Minolta SR-T 101 SLR, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50 mm f/1.7 lens, Kodak Ektachrome 100 Professional film, No exposure data recorded, Velbon Tripod. Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner.
I came upon these two saguaro cacti as the sun was beginning to set on the Sonoran Desert, one a saguaro skeleton and the other in the prime of life adorned with June flowers atop each arm. It took 65-75 years for the live saguaro to sprout its first arm so it’s probably 100-150 years old. They live to be 200-300 years old and are the largest cactus in the US reaching 60 ft in height.
Nikon N90S SLR, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner
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The hike up Seoraksan Mountain 설악산 (5,604′) in Seoraksan National Park, S. Korea takes a full day if you have photography in mind. It is a relatively civilized hike. There are no death-defying leaps from bolder to bolder over raging mountain streams required as can be seen by the footbridge in the above photo. I would say the greatest danger would be imbibing too much of the fermented rice drink served in small bowls at the peak. The taste is sweet and it looks like milk. To the palate, there is no indication of its alcoholic punch. Hint: hold on to the guard rails on the way down.
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Nikon N6006 SLR, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, filter: exposure: not recorded, M-up mode, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software
I don’t know what I like better about North Carolina, the fall color or the old barns. This image has both. When I see an abandoned barn, I’m compelled to go in and see if there’s anything interesting enough to be photographed. In this barn, on this day, at this particular moment in time, it was obvious what the subject would be since it was perfectly framed by the open barn door. It was as if the film had already been developed and I was looking at it through one of those 1960s handheld slide viewers.
Nikon N90S SLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: not recorded, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, filter: Nikon L37C, program mode: Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.
Udo, which translates to Cow Island was my favorite island in the Korea Strait off the southern tip of the Korean peninsula. It’s smaller and more remote than Jeju-do, and home to the Haenyo; the diving grandmas of the deep. I wish I would have had more time there. I came on the morning boat and left on the evening boat. Some nice captures were made, but I know there are so many more to be found.
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Nikon N6006 SLR, Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, exposure: not recorded, program mode: Aperture Priority, film: Kodak 35mm reversal film, Mup mode, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software
Scotti is a long time Los Angeles resident. In the past he’s played in bands as a drummer and singer, and taken photographs on the side. But that equation has flipped, and now Scotti is a photographer that occasionally hooks up with a band. He has taken photographs of landscapes, cityscapes, people, still life, and digital photographs. Looking through his portfolio you notice that Scotti has an eye for finding the unusual in everyday things which we might ordinarily take for granted. His photographs of buildings capture the curving lines and sweep of the architecture. One of his pictures that I found really amazing pushes the boundaries between photography and painting. Check out the photographs of Bisogno Scotti and you will find yourself on the ground floor of discovering an artist who’s recently broken through to a larger public consciousness.
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(photo by mimi)