Bloody thing died on me during my walk - power failure in the cold (yes, the cold's back) ... so, here's a "macro" shot out of embarrassment (nice card game, though - even pretty addictive, and can be played alone).
In the very small city where I live, Talent, Oregon, a catastrophic freak wildfire burned through the town at the beginning of September, and destroyed portions of both residential and the commercial parts of the town. I was among the lucky survivors: the old farmhouse on one edge of town where I live survived unscathed. In the ensuing days, weeks and months there have been outpourings of community spirit and goodwill as strangers have come together to try to help one another.
Right in the small downtown area - which ironically was totally devastated on one side of the street, but intact on the other, a local artist painted an impromptu mural on a framerwork of wooden planks - depicting, appropriately, a Phoenix rising to a new life from the ashes of the old.
Here is the Instax version from my Lomo Automat camera---
And here my monochrome infrared fisheye take---
I've walked, ridden my bicycle and scooter, and driven by this spot many a time; this morning was the first time I felt the urge to take a picture. Today has been fairly cold and cloudy, with the weather promising rain which is sorely needed by the parched land around here.
My phone finally rang at 2 pm today. Not the best news, nor the worst, so somewhere in between. Not sure what that really means yet, only time will tell. Staying positive even though bumpy roads inevitably lie ahead.
We went into town, I should have brought my GF3/lomo setup to add to this challenge, but my GR was really clamoring to be used again (really, I could hear it, I think). But probably prompted by the mindset this challenge has put me in, I decided to largely use the cross-process filter, which is really enjoyable to use in a more lighthearted way - combine it with dialed-down clarity and sharpness in the JPEG output, and you can get some really nice, mildly lo-fi looks.
We dined outdoors for lunch, only I think the second time we've done it this whole unending pandemic 'season' but thankfully the day was surprisingly fine, for once.
I broke out the flatbed, Epson V550, which I like much more for scanning larger things than when trying to get detail out of a 35mm negative. These are a couple Polaroid shots, one color and one B&W. The quality control issues that new Polaroid instant film is somewhat notorious for are on full display. Although, for the black and white shot, part of it might have been my fault, for I threw the exposure into my bag rightside up by accident, where it is supposed to finish developing upside down, with no light.
With a small conceptual nod to the first image, this adventure ends. Once again it was an inspiring ride; a big thanks @gryphon1911 for starting it all and to all the other for so many inspiring and different contributions!