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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rollei film backlog: Venice, New Orleans, NYC

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So I’ve some more old film from my Rollei here. I’m just putting it all together. I do have another package I haven’t even opened because I’m just not caught up, and I believe that has the very last from Italy in it. Bye Italy, hope to see you again soon. I still have over 30 rolls left. It’s taking longer than I hoped but this is the first new years resolution I have ever made that was still seeing any traction in June. So I’m happy to have gone this far even though the schedule I planned to keep is out the window. According to the original schedule I should be nearly done by now, not half way. But on to the photos.

The photo above is from Venice and I really like it. This one…I was working on it trying to remove some of it’s flaws and realized it’s interesting how one can’t leave an image alone. Because someone would probably love to put something through hipstamatic and instagram and get this result. I didn’t fully leave it alone but I’m happy with it, even though it’s not a great photo or anything.

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San Marco
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That’s all for Venice. Let’s go to New Orleans for two frames. These are portraits of Guitar Lightnin’ Lee in front of the Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law Lounge. He was really giving my friend Margaret a hard time flirting with her and she nearly killed me after this incident, because she put up with it for me.

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And lastly here’s some NYC beaches, which I hope to visit soon this season.

Riis Park
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Coney/Brighton
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Posted by Amber Sexton on 06/19 at 05:42 PM
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nuclear Winter on the Pacific Coast

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I went to L.A. in May, and though I took my DSLR I mostly did not use it. I went to the beach with my brother Brendan, shortly after I hit town, and it was pretty glorious. We didn’t really know what beach we were on but it was north of Malibu and south of Oxnard, and when we left I read the sign as Point Mugu.

I did take my big camera, and felt the need to shoot, but most of what I shot was pretty perfunctory. We saw a pair of dolphins swimming together, we looked at rocks, waded up to our hips. I finally started to feel something and took a few pictures that I liked. then I looked down after we left and realized I had accidentally switched my camera to manual and the pictures were eight stops over exposed. I was so bummed out because they were the only pictures I felt at all good about when I was taking them.

They ended up being far more interesting to me than anything I exposed properly.


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In the bright sun I couldn’t really see my LED screen when I took each shot so I went obliviously on, shooting insanely overexposed frames.

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Anyway..I like these, even though they are entirely erroneous in technique. And I had fun in LA, and with my brother, and you can sort of tell if you look at my instagram feed because I mostly shot with my phone and just enjoyed myself.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Citibike, thoughts for the day

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A couple more things I want to mention before I’m done talking about Citibike for now. One is that if you want to check how long your trips are, at least how long they are billed for, you can go to the web page, not the phone app, and log into your accounts and see that info under the trips window. A couple of these with zeros in front lead me to imagine it’s when I couldn’t get a bike. They clearly haven’t worked on the milage aspect of it yet, because it’s all zeros. Anyway it’s a good way to confirm you haven’t gone over time or find out when you have. I’ve noticed quite a few of my trips take just a hair over 30 minutes. I am not being careful or anything, but I think this is interesting, possibly pushing people toward memberships.
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Another thing is that they really have not responded to customer service issues very well via twitter. The website and twitter feed is very sunny without any helpful information, but I glean from the very few responses on twitter that phone calls are what they had been prepared to deal with, until their phones went down. The blog has stats for usage, without any info on outages, problem stations, things that the MTA might have for subway outages. All my tweets reporting station problems have never received a single “we’re working on it” type auto response tweet.

I’ve sent numerous tweets now about the station at 51st street and 6th ave, having problems I’ve not seen at the handful of other stations I’ve been at. Times of the day it just goes down, no one can get a bike out, the docks fill up and you can’t leave a bike. Even when it’s working it takes 30 seconds for the green light to come on so you can get the bike out. Yesterday in a new twist bikes were sitting there with green lights on but locked and couldn’t be removed. Then I finally sent an email, I received no response but tonight was the first night that I left work to do an errand at 6pm, and nearly all the bikes were gone. It was actually a great sight to see. Also the bike I chose released fairly quickly, so I hope even though they never said a thing the station is fixed, at least for now. Really that’s not such a long wait. We are just over a week into the program.

I do love it, I can’t wait for it to expand in Brooklyn. One thing which is interesting is people are still asking me a lot of questions about it, not just in the station. Other users when you run into them, you might to talk to each other. It’s like when something bizarre happens on the subway, everyone all of a sudden has permission to speak to one another. I know this will go away, but it’s fun for now.

It was more interesting in the first couple days though, now mostly it’s the same questions, and they often are asked right after I’ve taken the bike out and am on the clock. Its really interesting how many tourists and casual users cannot get the idea that the rides are timed. That it’s 30 minutes at a time for a daily price of $10, a weekly price of $25, annual price of $95 (plus tax) and that membership gives you 45 minutes each ride plus the convenient key. Every casual street questioner thinks you get the bike all day. The reason the system works is because it’s timed, if they gave them to you all day, you would need a lock, and the bikes would be stolen. I can’t even believe they have kickstands. The whole purpose of all the stations is to take a bike and leave a bike on every leg of whatever trip or errand you are doing etc. The ubiquity of the docks allows for that in Manhattan at least. It’s very hard to give people a satisfying short answer to explain this, yet I do want to be a cheerful ambassador.

Someone who talked to me for a while from the seat of his own bike asked me more knowledgable questions but also was possibly chatting me up I’m not sure. He did say the bike stores are worried. I hope this ends up being good for them and not bad. At any rate I used my coupon and bought a new helmet at a Manhattan shop, which is actually going to be my helmet to keep home and use with my own bike mostly and I’m wearing it in this pic. And I used the spare pads to rehab the old one a bit to leave at work mostly. I brought my own bike into my local shop for a new rack this week. I hope the program creates more riders who wish to own their own bikes, but it’s probably more likely to enfranchise riders who don’t want to, or really can’t own bikes. Tight apartments preventing one from keeping a bike inside, justified fear of leaving one outside, and four floor walkups are all real barriers to owning a bike. I fully hope that a greater fleet of bikes on the street will cause more people to look out for us, that’s the theory anyway. But it is New York.

Posted by Amber Sexton on 06/05 at 12:04 AM
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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Rollei film backlog: Mostly south of the Mason-Dixon line

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Here’s where there are three very different things going on. First I have some more cemetery pics, which are maybe less interesting than the really good batch, so I played around with the contrast a little more than usual.

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So here are a couple frames of my cousins son, Nicholas, at the funeral of his grandmother, my great aunt. This is in Virginia, in Madison county. Our family relationships are complicated. But Nicholas is cute, though he’s really much older now than in these.


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This is actually a terrible photo of the inimitable Joyce, neighbor to my family down there and just an unforgettable person. I don’t have any other pictures of Joyce. Maybe another roll will reveal one. I’m glad I have a picture of Joyce.


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So these photos were taken in Queens, when I was working at a launching photo agency at PhotoShelter. There was a need for a stock image of a sleeping commuter, so we all went and tried to shoot one and we all failed to take something that worked for the client. I shot most of what I did digital, with a DSLR that I borrowed I believe, but apparently I ran a roll through the Rollei, which I had not remembered. I’m a bit amused by these. This is a friend named Chandra who dressed up, agreed to pose and signed a release for these.

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He looks good even if nothing came of it. Thanks Chan.

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Rollei film backlog: Venice again

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I’m actually breaking this backlog post into two parts, this one is all Venice.  I’ve been mixing it up in terms of what film I send out and then having thematic problems putting it all in one post. But I can’t seem to help it because it seems boring getting all film back of one subject right now. I should mention that my film from Italy was in ziplock bags. So that’s the only film I know what to expect from. All the rest is just mixed together in the drawer. Like when I gave up on being able to process it I gave up on everything. I seem to be almost through the Italy film, which is certainly the oldest. I still have 36 rolls left of unprocessed film.

Anyway these are all from San Marco
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Another gondola shot.

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And these ones where the light leaks really do something against the black, pretty sure it’s in San Marco but not positive.


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Those I like, the rest are sort of run of the mill, but I’m putting them all out there anyway.

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