Doc Martin the Cockatiel

Meet another Arizonian (or Arizonan if you like). His name is Doc Martin and he is my pet Cockatiel I picked up from Arizona Bird Store off of Dobson Road in Mesa AZ. It’s the only place I will go to get a bird unless it’s a rescue. Debbie, (the owner’s daughter) steered me from a conure to the cockatiel, and I’m so ever glad she did. I have a fear of being bitten and the cockatiel is a nicer bird all around. Much less nippy than the conure. I researched for 2 years before making a leap into getting a bird. I visited him a few times per week until he was ready to come home (around 10-12 weeks old). I picked him up in December 2017. He is a Libra, born in the middle of October, so we have that in common. He is a male, which is what gender I wanted because the males talked. be careful what you wish for. Right now he is repeating phrases with the word coffee in the sentence. LOL! He is only 7 months old until the middle of this month (June). He already speaks so many words. He is the sweetest cockatiel but a bit of a chicken. I’m trying to teach him the word chicken, but I don’t think he likes that word. He says, Hi, Good Morning, Who’s a good boy? Who’s a pretty bird? Who’s a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, bird? Doc Martin, Doc, Doc Martin is a pretty bird. Who is a good morning? What’s up Doc? Whatcha doing, Whatcha doing doing doing? Who’s a good Moner? Moner. Mommy, Mommy, Mommy. Coffee, Wee wee wee. Top of the weee. Doc Martin is a good Moner. Doc Martin is a good boy. Doc Martin is a pretty bot (bird). Would you like some coffee? coffee, coffee, coffee. Want some coffee? Who’s a good coffee? Doc Martin is a good coffee.

I think you get a general idea. Anyway, WordPress jerks won’t allow me to place a video without purchasing something. So, I will leave links to where you can see the videos. Check out the pictures below as well.

 

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Film Tastes Good…Still

More shots from the Hasselblad XPan camera, an Olympus stylus, A Leica P&S film camera and a Nikon FM2 film camera with 50mm F/1,4 lens. I sold the Hasselblad as I needed the cash. Loved it, but I also worried about getting it fixed if it should ever fail. I don’t think Hasselblad fixes them anymore. All the Panoramics are using the Hasselblad XPan camera.

All panoramic shots were taken with a Hasselblad XPan Panoramic film camera.

The Uprooted Kitchen

The Uprooted Kitchen

The Uprooted Kitchen

The Uprooted Kitchen

The Uprooted Kitchen

The Uprooted Kitchen

Cactus

Cactus

Underpass

Tattoos in Phoenix

Tattoos, Phoenix AZ

Singing in Phoenix

Mastiff Dogs

Kiss the Frenchie

Hug The Frenchie

Hug The Frenchie

Food Truck in Phoenix

Flags in Phoenix

Flags in Phoenix

Bridge Structure

Diane being funny

Beaver Float in Phoenix

Stop Sign

Ozzy By The Pool

Ozzy By The Pool

Dog Walking in Phoenix

Bicycles and Arrow

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with sisters.

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Sue in Phoenix

Plant Shop in Phoenix

Plant Shop in Phoenix

Sue with Dogs

Coffee Shop in Phoenix

Coffee Shop in Phoenix

Light & Shadow

Light & Shadow

Plant Shop in Phoenix

Interior

Interior in B&W

Building Art

David Bowie Murals

David Bowie Murals

David Bowie Murals

David Bowie Murals

Japanese Gardens in Phoeni

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Map Reading

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Fish at the Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue

Japanese Gardens in Phoenix with Diane & Sue. My favorite shot.

Ozzy and object

Cactus

Tall Building in Phoenix

Ozzy

Me & Ozzy

 

Took these shots with a Nikon FM2 film camera with a 50mm F/1.4 lens Great Bokeh!

Ozzy

Ozzy

Shots below were taken with either an Olympus Stylus Epic or the P&S Leica film camera.

Sue & Elaine

Ozzy

Sabas

Ozzy

Ozzy

Ozzy in Bed

Diane & Dominic.

Diane

Used a small P&S film camera. Either the Olympus Stylus Epic or the Leica for above.

Ozzy In Bed

Ozzy picture above was taken with a Hasselblad XPan Panoramic film camera.

Film Tastes Good

Playing around with a Hasselblad XPAN panoramic camera. It’s a 35mm negative size times two in full frame terms. So that’s bigger than full frame by twice as much. Yeah, that’s right. Twice as much. Suck on that you full-frame D-SLR worshippers. LOL! Anyway, I recently bought one with a 45mm lens to try out. I love it. I love cinematic panorama shots. I bought a variety of film to use as well. It’s going to be my main camera for a while. I am trying to shoot more film, though it can be a bit expensive. Still, you can buy a cheap 35mm Nikon or Canon film camera for cheap and use film in it for a few years before you hit that D-SLR full frame camera body purchase price. So, it’s a good 2-3K of cash you can burn before even worrying about price. Also, don’t forget, computers and the photo programs to run them cost cash as well. The Hasselblad is an expensive beast because no other camera shoots panorama shots as one shot without panning which makes it great for street photography if done right. I remember when the camera first came out and I almost bought one, but being so expensive back then it was out of my reach. I thought about buying one again about 15 years ago but dropped the notion. Then my health tanked and I came to the realization that it’s now or never in life. I’m happy I made this decision. It will be a long while before I have many rolls to develop, but I developed a test roll using Fuji Superia Reala (a now-defunct Fuji film sadly). I had about 4 rolls of this particular film left in my fridge. Here is the result of my first test roll. No fancy shots, just a test. I still like the results a lot and plan on using this as my daily film camera.

All shots below are Fuji Superia Reala ISO 100 color negative film. Some shots were converted to black and white via Photoshop. My favorite shot from this roll is the horse in the sun.

Utah Visit

My best friend Mona moved to Utah a year ago. I visited with my sister Diane. We drove for 10 hours and saw parts of Arizona and Utah landscape. Exhausting drive, but glad I did it. It was an adventure! Diane and I enjoyed our stay with Mona and we thank her for having us there. Then I flew out and visited her as well. Such a quick flight.  I would do it more often but I don’t want to leave my dog with a boarder or make my sister watch him. Anyway, I love it there. It’s beautiful. Here are some shots from when Diane and I visited. The second visit will be forthcoming.

 

Gilbert Farmer’s Market

So, I went to the Gilbert Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. It was very busy and many people had their dogs with them. It was absolutely gorgeous out and after the few shots I took, I headed to Bergie’s Coffee for an espresso. That’s right, an espresso. I did add a bit of sugar to it. No cream though. There were a lot of vendors there. I loved going and am going to go again. I actually want to check out Chandler’s which is done on a late weekday afternoon.

South Mountain

My sisters and I went to South Mountain. We drove up. Maybe one day I can hike it.

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SouthHorse2tif SouthHorse3 SouthHorse5tif SouthPeople7 SouthPeople8 SueDiane SM1 Rocks

Extra shots. Crazy clown courtesy of the neighbor’s house. Some shots at Sue’s house. I think the Gargoyle looks like Ozzy. Picture of my Mom as a child with Poppy in background.

clownDiego

Diego. Sue’s next door neighbor dressed as a clown. A reason to move right there.DogsOz Gargoyle2 MaPoppy BusYellow Clouds PalmSky CoffeeShpABW

More Polaroids: SX70 and Polaroid Land Camer 100

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These are wicked old, but I add them anyway. Not about Arizona, but I don’t care.

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