Saturday Night Originals: OBX

I’m no photographer, and I’m envious of those who have “the eye,” and the skills to go with it, to create beautiful and interesting photographic images.  I spend too much time looking at photography here, on Flickr, or wherever else I might find it, and I’m thankful for all of you who regularly share your work with us.

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Be that as it may,  I’ve shot a LOT of photos over the years–more of them than not before the advent of digital photography, a technological leap that coincided with my settling down to raise my children.  Oh, I still took a lot of photos–but most of them were of my family and I living our lives. Snapshots. Don’t get me wrong, I was always shooting snapshots–but for the past 15 years or so the camera has been pointed at birthday parties and family vacations.

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing.
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Fortunately, when you’ve shot thousands upon thousands of photos over the years, every once in a while you get something you like–something that isn’t a red-eyed shot of your dog begging for snacks, or a blurry image of your kid dribbling a basketball.

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That’s what Saturday Night Originals will be about–putting some of my own photos (a few of which careful, long term readers might have seen before) here because, well, because I can.  Why Saturday Night?  Easy: Sundays are my biggest reader days, and weekends are my busiest non-writing times, making photo posts a perfect regular feature to fill the gap, should my busy schedule interfere with blogging time.

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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15 Responses to Saturday Night Originals: OBX

  1. carmen says:

    Lovely shot, above. I think I’d call it, “pensive”. . . 🙂

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  2. Tricia says:

    Photos of loved ones can turn out to be the most beautiful shots as yours shown here have.

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  3. LadyPinkRose says:

    Beautiful post. I look forward to your Saturday night posts. Memories ….. ❤

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  4. Nancy Mehuys says:

    Great pictures !!!!

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  5. bethbyrnes says:

    The photographs are lovely. Who knows what a photographer is anymore? Everyone can now do a credible job with a digital camera and good software. It’s fun and you clearly have the knack. 😀

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    • JunkChuck says:

      All three of those photos were originally shot on film. I still haven’t found the digital touch to approach the inadvertent beauty i used to occasionally get out of that old Minolta Maxxum–and I sure miss that supremely satisfying mechanical click of the shutter.

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  6. Arkenaten says:

    These are nice photographs.

    I hold no illusions about my photography and with digital it was a life saver, allowing me to snap away without any anxiety or worry of developing costs. One gets instant feedback and if the subject is still hanging around the opportunity to correct any mistakes.
    I always have a wry smile watching the movie ,Blow up the way 15 minutes of the film is spent having David Hemmings run back & forth from his lounge to his dark room blowing up ever larger shots.
    If you haven’t seen Blow up I recommend it for a 60’s nostalgia trip and killer footage of Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds!

    Maybe I should sell my old OM10 to someone who enjoys retro?

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    • JunkChuck says:

      Yeh, I appreciate the ability to shoot a couple hundred shots when back in “olden tymes” I would have been guardedly counting them down and thinking about developing costs–but now that you mention that freedom it occurs to me that maybe i don’t put the same amount of care into photos that I used to. I honestly don’t remember. It may also have something to do with the rise of digital paralleling the growth of my kids–there was less time to think about taking photos, less attention to spare, and our default became lots of snapshots of the kids. I appreciate having the moments documented, but chasing kids around isn’t conducive to artistic pretense. Thanks for stopping by–I enjoy your blog, and others i’ve found through it. I’ve often felt alone out here in my apostsy and it is good to feel like I have a little company.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        I was the first in our family to really ”go to town” taking photos and have several photo alums chock full of pics. I used a tiny Kodak Instamatic (remember those?) that my folks bought for my birthday when I was 16? At first, it was at first more a curiosity than anything. It used a 110 spool and I shot hundreds – mostly family and what have you.
        In fact, if it wasn’t for that camera, other than the odd family shot my dad took there would be almost no photos of us all ”growing up” and certainly none of my late younger brother.
        My other brother, Gerry, is now a professional photographer living in Oz.
        For me , digital is where its at and it rocks.

        Always appreciate your visits.
        Godless is where its at too!

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      • carmen says:

        Oh, my Ark. The mention of that 110 camera takes me back awhile — I’ve still got those teensy-weensy negatives from when I had one of those. I have every negative from every camera we’ve owned, too and I keep them in an old steel desk. I always figured if the house burned down, I’d at least have those! Digital pics have turned us all into prolific shot-takers, but the trouble is, I develop very few. I’m trying to remedy that, now that I can order prints online though – picking some up tomorrow, as a matter of fact! As you can guess, mine are mostly of the grandkids. Hubby used to tell people that the photo-finishing bill was higher than the monthly mortgage payment (he DOES hyperbolize!) 🙂
        JC (interesting initials. . .), I will look forward to your next shots!

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      • Arkenaten says:

        My most treasured photos of my teens and up to twenty-one were taken on that camera including the last photo of my late brother by the River Thames when we went to the Reading Rock Festival together.
        After the Kodak I bought an Olympus trip then the OM10. Now I have a Canon EOS 400D.
        Best camera I have used.

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      • carmen says:

        I’m sorry about your brother, Ark.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Thanks. It was a long time ago. One of those things . Just part of life, I guess?

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