Friday, May 24, 2024

Across the Fox and back on foot.

A popular activity organized by Appleton's Photo Opp are Photowalks. A large group of people, bristling with cameras, wanders around a specified area. It's still a little surprising that I find these walks enjoyable. There's the game-day rush to get out and find photographs and also, the opportunity to chat about esoteric topics in photography with other enthusiasts; especially with Photo Opp's mix of film and digital workers with a relatively young demographic (I'm at the very top of the range). I explained pinhole photography at least five times.

There were three microbreweries hosting the event this time, possibly explaining it's popularity - over 20 walkers. The weather was warm and dry, but there was a pretty solid deck of clouds covering the sky. In concluding his preamble beseeching us not to frighten the natives, Graham Watashka mentioned it was a great day for fans of totally diffuse light.

I took the f200, 53 degree angle of view Paterson, filled with Kentmere 400, and the f150, 81 degree 35mm front on the Variable Cuboid, with Kentmere 100. The opposite roughly 2 stop difference between the cameras and films almost perfectly cancels out, so exposure times should be the same with either camera. The 90 degree Silver Dragon with Portra 800 was also along but it hardly got used. 

Around the corner after beginning at the Appleton Brewing Company, an anonymous doorway with a modern steel door, but otherwise intact architecture.



The fenestration of the back of the building is not quite so original.



Just down the street is a bicycle shop with its fence festooned with worn out wheels. 




The Outagamie County Courthouse with a tree and a little film curl softening the formality of the composition. 



We walked down to the river via a rustic route behind the Courthouse. This massive stairway and the entrance to underground portion of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center dominate the west side of Jones Park. As many times as I've driven down Lawrence Street above it, and over it on the Oneida Street Bridge, I never knew the park was there.



Walking across the Olde Oneida St. Bridge (Yes, that extra e is officially part of the name), I encountered this young fisher with striking red hair.  Assuming she must have been photographed several times already, I asked if I could take her photograph. She hadn't been asked previously but agreed. Unfortunately, I didn't convey just how still I would like her to hold, and forgot that I had a camera full of color film in my pocket.



The seemingly randomly assembled front of the Union Jack, most often described as a biker bar.



Some serious ventilation behind it.



One more on my survey of the bridgetender's houses on the Fox. I've driven past it dozens of times in the past year but never stop to get the picture since I'll probably be down this way again soon. There's usually only one volunteer running the entire cluster of Appleton locks. They follow along with the boats in golf carts from lock to lock.



The mid-point of the walk was at the Stone Arch Brewery at which I enjoyed a honey wheat ale and took two pictures with the camera with color film.

Back across the bridge are the rather posh Historic Fox River Mills apartments with this extension that housed the turbines which drove pulleys and belts to run the paper mill.



The power channel is still under the building but the Fox no longer flows through it.




A switchbacked path for a slow stroll or a fast roll down the bluff.




The mechanical systems enclosure of the Exhibition Center and the Sheriff's Department bristling with antennas.



The above ground portion of the Center.



RGB looking particularly notorious on the wall of McFleshman's Brewery at the end of the route .


 
John Adams setting up an arrangement of a variety of camera/beer pairings to photograph, maybe including a pinhole camera with me back here taking his photograph. On the left is his Instamatic Budweiser can. It was just like being back at a high school dance when the flash cube refused go off.


It turns out all the talking about photography can interfere with actually taking photographs. There was a really enjoyable discussion of wet plate, direct reversal and development in general but there was still film in Paterson.

I decided to play with the new little LED I bought for my last post. The tableau on the piano consists of three scenes. Our friend Gene's Toad Witch presides with her court over the bass side.



The sun and a somewhat ecclesiastical mirrored screen above middle C.



Minnie and Mickey perform on the treble end



Justice Ginsberg makes another appearance overlooking the living room from the mantle.



A last futile attempt to take a sharp photograph.


Paterson has two hand drilled .30mm pinholes 60mm from the film, one on the axis and one 13mm above it. The 35mm front of the Variable Cuboid has a hand drilled .20mm pinhole mounted on a continuous rising front with 11mm of travel. Both have 6x6cm frames. The Kentmeres were semistand developed together in Rodinal 1:100.

There are seven frames left in the Silver Dragon.

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