January 10, 2016

Heroes of Conservation

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 3:24 pm

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I edited and published a book for Protect Geauga Parks back in November. The book included profiles of four individuals who made extraordinary contributions to the preservation and conservation of parklands in Geauga County over the past several decades. The book includes three of my landscape photographs of scenes in the Geauga Parks as well as essays by three young writers from Geauga County who were recognized in the Nature Writing Competition sponsored by the Geauga Park District and the Foundation for Geauga Parks in 2013 and 2014.

The initial (small) press run is almost sold out, but a few copies remain and can be purchased from Protect Geauga Parks, P.O. Box 1064, Chardon, OH  44024.

May 17, 2015

Rhubarb Pie 25th Anniversary Contra Dance

Filed under: And another thing... — Frank @ 4:38 pm

Talk about time flying…! It was 25 years ago that I and several other folk music subversives got together in my living room to play some tunes. This soon became a weekly event that then led to the formation of a band called Rhubarb Pie. We mainly played at contra dance events in the Cleveland area. I left the band some time around 1995, but several stalwarts (better known as the Rhubarbarians) continue on to this day. Last night they invited all the former members back for a 25th anniversary dance. You’ll find a gallery of pictures under the Pages column to the left.

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March 19, 2015

Drum Scanner

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 2:06 pm

I’ve been looking for a used drum scanner for several years, hoping to add super-high quality scanning capability at an affordable cost. Quite by accident, I recently became aware of a Howtek HR-8000 scanner that was for sale from a display graphics company in Washington, D.C. It’s in excellent condition and I’m fortunate to have a Mac that’s old enough to run the software.

Drum scanners are old technology, but for anyone making images on film, they are still far and away the best tool for making very large, high-quality digital images. The HR-8000 will enlarge a frame of 35mm film to a size that can be printed over 4×6 FEET—and at that size you WILL see every grain in the emulsion. The optical quality is amazing and it will handle film formats to 8×10 inches and larger. In the past, I’ve had to outsource scans from film formats larger than 6x7cm.

With this new capability, I can now begin working through the forty-year backlog of film images in my library and, when the New55 film becomes available later this year, I plan on shooting a lot more on 4×5 film. Of course, I’m also hoping that other fine art photographers who are still shooting film will send me their film to scan. I now have the complete large-format workflow from film, to scan, to image processing and final output to the Epson 9900 printer.

 

 

March 10, 2015

Collies

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 8:27 pm

Wendy, the last of our Collies passed away last November. We’ve since adopted two other dogs, but the experience of living with Collies is somehow different than other breeds. It’s not just that they’re beautiful and friendly, as most dogs are. They have a sense of responsibility and commitment that I haven’t experienced with other animals. They seem to feel like it’s their job to take care of you—not the other way around.

I put together a collection of pictures of Ernie and Wendy that I know some of our friends will enjoy. Both Ernie and Wendy were with us for over ten years after having a difficult start in life. They both earned all the love we could give them.

(Click on any image for an enlarged slide-show view.)

November 21, 2014

November Snow

Filed under: And another thing... — Frank @ 11:06 am

While it isn’t unusual to have some snow in November, a foot of snow on the 14th with follow-up storms over the next week have been pretty exceptional. At least we’re not getting buried the way they are in Buffalo.

November 9, 2014

Protect Geauga Parks

Filed under: And another thing... — Frank @ 9:05 pm

In an effort to thwart a hostile takeover of the Geauga Parks District by persons whose purpose appears to be to stop the growth of the park system and turn much of it into free hunting zones, I donated several large banners to a grass-roots organization called Protect Geauga Parks. County park systems are often viewed as easy pickings for corrupt politicians who use them to favor one group of residents while surreptitiously milking them of funds and other resources. One of our Board members just received a contract worth $9,999.00 to “study” the drug abuse problem in Geauga County. That’s an interesting number that probably falls exactly $1 below a threshold that would require competitive bidding and approval by County Commissioners and the Budget Committee. In any case, anyone who wants information about drug abuse could probably get it with phone calls to the Sheriff’s office, the DEA and the FBI. Might take an afternoon to gather the info and write up a report.

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