A lunar eclipse in Onondaga County.

May 15, 2022. 9:00 a.m. Camera battery is charging. Backup camera battery is already charged and tight. SD card is clean and ready for hundreds of pictures. Nikon Df camera with different super-ultra-wide lenses – my Irix 15mm and my Vivitar 19mm – packed. Double-check to make sure the manual shutter release is in the…

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Kodak Red with the backup shot

in my last blog, I mentioned how I tried to use my Krasnogorsk FT-2 “Raskolnikov” camera to create a patterned film weave with the Hamilton College Chapel. I did create that, here’s the blog that proves same. But here’s the secret. I didn’t just bring Raskolnikov to campus. I also took Kodak Red for the…

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Three Times for the Hamilton College Chapel Weave

I wouldn’t mind this project … if I didn’t have to attempt it THREE FREAKIN’ TIMES to even get a workable image. I shall explain. Off and on, I’ve been trying to create a “weave” of film strips to create a unified image. My plan was to use my super-ultra-wide Krasnogorsk FT-2 camera (“Raskolnikov”), along…

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Return of the Solarcan

A few years ago, I invested in a Kickstarter for a Solarcan – a homemade camera that captured the movement of the sun over a period of months. I bought five Solarcans in the process, and one of them actually produced a photo that eventually appeared at the New York State Fair. Oh yeah. I…

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And there goes AGFA Scala processing, forever …

I’ve used AGFA Scala 200X black-and-white slide film off and on for a while. I think I still have two rolls of 120 film and a 35mm cartridge in my freezer. Looks like I’d better use it now. Even if it’s to just burn off the rolls. Apparently only one company still exists that can…

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The reclaimed dunk: or, Edosomwan Admires His Handiwork.

One of the shots I posted online during my NBL Canada / TBL All-Star Game weekend was a photo of Sudbury Five 6’9″ power forward Zena Edosomwan. You know … this one. I liked it … I really did … but the more I looked at it, the less “liked” I liked about it. The…

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Test of the Nikon F2s: The Capital District Home and Garden Show

A couple of weeks ago, it was Date Night at the Capital District Home and Garden Show, and I brought along my new-to-me Nikon F2s, slapped on a 55mm f/1.2 manual focus non-AI’d lens, and packed a roll of expired Kodak Ektachrome Dyna film in the chassis. The goal – see if the camera can…

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The McGowan Firehouse Project

I recently created an art image by superimposing a vintage postcard of St. Joseph’s Church in Green Island into a current photo at that same location. I liked it. Liked it a lot. I thought it was good enough to enter into competition. As I said … it’s good enough. But the more I look…

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Reconciling my Soviet camera gear

As you know, I have several film and digital cameras, and I can take several of them at any time and go for a photo walk somewhere, anywhere. My cameras come from all over the world. My Kodak Medalist II (“Kodak Red”) was built in Rochester. My AGFA Clipper Special came from Binghamton. My Nikon…

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