Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sustained / Percussive


Our friend, Randall Hall, played the Red & Black Cafe last month.

I shot both of these with my Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII rangefinder.

The first was shot hand-held, bulb shutter, for something close to 2 seconds.

For the second shot I had a flash in the hot shoe, angled for bounce.
I flipped the camera over so it would bounce off the floor. I really like how it worked here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Is it too hard to tell what's going on up there? The wide angle lens made them look more distant.

I stood there watching that flock of pigeons sitting on the wires, hoping to catch a group of them in flight. They were coming and going in ones and twos mostly. Then suddenly, their collective pigeon brain told them it was time to GO! NOW! And as they flew off, I clicked. I got that rush-of-adrenaline feeling, thinking, "That's the shot!" But they look very small up there.

Click here to view larger.

Taken with my fabulous
plastic wide-angle camera,
the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim
on basic Fuji 200.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Kids at the Church Door

Kids at the Church Door, originally uploaded by Whateverthing.

Grace Bible Church, Downtown Portland, Oregon
with my Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII rangefinder ~

I took this from the driver's seat of my car.

I saw this scene as I drove past in rush-hour traffic, but I wasn't fast enough with my camera. So in typical rush-hour crawl I circled the block, actually a two-block area because of one-way streets, and pulled up to the curb and shot this out my side window.

you might like it large

Friday, August 03, 2007

Bridges Falling Down

Wednesday evening we started hearing news about the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed during rush hour.

But doesn't anyone remember, the day before, the news story about a freeway bridge in California that collapsed? (Here it is, from USA Today.)

I haven't heard any news coverage that mentioned the incidents together. I could have missed it, I'm not consuming a ton of news. And the tragedy of the Minneapolis collapse far outweighs the one in California. But it seems very strange that there were two bridges that collapsed just a day apart.

Then my mind spins back to the year or two following Nine-Eleven, and everyone was trying to out-guess the next thing The Terrorists would do. At some point, bridges became the thing we should worry about. And Portland being Bridgetown, we had plenty of potential targets to pin our worries to. "Though there is no specific threat at this time," they said.

As I expected, among the first reports yesterday about the I-35 bridge, there was a statement from Homeland Security that "there is no evidence that this is an act of terrorism."

But the fact that we were worried about it.... -=-

originally uploaded by Whateverthing