Kodak Tri-X400 – another great B&W film

Kodak Tri-X400 has been around for quite a long time. I really enjoy using it because of the terrific tones and contrast it is capable of producing. The images below are from a local park – Silver River State Park. This is a really nice little park that has some interesting hiking trails and a maintained “Cracker Village” that is open on weekends. The structures are original Florida Cracker style complete with unfinished wood siding and tin roofs. One of my favorite trails is the Swamp Trail which takes you to the Silver River and then back to the Cracker Village. The Silver River is a wide clear waterway that is fed from Silver Springs. The water is crystal clear and is great for canoeing.

The Silver River, Ocala Florida

The Silver River, Ocala Florida

 

Swamp Trail - Silver River State Park

Swamp Trail – Silver River State Park

 

Cracker Village Church - Silver River State Park

Cracker Village Church – Silver River State Park

The Church was photographed using Fuji SuperiaX-400.

 

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February 2013 – Nikon F5 with Kodak Portra400 & Nikon 35-70mm f3.3-4.5 AF as primary lens

The F5 is the newest film camera in my collection. It’s a great camera – loaded with features for the professional photographer but still easy enough to use for the complete amateur. It’s a bit heavy but very stable and easy to hold. The easy grip makes the weight disappear in all but the most strenuous situations. Kodak Portra400 delivers some of the most wonderful colors that I’ve ever seen on a print film. I really enjoy using it. Hope you all enjoy the pictures and agree with my appreciation of the colors.

1. The Appleton Museum of Art. This is our local museum. It’s really quite a beautiful place and they have a terrific collection. It’s associated with the College of Central Florida and Florida State University. We get some very nice travelling exhibits in addition to the standing collection.

The Appleton Museum - It's a beautiful place

The Appleton Museum – It’s a beautiful place

2. This sculpture was recently added to the Appleton Collection. I really like it. Stainless steel, glass, plastic, painted steel and stone brought together to produce a beautifully flowing piece.

Appleton Museum Sculpture - Steel & Glass

Appleton Museum Sculpture – Steel & Glass

3. Sculpture is one of my favorite forms of artistic expression and this piece really draws my attention. I plan to enlarge this photograph to hang in my office over my desk. The rock presents shapes and textures that change with the angle of view and the movement of the sun. In addition the way you position your body allows the opening in the stone to become your window of many views.

Appleton Museum Stone Sculpture

Appleton Museum Stone Sculpture

I hope that you enjoy these photographs. There are others from this project that I enjoy and I’m hoping to present some of them to you as time moves on. Thank you for looking and as always your comments are greatly appreciated.

 

January 2013 – Nikon EM#1 with Kodak ColorPlus200 & Nikon 135mm f2.8E as primary lens

The weather was pretty mild in most of January but I needed to stay close to the house for a number of reasons. This made my photography choices a bit harder and probably a bit less interesting – no wildlife or giant oaks. First I photographed an old Sears Roebuck wagon that Frannie used as a planter for a while and is now a back yard garden area decoration. Then some shots of the famous Frannie’s Screen Room Frogs but in a new locale. And finally I took a little walk around an older part of town and took a few house pictures.

Sears Roebuck wagon in the back gardens

Sears Roebuck wagon in the back gardens

Frannie's Chair with Frogs

Frannie’s Chair with Frogs

Tres Chic - an old Ocala home turned into a B&B and boutique.

Tres Chic – an old Ocala home turned into a B&B and boutique.

 

 

 

Southern Glass and Paint — ALL GONE!

The old Southern Glass and Paint building on North Magnolia has been razed (see posts below) and now an empty lot stands waiting for its next adventures. The city has been purchasing lots in this area and converting them to parking facilities for businesses that need space for their employees. I guess it’s a good thing in so many ways – jobs, taxes, strengthening economy and all that.

Former Southern Glass and Paint Building site - North Magnolia

Former Southern Glass and Paint Building site – North Magnolia

 

Bricks

North Magnolia Avenue has been a main business street in our town for as long as anyone can remember and probably since the town was originally founded 1846. I believe that it has been renamed a few times through the years. Looming over this older section of town is the Marion County Judicial Center. Many of the old buildings have fallen into disuse and recently the city has started to remove them and build new facilities, mostly parking areas to serve the courthouse and several downtown businesses. One such building was the old Pittsburg Paints and Ocala Glass Building. It was from the early 1900’s (or maybe even late 1890’s depending on who you ask). Still privately owned the building was recently demolished because it was cost prohibitive to bring it up to codes. One of my favorite things in that area is the sidewalk that ran in front of the building. It’s old old inlaid brick. Many of the bricks have patterns on them from their molds. ¬†Over the next week or so, I’ll post some pictures of the building as it was but for now here’s my favorite brick.

A wonderful brick sidewalk from an older section of our town, part of the North Magnolia Historic District.

A wonderful brick sidewalk from an older section of our town, part of the North Magnolia Historic District.