Ruminations on: ART :: MUSIC :: PHOTOGRAPHY :: LIFE


Please check out my mini photo essay of Portland on the “Life, Panoramic” website!

Very excited ūüôā


cooking is my day job….

, originally uploaded by Phöto Mönkee.

Might as well make it more exciting by taking pictures!

I found a great muse!

, originally uploaded by Phöto Mönkee.

my niece loves photography as much I do so she was quite willing to let me take tons of pictures of her today. It was really fun.

Getting’ jiggy with the DSLR

It’s funny.¬† I know that I should be out there using my film camera since I’m staring a darkroom class this September, but I recently re-discovered my DSLR when I agreed to take photos for a friend’s sister’s wedding.

I bought this Cannon Rebel 300D from a friend a couple of years ago for a very reasonable price. It’s nearly¬† considered an antique by today’s DSLR standards, and it’s boasts a paltry 6.3 megapixels. I think that current models have up to twice that. Ah well, I digress. The camera was also equipped with the original battery and and a tiny memory card (60 images max?). I would take it out to shoot bands at live shows and get discouraged when the battery died after half a set.¬† Being ignorant of all things digital, I had no idea that the battery was old, tired, and needed to be replaced. I just thought that it sucked. Hard. I also knew that something had to be done if I was going to use it to shoot a wedding ( my first, BTW….)

After some digging around on the interwebs, I¬† discovered that I all I needed to start enjoying my Canon was a nice new battery and a 2 gig memory card.¬† Wow!¬† Viva la difference! I could take almost 700 pictures without the battery indicator budging.¬† Whoa.¬† Now a moral dilemma….¬† I never really used this camera before because it was so unreliable.¬† Now it was a workhorse¬† rearing to get out there and take some damned pictures. And show them to me. Instantly. Not like my Minolta which required both time and money to get the film developed to see if I even got anything good.

Damn it, I’ve been hooked ever since.¬† I had been so opposed to the digital world, stubbornly holding on to the idea that nothing can come close to analog (I still believe this to be true) .¬† But one thing is certain- instant gratification is a helluva drug.¬† I can go out and shoot all day, come home and download my images to my laptop, mess around with them a bit, and see instant results.¬† I have to admit that I like it! Sigh.

I feel like I’m cheating on my Minolta.¬† She will be waiting patiently for the novelty of the Canon to wear off, and I will have to return to her once again come Setember.¬† Actually, I think that the darkroom class will be very rewarding, as I will finally get to experience the photographic experience from beginning to end. My hand will guide each and every step, from shutter to developing to printing.¬† I’m pretty excited about it, actually.¬† Until then….. here are some images from my recent forays into DSLR land…..

wildflower in my yard


deer revisited


my neighborhood @ sunset

Hot off the press

I am happy to announce that my camera and i have been having a great summer here in Portland.¬† I’ve been trying to see the city in a new way. After living here for 15 years it’s hard to view my surroundings with new eyes. One way to remedy this fact, I’ve recently discovered, is to try and pretend that I’m a tourist!¬† So far, I think it’s working…..

an old fire station in NW Portland

the things you see when you hang out under a bridge

under the Broadway Bridge

granary on the Willamette


makes me want to take a train somewhere

graffiti isn't ALL ugly

Definitely NOT grain-free….

Ya can’t get this from digital!


Downtown PDX



I <3 this photograph!

This is one of my favorite images. I took it at 3am with a 35mm SLR that I bought at a yard sale earlier that day. I should stay up late more often!
I'll give you a dollar if you can guess what this is....

So True!

I rode my bike up to Portland State University today to speak to someone in the Art dept. Alas, the office was closed for lunch, but I did see this cool stencil by an ashtray.

Oh, Minolta X-700, how I’ve missed thee…

It’s been about a year or more since I’ve employed my trusty manual SLR. After purchasing a used Cannon Rebel DSLR last summer, I almost forgot the joy of shooting with film. I love the anticipation, the waiting to see if anything on the roll is worth printing. I also really dig the act of composing and focusing a shot the “old fashioned” way. There’s no image-stabilization or auto-focus… it’s all very tactile and therefore rewarding when a shot turns out. Here are a couple of gems from my first “practice” roll. I’m taking a darkroom class in fall so I better get back in the swing of things.

Kind of cute, for a dog...

I don't see these three lovely women as often as I should!


the right place at the right time...