Processing the Unknown

While cleaning out my father’s effects after he passed away, I discovered a 36 exposure roll of Kodak 400 B&W film.  I have no idea how old it was, but figured I would load it into my Nikon FM and see what happened.  All shots were taken in the downtown Minneapolis area.  I had the film developed, scanned the negatives at various resolutions and did some tweaking in Lightroom.  I did some spot removal, but mostly left them as is and cropped them to 8X10 as I prefer to print at 16X20.  Most of the images were pretty dark, not sure if that’s because of the age of the film or other factors.  They are also grainy, again, not sure if that is the age of the film.  In some ways, I like the effect, as it lends a dated feel to the images.  I don’t know that I will print any of them, but I do have a few favorites and am doing an exhibit of B&W work next month.  I may re-scan the favorites at a higher resolution to make them more printable.

Eye On The Bridge


2019 is the second year they have included a giant inflated duck as part of the Festival of Sail.  Not sure why we need a giant duck, it’s here anyway.


I think we need to check the map…

One of the more unusual sights at the 2019 Festival of Sail.

The Ones With Sails…

The 2019 Festival of Sail was somewhat disappointing due to the lack of the grander tall ships.  This year there were only two true tall ships, the U.S. Brig Niagara and the S/V Denis Sullivan.  They were joined by the smaller vessels, Abbey Road, Appledore V and Gerhard Folgero.

Non-Sailing Vessels

Although it’s named the Festival of Sail, there are also a few vessels that do not sport sails.

Edward H. (formerly the Fort Point) – traveled to Duluth from Belfast, Maine, via the St. Lawrence Seaway.

USCGC Sundew (WLB-404) is a 180-foot sea going buoy tender. A Iris, or C-class tender, it was built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota, now retired and privately owned.

I’d Like to See Liftoff


One of the many interesting sights that was part of the 2019 Festival of Sail in Duluth.

A Higher Flow


Laying back on the ledge rock along the shore, I find myself mesmerized by the ever changing flow in the sky.  As the evening progressed, so did the shapes and patterns of the clouds.

The Touch


Once again it’s seeing something as simple as a branch meeting the water, to be present in the moment to appreciate the touch of real and reflection.



Nature casually creates lovely and simple patterns, it’s up to us to slow down and see what is being created.

More From the Storm


An interpretation of a bracketed shot processed through Lightroom and HDR Efex Pro 2 in Photoshop.