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In January of 2015 I decided, as an exercise, to post one film photograph every day for the entire year. They go on my The Facebook and my blogity blog, but not the LJ version. The idea was to get used to working with film again on a regular basis. I called it ‘film 365’ for the number of days in the year obviously. (A sampling of the results can be seen here). (The entire collection is here). Originally it was only going to be a one year thing, but in January of 2016 I noticed that there were going to be 366 days in 2016 so I could do it again and call it ‘film 366’. Obviously.

Lena wrote the holiday letter as usual and I said I would pick out some photographs. Only when I started looking at my pickys, I noticed a lot of them were of old rusty tin cans and brick walls where the paint was coming off. And I realized most of them while interesting photographs for me weren't really of the “here we are standing in front of this tourist attriaction” sort that you expect in a year end summary holiday letter. We used a couple of mine, but mostly we shiped a letter with her photographs. I am okay with that. Instead of the holiday letter I write my year end summary here, with an overview of some of my favorite photographs. Some are my favorite because they are a pleasing composition. Some of them because they elicit an interesting observation. Some of them just because.

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of what a terrible year 2016 has been on account of various elections and how many celebrities have died. Actually for us 2016 has been a pretty good year. Lena has gotten a job where she is being paid, and jettisoned the one where he boss was not paying her. I got a raise. We've had several pretty nice vacations here in the states and off in Europe. I am sad to see a few celebrities go, but it does not feel espeically personal. A couple of elections didn't go the way I expected or wanted to, but the actual consequences don't start to really set in until 2017. Which is what this comes down to. Next year, 2017, is going to be the shitty one. I am optamistic that we will get through it.

With that all said. Once again. In no particular order, except for “random”:

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(lime photographing flowers ≈ 110) This is my favorite portrait of my wife that I took this year. I was shooting redscale, which is where you expose film on the wrong side and you get this red shift. If you under expose redscale you get too much red, but if you overexpose, you get some other colors. Which is what I did here. It was also magic hour, which helped.

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(national archives ≈ 75) For my Perl Nerds meeting, sometimes get out by Archives, even though the meeting location is actually closer to Chinatown. Good opportunity to do some street photography. This was taken with my new fisheye. Which is a silly lense to use really.

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(shadows winter lights ≈ 22) I was posting pictures every day, but I wasn't taking pictures every day. Also because this isn't instant or digital photography, there is some lag time between taking and posting. This was from 2015 around Christmas when we were walking around the pretty lights in Salt Lake City. I was using a lovely expired high speed slide film. I wish I had some more of that!

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(Mr. Trash Wheel ≈ 244) This was an odd water craft that I spied when I was walking around the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Lena was at a conference and we'd gotten a hotel right there in downtown. Later I looked this guy up. He is apparently named “Mr. Trash Wheel” and has his own twitter and facebook pages. Later on in 2016 they also launched a second trash wheel named “Professor Trash Wheel”.

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(along the fence ≈ 305) As an experiment I intentionall damged this film and processed it myself. Lena was kind enough to model for me.

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(fire in snow ≈ 91) We had a big snowstorm in January. This was right before as everyone was scurring around to gather enough consumables to make it through the storm.

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(mum showing visitors around ≈ 308) Our next door neighbors in Australia, Graeme and Margret, were going to come out for the weding last year, but for various reasons did not make it. They instead came out this year for a tour of the southwest and DC. Here we are showing them (walking in the background) around with mum (looking pleased in the foreground). Graeme was very close to my grandmum and so they are good close family friends. Unfortunately, Graeme's sister passed away while they were out here, and they had to return in a hurry.

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(perl nerds meeting ≈ 338) I accidentally took this photograph in my Perl Nerds meeting one day. Usually I don't take pictures there because the Perl Nerd is shy in its natural habitat. We were doing a group coding exercise, and if you squint and look closely you can see that we were using the string ‘shit drano’ as test data for our anagram generator.

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(pumpkin mouth ≈ 322) Here we are carving the pumpkin. Actually its me poking my fingers out the mouth. Also this is Lena's ptograph.

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(shaka, when the walls fell ≈ 314) This is the bulding that Abraham Lincoln died in. It is just across the street from Ford's Theatre. It is mostly a non-sequitur, but I picked to post it the day after Thin Skin won the election because: of the pictures I had, it seemed the most appropriate. The phrase “shaka, when the wlls fell” is a Tamarian idiom used to indicate failure.

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(empty track ≈ 357) My sister Lara visited in November, and she wanted to see the High Line. So we did. I'd been once before, but this was the first time we walked the eniter length. At the start you get to see the train storage yard. So I took this picture. The film is AGFA 200, which reminds me a LOT of the 80s in terms of color cast.

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(light ≈ 251) In Santa Fe I was shooting this very slow film. To compensate I was using a very fast lens with a large aperture. As a result, the pictures have a very shallow depth of field. Because of it, this one looks almost like a photograph of a minature. It is life sized in real life though.

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(Rosenborg Slot ≈ 171) Real serious guy with a real serious gun in Copenhagen. Also taken from a real serious castle. Mum was getting an honorary doctorate and we got to spend a week and a bit exploring a bit of Europe that we'd never been to before.

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(mittens ≈ 218) In Stockholm lena bought some cute mittens.

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(hello ≈ 353) We went on a random little mini-vacation in Connecticut this year. One of the places I wanted to go was the trolly museum from my younger days when we first moved to the US. This was taken there.

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(dance party at the dance studio ≈ 242) We had lots of dance lessons. Our teacher Alex always says “there are our rising stars”. To which I respond by looking behind to see who he is talking about. In the summer we had a pool party and daced. This isn't actually that party. It is that party reflected in the mirror.

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(red camera ≈ 152) We gave grandma a red instant camera for her birthday. It was quite well received! Everyone seemed to think it was my idea since I am obsessed with cameras (espeically film cameras), but it was actually Lena's idea. Lena is much better at picking out gifts.

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(street with white flowers spring ≈ 116) In the spring our street turns white with stinky flowers.

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(mum ≈ 93) One of my favorite pictures of mum. She's happy and focused on something.

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(misha ≈ 306) Lena's father Michael is one of my favorite subjects. He has an interesting face and he isn't intimidated by the camera. Although he is sometimes wondering why I am taking yet another photograph.

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(volcano ≈ 249) In Albuquerque we walked around some extinct volcanoes. It was hot. Very hot that day. We didn't take a wrong turn. We really did mean to go there.

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(office at dusk ≈ 146) This is the office that I work in. I walk this way at least four days a week. As exciting as it looks.

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(Frijoles Canyon ≈ 267) While in Los Alamos, we spent a couple of days touring Bandelier National Monument and Frijoles Canyon.

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(tree light ≈ 1) This is the first picture I posted this year, on 1 January.

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(2016 ≈ 366) ...and this is the last. It is Lena walking toward the horizon back in New Mexico again. This is how I feel about 2016 now. We're done with it and walking away to other things. Not too worried about what is behind us, and gearning up for what is ahead of us.

I am going to post a few more next week. For those interested, you can see the whole lot here:

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