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Still Yet More Snails

Posted 2011.11.30 20.47 in Aquaria by Stephanie

It’s almost become a regular thing – last day of the month, time to take another bucket of snails to the pet store.

September 30th, I took a huge amount of snails – they were in all different sizes, too many to count, I guesstimated afterwards that it was as many as 300 snails. October 31st, I did count them, as I took 180 snails to the pet store.

And today, I counted them again. The number was 215. Here’s what 215 snails look like, in a 1-gallon tupperware dish:

These are all still out of the three clutches that hatched in July.

And there’s still about 60 more in my tanks, that were too small to take to market…

Sleeping on the Sofa

Posted 2011.11.28 10.14 in Cats by Stephanie

Pixie has the best job.

Sometimes, Meh.

Posted 2011.11.27 17.13 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Sometimes it feels like there’s so many thoughts going on and so much pressure and so many demands and everything’s all trying to happen at once that it’s hard to get anywhere with anything. Feels impossible to focus on just one thing, impossible to make any progress, impossible to make any decisions.

All there is left to say is, meh.

Happy US Thanksgiving

Posted 2011.11.24 21.06 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA!

Warped

Posted 2011.11.17 8.39 in Photography, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

These two condominium towers are in Mississauga, around Hurontario Street and Burnhamthorpe West. They just look oddly compelling, with their bulges and twistiness.

Taken with a Ricoh R-1 camera using OEM Fuji ISO200 colour film, processed and scanned at home.

Driving my Car

Posted 2011.11.15 23.16 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

My second “Super-35” movie, in Lomokino-vision!

Shot while driving home from work, using Kodak Tri-X film like my first Lomokino movie.

I’m getting a better feel for the camera and for the workflow of the scanning & processing 150-ish still frames into a video clip.

Cheers!

Caught on Film

Posted 2011.11.12 8.59 in Photography, Spiritual by Stephanie

The idea of catching ghosts on film has been around since about 35 seconds after the first camera was made. Well, maybe not quite that fast, but at least within the first week. The point is, ghost photos (and fake ghost photos) are as old as photography itself.

Nowadays there’s a huge glut of so-called “orb” pictures around, and some people take them very seriously. At one time I tried to keep an open mind about them too – I reasoned that maybe there was some sciencey reason that meant digital sensors were somehow sensitive to otherworldy energy. Or something like that.

I was forced to abandon that belief when faced with the fact that the large sensors in DSLR cameras do not catch “orbs” like the small point-and-shoot cameras do. And if it wasn’t some sciencey thing that made digital sensors catch them, then it had to be the other reason – tiny lens, tiny focal length, tiny sensor, and a flash in close proximity to the lens / sensor means any dust will be brightly illuminated and just inside the lens’s ability to focus as a big blurry blob.

So while I am open-minded and I’ve seen and experienced many things I cannot explain, the “orbs” captured by digital cameras are no longer in that “unexplained” category.

Now when I see these ghost-hunter type shows, and they capture orbs with their equipment, I always look closely to see what they are using. And I’ve never seen “orbs” captured on a large-sensor digital camera. And I’ve really never seen “orbs” captured on old-fashioned film.

Until now.

In the last week of October I had a half-roll of black & white film I wanted to use up, so I put it in a simple camera, and snapped a few shots around the house. Mainly I wanted to see how the film performed, and wasn’t worried about the subject matter so much as ensuring that the images turned out.

Out of about 8 or 10 frames, most were simple boring pictures. Then there was this one…

A glow seems to be emerging from the heat vent in the hall, and another glow seems to be streaking into or out of the front bedroom. I can say with certainty that I saw no such glows or illumination when I was taking the pictures that night.

There is also a bit of ‘fog’ towards the top of the frame. And down the right-hand side there are some faint after-images of the film’s sprocket holes.

I can’t say for sure that this photo is paranormal, it might be the result of a processing or film-handling mistake. However, I’ve processed dozens upon dozens of rolls of film just in the past 6 months alone, and I’ve never had something like this happen before.