Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Most Played

This is what is on my Ipod's top25 most played. When I thought about posting this I thought I would be making excuses for Prince being on there. Thank God. Some how I've managed to listen to enough to Barry Manilow to kick him off the list. Even though this is pretty accurate there are a couple of songs I've been listening to that were not on there. frickin Ipods.

My Top 25 Most Played

The Band/The Weight
Ry Cooder/ I Am a Pilgrim
Bob Dylan/ Lay Lady Lay
Warren Zevon/ Lawyers, Gun, and Money
John Mellencamp version/30 Days In The Hole
Little Feat/ Willin
The Rolling Stones/ Moonlight Mile
Chicago/ Old Days
John Mellencamp/ Close Enough
The Band/ Long Black Veil
Bob Dylan/ Girl From The North Country
Pink Floyd/ Great Gig In The Sky
Levon Helm/ The Mountain
Yo-Yo Ma(Appalachian Waltz) Butterfly’s Day Out
Bill Withers/ Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone
Edgar Myer/ Short Trip Home
Ramblin Jack Elliott/ Tennessee Stud
Smashing Pumkins/1979
Maria Muldaur/ Don’t You Feel My Thigh
The Band/ Up on Cripple Creek
Bob Dylan/ Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
The Clash/ Train In Vain
Creedence Clearwater Revival/ Lookin Out My Back Door
Neil Young/ Helpless.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Demise of Polaroid Film

Soon Polaroid will stop making instant film. This is sad. I understand it is just business but this medium of photography that was so well liked by myself and many others will fade away into history soon. It was so popular and like digital today could give a photographer instant feedback on a final image. While I did not get a chance to explore image transfer or other uses of the medium. I remember using a Polaroid when I was younger(one step) and family members using them as well. Many of the images of my family were made with Polaroid cameras and film. I stopped at an estate sale the other day and saw two Polaroid cameras just setting there. I don't remember the price of them but I'm sure they did not get sold. Of course there is plenty of Polaroid 600 style film out there and the cost is still not too bad. The Film that I use for my 4x5 camera. In which I have a Polaroid back now costs 5 bucks for each exposure I make and getting harder to find. I did get around to making a couple of images with my 4x5 Graphflex over the weekend.

The two images below were taken with Polaroid Type 54 iso 100 Black and White 4x5 film.

I also was pleased to know that my Lenses for my 4x5 come apart for cleaning. They had marks on them where the previous owner tried to clean them but did a poor job.

This is another of my finds it is an old Kodak No.3 pocket camera. I Know there are a bunch out there. With some work could be usable but the bellows are are torn at the corners and for the time being will just be used as a chach-ka(knick-knack). I have a smaller one that is in worse condition(will post pic at a later date) but fun to have just the same.

The Table

The table is finally finished. After a bout with some old finish and polyurethane which caused us to re-strip and re-sand and refinish the table top. We put it all together and now sets in the dining room. The legs were the hardest to do. Stripping them with chemicals and then sanding them was the most time consuming. I might add that a good set heavy gloves will keep one from a nasty chemical burn.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

End of the Day

Shadows that grow long become soft as the light begins to fade.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


It seems that sometimes I have a lot of projects going on. One is a table that Melissa and I purchased at an estate sale. I have been sanding on it when the weather permits. Yesterday it rained a good part of the day then quit for a while in the evening.

Yesterday I had the chance to set out our plants that I re-potted the other day to soak up some of the rain. So I stopped this morning and took a picture of our Schefflera plant before I took it back inside.

Once inside our cats Boo and Mallory got reacquainted with the plants and the rainwater.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Rainy Afternoon

I ventured out to take some pictures Friday. I found a little stream that runs through Bangor. It is hard to pronounce but easier to spell . It is called Kenduskeag Stream. I am still so amazed how black the water is. I have fished ponds that were stained black from tree leaves but running water.

I stopped a couple of weeks ago along the upper Penobscot river which is also black and in a spot that was moving but not rapids. I saw the fish rising. I think the fish like mosquitoes because they about carried me off.

I was also amazed that being 45 miles inland from the Atlantic ocean that the Penobscot is affected by tidal change.