March 22, 2015 · 12:03 pm
We live beside a small pond called Swan Lake. We never see swans here, however. It’s a bird sanctuary, in a park that by some miracle was never destroyed by development. Thank you for that, whoever you were that was responsible. Daily, we walk around the lake, a distance of about a mile, which takes 45 minutes almost invariably. Sometimes I carry a camera, but we have a joke that whenever I do so, we see no wildlife worthy of a photo. Of course when I leave the camera home we run into owls and hawks face to face! But I still like to lug the camera sometimes. Yesterday I put on my 500mm mirror lens. It’s a Tamron, and in its day was very expensive. I got it at a thrift shop for $65, which is not much. I regularly see photographers on out walks, carrying gigantic telephoto lenses mounted on tripods worth more than my camera. All for taking pictures of ducks? I don’t know what they do in truth, but as amazing as those lenses must be, I will probably never buy one. I’m more of an opportunist – I hope for good shots to present themselves randomly. As long as I have the camera at hand, turned on, and set to the right settings of course, then sometimes I get a lucky shot. This long lens is hard to hold steady, however – it probably requires a tripod but I’m too lazy to bother. My Pentax K50 has built in shake reduction, and with my shutter set to 1/1000 I shoot and hope for the best. Of course I also have to focus manually, which is the trickiest part. But here are a few shots. I have numbered them. It’s a quiz! Guess what they are. My answers are below.
Write down your answers – no cheating!
Put down that book!
One more to go, then all will be revealed…
OK, here are the answers:
1. Fuzz on a stick
2. Donatello and Raphael
3. Black footed log roller
4. Orca-like duck
5. Giant hummingbird
OK, who guessed right?
June 22, 2014 · 10:09 pm
Vintage British “Panther” motorcycle
After my first adventure with Caffenol film developer I loaded one of my twin lens reflexes with a roll of film, that was best before 2007, trusting that it would still be good 7 years out of date. Here are some of the results, and I can report that it worked quite well indeed. I much prefer medium format when it comes to film. Of course I always did, but it was so expensive that I ceased doing it around the time I bought this film. I scanned this at 1200 dpi and the resolution is amazing. I once read that even if the lenses on medium format cameras never approached the resolving power of the best 35mm cameras, they still could outperform them due to the huge advantage of the large negatives.
These pics were shot recently, one at a British car rally, and one on a trip to Port Angeles. They seemed to go together. Ricohflex TLR camera, Fuji ACROS Neopan ASA 100, developed in Caffenol C-M for 12 minutes. Scanned on an Epson 2400 with a homemade 120 format cardboard mask.
Vintage American gas station
May 17, 2014 · 10:47 pm
konica auto s2, ilford xp-2, caffenol-c-m, scanned at 2400 dpi
April 6, 2013 · 8:07 pm
wall ducks in flight
March 28, 2012 · 8:55 pm
Great Blue Heron
WARNING: WHAT FOLLOWS IS NOTHING LIKE THE ABOVE
(FOR TYPOSPHERIANS MOSTLY)
Swiss watch with German typewriter
note: both typewriter and watch say ‘Deluxe’ on them!
Alanbury 'Deluxe' wrist watch
homemade loupe from an old Pentax
Isn’t this ‘Deluxe’ too?
March 17, 2012 · 10:37 pm
Komaflex-S, Vest Pocket Kodak, Kodak Baby Brownie
Here is the patent sketch for the Baby Brownie camera, from 1934.
February 6, 2012 · 5:59 pm
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