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Cameras: Pentacon FM and Yashica Auto Yashinon DS 50mm f1.9 lens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I bought this camera because as I previously mentioned here  I bought an M42 lens in an impulsive moment and needed a body to put it on.  After browsing for a suitable candidate I spotted this which was well under $30.  The seller said there was something wrong with the shutter (a crease in the curtain) but in another moment of impulsiveness I bought it anyway. Continue reading “Cameras: Pentacon FM and Yashica Auto Yashinon DS 50mm f1.9 lens”

Kid dances to a nearby band whilst Dad watches on 

Laptops on planes

It seems that in yet another overreaction to unidentified risk, travelling by plane is going to get even more annoying.

It is likely that Homeland Security is going to ban “large electronic devices‘ on planes from Europe (in addition to the restrictions already in place for middle eastern type locations).

I really don’t understand this, what is it really protecting us from?  How many incidents of laptop -based bombs have there been?   Continue reading “Laptops on planes”

Missed opportunity?

I stopped at an estate sale at the weekend and picked up some furniture and just as I was leaving I saw a case on a table with an Olympus Stylus 35mm compact camera inside.  It had a $30 price tag on it and also had 8 films with it.

I asked about it and they said they would take $25.

I was very tempted but Continue reading “Missed opportunity?”

Coming soon…

Apologies for not much activity this week, as well as the house move I have also had a family loss.

I have some catching up to do later as many photography related things are going on.

I have several cameras to try and post about;

  • Polaroid Colorpack II (thanks Jim at Down the Road)
  • Contax III
  • Pentacon FM (Contax FM)
  • Zeis Ikon Voigtlander 500SE
  • Ricoh 35 ZF

I have a set of macro bellows to play with.

I have some projects I’d like to start on.

Also Thanks to Jim at Down the Road I have been linked to from Petapixel.

So please bare with me and I will be posting some of the above and more soon.

 

Cee’s Black and White photo challenge: Underside

Cee’s Black & White Photo challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Isolated Subjects

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Coconut on the Beach

Mirrored sky

I took this at the Palace of Versailles in France a year or so ago.  It was part of an art installation there at the time and is a huge 20 foot round concave mirror reflecting the sky and depending on the angle the palace itself (you can just see some of the palace on the top edge).  I makes for an interesting shot as though I have copy and pasted another piece of sky into the picture upside down.

Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor at Versailles

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Danger! – Weekly Photo Challenge

I took this a while ago on a hike near the Hollywood sign; nearly stepped on it as my eye was stuck to the viewfinder of my camera.  Luckily my daughter was paying attention and alerted me to the little critter.

Photography can be a dangerous pastime.

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Rattlesnake crossing the path in Griffith Park

My response to Weekly Photo Challenge Danger!

Photo competition: What is this?

Okay so maybe it’s not quite a competition as there is no prize and I actually don’t know the right answer so ‘winning’ here is me finding out exactly what this is.

I took this last year near Salton Sea; it was in the middle of nowhere and looks a little like some kind of missile though my theory it’s more a drilling rig or something like that.

What do you think?

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Old wood banking at low tide on the River Thames, London

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