Words (Between the Line of Age)

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Somewhere in Arizona.
Somewhere in Arizona.

Way out there. West of Seligman, Arizona.

This is an image from a road trip that we took in 1981. From North Carolina to California.  You can see some of my current style just starting to emerge. Unfortunately, I haven’t traveled like this in a long, long time.

These days, we always have to get somewhere on time. Make a deadline. Keep a commitment. Think about what to keep in. What to leave out. Wait a minute! That’s a whole other song. The title is from a Neil Young song. These past few words are from a Bob Seger song called “Against the Wind.” Maybe I need to settle down when I write this stuff. Heh!

It’s getting about time to get on the road and wander around a little.  I’ve talked about this in the past. In the recent past. After thinking about it, I think I want to head west. I miss those open spaces. Those long vistas. Those big, huge skies. Maybe I’ll made some “desert in the hot summer” pictures. I’m a sucker for self-abuse.

The picture. I took this with a Nikon FM. A mechanical camera. I used a 20mm f2.8 lens. And, as always back then, Tri-X black and white film. Unfortunately, there is something that I’m seeing after I scanned this image that I don’t like. Technically, it is just horrible.

There is always one thing to remember about scanning old film images. Every imperfection shows up. In a big way. In this case, the entire left bottom side of the image is soft. There is really no reason for that, except lens quality. Lenses have improved dramatically over the last 30 years. Even the most inexpensive of third-party lenses are sharper and better than most of the highest quality lenses of the past. Sometimes that can work in your favor. The quality of the glass affects the final image. It can give you a look and feel of earlier eras. Sometimes. Usually not.

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