52 Cameras: Week 51 part 2 – Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 524/16

Fresh Kodak Ektar 100 film.

There is a dent in the camera back that went through to the pressure plate. It doesn’t affect the focus much but you can tell the edge where it is pushed closer to the lens. All speeds are the camera setting but “ish”. I know the shutter is slow but not by how much.

Dead budgie -- f/5.6 at 1/300.

Dead budgie — f/5.6 at 1/300.

Desert willow at Sandia -- f/3.5 at 1/300.

Desert willow at Sandia — f/3.5 at 1/300.

Sandia Mountain foothills.  I think it's some kind of sage -- f/11 at 1/100.

Sandia Mountain foothills. I think it’s some kind of sage — f/11 at 1/100.

Pond at Sandia golf course --  f/11 at 1/50.

Pond at Sandia golf course — f/11 at 1/50.

Overcast with intermittent rain so it was a blue day but either the film or the scanner added more blue. Maybe both. Surfing for info, the film is bluish but can be corrected with a UV filter or by using a scan profile for Ektar.

I’ll post about the ongoing restoration in a couple of weeks.

52 Cameras: Week 50 part 2 — Nikon Coolpix AW100

This post is a bit of a cheat — none of the images are from the past week. I just haven’t shot anything that interesting this week compared to the hundreds of good images this camera has provided.

25 May 2013 -- The Royalty at Neon Desert Music Festival. ISO 125, f/4.8 at 1/60 sec.

25 May 2013 — The Royalty at Neon Desert Music Festival. ISO 125, f/4.8 at 1/60 sec.

22 June 2013 -- The Albuquerque Isotopes' mascot, Orbit. ISO 400, f/4.8 at  1/250.

22 June 2013 — The Albuquerque Isotopes’ mascot, Orbit. ISO 400, f/4.8 at 1/250.

17 August 2013 -- Sheep on Mt. Shavano.  ISO 400, f/4.8 at 1/250 with polarizing filter.

17 August 2013 — Sheep on Mt. Shavano. ISO 400, f/4.8 at 1/250 with polarizing filter.

4 July 2014 -- And they call it Puppy Loooove.  ISO 125, f/4.2 at 1/125.

4 July 2014 — And they call it Puppy Loooove. ISO 125, f/4.2 at 1/125.

15 July 2014 -- Lightning through the screen (fireworks mode).  ISO 125, f/7.8 at 4 sec.

15 July 2014 — Lightning through the screen (fireworks mode). ISO 125, f/7.8 at 4 sec.

26 July 2014 -- Cabezon from NM 14.  ISO 400, f/4.8 at 1/6.

26 July 2014 — Cabezon from NM 14. ISO 400, f/4.8 at 1/6.

27 July 2014 -- delicious pollen (macro mode 100% crop).  ISO 125, f/3.9 at 1/640.

27 July 2014 — delicious pollen (macro mode 100% crop). ISO 125, f/3.9 at 1/640.

More examples from this camera:

Training for Shasta — Atalaya, 25 May 2014

Training for Shasta — Santa Fe Baldy attempt, 26 May 2014

I never made it to Shasta. We had a family emergency the day before my flight. Unless it pulls a Mt. Saint Helens, it’ll be there next year.

52 Cameras: Week 49 part 2 — Canon EOS 1 HS

Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to run another roll through this camera. With a little luck I can get caught up this week and get back on track.

Expired Walgreens color print film, ISO 400. I got it in a lot of expired film with no packaging so I don’t know how expired. Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

Using a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro at f/2.8.  Sweet lens, I wish it worked on the 60D.

Using a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro at f/2.8. Sweet lens, I wish it worked on the 60D.

This 50mm is the original, made from 1990-1998. It was replaced by the EX lens which was replaced by the EX DG in 2004.

Sigma AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 DL Macro.  Macro only works at 300mm so it's not real bright.

Sigma AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 DL Macro. Macro only works at 300mm so it’s not real bright.

I shot a couple using a Canon 35-80mm f/4-5.6. It’s an OK walking around lens but the shots weren’t anything special.

Sigma 70-300mm.  There are now a couple of places in NM to get the delicious Kenyan beer, Tusker.

Sigma 70-300mm. There are now a couple of places in NM to get the delicious Kenyan beer, Tusker.

Sigma 50mm at f/8.  The Ghia I had was a Flintstone-mobile -- you could see the road through the rusted floorboards.

Sigma 50mm at f/8. The Ghia I had was a Flintstone-mobile — you could see the road through the rusted floorboards.

52 Cameras: Week 49 part 1 — Canon EOS 1 HS

Late again. I always forget some important specs: Shutter speed from 30 seconds to 1/8000. 100% coverage in the viewfinder. 8 AA batteries (it’s not a light camera). Mirror lockup. Custom functions — everything from setting what dial does what to leaving the film leader out after rewind. In its day, this was the cat’s pajamas for people making a living with a camera.

52 Cameras: Week 48 part 2 — Minolta XE-7

Some specs I didn’t mention: Shutter speeds are from 1/1000 to 4 seconds, the shutter uses vertically traveling metal blades, and there is an eyepiece shutter built in so no stray light gets in during long exposures. It uses two common LR or SR44 batteries and there is a battery check lever and light on the left side of the body (photographer’s POV). Film speeds manually set from ISO 16-2500.

This grab from the manual shows the viewfinder layout. The aperture isn’t a display per se, but a reflection of the number at the top of the lens.

I couldn't get a decent picture of the viewfinder.

I couldn’t get a decent picture of the viewfinder.

On to the photos. Fujicolor 200 film.

He did a beautiful version of Neil Young's

He did a beautiful version of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. 50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125 (I think).

50mm, f1/8, didn't write down the shutter.  Beautiful bokeh!

50mm, f1/8, didn’t write down the shutter. Beautiful bokeh!

The perils and benefits of learning my way around a camera. I left the double exposure switch part way engaged so the film slipped. The super shallow DoF of the 135mm lens and the dark overcast morning made it work.

Accidental double-exposure.  I think that's my hand.  135mm lens, f/2.8

Accidental double-exposure. I think that’s my hand. 135mm lens, f/2.8

Daisies.  135mm, f/2.8 @ 1/30.  Without a tripod, it looks like a Polaroid.

Daisies. 135mm, f/2.8 @ 1/30. Without a tripod, it looks like a Polaroid.

Sandia Man Cave.  50mm.  f/8 at 1/500.  Sunny but overcast is tough.  To get her right, the sky is blown out.

Sandia Man Cave. 50mm. f/8 at 1/500. Sunny but overcast is tough. To get her right, the sky is blown out.

Never forget!

You’ve probably seen this story…

… where a man from Kentucky was forced to eat his own beard.

I’m originally from Kentucky and my girlfriend loves to give me grief every time this story resurfaces. She’s a really good writer with a sick sense of humor. A recent email exchange:

M:
This showed up on Reddit’s second page–”TIL.” http://metro.co.uk/2010/11/15/man-forced-to-eat-own-beard-580571/

Me:
How can I forget?

M:
Just remember, late at night you’ll hear what you think are footsteps. You’ll dismiss it as the cat walking around, turn over, and go back to sleep. Moments later, you’ll get that feeling that someone is watching you. You’ll sit up in bed, look around, and realize no one is there. You’ll try and go back to sleep, but before long, you’ll hear the “snip snip” sound of a small pair of scissors. Cuticle scissors perhaps. The sound comes closer, closer, CLOSER.

You won’t realize what’s happened until you’re coughing up bits of your own beard. You’ll remember your Kentuckian brother, the one who suffered the same fate, and you’ll shed a tear.