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Random post for 11 July 2018

You ever look at some of the spam that gets caught by email filters? Sometimes there are lengthy paragraphs of text that looks like they were scraped from random emails, texts, and web sites. Some of it is tiny, like this one, and some is white text on a white background that goes on and on.

Red Lobster spam

Red Lobster spam


Every now and then there’s something funny in it, like this bit of slam poetry.

Jamaican dance hall music
Hussydom
Peasanthood
Jamaican dance hall music
Immortalizer
Three-penny piglet
LOL, Jamaican dance hall music


This popped up at an online Sudoku site. I probably don’t want to know.
Ice cream?  Potato?  Diseased organ?

Ice cream? Potato? Diseased organ?




Forgot which spam we were writing.

Forgot which spam we were writing.



The app installation progress looks like cartoon Hitler.

The app installation progress looks like cartoon Hitler.




Dang Etsy, do you know something I don’t?
OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, Wait, what?!

OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, Wait, what?!

52 Cameras: # 153 — Vivitar A35 Splash Proof




Photoworks ISO 400 film. Expired in 2006. Scanned on a Canon 9000f at 2400DPI and reduced to 1024 on the long side for upload.

The sensor apparently adjusts the flash. The film is 400 but it’s lost speed with age so probably more like 200. Indoor shots are underexposed so the scanner pumps up the gain so I get film grain plus scanner noise. Still, not bad for a cheap camera and cheap, old film.

The munchkin took this one.

The munchkin took this one.


Stairwell coming out of the city parking garage.

Stairwell coming out of the city parking garage.


My timing was off and I split the car with the pole.

My timing was off and I split the car with the pole.




Some research info…
The auction ad showing the manual copyright date and the box showing that the camera was sold by itself.

The auction ad showing the manual copyright date and the box showing that the camera was sold by itself.


This next ad might be able to claim accuracy on technicalities. The shutter could be accurate at all of its one speeds. It auto-focuses at the one, fixed, focus setting. Maybe there were variations and some cameras came with an f/4.5 lens.
This same info was in several ads by different sellers.

This same info was in several ads by different sellers.


ISO info from a picture of a manual page in another ad.

ISO info from a picture of a manual page in another ad.


Kudos to QVC for advertising with accurate information.

Kudos to QVC for advertising with accurate information.

52 Cameras: # 152 — Cardboard Box Pinhole




The fugly beast itself.
325mm, F/428, 8X10" paper negative.  Custom  variable duration shutter (it's tape).

325mm, F/428, 8X10″ paper negative. Custom variable duration shutter (it’s tape).


Not a lot to show — I only took the two images.
Tree negative

Tree negative


This old cottonwood is 95% dead but the birds love it.

This old cottonwood is 95% dead but the birds love it.


The wind was trying to steal the box so the paper tore and the flaps got in the way.

The wind was trying to steal the box so the paper tore and the flaps got in the way.


Black Mesa and La Capilla de la Familia Sagrada

Black Mesa and La Capilla de la Familia Sagrada

52 Cameras: # 151 — Petri 7




Scanned at 2400DPI on a Canon Canoscan 9000f.
Frame numbers are as they came off the scanner and not the film frame numbers.
Another from the tail-end of the Canon T50.  Is it a double-exposure if the images are from different cameras?

Another from the tail-end of the Canon T50. Is it a double-exposure if the images are from different cameras?


Poor Jem - I caught him mid-sneeze.

Poor Jem – I caught him mid-sneeze.


One of those "oops" that's kind of cool.

One of those “oops” that’s kind of cool.

Phound Photos Volume 8

This was the found roll I developed with the film I shot in the Canon T50. The film base also came out green on this roll. The colors came out well on the scanner except for the red light leak-looking areas. Thinking about it, I used a Paterson tank I hadn’t used before. Maybe I had a leak in addition to the problem with development.

The film is Costco Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400. Found in a Minolta Explorer. I need to get the model off of it and I’ll edit this.

Is this thing on?  AH!  I'm blind!  I adjusted the levels -- it was really blown out from the flash.

Is this thing on? AH! I’m blind! I adjusted the levels — it was really blown out from the flash.

Mom and dad?

Mom and dad?

Burnt weenies and a can of beans.

Burnt weenies and a can of beans.

Camping is fun.  :-|

Camping is fun. :-|

Cool dog.

Cool dog.

The whole roll came out. Anyone who knows these people or who are these people can contact me via the YouTube comments for the Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer EX and get their images.

52 Cameras: # 149 — Meopta Milona




Cool effects with double exposure and a slow shutter speed.

Cool effects with double exposure and a slow shutter speed.


This was more of a "catch it falling off the post because I don't have a tripod" kind of deal.

This was more of a “catch it falling off the post because I don’t have a tripod” kind of deal.


And this was a "Did I wind?  I'm pretty sure I wound."  I do love the pastels when Portra is overexposed.

And this was a “Did I wind? I’m pretty sure I wound.” I do love the pastels when Portra is overexposed.


Did I really use film that wasn't expired?  I could be on to something!

Did I really use film that wasn’t expired? I could be on to something!


I was cleaning the office/workshop while the pigeons ferried buckets of bits to Youtube. Not able to find anything clean, but less dangerous. I discovered I had one unused frame in an Instax Mini. I loaded it by feel into the Milona inside the dark bag, shot it, and then put it back into the Instax for processing. I didn’t get it lined up quite right but not bad.

Zoe on Instax Mini in a 1952 Czech camera.

Zoe on Instax Mini in a 1952 Czech camera.