Monthly Archives: November 2013

52 Cameras: Week 13 part 2 – Canon Canonet GIII 17 QL

I realized that 13 weeks is 1/4 the way into the project! Time flies when you’re having fun.

Fujicolor 200 film. I used the ‘A’ setting for pretty much everything on the roll. I could have written down the aperture from the viewfinder and then the shutter speed from the ring on the lens as I went but I didn’t.

Something I didn’t mention in the introduction — the viewfinder does parallax compensation. Because the view isn’t through the taking lens like an SLR, close framing can be off because of the distance between the viewfinder and the lens. The frame lines in this camera move to correct for this. Pretty sophisticated for a camera originally released in 1972.

And an error in the intro — you don’t get metering without a battery but the camera will work. I mashed it up with the Canonet 28 (I still don’t have the meter working in that one) which is crippled to 1/30 sec. shutter only without a battery.

Busker band on San Francisco St

Busker band on San Francisco St

Porsche on Shelby St

Porsche on Shelby St

Dragon silhouette

Dragon silhouette

Sculpture detail at Santa Fe River Park

Sculpture detail at Santa Fe River Park

Sunset on the Sangres in snow

Sunset on the Sangres in snow

52 Cameras: Week 12 part 2 – Olympus Infinity Stylus AKA Mju-1

Fuji ISO 200 I caught on sale at the drugstore.

Zoe all blissed out on nip

Zoe all blissed out on nip

Ravens having a nosh at the co-op parking lot

Ravens having a nosh at the co-op parking lot

We had an interesting chat and he let me take his picture

We had an interesting chat and he let me take his picture

Grabbing pictures of city life is where the Olympus excels

Grabbing pictures of city life is where the Olympus excels

I like the big blocky shapes against the sky

I like the big blocky shapes against the sky

Digital is simpler with no wait and almost no processing costs. With this camera, the only controls are framing and whether the flash fires. So why use a film point-and-shoot? The only answer I can think of is that it takes really good photographs. That’s reason enough for me.

52 Cameras: Week 11 part 2 – Canon EOS 60D

Rehabbing and shooting old equipment is fun but I love this camera. The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (OS)* MACRO HSM is no slouch either.

Wandering around Nob Hill always provides plenty of photo opportunities.

Building on Central Ave., Albuquerque - ISO 100, f5.6 @ 1/2500

Building on Central Ave., Albuquerque – ISO 100, f5.6 @ 1/2500

The street shots are aperture priority. Sometimes the f values are strange because the lens stops down at different zoom levels.

Harley, Albuquerque - ISO 100, f5 @ 1/30

Harley, Albuquerque – ISO 100, f5 @ 1/30

I’ve always wanted to climb up and get a photo of this alien sign sitting on top of a hoodoo. I was off for Veteran’s Day but went to LA for a benefit run so I stopped on the way back and finally did it.

Alien & hawk near Los Alamos - ISO 100, f9 @ 1/400

Alien & hawk near Los Alamos – ISO 100, f9 @ 1/400

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. I happened to have a really good camera with me. And stopping to photograph the alien put me in the right place at the right time to meet Mr. Hawk.

Red-tailed hawk - ISO 200, f8 @ 1/400

Red-tailed hawk – ISO 200, f8 @ 1/400

I didn’t trust myself not to blow the opportunity so I set the camera to “Auto”. Handheld at 250mm zoom (400mm equivalent on a full-frame camera) tracking a flying bird — I’d say the image stabilization on the Sigma lens works pretty well.

Red-tailed hawk 100% crop

Red-tailed hawk 100% crop

Another right place at the right time shot. I was googly-eyed from staring at the computer all day and got up to walk around and change my eyes’ focal length for a while. My boss said, “go home”. I took her up on it and I’m glad I did.

Migration - ISO 200, f7.1 @ 1/400

Migration – ISO 200, f7.1 @ 1/400

There’s a bit of falloff at the corners. It’s easy to correct with post-processing but I kind of like it in these pictures.

52 Cameras: Week 10 part 2 – Pentax P3

Expired Kodak Max 400 processed and scanned by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe

I left the polarizer on the Rikenon. I had forgotten how much vignetting it adds at the wide end. I *think* this was at 1/60 sec.

RKN 35-70mm, f3.5 @ 1/60

RKN 35-70mm, f3.5 @ 1/60

The rest of the posted shots are with the Pentax 50mm/f2. I took some with a Takumar 70-200mm/f4. It’s a nice lens but telephoto + shivering morning – tripod = blurry pictures.

Buddha in downtown Santa Fe - I used 'A' mode for "street shooting" so I don't know the aperture/shutter settings

Buddha in downtown Santa Fe – I used ‘A’ mode for “street shooting” so I don’t know the aperture/shutter settings

Blankets for sale

Blankets for sale

Skater and lamps at De Vargas Skatepark

Skater and lamps at De Vargas Skatepark

Papier mâché skull for El Día De Los Muertos

Papier mâché skull for El Día De Los Muertos

Cider jug from Kentucky

Cider jug from Kentucky

Random Fails – Catching Up Edition

People I spam regularly have seen these. If something isn’t original or a derivative of an original (meme graphics mostly) I’ll credit when the source is known. Some have been posted to Fail Blog.

The bill is too damn complex!

The bill is too damn complex!

This was a self-fail - no elections in Santa Fe

This was a self-fail – no elections in Santa Fe

From 2010.  The scariest thing the Smog Monster could be for Halloween?  Tony Hayward.

From 2010. The scariest thing the Smog Monster could be for Halloween? Tony Hayward.

Just staple the package to the postcard - problem solved!

Just staple the package to the postcard – problem solved!

Update your updater to update your updates

Update your updater to update your updates

In Los Alamos, land of a thousand geniuses

In Los Alamos, land of a thousand geniuses

This restaurant had an awesome kludge on a thermostat using a fork. They freaked when they saw me trying to get a picture of it and took it down. I guess they thought I’d turn them in for a safety violation. I just thought it was funny. Good food. We go there a lot and they recognize us now.

Would you like a fry with that? - La Maldita

Would you like a fry with that? – La Maldita

Apple spellcheck, you so silly

Apple spellcheck, you so silly