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Art and Soul Festival in Oakland

October 17th, 2004

Look Just Fine
Well, it's taken a little longer to do the film. I said (yesterday, rather positively, I seem to recall) I was going to finish developing it Saturday night, not thinking Saturday night is the night I watch my Japanese soaps on channel 26. The Japanese soaps are subtitled in English. I've given up for the while on my weekday evening Chinese soaps which are subtitled in Cantonese or Mandarin and, well, English or Chinese, you can't be developing film when you're watching your soaps and trying to read the English that streams much too quickly across the screen.

I have, however, mixed the developer(s). The D-76 you mix in hot water and then dilute it 1 to 1 with cold water to bring the temperature down to 68 degrees. Last I looked it was stuck at 90 in the sink. The Tmax isn't mixed with hot water, so I'll do two of four Tmax rolls this evening and see how it goes with the Tri-X tomorrow night when I get home from class.

It's been a good day. Drove over to Animal Farm to buy more of the cat food MSW recommended some months back. Ms. Emmy is a finiky cat and lately the one damned brand of cat food she's been willing to eat has either gone bad in the can or Ms. Emmy is an Oscar material actress (or is it actor, now, for both men and women?). She first gives it a sniff. And winces. And scratches at the kitchen cupboard as if she were in her litter box looking for sand. And throws it up five minutes later, if she's in the mood, onto the rug. Or is this more than you needed to know, this Sunday, a rainy day, here in Oakland?

Rainy day?

It's gone from hot summer weather to a rainy fall squal. My first real job after school, after the army, was in downtown San Francisco and I started that job on October 15th in a driving rain. Friday was the 15th and the rain today wasn't more than a drizzle, but I'm guessing the hot weather is gone and winter is on the way.

The first two rolls I shot Saturday morning are drying in the kitchen, by the way, and they look just fine.

The banner photograph was taken at the Oakland Art and Soul Festival with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 17-55mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens at ISO 200.