Thursday, November 20, 2008


Wading in the Street
Originally uploaded by gapey
Last week we had some nasty flooding in my area. Luckily I had the week off from work. Trying to use up all the vacation days I have before the end of the year. I'm glad I didn't have to go to work that week for a few reasons. One because traffic royally sucks due to several roads being closed between here and Redmond and also because I was able to get out and take some pics of the flood while it was close to it's highest point. Flood stage in Sultan is 15 ft and it got up to around 18 ft so downtown area was pretty flooded.

I took some shots of the flood and submitted a few to the local news stations website and I was told by several people that they saw this pic on King5 news at 6:00. Pretty kewl considering how many other pictures were posted to the site that day. They only pic one out of the days users pictures to feature on the news. Unfortunately King5 only goes by usernames and doesn't go by photographer name. Kinda lame, they should really change that. At least they pronounced it right.

A few hours after I went shooting downtown there was a guy canoeing around downtown. I wish I had gotten that pic but someone else did cuz I saw it on one of the news stations sites later that day from the same spot that I was taking pics of.

It didn't take long for the water to recede. We had a little break in the rain this week but it started back up again today. I don't think they are expecting any flooding from this one though.

I live up on a hill so I'm lucky to not have any worries of the flooding it just slows down my commute.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Film Developing

First Self Developed Film
Originally uploaded by gapey
I've been wanting to learn how to develop film since I was a kid. After going digital I didn't think I'd ever get the chance to do that cuz film is dead right? The Seattle Flickr group is what got me back into playing with film after so many years. We've had a couple of film only meetups with the group which got me into buying a film SLR and a Holga. You can find used film cameras for pretty darn cheap.

So, one of the Flickr members offered to come over and show me how to develop film. I got most of the supplies off of Craigslist for pretty cheap. I still need to scan the photos so I can put some on Flickr but I got a roll of 35mm and 120 developed and am looking forward to shooting and developing more. I'm not sure if/when I will get into enlarging and paper developing. I have a feeling that will take up more time than I am willing to give right now but I wouldn't mind trying it at least once.

I don't plan on doing any color developing and will be sticking to black & white. I'm not sure how much of it I will be doing. I still plan on shooting mostly digital and only getting the film camera out occasionally.