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[art] More People Have Walked On The Moon Than Photographed The Analemma

Posted in art, photography on September 8, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2689.And just what is this analemma?

For those that don’t know, if you record the position of the sun in the sky at the same time each day and plot that, it will form a long, graceful figure-8, with an angle that depends on the time of day and the latitude. Many globes have an analemma on the Pacific hemisphere, in the middle of the ocean where there’s room to put it.

This is a difficult thing to actually photograph, of course. This article claims that the analemma has only been successfully photographed seven times but if you run a Google image search you’ll find a few more than that, or at least it seems that way.

A close approximation to what it should look like would be this photograph from Wikipedia (by a creator credited as “jailbird”):


You would, of course, have a figure-8 pattern of solar images without the connecting lines and such. This is a simulation of what an analemma would look like. The images themselves are copyrighted, so I won’t be posting them here, but here are some links:
This link (http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/undergrad/labs/analemma/index.html) contains Dennis DiCiocco’s analemma image – reportedly the first successful attempt at such a work, done ca. 1979. 
This link (http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Solar-Analemma.htm) contains the analemma work of a Grecian named Anthony Ayiomamitis, who has given his analemmae (?) suitable Greek landscapes to provide a certain thrilling effect.
And, this one (http://www.zullophoto.com/sub_analemmaphoto.html), the photography site of Frank Zullo, has some very accomplished and moody shots taken from the American southwest.
The question is raised, of course … how can one do this? It takes a great deal of planning. By hook or by crook, you have to be in the same place with the same camera pointing the same direction several times a year (all 365 don’t seem necessary – I find the ones taken every few days or week or so to be a bit more interesting than one taken every single day – which would form a solid line. Because the real challenge for these photographers seems to be to get all the solar exposures on the same frame of film. Noticeably, the two most successful analemma photographers live in areas of extended fair weather – namely, Greece and Arizona respectfully. Enough cloudy weather and there’s no use to it. 
The photography of the Sun is of course taken with a very dark filter. This results in a series of exposures of the Sun but naturally excludes all the scenery. After the analemma is duly recorded, however, this photo can be composited into a photo of the scenery taken with a more routine lens, resulting in the analemma display.
This is something, quite clearly, most of us won’t find the time, camera, or coordination to do. Fortunately, these people have done it for us. And the effect is not only quite lovely, but a little bit surreal.
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[art] To Protect, Serve, And Know Art When They See It

Posted in art, photography on August 15, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2650.We hear that you have to have a college degree in order to become a police officer. We kind of hope that some of that training includes photography and art classes.

[pdx] SE 92nd And Division – New Blades, Cool Building

Posted in design, photography, Portland Photos, Street Blade Gallery, typography on March 28, 2010 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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The new PDX street blades are now gracing both the NW and NE corners of SE 92nd Avenue and Division Street.

I have rhapsodized enough about these new designs that I needed do that any more. My devoted reader should be well familiar by now with my feelings about their Clearview goodness, and mixed-case on a street blade just makes me happy and antic inside. It’s the feeling I had when I finally got to write on College-ruled paper instead of wide-ruled and regular-size pencils instead of those big green ones.

Of course I have the big green ones now … but it’s totally ironic. Seriously.

Just east of here and on the south side of the street is the coolest building in the area:

If I had a successful design agency, I would totally have this building, at least partially. And I would totally have the big diamond-windowed office. A harlequin building! Mine, you!

The area is, of course, very close to I-205, which provides for a bit of urban layering:

This is what I do. Look up at signs and enjoy the play of line, angle, curve, and color. And sunny days are still rare in Portland at this time of year.

But the new crop of street blades are in bloom. And looking good.

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[pdx] The Sandy-Couch-Burnside Couplet Cometh: A Piece Of PDX, Going Away …

Posted in liff in PDX, photography, Portland Photos, Street Blade Gallery on March 21, 2010 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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… that particular piece being the two blocks of NE Sandy Blvd between NE 12th Avenue and NE 14th Avenue, as the area we like to call the Six Points East is going to become the eastern anchor to the new Burnside-Couch One-Way couplet that feeds down to the so-called Burnside Bridgehead at MLK and the Bridge.

East Burnside Street will be one-way eastbound from MLK to NE 14th Avenue, where eastbound traffic to Sandy will be routed.

NE Couch will peel westbound traffic off NE Sandy Blvd at 14th Avenue and route that traffic to the bridge via the zero-hundred block of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The 1200 and 1300 Blocks of NE Sandy Blvd will cease to be – along with the business frontage of Northwest Fitness.

The following series of images depict new views of Portland and views that you won’t be able to see after the middle of next month without breaking major traffic laws. I debated breaking this up, but I’ll put it all in one post, the better to find as a landing zone. Maybe I’ll break it apart at some future time.

The new overblades on the street signal overheads now not only carry the new Clearview font and design style but also the iconic Portland rose that has so far been seen on the slightly-older overblades.

The numbered avenue overblade. The block number is not shown because it’s obvious that 12th Avenue defines the 1200 block. Clearview and rose.

Lloyd Center Union (not next to Lloyd Center, and not a Union 76 Station) is a auto service garage that’s been at the corner of NE 12th and Couch for as long as anyone can remember. Maybe it was once a Union 76 station, I don’t know. For a long time it was painted just like one, and had to carry a sign saying that no gas was available was there. The blue-and-orange sign over the blue garage door on the left there is a remnant of that livery. Traffic in front of Lloyd Center Union is going to get very busy soon – but just westbound.

This is the view you’ll see running westbound down Couch as you approach NE 11th Avenue from now on as you drive toward the Burnside Bridge. From now, on, to view it the way you used to … that is to say, like this:

You’ll be breaking major traffic laws, as well as just putting yourself into bodily harm. Speaking of which, I did stand for a few minutes in the very middle of East Burnside Street … but there was no traffic, as you can see. This is the beauty of taking pictures in Portland, Oregon, on a Sunday morning.

A friend from my past called Portland “The City That Always Sleeps”. Here, we haven’t yet unrolled the sidewalks.

NE 11th between Burnside and Couch. Nice to know that Cthulhu’s minions represent. Of course, the Lower Burnside crowd can be kind of rough sometimes, so they get a run for their money. Best you just retire to Union Jack’s around the corner, look at the nekkid laydees, and knock back a drink or two.

Here’s something else you’re going to see more of now that you’ll be going down to the bridge on NE Couch Street – it’s called Norse Hall. Been there since the 1920s, I understand. Big ol’ clubhouse, meeting space, that sort of thing. Across the street …

… at 100 NE 11th Avenue, is German Formula, another auto shop for das Volksvagen amongst other fine examples of German engineering. Well kept and maintained, it exults in its birthday – 1929.

The signs you’ll see next are ones that will be certainly made obsolete by the new street alignment – they’re landmarks, and they show their age.

There will be no need for this sort of direction when the width of Burnside is all going one way and there’s no Sandy Boulevard between 12th and 14th Avenues.

The silver poles holding up these signs are warhorses, stalwarts, and have rust on spots, but where other places they’d look like wear, here, they’re badges of honor.

This bit of road will soon be a bit of history.

That old sign over 12th Avenue is probably going to be replaced. It certainly needs to. But I enjoy it. And the driver of that car probably thinks I’m a nut for standing in the middle of the street in front of him and taking pix. And maybe he’s right. Who knows?

Another thing that will change … that’s the 1300 block of Burnside, and that car on the left would otherwise be found one block north from here.

I gave the fellow fifteen cents. It was all I had to give him, but I don’t think you should have to beg for coffee in Portland. Seems just as unjust as having to make your living by begging that way anyway. I hope he found his cuppa.

Another look at the bit of Sandy that will cease to be. If you turn 180 degrees, you see something people aren’t generally aware of … and that’s Southeast Sandy Blvd.

It goes down the hill until the true beginning of Sandy, which is SE 7th Avenue and Washington Street. Up until now it was good to know; you just went straight though and before you knew it, you were on SE Morrison Street or Belmont, if you wanted. Now, it’ll take two extra turns and a couple more traffic lights.

The new traffic flow to Sandy will be eastbound on Burnside until 14th Avenue, then north a block, behind Northwest Fitness. The new street is being improved:

That side of the Northwest Fitness building, I’m told, is to be – as far as the address goes, anyway – the new front to the building. One thing that probably won’t change is the old Sandy Hut Tavern:

… which will be sitting, prow-like, at the Couch-Sandy wedge for a while to come yet, by the looks of things.

The Excecutive Lodge – which may or may not cater to actual executives – is across from here, and has a bit of vintage neon on the side:

… all Color TV Air Conditioned. Now, my friends, that’s luxury. And the only way you’ll get this viewpoint from now forward is on foot.

The Portland Bottling Co. building has been in the news lately, because of what some company did to the landmark 7-Up sign up top. I sure wish they’d of left that alone; I’m not about to go looking for that tea bottle just because they put it up there. The sign is dead to me. But the architecture of the building is so very Art Deco, that I’m glad they didn’t cover it up. It’s like looking at an old, well preserved car.

I feel like I’m looking at an old Terraplane when I see this side of the building.

I don’t care what anyone else says; thats a face at corner of the building. It’s hungry. And it’s coming for me.

Art Deco detail, 1920s style type. What’s not to get lost in over here? As architectures go, Portland Bottling Company is a collectors item, a grubby gem.

Here’s a new street blade at 13th and Couch that combines the border from the earliest new-style blades with the type structure of the later ones.

Here’s a crossing signal that is definitely going away …

As is that one.

And here’s one more image of the bit of Sandy that’s going away:

From that two-armed signal gantry to the limit of sight, that’s a major Portland throughfare that’s going away, in the name of progress, development, or something.

I myself shall miss it when it’s gone. Six Points East was an annoying, amusing intersection – but there’s worse things in life than having to wait though it (at least if you aren’t late for something). And it’s an authentic Portland quirk, rather than all the manufactured ones you see so much of these days.

Well, I hope the new Burnside-Couch couplet does all the things they say it’s going to do.

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[art] Local Web Publication on NW Native Plants Uses One Of My Photos

Posted in Accomplishments, photography, ZehnKatzen on March 3, 2010 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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Wallace W. Hansen’s NW Native Plants is a Salem nursery in what I’ve detected to be an emerging trend of marketing flora native to this area to area gardeners. I don’t know how profitable it is yet, but it seems to have been carving itself a bit of a niche. Certainly it’s a timely thing, and a delightful thing besides (Ivy is a problem, and did you know that they found kudzu in Oregon a while back?)

Last month the webmaster of Wally’s site, Jennifer Rehm, contacted me about using one of my photos of our trip to the Mission Mill Museum in Salem to illustrate the NW Native Plant Journal, an issue about plants along streams (both of which you have a surfeit of here in NW Oregon). This one, to be particularly exact:

Particularly appropriate for living along streams. This is a view down Salem’s Mill Race, which is a canal which diverts some of the flow from Salem’s Mill Creek to a propitious place for the early Oregonian European colonists to start one of Salem’s first major commercial enterprises – The Thomas Kay Woolen Mills. The location is now a wonderful museum.

I consented to allow use of the photo in return for credit and linkback, and Jennifer is indeed a lady of her word. It appears on Page 23 of the current NW Native Plants Journal:


Good layout, appropriate type. And my photo. What’s not to like here?

If you want to get a closeup looksee of it, go to NW Native Plants and download the NW Native Plants Journal, and turn to page 23. And if you’re a Oregonized gardener, consider buying from NW Native Plants, because, speaking as one Oregon native about others, you just can’t have too many of us around!

Thanks, Jennifer!

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[art] Fool Brittannia: Brit Photogs Like to Take Pix In Public? You’ll Love This …

Posted in art, copyright, photography on March 1, 2010 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
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… and by love,  we mean, of course, hate. Looks like the Her Majesty’s Government is out to get photographers, mostly by making copyright much harder to maintain, and by making it impossible to get pixs in public without going out and getting releases from pretty much everyone you might meet.

I don’t know what it is about politicos sometimes. The Intarmets makes them crazy. I personally acknowledge that some tweaking might be necessary in the age of drag and copy, even though I think the DMCA is used more as a bludgeon than a shield, but that’s what you get when you let 19th century thinkers in the 20th Century try to define the landscape of the 21st.

The DMCA has its flaws and its strengths. But if you think the DMCA is bad news, you’ll probably take it in a choice between it and the UK’s proposed Digital Economy Bill thats making its way through Parliament right now, though what I’ve read of it will do more to strangle whatever digital economy they have there – at least amongst the little guys.

This article at the web site Photoactive portrays two millstones that the Lord Mandelson is trying to hang round the necks of British photogs right now. Both are pretty obnoxious.

The first one is bad enough: it will effectively strip copyright from works photographers create unless they register each one – and each version of each one – with a government agency that is yet to be created. That runs counter to all conventional wisdom about creative ownership – and that CV seems to echo the Berne Convention, which is a fairly-commonly accepted international standard, which boils down to, essentially, when you create it, you copyright it automatically. That’s a very clear, understandable, and common-sense standard that anyone can wrap their beans around and seems quite reasonable. Of course, you can’t charge for that; that’s probably the rub.

The second one is, if it could be possible, even worse. One of the things about taking public photos is that you don’t have to get permission from everyone in the photo to publish it. There is a principle called a “reasonable expectation of privacy”, which essentially boils down to if you don’t want to have a picture of your face taken in public, don’t show your face in public. That’s why they call it public. I shudder to think of all the epochal photos of people that would never have happened if the proposed UK standard was in force anywhere … I think of The Kiss (excerpted illustration right, used under fair use) by Alfred Eisenstaedt, the famous photo of a grateful sailor bowling over a pretty nurse on V-J Day in 1945 in Times Square.

Under the Digital Economy Bill proposal, any picture taken in public will be considered to contain private information on anyone in the frame. That means you can take a picture in the street but you can’t publish it unless you either pay or get a release from anyone who’d of been in the shot?

Could you do that? I couldn’t. I’m willing to bet that, no matter what resources that any UK photog has, they don’t have nearly enough to secure the rights to take entire street scenes. And I doubt The Kiss would have ever happened.

More locally, some time ago, PMerc’s Matt Davis (if I correctly recall the sitch) snapped a picture of a fellow reclining on his stoop in NE somewhere, maybe it was up Alberta or something, and when it appeared on his blog, the subject demanded compensation.

While the area of his front porch might be physically sacrosanct, since you can be seen by God, Zeus, Horus and everyone on your front porch, you don’t have the right to demand payment from anyone who happens to snap you. And the picture itself was kind of charming in a disheveled, slatternly way. How much of life would we all miss through the eyes of inspired photographers if we decided that just because you were in a public place you really were in a private one? Or how little sense that actually makes?

Of course, the Lord Mandelson probably thinks nothing of it. And Britain is, sadly, a country where there are so many CCTV cameras that even George Orwell’s house is famously under scrutiny by several. And some English songwriter made a song that was about what mad dogs and Englishmen do.

Well, this law is about as daft as it gets, and that’s before you even try thinking about the curtailments of civil liberties – a subject I’ll leave for the reader to deduce.

As far as dogs go, this sure looks like one. It’s to be hoped that cooler UK heads prevail.

You don’t promote a digital economy by preventing the proles from taking part in it.

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[art, film] A Test Of Movie Clip With Soundtrack

Posted in photography on April 21, 2008 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

1501. So, I took on of my time-lapses and backed it with a little Old-School electronica:

Quite nice, I think. Stops abruptly, but it is an experiment.

A little mood music takes anything to a Whole. Novver. Levvel.

(apologies to Jean Michel Jarré (the music is clipped from Oxygene, Part VI) and Keegan Michael Key (for really poorly ripping off one of his lines)

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