week just past


ending May 23rd, Saturday

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old photo of mine – a still life of tiny shells and a crayfish claw, all from our shore

Odd weather, two nights of frost, hard on the eager to get started gardeners.

My dialysis runs were mostly smooth.  A couple of days I used cane. Other days I shape shifted with my walker. I am trying to make my view of my situation more positive but still realistic. My leg ulcers jumped ahead in healing following debriding by a general surgeon on Tuesday.  Debriding is a somewhat neutral term for using a knife to cut and scrape away dead tissue from an ulcer.  Once the two ulcers are healed, my  heart surgery can proceed.

This reminds me of George Carlin‘s remark that the terms “wetland” and “rainforest” were invented by people who found it hard to raise money for swamps and jungles.

Canada geese families have been coming by to lunch on the plants on our shore.  The golden  goslings are tiny but that will change quickly.

I hope to get over to the Midland Model Train Show this weekend.

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self portrait Nov. 1, 2014


this week marks my sixth anniversary of dialysis for kidney failure  (November 6 2014) and it is a wonderful thing to be alive.

technical details: Nikon d3100 dx format dslr with Nikon 35mm f1.8 G lens set to f2, I held the camera out reversed to face me at arms length.

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new lens, Nikon 35mm f1.8 G


Grace the dog and Cadbury the cat at f2.8 aperture mode shots in my bedroom, a 35 mm DX lens because of the crop factor appears like an old film 52mm lens, the film normal lens was the 50mm which approximated the field of view of normal human vision. The 35mm lens seems razor sharp, but it has one other quality that suits it for pet pix or people portraits, by going to aperture mode and shooting at f2.8 or even down to f1.8, you can throw the background out of focus and keep the main subject sharp. the otherwise excellent kit lens with the D3100, 18-55mm f3.5-f4.5 lens, cannot do that.

SOUNDS COMPLICATED BUT it really isn’t and the rewards are photos with more impact by making the depth of field shallow and selective.  Try it out.

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old cameras


Time to take a look at some of my old camera collection.

 

Nikon Nikkormat FTN
Nikon Nikkormat FTN

 

Nikkormat SLRs were simpler, more affordable alternatives to Nikon’s professional level Nikon F and F2 SLRs. The Nikkormat FTn was manufactured from 1967 to 1975. 

Argus C3
Argus C3

The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann ArborMichiganUSA. The camera sold about 2 million units, making it one of the most popular cameras in history. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as “The Brick” by photographers (in Japan its nickname translates as “The Lunchbox“). The most famous 20th-century photographer who used it wasTony Vaccaro, who employed this model during World War II.

Cosina Voigtlander T101 with 35mm f2.5 Classic lens
Cosina Voigtlander T101 with 35mm f2.5 Classic lens

 

The first model was the Bessa L, introduced in 1999. This was a finderless body with a Leica screw mount. It was introduced with a range of Voigtländer 39mm screw lenses that were quite inexpensive and said to be of excellent quality. It could of course mount all the wide variety of 39mm screw lenses by manufacturers as diverse as LeicaCanonNikon and even cheaper but often excellent Soviet lenses.

 

The Bessa L was mostly intended to be used with ultra wide angle lenses, with which the absence of a focusing device is not a problem. Most notably Voigtländer introduced a 15mm and a 12mm lens, the latter being the widest rectilinear lens ever marketed.

 

The Bessa L has TTL metering with LED readout on the back edge of the top plate with an ASA range of 25–1600 and an EV range 1 to 19 at ASA 100. The readout consists of two red arrows pointing to a green light in between that enables use of the camera as, effectively, a shutter priority, aperture priority, or totally manual camera.

 

On some markets, the Voigtländer Bessa L was sold as the Cosina SW-107.

 

The Bessa L was supplemented in 2001 by the Bessa T, which used the Leica M-mount, could receive a trigger advance design, and had an integrated rangefinder with high magnification, but no viewfinder. It was sold in silver or black; from 2002, also in gray or olive (at a higher price and perhaps only in Japan). It is now discontinued but some stock is still available.

 In 2001, the Bessa T was sold in a special kit, called 101st Anniversary (in short “T101”), with a 50mm f:3.5 collapsible Heliar lens, for the anniversary of the Voigtländer Heliar lens design. It existed in black, grey, olive and blue: five hundred numbered examples were produced for each color.

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/

 

smartphone photography


I am just getting started with smartphone photography, using a Sony Xperia.  I confess it goes against my grain.  I believe you will take better photos with a camera not a phone trying to be a camera.  My first surprise in this area was the quality of photos I could get out of my Blackberry tablet.  My iPad2 has trouble in low light but does well in sunlight.  It seems to me to take better video than stills.

Just got around to hooking up my phone to my desktop pc and here are two photos.

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some icing in these parts


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100 miles north of Toronto just south of Georgian Bay, the east end of Lake Huron, in central Ontario, Tay Township and just near by to it,  not far from where I live.  A bit of freezing rain on the trees, we may just miss the larger freezing rain storm blasting through Southern Ontario over the next 24 hours.

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Sony Nex F3 with 18-55mm lens