Back in April 2013, I backed the Kickstarter campaign for the Travel Wide because who wouldn't want a $100, plastic-bodied 4x5? After many production delays, the cameras are shipping, and I'm waiting patiently to shoot my first frame of 4x5.
I've been taking pictures of overhead wires for years.
There's over 100 images prominently featuring overhead wires in my archives.
I'm not the only one fascinated with them. Kate's drawn them.
Others draw them too.
George Ault painted them.
Jamie Langhoff creates sewn fabric art of them.
Why are we fascinated with these?
The bottle of PhotoFlo that I've been using for years finally ran dry, so I pulled a bottle of the Freestyle equivalent off the shelf. At about the same time, I started seeing spots on my negs. I suspect those spots are left over surfactant residue. I've actually had this in the past with PhotoFlo as well; I don't think there is anything generically wrong with the Freestyle stuff. More like I got a bad bottle. It also may have been fine when I got it and since gone bad. The Freestyle bottle had been sitting around for at least a year but probably much longer.
The residue seems to wash off, although rewashing cut negs is a pain in the ass, so I may skip it for all but a few negs. When I went looking for a new bottle of PhotoFlo, I discovered that B&H no longer ships it, but they do ship Edwal LFN. LFN comes in a dropper bottle, which would let me skip the process of measuring out surfactant in a baby medicine syringe. It seemed to work fine on the rewashed negs, but only a larger test will tell.
Books read in 2014:
- Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (not as interesting as Ancillary Justice )
- Kentucky Bourbon: An American Heritage, Michael Veach
- The Guns at Last Light, Rick Atkinson
- The Teleportation Accident: A Novel, Ned Beauman
- A Little Handbook of Shinrin-Yoku, Amos Clifford
- The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
- 11/22/63, Stephen King (Didn't finish it)
- The Peripheral, William Gibson (Bought the kindle edition but ended up listening to the audio. I'll 'read' it again later, something I often do with Gibson.)
- The Dog Stars, Peter Heller (A man with a plane, a dog and a friend fly fishes through the apocalypse. The dog dies. Man finds more friends and a lady. Gardens. I imagine he eventually gets a flannel shirt and a hammock.)
- Station Eleven: A novel Emily St. John Mandel (Literary post-apo fiction. Liked it despite the lack flannel shirts or hammocks.)
- Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
- Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson (I don't know why I read this. I blame pain, sleep deprivation, and Percocet.)
- Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention,Jay Dicharry (Read this right before my back went critical.)
- Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Craig Johnson (This is my favorite in the series so far. The familiarity of the Philly landscape was fun, the dog featured prominently, and Johnson restrained himself from writing the trippy bits that mar some of the other books in the series. I mourned slightly when they cancelled the TV show, but the TV show never really captured the goofiness of Longmire as a character. Too much refrigerator wife nonsense.)
- The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest, Evan Rail (Not really a book. An article stretched to Kindle Short length.)
- Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel, Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, Mauro Mazzo, Russell Chatham, James Prosek
- Cibola Burn, James S.A. Corey (Not as good as the previous Expanse novels)
- Death Without Company, Craig Johnson
- The Cold Dish: , Craig Johnson
- Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, John Scalzi
- The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, Rick Atkinson
- An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, Rick Atkinson
- Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch), Ann Leckie
- A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5), George R.R. Martin (Couldn't make it through the interminable drunken boat ride.)
- A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4),George R.R. Martin
- Brook Trout, Nick Karas (An exhaustive natural history of brook trout in America. Purchased in hardback while on vacation in South Haven, MI.)
- Exit Wounds, Modan, Rutu (Comic books count.)
- The Complete Walker Fletcher, Colin (I've owned the fourth edition for years, and owned the third edition at one point as well. Like buying multiple editions of Leaves of Grass.)
These are just the books I bought and finished this year. I re-read a couple of things from our library including at least two of the Dark Tower books. There are also some things I bought but haven't read yet, such as Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, which I somehow ended up getting in both paperback and Kindle version.
- Ulysses , James Joyce (Something like my fifth attempt, but I'm already farther along than I've gotten in the past. This amuses K8 greatly, but it took her years to read Moby Dick , and she has still only read it once.)
- A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit (I thought I'd read this year's ago when we lived in Illinois. Apparently not.)
- The Idler volumes 47 & 48, edited by Tom Hodgkinson (A hard bound periodical counts as a book. Right?)
- Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
Read so far this year:
- The Lost World of the London Coffee House , Matthew Green
- Alamein to Zem Zem, Keith Douglas
- Uniforms, Paul Fussel
On the to read list:
- Abroad: British Literary Traveling between the Wars, Paul Fussell
- The Great War and Modern Memory: Paul Fussell
- Locked In, John Scalzi
- The Language of Clothes, Alison Lurie
- The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
- Glow, Ned Beauman
- Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan
- The Sot-weed Factor, John Barth (Started it last year after learning that Soderbergh was going to make a movie based on on it.)
- Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City, Geert Mak (Pulled from the the leave-one-take-one pile at Compass Coffee. Need to go back with something to leave. Debating between Dahlgren and Autobiography of Mark Twain)
- A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain, Todd Hargrove
- Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov (Nabokov always triggers a debate about pronunciation in our household. Emphasis on the 2nd or 3rd syllable?)
- Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh (Started it in 2014. Recommended by a fly fishing blog I like.)
- Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was, Hughart, Barry
- Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest, Flores, Dan (Purchased when we were thinking of tagging along on my sister's family trip out west. Great title.)
- True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney (Started in 2014.)
- Capital, Volume 1, Karl Marx (Not sure how I got through college without reading this.)