cattle chute by pentax 6x7

i love the beastly pentax 6x7.  these were shot with aperture wide open (f/2.4) with the versatile 105mm lens.  Kodak tmax 100. developed in hc-110 (which I'm not sure I like yet; we'll see.)
the night are getting cool up here in the mountains.  coyotes are on the move.  i love listening to them.  the big boy (Kona above ↑) keeps them away from our cats.
the cabin is still there for me when i can get to it.  
lots of work in the darkroom, learning to design websites, keeping up with my horses and long runs in the forest; these are the things i've been focusing on.

ttv (through the viewfinder) part one

through the viewfinder (ttv) is a really easy technique involving two cameras:  a digital camera and an antique TLR (twin lens reflex) camera.  essentially, you are composing the shot with the TLR and shooting with the digital.  
you will need to use a longish lens hood to keep light from entering the top of the viewfinder on the TLR.  I use a shipping tube cut to about 6-8".  paint it black (flat black spray paint) if you are getting light reflections or flares.  I attach the mailing tube to my stock lens hood with black duct tape.  

it also helps to have a macro lens attachment  (I use a cheap screw on one.)  try out different strengths; half the fun of ttv is working out the kinks and idiosyncasies.  what it will give you is a lovely dreamy look.  blurry at the edges, slightly distorted with one sweet point of focus.

in the next post i will show how people are doing faux ttv in photoshop.  super easy, but not as cool looking (in my opinion.)

poop with a view

deep in a forest in the mountains of central arizona is my special wild place.
the only eyes around to watch the outhouse in use are the cows, mountain lions, coyotes, squirrels, flying and crawling critters.
i love this outhouse; and, yes, i do use it from time to time.

Antique Stove Perfection

This is the exquisite stove I have been in love with for six years.  It is held together with a piece of cord (door doesn't shut), has no working pilot (burnt fingers), and can't regulate heat (burnt cookies.) 
One of the coolest things about this stove is the ability to use propane (right side) and wood (left side.) 
This lovely appliance has taken care of my family (since 2005) in our off-the-grid cabin in the national forest.  
After this summer, I will no longer have the pleasure of closing my stove with a piece of cord and a fastex clip.  I will be leaving Walnut Creek (as a home) and will only be coming out twice a week to visit my horses .  
I dedicate this summer to photographing and writing about all the simple and precious things that have blessed my life since the day I first met this land.
I used a scratched metal texture on this photo for emphasis. Editing was done in Photoshop, Aperture and Nik Color Efex Pro.