Archive for October, 2013

I was rummaging through my archives on my old external hard drive when I found some nice pics of flowers.

2red glads(BW)

The original of this photo was scanned from a color transparency. I remember taking a series of pictures using a black cloth for a background. I don’t remember the steps I took to get this black and white version, but I like it so here it is again. Looking at the image refreshed my memory. I converted the color image to black and white then reversed the image. What you are looking at is actually a negative. Works for me.

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“Give up the purse lady.”

“What? You talking to me young man?”

“The purse old woman, give me your purse.”

“Me give you my purse? I’ve a mind to give you my cane, up your skinny little ass.”

He looked at her, eyes wide in surprise. Surprise turned to fright when the old lady raised her cane. He ran muttering to himself: “That crazy old lady is out of her mind.”


– The End –

The flash word is “mind” and the upper limit is 100 words. This offering is 71words.

Flash fiction is fun. Hop on over to Flash in the Pan where you can join in the M3 Flash Fiction Challenge.

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“Heard you was the greatest engineer in the world. That true?”

“Damn right it’s true. And here comes Sim, the best fireman an engineer could ask for.”

The conductor looked at his watch “We’re more than an hour and a half behind schedule now.”

Don’t you worry Mr. Turner, we have a light train and a good crew. We’ll make up the time.

“Come on up Sim, let’s get this beast fired and on the road.”

Sim grabbed his shovel, opened the fire door and began shoveling like a madman. “Let her rip Mr. Casey, this loco wants to run.”


– The End –

The flash word is “loco” and the upper limit is 100 words. Just made it with 100 words.

Flash fiction is fun. Hop on over to Flash in the Pan where you can join in the M3 Flash Fiction Challenge.

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As the founder and president of AAOF (American Association of Old Farts) I take advantage of certain privileges such as sitting in a folding chair on the sidelines when we go to watch any of our granddaughters play soccer.

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We have six granddaughters and all of them are soccer players now.  Livvy (on the left) and Maddy (on the right) just started their soccer career a few weeks ago and they love it.

I had a roll of Kodak Ektar color print film in my Nikon F3HP and my 75-150mm zoom lens mounted so I could get close without getting out of my seat. A bonus that comes with the seat — I don’t have to get down on my creaky knees to take photos of the kids (you need to get down to their level for decent photos).

I’m not giving up on B&W but I do have to inject some color every now and then. Hope you like it.

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I bought two rolls of Kodak Ektar color film in early spring with the idea that I would dust off my tripod and capture lots of macro images of flowers and other lovely things. Other stuff has a way of intruding on life so I didn’t get lots of images this year but I did get one.


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Nice to know that I can still do color and if I can only manage one image all spring and summer, that one image had better be good and this one makes me happy.

Back in the olden times when film was king and I was still working, I worked with color almost exclusively. I used Fuji color transparency exclusively because I had access to a great lab where I worked. I don’t use color much these days because I prefer B&W for a number of reasons. Decent color labs are all but gone now so, when I do use color I use Ektar color print film.

Today’s Ektar is a modern implementation that’s optimized for scanning. Color negative film can be a bitch to get the colors right but I used a neat trick when I scanned using VueScan.

You know that piece of unexposed film on the end of the roll of negatives? Yes that one. Load it into your scanner and preview the frame. Click on input then scroll down and check off lock film exposure. Run preview again, scroll down again, this time to lock film base color.

Now VueScan knows how to expose the rest of the roll but more importantly renders colors correctly.

Ektar is cheaper than color transparency film and I get the film processed by Mpix for $6.65. And I send the film in the mail using free mailers provided by Mpix. Ektar is great color film and I have another roll. The first roll took half a year. I wonder how long it might take me to shoot the second roll?

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“You actually think I love you? You’re delusional. I married you for your money and you, my misguided husband, are stuck with me for life. And no, I will not grant you a divorce.”

“You haven’t met my divorce lawyer yet” he said as he chambered a round and placed the Glock G30s on the table in front of him.

– The End –

This week’s flash word is “delusional” and the upper limit is 100 words. I’m trim with an even 60 words.

Flash fiction is fun. Hop on over to Flash in the Pan where you can join in the M3 Flash Fiction Challenge.


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Hooray, I finally have some new images to share with you. Livvy and Maddy, our nearly five year old twin granddaughters are playing soccer now. Have a look.


Here’s Livvy and Maddy taking a break on the soccer field. Livvy is number seven. Maddy is standing to Livvy’s right. They have a practice and a ‘game’ on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. This photo was taken a few weeks ago.

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