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Halloween 2017

It’s el Día de los Muertos so time to put up some Halloween images…

Woooo, scary puns!  I posted this one to Imgur and it got a "most viral" rating.

Woooo, scary puns! I posted this one to Imgur and it got a “most viral” rating.


The ears didn't stay long but Trinity was a bat.

The ears didn’t stay long but Trinity was a bat.


I was a punk rocker.  I had a cat in the 80s named Den.  That's his rabies tag.

I was a punk rocker. I had a cat in the 80s named Den and my choker is his rabies tag.

Phound Photos Volume 7

There is only one image so far but I’m really excited for a couple of reasons.

I bought a box of old movie films (Super-8 & 16mm) and it also came with boxes of color slides. These aren’t buy-them-at-the-gift-shop slides but photos someone took on various vacations. Inside the big boxes are small plastic Kodak slide boxes with labels written on them. They are somewhat jumbled but the small boxes are labeled with where the photos were taken and the recipient.

It’s a little sad thinking about why the boxes are labeled this way. Was the photographer downsizing in his old age or moving to assisted living (we used to call them “retirement homes”)? Did he die and this is how the slides were to be divided? The movies have extra labels indicating they were digitized. I hope the slides were too before they ended up at a Goodwill.

This is a fairly large collection and from what I can tell, he was a talented photographer. I’m not talking about a Vivian Maier kind of find, but a fascinating puzzle.

The box this slide came from is labeled “Hawaii For Holly”.

"Hawaii For Holly"

“Hawaii For Holly”

It’s a lousy scan but here’s the second reason I’m stoked — I used an old slide duplicator, an “Accura Zoom Duplivar”. I got it when I bought a different lot of equipment. The duplicator had a Minolta SR mount on it so I hadn’t really thought about using it. I was making myself crazy trying to find an M42 to EOS adapter — I have a couple and couldn’t find either — so I used some of my down time while sick this last week to organize the boxes and boxes of stuff in my office. It still looks like a mess but it’s a mess where I can better find things. Any way, putting lens adapters, macro tubes and such into their own bin, I came across the slide duplicator. Checking to see if I could cannibalize parts I realized the Minolta mount is also an adapter. The slide duplicator actually has a T-mount.

I also have, and miraculously found, a T-mount adapter for the Canon. It works but the crop factor (1.6) from the smaller APS-C sensor on the Canon 60D narrows the field of view too much. I’d have to take multiple shots of each slide and stitch them together. I might as well use the flatbed and the whole point is to get away from the cruel tedium of doing slides and negatives on the scanner. The 9000f is a good scanner but the workflow is error-prone and soooooo time consuming omigodjustkillmenow.

Plan C: I have a full frame digital which hasn’t been featured yet on 52 cameras. I also bought a Canon EOS to Sony E-mount adapter.

Voila!  Frankenkludge.

Voila! Frankenkludge.

It’s made up from these bits plus the Sony: EOS to E-mount adapter, T-Mount to EOS adapter, T-mount slide duplicator.

The bits...

The bits…

I inserted the slide, held the whole rig up to an LED bulb in the kitchen and pressed the shutter. The focus and light both need a little work but not bad for a quick pass/fail test. The slide duplicator doesn’t really have focusing but it does have settings from 1.0 (life sized) to 2.0 which I haven’t played with yet. Stacking adapters may be introducing some error as well.

I’ll tinker some more and report back here.

52 Cameras: # 138 — Minolta Dimage V




The images look a lot better at the real size.
Zoe is always the first image.

Zoe is always the first image.


My sweetie.  The image is a little dark.

My sweetie. The image is a little dark.


Levels adjustment.  Grainy & a bit orange but not bad.

Levels adjustment. Grainy & a bit orange but not bad.


Zoe.

Zoe.


My Neanderthal skull replica.  Too close for the focus and the flash.

My Neanderthal skull replica. Too close for the focus and the flash.


Used the cable so the flash could pop from the side.

Used the cable so the flash could pop from the side.


Lighting looks good with a little adjustment but I was still too close for the focus.

Lighting looks good with a little adjustment but I was still too close for the focus.


Handle on the wood stove.  I used macro this time and almost got it.

Handle on the wood stove. I used macro this time and almost got it.

Random Post For 28 September 2017

I found these saved on a thumb drive from about a year ago.

We’d recently seen a video of Pete, the farting wombat, eating corn.

M sent me a link to this video with the subject “OMG”. Original video is gone but I re-found it.

My reply:
Wombat did a better job.

M:
I didn’t think it was real because her scalp didn’t bleed. But then she posted six (!) follow-up videos and one of them was her going to the doc.

MORE WOMBAT, LESS TEENAGERS DESPERATE FOR “LIKES”

My reply:

More wombat!

More wombat!

Obviously, I’m easily amused.

12 July 2017 — SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY

Without net neutrality, a manky little blog like mine won’t even be in the slow lane — I’ll be crawling along the ditch on the side of the road.

Send the FCC a letter via Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The deadline for comment is 17 July 2017. FCC notice here (PDF).

A funny site that explains the issue pretty well. They also have a link to the express comments form at the FCC.

Do you want to see ads from cable companies or Trinity?

Do you want to see ads from cable companies or Trinity?

Random Post For 28 April 2017

Fire across the street from work.  M's old DroidX.

Fire across the street from work. M’s old DroidX.


M likes to remind me that I look like this little girl in the fire photo.
"Firestarter"  by David Roth AKA the Disaster Girl meme.

“Firestarter” by David Roth AKA the Disaster Girl meme.


Not many people know I'm an ordained minister.

Not many people know I’m an ordained minister.


Hello Kitty and Pedobear -- a match made... somewhere.

Hello Kitty and Pedobear — a match made… somewhere.


New Year's eve 2011

New Year’s eve 2011


Found still-life in an alley in Santa Fe.

Found still-life in an alley in Santa Fe.


A toon I made poking fun at The Santa Fe Reporter.

A toon I made poking fun at The Santa Fe Reporter.


She's funny.

She’s funny.

Random Post For 17 April 2017

I forgot to turn off a Google reminder. Kind of glad I did since the images are from Atalaya Mountain, just like the last Konica photos.

Atalaya, six years ago.

Atalaya, six years ago.


I used M's tSay it in my head and count syllables on my fingers.ypewriter.

Say it in my head and count syllables on my fingers.


From work.  Uh, can you wash my windshield?  A pterodactyl $#@! on my car.

From work. Uh, can you wash my windshield? A pterodactyl $#@! on my car.


I hate meetings and doodle a lot to stay sane(ish).

I hate meetings and doodle a lot to stay sane(ish).