Tag Archives: water

PFOA/PFOS Contaminated Water Wells

Here are photos from last Thursday for the Inlander’s story about how perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) from Fairchild Air Force Base contaminated water wells in the neighborhood immediately to the east of the base in Spokane County, Wash. The base used firefighting foam containing PFOA and PFOS from 1970-2016. https://www.inlander.com/spokane/dont-drink-the-water/Content?oid=4133868

Fairchild Water Contamination

Julie Dibble turns on a well water access, which she can’t use due to contamination from Fairchild Air Force Base, on land owned by her and her family on W. Thorpe Rd., in Spokane County, Wash., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in firefighting foam has been found in water wells on the base and some areas nearby. The well in the photograph, one of two used on the property, was tested to contain 440 parts per trillion of PFOA and PFOS. 70 parts per trillion is considered the threshold for a combination of both contaminants to be a hazard to human health, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Air Force is currently delivering bottled water to those affected including Dibble and her family. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

Fairchild Water Contamination

Barb Collins speaks near some water bottles delivered by the U.S. Air Force, at her house on W. Thorpe Rd. due to contamination of her water well from Fairchild Air Force Base, in Spokane County, Wash., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in firefighting foam has been found in water wells on the base and some areas nearby. The U.S. Air Force is currently delivering bottled water to those affected, including Collins. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

Minor Street Flooding Along The Spokane River

There minor flooding along the Spokane River in the city from snow melt runoff.

Roy Jackson Water Rights

Roy Jackson

In this photo for an Inlander story about water rights in Washington state, Roy Jackson walks on his property in Spokane County, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court ruled that counties must make sure there’s enough available water before issuing permits for new developments. Many fear this will halt development among property owners, like Jackson, who want to build a home in rural parts of the county. Jackson purchased 10 acres in September 2016 and received a permit to build his house on October 21, 2016, which was right within the deadline set to build new developments due to the state supreme court ruling. Jackson hopes to have his house built sometime in 2018. http://www.inlander.com/spokane/well-wishers/Content?oid=2939934

Leo Carrillo State Park

Leo Carrillo Rock Garden I 080307

(Young Kwak)

Here’s a photo from Leo Carrillo State Park in California in 2007.

I picked Ilford PanF, a very finely grained slow film rated at ISO 50 by Ilford, and exposed it at EI 20 exposed using a Canon EOS Elan 7e with a 17-40 f/4 lens. This was probably at closer to the 17mm range. I added a red 25A filter to add contrast and achieve a darkened sky. The exposure as metered using my Minolta Flashmeter IV with the Viewfinder 5 degree and came up with 3 seconds at f/22 between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. The actual exposure was 6 seconds at f/19 to take into account the reciprocity failure of the film. The film was developed in HC-110, dilution H (1:63 from the syrup) for 7 minutes with normal agitation.

The negative appeared a little flat but showed its full range of tones and contrast once scanned. The negative was then scanned in an Epson 4490 using a 1.8 gamma and adjusted for contrast using curves, dodging and burning in Photoshop CS.

LA/Ventura County Line 2007

Islands of Water I

(Young Kwak)

I digitally reworked a photo I took in 2007 from the cliff at the Los Angeles/Ventura County Line. I used a Ricohflex VII on Ilford FP4+ 120 film at 8 seconds at f/16, twice as long as my Minolta Autometer with Viewfinder 5 Degree indicated to account for reciprocity failure. I developed the film in HC-110 dilution H (1:63) for 11 minutes using normal agitation and then scanned. The negative lacked contrast so I did quite a bit of dodging and burning in Photoshop to bring it back to life. Too bad I don’t have a darkroom. It would have been a fun challenge to turn it into a print.