After 122 Months, a Return to Film

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This wall is near the Cobbler’s Bridge in Ljubljana’s old town center, the first picture I shot on film in ten years and two months. I intend to make many more.

This journey ‘back’ began innocently last fall when on a whim at a flea market I dropped €22 on a Zenit EM and a roll of Ilford 50 ASA black and white film that was two years beyond its expiration date. My edition of the Soviet workhorse SLR was released in 1979 for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, but the brand dates back to 1952.

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Soviet workhorse. Heavier than a Macbook Pro.

It came with a Helios-44, a fixed 58mm lens with a f/2 – f/16 aperture range. Combined, the camera and lens weigh about as much as my MacBook Pro. And is much louder, too. I like the smell of the leather case.

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Rumiñawi’s Perch: The Coolest Building in Guayaquil

Inca warrior Rumiñahui - The Museo del Banco Central, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Inca warrior Rumiñahui – The Museo del Banco Central, Guayaquil, Ecuador

This is Rumiñawi, a 16th century Inca warrior who has pride of place on the facade of the Museo Antropológico del Banco Central in Guayaquil. I didn’t see a portrait more confident, fierce and proud in all of Ecuador, warranting this series of five images for today’s Pic du Jour.

Like Atahualpa, the final Incan Emperor, Rumiñawi was also tortured and killed by the Spanish after he led an unsuccessful resistance force against the conquistadors in the northern part of the Inca Empire in 1533.

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13 images from Slovenia’s Iška River Gorge

The Iška River Gorge

The Iška River Gorge

Here are 13 images from Iški vintgar, or the Iška River Gorge, which is located about 21 kilometers south of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital.

Set near the southeastern corner of the Ljubljana Moors, Europe’s southernmost wetlands, the gorge is a popular summertime weekend retreat for Ljubljana-ites yet it generally remains quiet and uncrowded during the spring and autumn months. Even on some summer weekdays I’ve found it practically empty. It’s a 15-20min trip from the city by car; I generally bike it in about an hour.

These were all taken on Saturday afternoon (12-April); I’ve visited several times during each season over the past six years and don’t recall it ever being so saturated in shades of green in the first half of April.

It reaches between 300 and 400 meters at its deepest where it marks the strongest natural border between Slovenia’s Dolenjska (Lower Carniola) and Notranjska (Inner Carniola) regions. It’s a popular hiking spot, with numerous trails heading in several directions, both through the gorge and up hillsides. I hope to cover all of those in the next few months.

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Puerto Pizarro, Peru | Travel & Stock Image Gallery

Fishing boats, Puerto Pizarro, Peru

Fishing boats, Puerto Pizarro, Peru

Puerto Pizarro, Peru

Small Pacific coast town in northern Peru, 13km from Tumbes and just south of the border with Ecuador. Photos shot in May 2013.

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Birds – Magnificent Frigatebird | Stock Image Gallery

Magnificent frigatebirds at the Isla de los Pajaros, Puerto Pizarro, Peru

From left: male, juvenile, female. At the Isla de los Pajaros, Puerto Pizarro, Peru

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens). Seabirds with the longest wingspan, in proportion to weight, of all birds. Unless otherwise indicated these photos were all taken on the Atlantic coast near Puerto Pizarro, Peru.

For stock video footage, please see 160 Seconds on Peru’s Bird Island.

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Living up to a Name: Chilean Patagonia’s Enchanted Forest Trail

Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild

Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild in Queulat National Park

One way, the Enchanted Forest Trail covers less than two kilometers of southern Chile’s pristine Queulat National Park. But between its trailhead set in a lush dense evergreen forest and its terminus on a cliff above a clear and clean turquoise-tinted glacier-fed lagoon, it packs a lot into those 1.1 miles. Its name fits.

Located 35 kilometers south of Puyuhuapi on the Carretera Austral, Chile’s remote southern Patagonian highway, it’s an easy day trip and worth the effort it’ll take in securing transportation. Even the ride there, across an entertaining and photogenic stretch of gravel road that includes more than thirty hairpin turns that climb and descend through the park’s various altitudinal zones, is memorable for both the bumpy ride and its dynamic scenery.

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A winter scene in Ljubljana, Slovenia's central Prešeren Square.

A little bit of snow and slush in Prešeren Square. Ljubljana, 4-Dec-2012. Purchase print here. Or greeting card here.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia.

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Abandoned: 21 Photos From Ljubljana’s Oldest Pool

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This is the Kopališče Kolezija, the oldest swimming pool facility in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. Located southwest of the city center, a public pool has been in this area since at least 1879. It probably hasn’t always been this colorful, making it a fitting inauguration for a new and occasional urban exploration photo series.

The facility underwent several upgrades and renovations, both before and after the second world war, through the early 1970s. An ownership dispute forced its closure in 2000. In 2009 the City of Ljubljana solicited bids from architects for another overhaul. A winning bid was selected but nothing has progressed since, leaving the facilty a popular hangout for skaters, graffiti artists, drunks and junkies.

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