Kodak Brownie Film Photographs

After about a 7-day wait, I got a text notification on my phone at 3:30 am that my Kodak Brownie camera photos were ready to be downloaded! I was so excited that I got up and took a look at them. They turned out great! As I had predicted, they have a unique retrofuturistic feel. It’s like an old timey photo of a scene from the future. I absolutely love it. I’m amazed that a simple box camera made in 1950 can still take photos this good. Everything seems to be in perfect working order.

I’ve been experimenting with some of the new Neural Filters available in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop (I’m using release 22.3.0). This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out the beta “Colorize” filter. I used the default color settings and then dialed down the opacity of the layer to about 75% for a subtle hand-tinted effect. The results are unpredictable and artistic.

Vintage Film Camera: Kodak Brownie

Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 box camera

I have an assortment of vintage film cameras that friends and relatives have given to me over the years. Recently, I decided to take one for a spin. For this first adventure, I chose my dad’s old Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 box camera. It shoots 620 film (which is basically a repackaging of 120 film). I found a place online that sells hand-rolled film and bought a roll of Kodak T-Max 100. I walked around the neighborhood during the mid-day bright sun and shot all eight exposures. I carefully rolled the film up, sealed it in the light-tight container it arrived in, and sent it off to a processing lab in California. They’ll develop the film and create high-resolution scans which I’ll download from their website soon. I’m anxiously awaiting the results!

Abstract Twirl Photos

I’ve been seeing various abstract distorted photos on social media lately. I decided to give it a try. They start out as regular photographs. Then several Photoshop filters are applied and they end up looking like colorful, abstract paintings.

Weekend Trip to Austin

Sometimes the daily grind becomes too much and I need to spend a little time away from home. It’s not that I need a big, grand adventure. I just need a nice change of scenery. For times like this, I often find myself driving south a few hours to rest and relax in my favorite Texas town. Lately, I’ve been bringing my camera along for a little photo fun.

Milky Way in Marfa, Texas

When you live in a big, bright city like Dallas you don’t get to appreciate the Milky Way… because you simply can’t see it. But when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, somewhere between Marfa and Alpine, Texas, you get to take pictures like this one! Definitely a magnificent site to behold!

Thanks-Giving Square Chapel

Until this morning, I never knew this amazing place existed. It’s called Thanks-Giving Square. It’s a terraced triangular park in the center of downtown Dallas. There’s a beautiful nautilus-shaped chapel with stained glass windows going up in a spiral pattern to the “glory window” at the very top. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Blueprints at Addison Circle Sculpture

There’s an amazing sculpture in my neighborhood right in the middle of a busy traffic roundabout. It resembles the branches of an oak tree grove. I’ve taken photographs of it many times, at various times of the day and year. It has a lot of historical references to the Town of Addison, Texas. Each section has an architectural diagram about unique places throughout the area. If you look closely, you can see diagrams of the old sawmill and water treatment facility.