So you think you can dance!

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Some days are strange. It is though nature is revealing its auspices and one must be nimble to catch the signs. I often travel with several cameras, and though I can set up my 4×5 fairly quickly, I will also have either a medium format or 35mm camera ready. This means I sometimes take multiple shots at the same scene, a good reference point later, but often find each is different or magical in its own right.

The day we arrived in Death Valley was one such strange day. Driving across Darwin Plateau I pulled over because of an odd cloud formation in the distance as we began our descent into Panamint Valley.

Crossing Darwin Plateau

Crossing Darwin Plateau – TMax 100, Ektar 203mm f/7.7 lens

Not far along from this first stop, the views at Rainbow Canyon were immense and breathtaking. Ready for everything I had loaded Velvia 50 into my Olympus…

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Sorry, …but I’ve been hit by purple rain

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Listening to Ventura Highway I am always transported to an imagined road that might be in California somewhere. I want to be chewing on that piece of grass, overcome by the scent of sage brush walking along a prairie road, and feel fresh breezes blowing off peaks dusted with first snows.

Who knows whether there are alligator lizards in the air, but one thing for sure is that from the highs of Mt Whitney to the lows of Death Valley, I’ve been hit by purple rain.

No apologies! Yes, I know that aerochrome had a dubious historical past in its use by the military, (“and should have never been invented’), but it is in the playfulness of its colour, that other realities are subverted.

Whether these are photographic, or social mores, since the famous album covers of Hendrix, Zappa, and Donovan, aerochrome has also been used to suggest an alternative…

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Lone Pine, California

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Not much seems to happen in Lone Pine. Trucks roll through town heading up the Owens Valley on Route 365. To the west lies the Alabama Hills and Mt Whitney. Over the ranges to the east, badlands and Death Valley. Up the valley to the north lies Big Pine, Bishop and some distant relatives. From all accounts they can stay distant.

Occasionally, which means quite frequently, over the last hundred years movie makers have come to town. The Alabama Hills near Lone Pine has been used in Westerns, to represent North India (you’re a better man than I Gungadin), alien landscapes, and I suspect even scenes from the Sound of Music could have been filmed using those marvelous snow capped peaks. Yes, folks sometimes the hills are alive, but mostly it is just pretty damn quiet, with just a few wannabee extras and lots of horses seeming to hang around…

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Dunes, views and ghost towns

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During our recent trip to Death Valley I took a number of different cameras and a variety of films. I have no idea what the border security people thought of so many cameras, but all were very co-operative in not putting any of my film through the x-ray machines. Instead the boxes of sheets film and roll films were put through the chemical sniffer test too my relief.

This series was taken with my Yashica A and culled from 3 rolls of Fuji Neopan ACROS 100, which was stand developed in Adonal for an hour. These photos were taken in Death Valley NP at Mesquite Dunes, Dante’s View and in the old ghost town of Leadville on the Titus Canyon Road.

The dry channels and pools on the Death Valley floor seen from Dante’s View seems almost like a Miro painting. There is an other worldliness to this place that…

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Spring colour

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Spring might be one of my favourite times for photography. The bursts of flowers give life to windswept and desolate bushland. Often I will return to places visited only a week before to look for more flowers I may have missed, or that are coming into bloom. Some days I might shoot a roll walking in and another walking out.

Many of the flowers in the bush are tiny, but standing out from them is the waratah. Growing bright red and large, seemingly dancing to the eye on tall stems in woodlands, it is a delight to find this flower in the bush which is the emblem for New South Wales.

Photos were taken hand held with an Olympus OM-2 using a G. Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens with extension tubes on Fuji Superia 400.

Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 8Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 1Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 2Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 4Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 9Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 10Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 13Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 17Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 21Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 23Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 27Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 30Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 31Oct 2014 OM2 Superia400 A 34

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Scenes from the horse paddock

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Late afternoon the horses like to have a feed in the top paddock on the young green pick and clover. Meanwhile their home paddock gets a tidy, manure is collected, empty feeders are filled with hay, and the trough is filled with water.

On the wall of their shed hang toys, and out the back, posts for making gates for training, and tyres for stepping round. The old fence posts have weathered many seasons, and with the coming of summer the boys are losing their winter coats when brushed.

I reckon the horses are quite content.Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 17Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 1Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 5Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 19Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 11Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 4Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 12Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 10Oct 2014 OM2 Extreme100 RO9(1.100) stand 18

Taken with Olympus OM-2 on Extreme 100 and stand developed in RO9 (1:100) for 60 minutes.

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Barren Grounds wildflowers with Poppy’s Olympus OM-2

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This morning I visited Barren Grounds Nature Reserve to finish off a roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 100, that I had started yesterday, in my recently gifted Olympus OM-2.

It is a most wonderful present from my father-in-law who is in his 90’s. The Olympus OM-2 had been his treasured SLR that he had bought in the 1970’s.He wanted me to have it as he knew I was upset at having my Toyo and Nikkor lenses stolen, and importantly, am also an Olympus user.

I visited a nearby battery shop, bought some SR44s, and the OM-2 came to life.

Seems to me that it is working like a dream. This series was taken using a G Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens with a 20mm extension tube, and stand developed over lunch in RO9 (1.100).

No tripod was used in the taking of these pictures.

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