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Galaxy 500

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

Yashica Electro 35 GT Black-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

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.

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Bulldozer vs Stadium

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

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.

Winter Doldrums

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.

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

Yashica Electro 35 GT BLK-Ilford Delta 100, Perceptol 1+3

Lonely Winter Road

Found toy camera loaded with Fujifilm 400 color film (expired). Developed in Diafine.

Found toy camera loaded with Fujifilm 400 color film (expired). Developed in Diafine.

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.

Soul Trane

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.

Soul Trane

Please Wait for Dial Tone

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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.