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    Lee,

    San Blas. Go in the early morning; at this time of year the light is softer than it is in the afternoon.

    A very cool thing happened to me there once. I was there before dawn, waiting for the light, and got a little spooked. Then, out of nowhere, this very old friendly dog came and stood right next to me. When I set up the tripod, he parked between the legs. Just stayed with me. Then After I had made the last photograph, he just got up and walked away. Like he knew I was spooked, knew I needed the companionship, and knew the moment I was done, before I had even started to break down the equipment.

    The mission is run by Franciscans, VERY nice people. You will love it.

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    thanks for the info. were you able to go inside and and photograph? I like to do interiors and the like. I want to do some real close up stuff too. I will let you guys know how it turned out.


    Oh, do they charge anything for entrance or photographing?


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    Lee,

    They do not charge. Yes, you can go inside. But the REAL interiors treat is a little shrine outside and to the left as you face the main building. A little chapel just filled with candels and statues. It's very cool. When I was there last I made the huge mistake of shooting it on Velvia, and the contrast just killed the picture. So prepare for high contrast. It is always breezy in the chapel and the candles flicher a lot, so you might also plan for a long exposure to turn the flickers into more of a glow. I think you'll be happy.

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    thanks for the information

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    If you're looking for assignments, check out usefilm.com, which is a critique site based on projects that change periodically. There is always a current project that is the most active, but you can go and do any of the earlier projects as well. The user base is more mixed and weighted toward beginners over there, but Al Shaikh, the organizer, has attracted some really good people and professionals working in a variety of areas.

    Personally, two of the projects I've been working on lately are reflected in the Postcard Exchange, and one in my current Traveling Portfolio submission.

    Since we moved into an apartment with a great view this past April, I've been doing the old "View from the Artist's Window" gambit under different lighting conditions, with different cameras, and different films. Here is the one on Postcard #1:

    http://www.echonyc.com/~goldfarb/photo/grant.jpg

    Our place is in a high-rise building that looks South over a park, but walk behind the building, and you're in an industrial zone that includes a former Singer factory (maybe they made Graflexes there, who knows?) now a gourmet supermarket, a number of meat packers, a bus depot, a tire repair place, car wash, some abandoned buildings, and such, all under the archways of a viaduct that connects eventually to the George Washington Bridge. Here are three from this area (the second is Postcard #2):

    http://www.echonyc.com/~goldfarb/photo/pigs.jpg

    http://www.echonyc.com/~goldfarb/photo/blacktie.jpg

    http://www.echonyc.com/~goldfarb/photo/cclub.jpg

    I have a whole stack of images to print from last summer in Moloka'i, Hawai'i, and we hope to spend more summers there in the future, and I see this becoming a long term project. No scans yet from these, but the portfolio includes one of these images from the steep trail to the historic leprosy settlement at Kalaupapa.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    I've been thinking of this exact topic trying to come up with a new project. I, like Ed actually, have done some prints already of antique parts, like doorknobs, doors, stained glass, hinges and architectural elements you see at used antique shops. Been using 35mm for now; waiting to find some 4x5 I can afford and try out...but all this talk around here has me second guessing for an 8x10! lol Other ideas are a family project....shots from each family members favorite environment, and something about the San Francisco Bay...tugboats aren't a bad idea Aggie!

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    an assignment that I am trying now is to go out picture taking with one fixed focal lenth lens only and one body, I intend to look at different subjects and tackle then in various ways with the one lens

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    I am doing that too, in a way. I am travelling with one camera and one lens, to lighten the load. At first it was a little frustrating, and after awhile I notice I just start seeing differently before I consider mounting the camera. It's a very interesting exercise.

    dgh
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    david , how do you "mount" a camera. From the left or the right and do you use a saddle

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    two others that I've taken but not done anything with yet, are a roll taken whilst riding my mountain bike - 35mm zone focus camera... not that I have a view camera but I thought I'd better clarify that! and whilst driving (probably not recommended&#33 I intend to do a web story out of them.. I don't think they'll stand being printed!

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