Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: January 2016

Kalanchoe In Bloom, January 2016

Two kalanchoes, both alike in dignity… One remained in the sunroom over the summer, and one lived outdoors in a pot.

The outdoor kalanchoe is currently in a larger pot than the one in which it spent its summer, and is spending the winter in our front foyer, sporting a multitude of teeny greenish white flower buds ready to open.

The sunroom kalanchoe, while tall and spindly, has been in full bloom for weeks now.

This kalanchoe is the only bloom I have to share for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month, but hopefully I’ll have some forced forsythia and crocus blooms for February!

Downtown Photo Walk, 24 July 2015

I had originally intended to take my new Argoflex 75 for a spin around downtown Toledo… then I discovered that it had a stuck shutter. So, since I had my heart set on a photo walk, I loaded up the Holga and took it out over my lunch break, instead.



I’d never tried using the rectangular mask for the Holga; up until this photo walk, I’d only used either of my Holgas with the square mask. One thing that threw me off was having to remember that my photos would be vertical, not horizontal. I forgot several times. Sometimes, it totally screwed up the composition — but not often, since the viewfinder is apparently more of a general suggestion as to the composition of the actual photo (i.e. the actual lens is considerably wider of an angle than the viewfinder would lead one to believe).



I also learned that — surprise! — focusing to infinity with the Holga is pointless. I should just stop using the infinity focus on any of my lo-fi / box / toy cameras, since it always comes out unfocused. Half of the roll was either poorly composed (vertical, oops) or out-of-focus due to me having focused to infinity.


Manos Community Garden

I did find a few places I’m going to have to visit again, like the Manos community garden and a couple of murals that my unfortunate focus and composition issues failed to do justice on this roll.

Definitely enjoying getting out into downtown, getting away from my normal “test roll” repeatable compositions, and discovering that downtown really isn’t a scary place to walk alone — especially not in broad daylight.


July Photo Walk, Downtown Toledo

Lion Heads

I hadn’t busted out the Spartus Full-Vue for a good four years, so I decided to take it out for a spin around downtown this past July. This was the third roll I’d ever put through this camera, and I’d honestly forgotten how much I like it for what it is: box camera, no settings, waist-level viewfinder, quirky focus and vignetting. It did a great job, even with a couple of shots in heavy shade that I’d been sure would turn out underexposed.  (more…)