Thursday thoughts


Politics

Happened to watch on Youtube a CBS doc on Robert Kennedy narrated by Walter Cronkite. He spoke of the people who loved RFK and those who thought him ruthless. If you think of Kennedy and then open your eyes and see Donald Trump. It makes you ill. After RFK assassination, President Johnson called for a panel “to look into the violent fabric of America”.

Pencil Sketch

This evening out in the boathouse, I made a sketch of a great Canadian, Lord Strathcona, he of the CPR.

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Photography

The surprise of the week, a photo of Grace got spotlighted over on Flickr.com and has gained over 9000 views in 24 hours.

Grace on her 7th birthday

 

No word on the kidney transplant front.

 

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10.000+ views Easter Dawn photo picked for Flickr Explore


my Easter Sunday dawn photo of Georgian Bay posted on flickr was picked for their Explore page and received over 10,000 views in a little over one day.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/canuckshutterer/13924426441/

 

TUG PRESCOTT, MIDLAND TUGFEST 2013


if you click the image you will jump to my flickr account and will find in the Tugfest set several more shots taken at Tugfest 2013 this morning in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Nikon DSLR D3100 mostly with the 18-55mm lens.

2147 views US ARMY Rangefinder camera 70mm – Graflex Combat Graphic


In 2002 on a road trip to South Carolina, I stopped off in Fayetteville, NC, to visit the Airborne Museum and took this photograph of this enormous rangefinder camera. It has been viewed over 2100 times in my photostream on flickr.com. Curious what attracts views.

“its a Graflex Combat Graphic – made for the US armed forces and took 70mm film.”

Combat Graflex sometimes referred to as a Combat 70 or Gulliver’s Contax.  Designed by Zeiss Ikon’s Hubert Nerwin. Resembles a Contax II on steroids.  Madfe between 1953 and 1957 and used by the US ARMY SIGNAL CORP up to and including the early years of the Viet Nam War.

Google for more info, but as a start try this: www.geh.org/fm/mees/htmlsrc/mG736700001_ful.h tml

Fort Verde – US Army Post – Apache Wars era in Arizona


taken in 1998 with a Sony Mavica Fd 7 digital camera…. I wonder how far advanced digital cameras will be ten years from today. Note the width of those floorboards. This fort had no wall or palisade, just a collection of small buildings. 1880s era when th US Army fought the Apaches.

solar farm near MIDLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA


arge solar panel installation to the south of Midland, Ontario – three shot panorama just placed next to each other without any stitching software

when you approach this from the south, you see it from high ground and today I could not figure out what it was, it looked like an ice covered small lake surrounded by trees. This combo 3 shot pano is a little deceiving, it was shot from the side and does not really show how incredibly wide this panels array truly is. Very large installation.

Polaroid 660


Polaroid 660 Sun Camera, purchased new by me, still in my collection of cameras.

The Polaroid Autofocus 660: a square-bodied instant camera in Polaroid‘s 600-series. It was the first in the range to use Polaroid’s patented Sonar Autofocus device. The distance to the subject was calculated by firing an infra-red beam that bounced back to a gold-coloured receiver behind a plastic grille.

  • Lens: 116mm, f/11, Single-element plastic.
  • Sonar autofocus (sharpest at 4-5 feet).
  • Shutter: electronic; automatic speed between 1/4-1/200 sec.
  • Integral auto flash that works in low light but cannot be forced on or off.
  • Polaroid’s Light Management System (the darken/lighten exposure correction slider).

600 series

When people talk about Polaroid cameras, most people mean the popular and relatively cheap models of the 1980s and 1990s that used film packs with integral batteries – 600 series.

Prints measure 79mm (3.1″) square with white border.

Prints took some 3 minutes to fully develop at 70°F (21°C).

The film has an ISO rating of 640.

The film was branded using different names: “Extreme 600” and “Notepad“.

A high definition “professional” film named “779” was also sold.

Some of the cameras had ‘sonar’ autofocus and/or featured glass lenses, but most had plastic lenses with a fixed focus of around 4 feet.

A “close-up” lens was often included, but this took the form of a simple plastic meniscus that slid into place.

Many of the models are functionally identical to others but have different coloured fascia, names and stickers according to marketing territory. Several models were limited editions with tie-ins to icons of popular culture, such as Barbie or the Spice Girls, while other versions were promotional items made for corporate entities and are now highly collectible thanks to their rarity.

Polaroids were the brainchildren of Dr. Edwin Land