Embrace the Blur, the DFW Landing Version

Landing at DFW, a rather satisfying blurred tarmac

Fri. 11.08.19 – More and more, due to software algorithms, it is hard to get a phone’s camera to achieve a satisfying blur or nightscape. All the recent camera phones want to make dark scenes light and blurred scenes sharp.

Thus, when I am able to get the Samsung in a quick snapshot to achieve a nice blur, as in the airplane skidmarks turned into continuous black lines in the photo above at landing yesterday, it makes me happy.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Samsung Note 9 on 11.07.19 at the Dallas Ft. Worth Intl Airport.

The 3 am Edit

Wed. 11.06.19 – After writing yesterday’s blog post, I was quite happy with the whole post and went off to bed. I woke up at 3am after a bad dream with an upset tummy and quite worried.

So, I did two things:

1) Took some Tums.

Now that Zantac has been pulled off the market, my go to 3am sour stomach meds are a revolving door of new tries.

Tums was a VERY BAD IDEA.

First off, it did not settle my stomach. It made it much worse. At 7am I jettisoned out of bed to have even more digestive excitements. Then my brain said, “Why would tummy meds give you the trots?”

Oh, let’s google if Tums is gluten free.

And… It is not. Thus, the Celiac’s Revenge.

GAH.

I will be very excited when Zantac 75mg is back out on the market, as it works for me to settle my stomach and it gets rid of my hives.

2) After taking the Tums, I spent the hour between 3 and 4 am worrying that a variety of bad things would happen if I left yesterday’s blog post as is.

While I did not write where this happened, it is a place that I frequent often and don’t want it go sour if Old Creepy Guy makes things difficult if he googles my name and finds the blog post. Or the manager of the place gushes about my photos again and says my name.

So, I edited it to take out the detail with sleep blurred eyes; which then killed the irony and the black humor of the whole thing.

As I laid back down to go back to sleep, I got mad at myself that I was caving into the good girls make it easy for creepy dudes to keep creeping.

In the end, I decided that the on going safety of myself at the location in question was more important than a black humor #metoo blog post.

November 5th : National Random Talking Dude Day

Tues. 11.05.19 – Today I had places to be, errands to run, check lists to check off, and friends to visit in LA… Of which, then I had a rash of random men stop me at each errand to talk about something.

The first two men were EV Prius Prime curious and wanted to know if the car was really worth the extra $3k beyond the standard Toyota Prius.

Me: Yes, it really is. Truly. It is amazing. Yes, it is plugged in at this free Volta EV Charger here at this shopping center. Yes, I have gotten up to 124 mpg on a tank of 10 gallons of gas. Yes, in that instance, I drove for three weeks around SoCal without stopping for gas. Yes, the average is around 80mpg when I can’t charge as much. No, I don’t have access to a charger at home.

etc etc etc.

On my third stop, when I had less than 10 minutes before I had to get on the road to drive an hour to LA to visit dear friends, I met the TALKING CREEPER DUDE.

At first Creeper Dude was just overly friendly 65+ SoCal granddad guy, then when I walked out to my car to leave, he followed me and kept touching me.

Ah. No.

I have lived in LA for just over half a century. I know this guy. I have met many iterations of this guy and they all stink.

I very nicely listed off my 36 years of photographic experience from punk rock to rock worlds, published magazines, early digital days, and all the years of Nokia travel – of which was all without his help – and then said:

“Now, I don’t do paid photo work. I drive out to the desert and take photos of the stars as a meditative exercise for me. Not for money, but for me.”

Then the f’er tried to kiss my wrist.

Oh. Hells. No.

I got in my car and drove off.

Then by the Grace of All of the Deities that rule SoCal/LA traffic, I got to Culver City in less than 50 minutes from Huntington Beach. Shocking.

La Virgen de Chiriaco

La Virgen de Chiriaco

Photo taken on Sun. 11.03.19, aka yesterday, at Chiriaco Summit where the fabulous shrine to La Virgen stands next to the post office and diner.

Usually the Virgen’s shrine is bedecked in flowers, flags, and offerings of candles and other devotional items. But yesterday, the shrine and it’s general locale was the most cleaned up / cleared out I have ever seen it in years of stopping by to visit. It was practically minimalist, as far as a Virgin Mary shrine goes.

If you are driving between LA / Palm Springs and Arizona on the Interstate 10, make sure you stop at the Chiriaco Summit, not just to pee or get a Diary Queen iced something, but also to say hello to one of the most delightful shrines in California.

Desert Quarter Moon

First Quarter Moon, CA Route 62

Sun. 11.03.19 – Driving back from Arizona along Rice Road / CA Hwy 62 westbound through the desert just a bit after sunset and the first quarter moon was high up in the southern sky. It was beautiful.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Samsung Note 9.

Yashica Mat 124G :: Three Photos

Fallen Leaves in the Pond Ice Oxford Street at Night Mom and Canela

11.02.19 – One of my great blog / photo sins of the last year is that I have not posted most of the photos I have taken. The three photos above from last November 2018 taken with a vintage Yashica Mat 124G loaded with Cinestill 800T film are a good example. I posted a few photos from this roll of 120 tungsten film here and there but not here here.

Today, I am resolving my forgetfulness by posting the three best photos from the Cinestill 800T taken in November 2018. The pond ice and my Mom holding her chihuahua were taken on the 8th or 9th of November 2018 in Bishop, California, and the blurred photo of the London double decker bus on Oxford Street was taken on November 24th of 2018.

I have been searching for a in good working order Twin Lens Reflex camera for sometime, of which the thift store Rollei was a fail when I found the Yashica on Etsy for a very reasonable price in early October 2018. Using a TLR is a very different way of shooting film and I was not necessarily fond of the results I got from the first two rolls. Since then, I have only shot one more roll of 120 film in the camera and I have been alternating between using the Sunny 16 rule and an external light meter, as I have more than a faint suspicion that this camera overexposes.

Anywhoo, the above are my three favorite shots from the Yashica TLR from 2018. And why am I posting these photos now? I put in a roll of 400 ISO something in the camera last winter (Jan or Feb 2019) and just found the camera in a box the other day, so I have been shooting with it this week to use the roll of film and see if my thoughts that it overexposes are true. Thus, one year later…

A year late, but better than never.

November 1st : The Turn of the Year

Happy Dia de Muertos!

11.01.19 – It is that time of the year again, November has arrived. And thus starts my favorite time of the year: Autumn and Winter.

Happy Diwali! Happy Halloween! Happy Dia de Muertos! Happy All Souls/All Saints Day!

Happy start of NaBloPoMo! Yes, I will do my best to post daily here this month!

Wahoo!

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Photo of the Pumpkin contest at the Irvine Hyatt House taken by Ms. Jen on 10.28.19.