Summer

I haven’t had a real holiday this summer, but it’s fast approaching. Vacation might not even happen in the proper season of Summer, but that’s the thing about the South (and sometimes the Midwest). It stays hot long after Summer’s gone. I’m waxing a bit nostalgic over the past couple of years, as they’ve given me some of the most fun holidays I’ve ever had.

Captain and his crew on the deck.

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Stealth photos on the lake are always fun.  This one is of Matt enjoying a beverage while we motor around the lake.
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The bar on the dock is completely decorated in what I affectionately refer to as “liquor swag.”
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After a tough day on the job, this Stylus Epic got a much-deserved break.

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I hope all of you are having a great summer so far. Thanks for reading!

 

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Gobsmacked!

Yesterday we decided to spend Valentine’s Day hitting the thrift stores, and wow did it pay off! Check out what I picked up!

The first find was a beautiful Miranda Sensorex II SLR in its (n)ever-ready case. It was a bit pricey at $16.00US, but much worth it. I’ve never seen any Miranda cameras outside of the internet. This one is gorgeous and it works perfectly. (apologies for the iPhone photos. I’ll post better ones once I’m at my place!) Bam!
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My second, and more remarkable find came toward the end of our thrift store sweep. Yes, a Yashica T3 Super D. See the price in the foreground? Yes, with tax it cost a mindbending $1.28US!! We stopped to pick up a battery to test the T3, so you can say my total price was 12.00 for camera and battery. There’s a roll of Fuji Superia 400 in it, but the battery has been dead long enough for the frame counter to lose its place in the roll. We shall see how this baby works!

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Lazy Days

Since it’s so rare that I get to have Sunday off, I figured I’d share some lazy photos to fit the mood of the day. Hope you enjoy.

Top photo taken with Olympus Stylus Epic and Kodak slide film.

Next two photos taken with Yashica T4 and Afga Precisa 100 film.

Yashica Love

A few years ago, I fell in love with a camera called the Yashica Electro 35GSN. It’s a pretty straightforward rangefinder camera. You focus, control the aperture and the camera decides on the shutter speed depending on the aperture you set. I had no idea it was the camera that would start an obsession. After finding orphaned GSNs at thrift stores, I took the plunge and picked up a refurbished one on eBay. Here’s the baby–

With the flood of digital cameras in our society and our overall mindset, “everyone” sees themselves a photographer. There’s no thought needed to produce images on a phone or computer screen. There is no need for understanding exposure, shutter speed and aperture. Why worry when you can take 100 images and simply pick the “best” one. If you only have 12 shots on a roll of film, you’re going to damn well put some thought into what you’re doing. Don’t get me wrong, I have a digital camera that I use for point-and-shoot situations like the camera images in this post. In addition, I know that there are photographers that use digital cameras. The fundamental difference these photographers understand exposure and put thought into the images they capture with these digital cameras. Anyway, enough of that soapbox sermon.

After finding a Brownie Reflex II at a local thrift store, my attention turned to that singular class of cameras called TLRs (Twin Lens Reflex). To use a TLR, you look through a viewfinder on the top to see an image that is almost exactly what will be exposed on the film through the lower lens. Again, you control the aperture and shutter speed. After reading page after page on these works of art, I set my mind to getting myself one of my own. Can you guess who manufactured some of the better TLR cameras? That’s right..Yashica. Here are two of my more recent finds, both still in excellent working order–over fifty years after they their production.

With my learning to develop my own black and white film, using these beauties will be much more practical and fun.