This is a fastback that this guy recently painted black – very sharp. My uncle owned an earlier Galaxy 500, and I owned a 1972 LTD, so my heart is with this body style.
Renovation of the early 1970’s Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky. I’ll be working up in the very tippy-top section in the middle come football time.
Remember this awful winter? What 3 feet of snow? More water fell from the sky than most years since 1880-something – which is a nanosecond in the history of this planet. As it this 1/60th of a second snapshot of some of that water falling from the sky. An hour of shoveling followed these pictures.
I’ve been logging a lot of miles on the road lately driving across the heart of Kentucky. This is the way I feel after a couple hundred miles.
This is the single best shot from a found preloaded point-and-shoot camera (est. early 1990’s) found in my late aunt’s house. She shot a few pictures of cats (she was a cat woman) laying on things that were uninteresting. So I took the camera and just kept shooting out the truck window.
I peeled off the cardboard cover (Fun Camera! Made in China!) to reveal the plastic carcass. It had black electrical tape all over it, so I removed this and did my best to reduce the sticky residue. After cracking it open in a changing bag, I found that the expired film had been wound up into a film cartridge on the right side. Evidently, when they make these disposable cameras, they load a roll in, crank it all out to the left spool where you would normally place the full cartridge. When you take a picture and advance, it actually is pulled back into the cartridge. Makes sense to me.
I then developed the film in Diafine. The orange mask is pretty thick, probably because there was no bleach step. But my Plustek OpticFilm 7500i scanner did a great job pulling something out. I used Vuescan, which is a decent program for the money, but has a confusing interface and uphill learning curve. Warning: I tried using the infrared cleaning filter with disastrous results. It must not like the dense negative. However, the multi-pass scan mode worked great to bring out faint detail.
I toyed with different effects in Photoshop until I hit upon the blue tint and defocused surroundings. When you drive a lot of miles, it seems you start to only focus on those white lines ahead of you.
A nicely warped and extremely close-up image of my Trane AC compressor motor. Just spent over $500 having it replaced, so I thought I’d give it some love instead of the hate I was giving it when I wrote the check.
Decided to overlay some rainbow-like radial gradient to make it look tie-dye. Thought about calling it “UFO Fan” or something.
Trying out a newly purchased Canon FTb (new). Already have an FT, the biggest difference being automatic aperture (FD lenses) instead of stop-down metering (FL lenses). Both cameras are very similar otherwise, the little brother to the F-1. Mine came as a very clean model, with everything that worked. After measuring the shutter speeds with a tester, I found only the top speeds are a little sluggish. The plastic counter window has come off and lodged against the counter wheel. So I needed to run a roll through it before I take the top off and try to flush the gears with naphtha and graphite.
Shot with a 17mm Canon on Ilford Delta 100, developed in Perceptol 1+3.
It’s been seen by billions of people around the world. Here’s the man behind it.
Nikon FM2n, Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3
My still-working 1940 Western Electric telephone. It was rescued from a trash bin by an associate who threw it away. We were talking antiques and I happened to mention that I liked old phones. He went straight home and rescued it just before the trash collectors came. This model is the historic all-metal one that was the first phone to have all the components in one unit, as opposed to having a separate bell located somewhere else in the house. I have thrown away dozens of non-working telephones over the years, and this one just keeps working perfectly. The audio is as crisp as anything new. I was able to download some historically accurate center dial labels. I customized mine with the standard telephone exchange name “Crestwood” for 27 (C = 2, R = 7). It’s great, because there’s an area a few blocks away called Crestwood. Growing up, I remember telephones still had the prefix “Jefferson-2” (532) on them from my home town. I guess it’s a little like a URL vs. an IP address today.