Spring Break Pinhole

Well this was a fun trip and exercise of developing color negative film.

When you live in a rainy state, I always appreciate the sunny getaways when I can. For Spring break this year, my family spent a few warm and sunny days in SoCal.

Self Portrait Processed with VSCO

I brought some film and my little Diana F+ however, I really never got the hang of using it, because of the way the film winds and sometimes I’m impatient with myself without really knowing that I am. I really need to find patience with myself.

Anyway, this was my second attempt at developing color negative film. I photographed using 120 Cinestill film (which I love by the way) I used Arista C-41 developer.

In using my little fun plastic camera, I did some fun pinhole at Balboa Pier and one of my favorite places to get centered which is in San Juan Capistrano.

I think I worked out the kinks with my Diana F+ and can’t wait to do more. As a bonus while with my family in Laguna Beach, I didn’t know I was in the presence of Austin Keene and friends. They sure do make skim surfing easy!

Film Obsessed

My family and I took a day trip to visit other family members in Sequim, WA on probably one of the hottest of days with the harshest of sunlight. I sometimes forget when shooting with film, it’s a different result.

A ferry ride and winding scenic drive with my hassey, lots of film and bottled water, I think I rediscovered my latest film obsession. Kodak Ektar 100.

I think I’ll be shooting with this film for a while.



A belated May Day

May Day known as Anarchists’ Day

Sixteen days into May and a little late on this blogue, but it took forever to get my film back from the lab. When I mean it took forever, it took 8 whole days! Lately there has been a surge on film development, another story for another post.

I’ve lived east of Seattle for about 20 years and this was my first year I was in downtown Seattle for work on the May Day protest. Leaving work about 2:30pm that afternoon, I needed to catch my bus ride home, and I have never seen such a crowd that early. I always bring my Rollei everywhere I go, because I never know what will inspire me. Well, not only was I inspired, I was very much confused over this kerfuffle going on. So many causes from Anti-Government, to Free Speech to protesting Day Light Savings (I’m not sure on the last one, but it wouldn’t surprise me). This led me to do some research on the evolution of the original May Day.  Here’s to the industrial workers in the late 1800’s for demanding that 8 hour work day. I can’t imagine working a 10-12 hour day. Ha! I won’t get into debate or opinion over the issue.

The best part of the 30 minutes waiting for my bus was the fact the younger people there saw me photographing with my 1954 Rollei and thought it was an antique looking modern digital. Basically, I felt cool in the moment, as lot of photographers documenting the harsh words of people debating ended up asking me if they could photograph me and my camera. I should’ve given them my information. So hey! If any Seattle peeps were there that day and happened to photograph me with my Rollei camera? Let me know!

Here is your 2018 May Day anarchists that was much ado about nothing.

A Great Big Thank You Seattle PD for keeping all safe!

Kodak Ektar Rolleicord
Seattle PD photographed on Kodak Ektar



I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but not so much when it is gloomy and raining. I love when the sun comes out, I appreciate it even more. The sunrises and sunsets are absolutely incredible. Note to self, I really need to make an effort one of these mornings to capture a sunrise when it isn’t raining either digital or film, but preferably film <wink-wink>.

Last summer, my husband Joel and I took the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and drove to Suquamish. What an absolutely quaint picturesque town. I don’t know what gave us the idea to go since it was quite a jaunt to get there from where we live, but what amazing scenery.

I moved here about 23 years ago and never knew a place like this existed. Growing up in Southern California, it was a constant of third stage smog alerts, cookie cutter nuclear family homes, and overall different quality of life. I digress…

Joel and I are driving through the Kitsap Peninsula, the weather is perfect! We stopped to dine for some delicious food at Sully’s Bistro Bar.  Sitting out on the deck looking at the peaceful water and boats drifting by made me want to know more about the Suquamish Tribe and their rich culture of Seattle and decided to venture to Chief Sealth’s headstone, whom the city was named after, but not before walking our dinner off by the dock where the crabbing was in full swing.

I am so glad I brought my Rollei loaded with Provia film and captured the work it takes for this feast!

To find out more about the Suquamish Tribe and Chief Sealth’s only known photograph, visit the Suquamish Tribe home page.

Thanks for visiting.

Why do I shoot film?

Why do I shoot film?

A good friend of mine asked me this question, but it was hard for me to come up with quick answer other than saying, “because it’s cool man!”. Then I thought about that question in depth. Why do I shoot film? I will try and break down my thought process, so here it goes.

Going back to childhood, my dad was actually our family documentarian; I wish I could remember the camera he used, all I know is I was mesmerized by those cool disposable flash bulbs making the loud popping sound and the smell of the magnesium scent after it was fired. Makes me smile just thinking about that! It was a hobby of his and the difficult part to share is that all the images he took ended up in a shoe box rather than placed in photo albums or print on the wall. When I decided to venture into this competitive world of photography, I didn’t know really what I was doing. A lot of photographers can make a decent salary doing this craft for a living, but they are well established and earned that solid reputation over time. I have yet to establish a name for myself, but I’m on my way.

My desire to shoot film in the digital world isn’t to be trendy or hipster but rather an homage to a time that wasn’t that long ago. Maybe it’s me holding on to a piece of my youth in an era to where times were better than they are today; at least that is how I feel. Put it this way, I sure miss driving my 1968 Mustang listening to The English Beat, dropping my film off to the local Fotomat on a sunny SoCal SoCool day, the window rolled down and the wind blowing in my face, not a care in the world. I was even more excited when I picked up my film and prints in one day; it really was worth the wait.

I value the medium as the results don’t quite measure to digital at least for my artistic preference and I love the fact that I can slow down and take a deep breath and try to frame my shot, it’s the slow and methodical process that I love.

On this particular week, I was home for Spring Break last year in April 2017; I took my family on day trip to Baby Beach and Long Beach to do some exploring. I brought my 1954 Rolleicord and loaded with Velvia Film. This is my favorite film for landscape by far! I love the fact; I didn’t use any filters and no Photoshop other than converting to jpg for web use. This was straight out of this analogue camera and I cannot seem to take my eyes off the images, it was a good day that day.

So there you have it in a nutshell. That is why I shoot film.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, last year I bought a lot of photo albums for my dad and all the pictures have been removed from the shoe box and placed into those albums and a few frames. All is well.

Thanks for visiting!


35mm Movie Maker

It is a very cold day in the Pacific Northwest and the weather couldn’t be any more gloomier. The wind is howling and loud and my hands are frozen as I forgot my gloves. The seagulls hover in place while the aroma of the salty air and spectacular views of Puget Sound reminds me of Seattle’s rich history of water way transportation.

That said, I decided to trek to one of my favorite areas. I love the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry landing to watch the commuters come and go, it’s a beautiful place to gather one’s thoughts.

In one of my trials using the LomoKino 35mm movie camera, I wanted to try out this contraption to expand on my analogue adventures. It was awkward to load the film and tough to use even though I had it on the tripod. The hand crank kept moving things around and there is no focus.

The other issue I had is a high tech feature that was supposed to be convenient by scanning the developed film and splice together a short video off a smart phone. It is a crying shame however, that the “Lomoscanner 2” app crashed after the first picture was taken, after all it hasn’t seen an update in over 3 years. The alternative was to take my developed the roll of film, and painstakingly scan each image and create the motion in Photoshop.

After going over my “lessons learned” with a warming hot cup of tea. I looked at the pin to the plate for my tripod, the thread appeared to be worn.  I debated on showing this clip, but I will try it again soon after making a few adjustments to get a more stable story to share.

Overall, I do love the concept and hope to do cool artistic wonders with this hand-held analogue movie maker.