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   Earthly Photos "A 10 year Bicycling Journey captured on film!"

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china,great wall,traveler,tourist,touring,hotel,foreigner,lonely planet,travel guide  All the images in this website originated from both Kodak slide and negative film, as this long journey was completed just  before the coming of age digital.  Wish it weren't so, but each of these images had an initial cost of approximately $.27 each, compared to today's near "0" cost for digital.  For that reason, I had to be satisfied with just one or two exposures of each subject I came across trying to save some pennies, and even better, dollars.

 

   Not only was it the cost, but the troublesome handling and storing of prints, exposed slides and negatives.  They scratched, smudged from fingers, spotted with water and sweat, and faded with time.  Today's photographers never had it so good.  But as wonderful as digital would have been during my journey (1985-1994), I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world (well, maybe a couple million bucks). Finishing the journey, these photographs and negs were put through the test with a year or so of photo exhibits and selling prints. Tired of telling the story, I gave up the shows and stored everything for another day.

 

china,great wall,traveler,tourist,touring,hotel,foreigner,lonely planet,travel guide  All the images in this website originated from both Kodak slide and negative film, as this long journey was completed just  before the coming of age digital.  Wish it weren't so, but each of these images had an initial cost of approximately $.27 each, compared to today's near "0" cost for digital.  For that reason, I had to be satisfied with just one or two exposures of each subject I came across trying to save some pennies, and even better, dollars.

 

   Not only was it the cost, but the troublesome handling and storing of prints, exposed slides and negatives.  They scratched, smudged from fingers, spotted with water and sweat, and faded with time.  Today's photographers never had it so good.  But as wonderful as digital would have been during my journey (1985-1994), I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world (well, maybe a couple million bucks). Finishing the journey, these photographs and negs were put through the test with a year or so of photo exhibits and selling prints. Tired of telling the story, I gave up the shows and stored everything for another day.

 

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storage,building,shed,east coast,delawre,pennsylvania,USA,suitcase  Well that day never came and it went from being stored in a cozy bedroom, to being stored in a backyard shed for over a decade enduring the harshness of summer heat and the freezing temperatures of long winters.

 

  As the years went by, it always hurt whenever thinking about them fading away with time.  Finally on a trip back to Delaware, I dug them out of storage finding that many were stuck together and completely destroyed.  Others had faded well beyond recognition, yet others managed to have survived.  Carrying them back to Costa Rica, they sat in plastic coolers for several years. Using a cheap "all purpose" desktop scanner, I finally converted them to digital, then took them to Photoshop to eliminate as many scratches and spots as possible.

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Sunset,sunrise,night,morning,China,Guilin,Shanghai  What you see here in EarthlyPhotos.com is the result of hours upon hours of scanning.  So many photos didn't make it here, not for subject matter, but for the poor quality of the scan.  Fortunately enough of them survived to warrant the making of this website. 

 

  Giving each photo a 'Title' and 'Description' was nearly an endless job in itself.  If you are familiar with a photo and find that the description is incorrect, please contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any corrections.  Describing 3000 photographs from 25 years ago, it would not be surprising to find gaps in my memory.

 

  Of particular interest is the Great Wall album with the tale of a 10 month trek of its entire length told in the description of each photo from start to finish.  

 

  My particular favorite and most difficult and dangerous highlight of a decade of travel are the months spent in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea dealing with the  explosive temperaments of the headhunting warriors hidden by the remoteness of the rugged mountains. All the while needing them for the nourishment to survive the harshness.  200 of my best portraits are presented here of one of the most unique and backward civilizations breathing here on earth!

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flower,mother nature,orchid,agronomy,agriculture,horticulture,plants,seeding,seed,sapling  I first started with an Olympus Om-2, but that only lasted about a year before its' sudden death. (On a rather bizarre note: Seconds after snapping a shot of a monstrously strange, above ground grave site in the Philippines, this camera froze up and never worked again.  Needless to say, that photo {though it is a good one} is not in this website.) I than switched to the Olympus OM-3, which was a totally manual camera trying to avoid losing another one from all the banging around from being strapped to a bicycle.  It lasted for the rest of the journey, only to die from lack of use years after the journey ended, well into the digital age.  I had chosen Olympus, not so much for their good reputation, but more for the compact size of the body and their variety of available lens.

 

For lens, I carried a 35-70mm Zuiko zoom lens, a 75-150mm Zuikio zoom lens, a 24mm Zuikio fixed lens, a fixed 50mm Zuikio lens, and a 500mm Zuikio twin mirror lens.

 

I also carried two super mini table tri-pods, and a stack of screw-on filters.  Most of these flower and orchid photos were taken with the 50mm lens using a combo of close-up rings, instead of the usual practice of using a macro lens.

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