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I developed and scanned a new roll of film on Monday so I have some new images to share.

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I caught a nice candid “Mamma Moment” with Maddy & Sue. My timing was pretty good on this one. I have a few more decent shots from this roll of film that I’ll share with you soon.

I started a new roll and shot a dozen pics last Saturday. I drove to Ceres Nature Preserve this past Monday, hiked into the woods and shot 16 more pics. I drove to Chestnut Branch Park this morning and took a 20 minute walk. The lighting wasn’t all that great but I took a few shots anyway. Only 4 frames left on the roll then it’s into the soup (Diafine).

We’re supposed to be getting a big storm Friday and Saturday. Odds are for rain here in South Jersey, at least for the early part of the storm on Friday morning. Might turn to snow Friday night and snow all night. I prefer rain because you don’t shovel rain. I don’t shovel snow any more either, but maybe I’ll get some pics.

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High Contrast Play

I’m still milking the last roll of film I developed back in January. I thought I’d play with high contrast images. I took both photos in our family room one day a few months ago.

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This shot is actually the second in the series but I think it’s the better of the two so I’ve placed it first. The twins and Julia are playing near the patio door. I used a 50mm f/1.8 lens on my F3HP. The lens was wide open or close to wide open. The critter you see on the right is a squirrel trolling for peanuts on our patio.

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We don’t have a dog any more. My main man Roscoe passed years ago. Molly, probably the smartest dog I’ve ever met is a part of Sue’s family. I can’t remember the occasion for the visit, but Molly came along for the ride.

I can see Tracy (my wife) just to the left of Molly. The twins are sitting next to Molly in front of Tracy. And I can’t remember who is sitting in the foreground. I used my ‘real’ wide angle lens — a 24mm f/2.8 Nikkor — for this shot.

I’ll have new photos to share soon. I stopped in Chestnut Branch Park on the way home after I paid our quarterly property taxes on Thursday past. Took three pics then and finished the roll today at Erin’s place. My nephew Brian and family were up from Florida and we had a lovely time.

Thursday was cold and windy but I took a walk in the woods anyway. I need the exercise and new photos. I plan to visit one of the parks in my neighborhood a few times each week. Good places to walk, enjoy nature and capture images I can share on The Aware Writer.

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Tracy and I went over to Sue’s early on Christmas morning. The twins, Livvy and Maddy were up and about, playing with their new toys. Here are a few candids of the girls.

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Livvy in the kitchen barely tall enough to arrange her new people on the countertop.

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Here’s Maddy at the same kitchen counter playing with her new people. (they love playing with ‘people’).

Livvy & Maddy at their new table

Livvy & Maddy at their new table

Tracy and I gave Livvy and Maddy a kid size folding table and chairs for Christmas. They settled right in, populating the table with all their people. Tracy tells me they sit at the table all the time now. They eat their meals at their table, they watch TV from their table, they play at their table. The main thing is that the table is theirs. It fits them perfectly.

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After developing the first roll of film from Christmas and Christmas Eve, I decided to give the twins the day off. Why? Because I got Sue and Julia (mother and daughter) to pose and got more than I had hoped. I don’t remember catching the expression on Julia’s face because I was concentrating on Sue (my subconscious knows better though).

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I used a small electronic flash and bounced the light off the celing to soften the flash. I also taped a small piece of white card stock cut down behind the flash. This arrangement sends most of the light to the ceiling but reflects enough light forward to minimize shadows under chins, etc. giving a natural look. It’s the only way I’ll use a flash.

I have more goodies on this roll including a few of the twins. I also have a 36 exp roll of TX in my Nikon F3HP that still has 6 or 7 frames left. I hope to have that roll done and processed before the end of next week.

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I’m playing catch up with images of our granddaughters. Maddy and Livvy celebrated their fourth birthday early in November. Today’s images come from the same roll of film as last week’s photo of the girls helping Sara celebrate her birthday on Thanksgiving. The same roll that sat on my desk undeveloped for a few weeks.

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Happy Birthday Maddy & Livvy

Maddy is the cute kid on the right and Livvy the cute kid on the left. Did I say we think our granddaughters are cuties (all six of them)? As the youngest, Maddy and Livvy get to claim the title of cutest. Here they are with one of their presents. These two play together all the time.

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Happy Birthday Maddy & Livvy

This shot is hand held, no flash. I wanted to capture the atmosphere of young children and candle lit birthday cakes.

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Happy Birthday Maddy & Livvy

Here’s another shot of the same scene but with both girls smiling. I didn’t have my fastest film loaded but I’m satisfied with the result. I will be taking two cameras with me to our family gatherings on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day. I’m even bringing one of my electronic flashes. I will use one of my  flashes in bounce mode. Hoping to get some decent shots and I won’t let the film sit around either. In fact, look to see some new images next week.

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We celebrated Sara’s birthday (13) on Thanksgiving, the day before her ‘real’ birthday. The exposed film sat around on my desk for a couple weeks. I finally developed it this morning (that’s the belated part).

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All the girls got into the picture except Megan. From left to right: Emily, Maddy, Sara, Julia and Livvy.

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As promised, here’s another good shot from the roll of film I processed last week. Maddy loves having her picture taken (even if I sneak in a candid). The lighting was perfect here and the Ilford FP4+ continues to be my favorite film for normal lighting conditions.

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I’m Back … Sort of

I’ve been out of circulation for a few weeks. Was in the hospital for 12 days. Home since June 8th recovering from surgery, going for radiation treatments, etc. Plenty of time for thinking and writing now. My computer is a hard wired desktop and I’m only online for brief periods every few days. Hey old Johnny is in top spirits and recovering.

Funny thing is that I don’t miss the constant Internet connection at all. I have time to read, meditate (very important part of my life), think, write and will be doing all of the above. Photography will be on the back burner for awhile until I’m out and about. Meanwhile, I think I’ll compose a few posts on my Neo and post when ready over the next days and weeks. Stay Tuned.

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Hop aboard the wayback machine for a trip back in time to March, 1981. Erin had just turned seven and Sue had just turned five a few months earlier. I came across this image while flipping through my archives. It’s a scan of an original Kodachrome color slide date stamped Mar ’81.

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The photo was taken in our living room when we lived on Reedland Street in Phila. I like the lighting and the mood of this one. I caught the girls unaware.

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Megan, our oldest granddaughter, received her Confirmation, one of the three Roman Catholic Sacraments of initiation, a few weeks ago on a beautiful April Saturday. I didn’t get any shots of the ceremony itself because we were too far back in the church.

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Here’s a nice shot of Megan taken outside the church right after the ceremony.

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All candidates for Confirmation must have a sponsor. Here’s a photo of Megan with her sponsor Kenny.

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And here’s a shot of Megan and two of her friends.

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