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Tucumcari Motel Neon Signs

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I love Tucumcari and Santa Rosa NM for amount of cool roadside signs and history. 
I recommend anyone to do the trip (by car, at night time and daytime) to see so much history and design styles. 
   Blue Swallow Motel 
   Buckaroo Motel
   Americana Motel

"Mod Still-Life" (2022) - Process shots in the studio

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"Mod Still-Life" 
31" x 38" 
acrylic on canvas
    In studio process shots. 

Food taste better with neon

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Andy's Frozen Custard
Prospect, Illinois
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Lexington, Kentucky
Food taste Better with Neon

Cinestill 50d Review

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My 3rd roll of Cinestill 50D
The first roll I shot I pulled an amateur move and opened my Paterson tank when developing it. I accidentally flashed it with light.

The second roll I lost on the Simpsons Ride at Universal Orlando.

My Third roll is where my bad luck ended and I was amazed. 50D is awesome!
I’ve had a lot of random luck with 50D before my 3rd roll.
The range of colors is real smooth. Look at the shadows under the pier and smooth blues of the water and the amazing clouds and sky.
I used my Nikon F6 with a 40mm f/2.8G DX lens for this somewhat marco shot. Even though its a DX lens it works great on the F6. It has a bit of vignetting but its hard to see. 
Film grain is super super super fine!
I can't even see it. Can you?
Cinestill 50D even looks good in lower light situations. Almost seeing a bit of halation on the highlights. (Thinking of you Cinestill 800t).
In conclusion: Cinestill 50D is a go!
Shot through car window glare.

In the shade

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Fancy hotel in Miami Beach 
Portra 400 - Nikon F6 - 50mm f/5.6 1/1500

What is the meaning of life?

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Is life about being happy?
I know of a man who’s really good. A really good guy. He’s honest. The kind of guy who the second you ask for his help he is right there to help you. Even I now trust him with my life. When I say he’s good I mean the absolute best, perfect. 

The thing is if you look at his life its hard to say his life here is HAPPY HAPPY. He was arrested and found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. The judge knew he was innocent. His best friends denied knowing him. I’m no better, even I did. They beat him up in jail and made fun of him. He was sentenced to death!

They killed him, but the good news is he rose from the dead on the 3rd day.

The meaning of life… Honestly seek to know who Jesus Christ is. What did he say about himself and what did he do for you, your family and the world. 

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Impressive Sunset

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Sunset over Dadeland
Kodak Pro Image 100 - Nikon FM2n
I was driving by Dadeland mall and noticed nice colors forming in the clouds. I parked and took the elevator to the top floor of the parking garage. Then saw the most impressive unreal Miami sunsets straight out of the 1980's

Remington - Portra 400

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Remington Indiana 2021

Abuela Mami Coffee Neon Sign

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Abuela Mami Coffee  -Neon
The backout paint over-brush is a real example of the imperfect human touch of neon.
Film is the best medium to photograph neon. Digital photos can't compete here.
One of the coolest things I can think of is a neon sign. I’ve always wanted a neon sign. We had a custom neon sign made for my company, Abuela Mami Coffee, it was very exciting.

What’s cool about neon, even more so in the digital age, is that it’s completely manual. You need a skilled craftsman. You can’t just pull up a website and make one.
Our Neon sign is portable and battery powered. We bring it to coffee events and it's always a hit.

Atlanta downtown skyline

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 Jackson Street 

Shooting Cinestill BW Double-X film at a Cattle Show

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Cinestill B/W Double-X film
I thought it would be fun to photograph a cattle show with the same 35mm film stock used for the movie Raging Bull. 
I think this bull won something, They were waiting to take a photo.
My brother Kiki Valdes wearing our late grandfather's (Abuelo Papi) open road Stetson hat.
Francisco. How do I know? It's written on his leg.
The way this film renders grays are awesome. The grain is very fine. 
Dancing Mexican ladies.
Miami-Dade Police Tank Truck!

Spiders in Miami

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Spiny Orb Weaver.
Mabel Orchard Orb-weaver or a Black Widow, I'm not sure.
I’ve seen in


Can a bee feel or sense vibration reduction on a lens?

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Vibration reduction
Not in this photo but one time a bee was floating around and drinking water from a hose. I had a vibration reduction lens and I got closer to take a shot. When I half pressed the trigger to focus the vibration reduction turned on and the bee immediately reacted and started to fly away. 

I backed up, waited for the bee to settle and it went back to drinking water. I moved in again, half press the trigger. Vibration reduction turned on and the bee freaked out again, started buzzing around and moving away. I did that a couple more times and then that’s when I realized maybe they can sense the vibration.

Cinestill 800t Halation

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Oh the Halation!
I love shooting film at night. Cinestill 800t is a really fun film to do this. It’s marked as 800 ASA/ISO film and what I really like about it is the halations. Halations happen because light bounces back into the film and bleeds outward on highlights. (It has something to do with Kodak movie film, ask a dork or checkout cinestill’s website for a better explanation.) The halation creates this halo effect around bright lights and it’s really cool.
Cool & Interesting

What I think makes halations cool and interesting is that when you take a photograph you never really know what you’re getting until you develop the film. The halations adds to that mystery. It adds another element of excitement. Was the exposure right, did I miss focus because I shot in the dark, did I shake the camera… Now I get to also wonder how the halation will look.

Each element changes or improves the look of a photo. Some people shoot photos for the experience of shooting. Other shoot for the final photograph. I enjoy shooting film for both of these.
Wrigley field, Chicago
Cinestill 800t at night
The glow of halation at night

FIlm and Digital

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Film & Digital
iPhone 13 Pro
Kodak Ultramax 400
Homemade French baguette bread.

Double exposure on FIlm

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Some of my favorite double exposure shots
When everything goes right this is what happens - Kodak Portra 160
This one reminds me of a Florida t-shirt - Kodak Ektar 100
Double exposure at night with flash really gives an unreal look. Almost looks faked, but its real because its film - Shot on Cinestill 800t
This is a random one but I love the heavy vignetting - Shot on Kodak Ultramax 400
Underpass by the Design District Miami - Shot on Kodak Portra 800

Neon at night - Biscayne Blvd Miami, Florida

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Portra 800 handheld
I don’t like tripods but love night photography. I wanted to challenge my steady hand and loaded up my Nikon FM2n with Portra 800. I used a wide a 24mm 2.8 lens to help minimize motion blur. I don’t remember the shutter speed I used but it was slow. Maybe 1/30th or 1/15th of a second. Then self developed with CineStill C41.
I've never had a hotdog from Dogma but they get 4 out 5 on Yelp, so maybe next time.
Not sure if it was broken but only part of the neon sign of Gold Dust Motel was on.
Across the street from Dogma.
Film is awesome!
The Vagabond motel sign is cool but I perfer this one on side of the building.
Night Film photos on Biscayne Blvd
In Low Light
When I scanned a few of these I did bump up the exposure just a bit. I was surprised how well they turned out. 
The South Pacific Neon sign is just the coolest!

"Flowers on 37th"

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Alot of Satoshis in one whole Bitcoin

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Just like how one whole $ Dollar is divisible into ¢100 Cent
One whole ฿ Bitcoin is divisible
into    100,000,000 Satoshis
One Dollar is the same as 100 Cent
100 Cent is the same as one Dollar
100,000,000 Satoshis is the same as one Bitcoin
One Satoshi is the same as 0.00000001 of a Bitcoin
If you buy 0.025 Bitcoin it's the same as buying 250,000 Satoshis
Get some Bitcoin sats

Studio Revelation Thoughts

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"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 2:10
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