...and it has taken me this long to realize it.
Recently I was bemoaning the fact that I had taken some portrait shots of a couple of out of state family members and the sharpness just wasn't what I expected or wanted from the negatives I developed. Granted, my eyesight isn't what it once was and I should have used a tripod but even so, it was a shoot that I wish I could have done over.
Yesterday, I received a copy of a book of Julia Margaret Cameron's prints, a famous
Had a little fun walking around with an Exakta XV filled with a roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 100
A friend at work 'inherited' a number of rolls of 116, 122, and 120 negatives with a few 127s thrown in from his grandfather.
He tried to scan them on his all-in-one machine at home but after a few hours gave up and asked if I could put them on a CD for him.
I love going through old negatives and had a great time 'discovering' the pictures with cars from the 20's and 30's....women in flapper outfits....beach scenes from the 20's, etc. During the course of the over 200 negatives I was
I had an idea for a Valentine's picture that I wanted to try and then give to my daughter and her fiance.
I have a 5X7 B&W picture of them I shot and printed in a frame that I put in the background to be shot slightly out of focus.
Focused in the foreground I artfully placed (to the best of my artful ability) a blue and white china cup and saucer filled with all colors of conversation hearts with a few 'good phrases' ones scattered around it that I could focus on as well as a single
It suddenly dawned on me.
NOW I get it.
You opened your arms and knowledge to me asking for nothing in return. You gave me advice when I asked for it, praise when I probably didn't deserve it, and a place to store some of my most precious possessions. Always, asking nothing in return. One kind and generous APUGer even donated over a dozen rolls of Kodachrome K-64 to me.
I felt welcomed.
I felt loved.
Oh, I subscribed and donated occasionally, but that wasn't