This abandoned Stamp Mill on the shores of Lake Superior in Freda Michigan reminds me of the album cover for Pink Floyd’s seminal Animals album, sans the flying pigs. It had been a few years since I had visited, so on a recent trip I was surprised how much more the site had deteriorated, including the steep path down, due to ongoing erosion. If you visit (and it is truly one of the U.P.’s spooky places of notable eeriness worth a visit), wear some boots or running shoes with an aggressive tread for the trip down the entrance trail.
If it arrives on time, I am going to try Kodak Portra 160 color print film with the Harman Titan 4x5 Pinhole this weekend. Curious to see what the creamy water of our big lake and rivers will look like in color. I have been quite pleased with portra 160 (which I underexpose at tad and shoot at ASA200) in 120 roll film. I missed the peak colors this past weekend, but I also find that having half or more of the trees bare and a few stragglers left in color, makes for a more dynamic photo. With the exception of tight temperature controls, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that developing color negatives is really no more difficult than the black and white I have been developing for near four decades. It has been fun to have choices in my art-making. For the pinhole, due to the F256 aperture, I will have to switch from Porta 160 to 400, as I don’t want to read three books while waiting for loooooooong exposures. As it is, with 400 ASA film, exposures with the Harman Titan can be many minutes in duration, which when you are standing there timing them with your phone timer, seems like eternity.
These two (Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin) go way back to the early 70’s. My first John McLaughlin album while a freshman of Western Michigan University in 1970 was Devotion-which is still considered a trend setting jazz fusion album, prior to McLaughlin’s forming of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with Carlos Santana. All these years later and they remain a tight sounding guitar-great duo.