name of this district, only that the architecture was very much the classic japan you would imagine after years of casually browsing what to expect. There was something new to discover around every corner and I really enjoyed this afternoon quite a bit.

This photo is one which did not stand out to me after shooting it but came alive after a little post work and digging the clouds out of an over exposed sky. While not pixel perfect I love it anyway because it brings me back to this moment so vividly and I love the one random pedestrian with the red backpack marching forward alone as if the street opened up just for him. While not the most minimal of wallpaper choices I wanted to share it because I loved the moment. Enjoy!

Don’t Forget

As I look back through photos taken while in Japan my mind wanders in a lot of different directions. Today I am having trouble believing that I actually went to visit the country after so many years of daydreaming about it. I’m hoping that it won’t be the only time I will be able to visit. Now I catch myself pondering the meaning of time and its restless arm again. This always leads me back to the same conclusion though, that every day it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity available to me.

This photo leapt out at me for obvious reasons. It’s bold, colorful presence in my library was begging to be shared as a wallpaper with everyone. I won’t point out that its not quite symmetrical… oh, wait. It was a tricky one to crop vertically, much better suited for a desktop but there are, as always, different options for you below and for members of my subscription I have added a nice fat HD version for you in the members library. Until next time, enjoy!

Lets Ride

In the late fall of 2014 YoungDoo and I spent a week exploring the streets of Kyoto, Japan, a long time holdout on my bucket list. A week was just barely enough time to scratch the surface, I could have easily stayed a full month fully absorbing the atmosphere and exploring different side streets and temples around the city. My favorite part of discovering new cities like this is digging to find cultural details about day to day life and to get a feel for the history of a space. Kyoto is stuck between a modern Japan and a historic one; block to block the landscape and feeling shifted as sights and sounds migrated along with our curiosity.

I had read before traveling there that Kyoto was a bike centric city and that bike travel was one of the recommended ways of getting around. I was stubborn to accept using them ourselves for some silly reason. I remember YoungDoo Pushed me to take out the bikes made available to us by the guest house we were staying at but I resisted all the way up until the last day we were there because I enjoy trains and subways so much. The inner city is fairly compact and flat so getting around by bike is quite easy. Couple that with a lack of easy parking in many areas it’s an obvious way to get around.

From time to time I came across lonely, single bikes leaning against walls on paths and in front of buildings just begging to be photographed. This scene caught my eye because I noticed the bike owners clever umbrella storage and I liked the square tiles there behind the bike. Everything just seemed to be waiting there in place for me to frame and click.

So what took so long to start sharing these photos? Well, I couldn’t say, really. I guess at one point I figured I would release a big Japan themed wallpaper pack but never got around to having enough time to devote to the process of prepping it so instead I have gone though my library and pulled out a few dozen of my favorite digital shots while there and I will start sharing them here in wallpaper form along with any bits of information or stories that they bring to mind as I share them. Also, I’m thinking a few will be used for member exclusives. I will let members know when they get added to the member library. Enjoy!

Red

Red

So, since we last spoke, my Fuji X-Pro bit the dust pretty hard and still has not made it back to the land of the living. In the mean time I pulled out my trusty 5D but alas, it has had a broken reflex mirror for a year or so now. Thankfully when it fell off it did not fall out of the camera or break so I dug out a little super glue gel and went to work. 24 hours later after letting it fully dry and set the camera works as good as new so I popped on an Olympus 50mm f/1.4 (via a cheap adaptor) and started using it as my day to day carry.

Funny thing happened in that, I found myself inspired by the change of pace. The original 5D has such a beautiful sensor, it’s like changing film. While I miss flexibility in ISO and dynamic range the photos I get from the 5D are moody, colorful, contrasty, they really have a life of their own, in fact, as some of you already know, the camera defined my style 10+ years ago when I started to shoot with it. For the whole love story I wrote up something about its continued use in 2013 and it’s still all true.

As for todays wallpaper, next to our house we have a beautifully large camellia tree spitting out lovely red flowers lately and it was hard to pass up taking a few shallow photos to share the lovely red with everyone. Spring can’t make up its mind here, warm then cold then warm, but NC does that often I suppose but its confusing all these trees trying to stretch out after their winter nap.

I think that coming up I will start posting images from our trip to Kyoto a couple of years back. I considered making a big Japan pack but I think it will be more satisfying to stretch them out and search my memory for stories. Until then, enjoy the red.

Red 2

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Magnolia

Magnolia

Bad news, my go to day to day digital camera decided to stop powering on. One day while shooting happily out by a lake it decided it no longer wanted to be by my side. Rather than try and spend money repairing it I feel like a better use of money would be to move on and look to an updated body.

I was daydreaming a bit as an M9 crossed my mind then the new Fuji GFX but reality came rushing in and reminded me how expensive the past year has been with new baby and house in our lives so it’s probably best I set my sights on something more realistic. Right now its a tossup between sticking with Fuji and an X-Pro2 or moving back into the world of DSLR clunkers and go with a “modest” Canon 6D. It will be a while before I can sell off a few things and put together enough to make a move but it’s fun to consider new gear and hope for a boost of inspiration from a new point of view.

In the mean time I will be borrowing YoungDoo X100T here and there like I did this past weekend while exploring the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University where it accompanied my Hasselblad. Spring is starting to show up early this year so while many things were still waiting to bloom to life, there were a number of early bloomers like the magnolia tree here in the photo above, welcoming everyone to the new season with open arms.

I have not spent much time with the X100 cameras but I have to say it’s been a joy to shoot with and I can easily see why so many photographers have gravitated to them. I look forward to spending more time with it as I try and decide which direction to take with a new body. Opinions?

Ferry

Ocracoke Ferry

Since I missed last weeks post I decided to go big this week and offer up a pack of seven new wallpapers. The outer banks of NC are littered with ferry routes that traverse the sound’s along the coast and all of the photos found here in this pack are from a ride on one taking us to Ocracoke Island. I love ferry boats, there is nothing like driving to the edge of a body of water and having a boat there to pick you up and take you to a nearby island, car and all.

Ferry

The dated simplicity of the ships amenities offer just the basics, and plenty of places to hang out and watch the world go by. It’s the kind of transportation that leaves you no choice but to just sit back and relax. I remember this ride well after digging through photos of the trip, a bright, nearly cloudless sky gave everything a washed out intensity and the minimal, utility forward details of the ship offered a number of simple, composition driven photo opportunities.

Hopefully you find something to enjoy in the pack. Links below are in order of appearance top to bottom left to right or as a nice big zip file. There are HD desktop versions available for members in the member library if you need. Thanks for stopping by and as always, enjoy!

Ferry

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