He caught fish. I caught him.

As part of my usage of Fuji Velvia 100 film, I spent some time photographing the covered bridges in Bennington County, Vermont. Just a few test shots, nothing out of the ordinary. Bennington has five covered bridges, including three that are within minutes of each other – the Silk Covered Bridge, the Paper Mill Covered…

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The Summer and Autumn with Fuji Velvia 100

I’ve used Fuji Velvia 50 and 100 ISO films, off and on, for some time. But demand for the deep-color slide film had waned of late. And in July, Fuji stopped making the Fuji Velvia 100 film formula – not because of low demand; but because there’s a trace amount of a specifically banned compound…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, September 4, 2021

It’s Saturday, and you know what that means. Instead of me blogging about something, I’m turning the blog over to my blogroll and letting you know what my fellow bloggers, podcasters and photographers have created this week. And I really hope you enjoy what’s here. BLOGS FOR TASTE The “Burnt My Fingers” blog, “Food for…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for September 3, 2021

The following is a playlist for the broadcast of the Nightowl Radio Show, a one-hour college radio show on station WHCL-FM.  The show can be streamed tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at whcl.org. Tonight’s show is a one-hour celebration of Northern Soul music, the classic tracks that became big hits in British dance clubs. And…

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My entries for BUILT 2021

I’ve participated in BUILT, Historic Albany Foundation’s annual charity auction and art show, for the past 11 years. I have seven of the commemorative “artist” pins (I lost the 2013 pin last year, grr), and I also have the 2021 commemorative COVID face mask. But I also have wonderful memories of participating in the event.…

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Call for Entries – the HIPA 2021-2022 Photo Competition

I’ve entered this competition several times, and although I’ve never won – at least not yet – I still try. This is one of the biggest worldwide photo competitions in the world. It’s the annual HIPA photo competition, sponsored by His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The competition…

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Writer, blogger, photographer – and movie director in spare time??

Had a little surprise yesterday in my Twitter account. Usually my Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/chuckthewriter) will draw people to the blog, or there will be some reasonably spirited discussions over this, that or the other thing. But yesterday, someone posted a Twitter message that … well … Apparently I have a new side hustle as a…

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Tranquility and peace.

Yesterday, I did some peaceful photo shoots – drove to Vermont and photographed some covered bridges in Bennington County; then later in the day, I drove to a sunflower farm in |Rensselaer County and took some sunflower pictures. Great stuff. Now I shot all those wonderful images with my film cameras, so you’ll have to…

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Goal for 2022: Learn to Develop My Own Film

Okay. For years, my rule of thumb has been to take my film rolls to my pro lab of choice, McGreevy Pro Lab in downtown Albany. And for years, this has been a worthwhile endeavor. Even today, I still swear by McGreevy’s efforts. But recently, they stopped developing slide film. No more E-6. No matter,…

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