Friday, March 31, 2006


Thursday, March 30, 2006

Crown Graphic Shots

These are the first two images I made with the Crown Graphic that I got from the lady selling her father's photography gear. This camera came in the same shape as the other cameras, almost perfect. I did a little cleaning and finally got around to shooting some film. Since spring is here, I thought some flowers would be good subjects. These are difficult to shoot in black and white, but they turned out pretty good. The large negative size is amazing to work with.

Sister's Holga Shots

My sister and her husband came to stay for the weekend and we all went for a hike behind the house. I was telling her about the Holgak and, since she hadn't shot medium format before, we decided she should shoot some pics on our hike. These are a few from that roll.

Kitchen Window

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Two More Minolta

Minolta Himatic 7s--Multnomah falls trip

Same place as the Holga shots, but with a rangefinder. The light was pretty harsh in a couple of shots, so metering was difficult.

This is a little cave that my son found and hid in. He just loves to scare his mom, so he hid there and jumped out at her when she passed by. She about jumped off the cliff with the baby in the carrier. She almost karate chopped him out of self defense. It is a good thing I don't scare easily. The truth is I almost had a heart attack and was reaching for my glycerin pills, but I am not about to show my fear or it will be a daily occurance that he jumps out at me.

Quad Cam

While we were in Portland a couple of weekends ago, I picked up a brand new Quad Cam in a bookstore. I already had one, but it was an Eddy Bauer edition, and this one was new, green, and came with instructions. It is exactly the same camera, but this one came with it very own light leak. Cool! It needs a bit faster shutter, and larger aperture. It is supposed to capture a series of action shots on one frame of film. It turns out that it needs to be slow action. Fun camera despite its shortcomings.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Fuji Half Frame color shots

I tried some color film in the Fuji Half-Frame camera that I got earlier this month. It turns out that, if I guess the distance correctly for focusing, the camera does a pretty good job with color. I just need to remember to let the processing place know that this is half frame. They messed up some scans and I need to rescan some negatives. The only problem is that my son used the camera on our trip to Portland and loved it. Now I can't get it from him. If it will get him interested in photography, great!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Holga and Multnomah Falls

My little family and I just spent some time in Portland. My wife went to a scrapbooking convention and I ended up at a photography seminar all day Saturday. On the way back, we stopped at Mutnomah falls which is off the freeway going into Portland. Before we left, I decided to take the Holga and Minolta 7s on this trip. I was hoping to get some street shots with the Holga, but it didn't happen because of our three month old daughter and my need to hold her every minute on this trip. Upset babies don't make for the best photography trip. On the way back, we decided to stop and hike the falls. It is one mile to the top of the falls. The falls lie in the Columbia River Gorge which is a true marvel of beauty. The Holga turned out to be perfect for this hike.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Viking update 2

The Ansco Viking that is travelling around the world has completed its first stop. It was rough stop for the camera and my friend Mike Kovacs. I was not aware just how poor the bellows were on the old beast, but they had quite a few light leaks. I ended up buying a second camera and sending it to Mike so that he could use it instead. The only problem was that the second had a problem with the film plate and would not hold the film flat. Mike did heroic work and did a bellows transplant from the second camera to the first. I shudder to think what I would have done without Mike to kick things off right. These are the first pics the camera produced after having a bit of servicing. These are a few of Mike's series done with the camera. For more photos and pics of the camera, please got to The camera is now in the hands of the third participant up in the snowy white north. Please click on pics to see larger images, you will not be disappointed.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Three Color Canon Photos

Macro--My life in small

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys


or Color?


I feel that I might need to give a bit of an explanation for the photos that I recently posted. Not that anyone really cares, but a few might be interested. This reflects, a bit, my philosophy of the blog and photography. I don't know if I would call myself a photographer, artist, repair person, perfectionist, or any of those things that would qualify me as a good photographer. I have thought recently of putting together a blog using rss feeds and only posting my best work as many have done, but, quite frankly I am not as interested in that sort of blog. I could, I feel, take my most modern camera, get good film, and produce a blog full of sharp, nice photos with artistic qualities. Aren't there enough doing that already? At the expense of not being added to as many "favorites" lists on, I think I will stick to this type of photoblog and call myself, not photographer, but experimentor.

Why do I say this in regards to the recent posts? These pictures are mostly just family snapshots. No pretense at art here. You won't see them on anyones building in downtown New York or in an art studio. I am fine with that. They do represent different periods in my life and as such "mean" something to me. They are periods in my life that made me happy and bring up memories that keep the past alive. These are things that are precious to me, meaning they are my treasures. Also, I like the look of some of the photographs produced by the old cameras. These are of great interest to me. Besides, I love the pants my younger brother, by 12 years, is wearing in the fish photo. That is a classic photo.

Please forgive the overly long explanation, we will now get back to programming as usual.

Doritos are deer food!

Kid Brother

Monday, March 13, 2006

Es goood Gauronteee!