Posts Tagged ‘photo’

Vaulted rooms

July 10, 2008

I got a nice package yesterday from my uncle– a big box of vintage cameras! This is really nice, because I’ve been thinking a lot about photography lately, and looking at displays of all-too-expensive digital SLRs just wasn’t scratching that itch.

I spent some time yesterday looking each one up online, doing my best to not only identify the model, but to find some sort of documentation for each. I highly doubt I could have learned so much in such a short time without the net!

To me, the most exciting camera is the Yashica-Mat EM. I guess this may be the first camera I ever seriously examined that was entirely mechanical, which wasn’t so much surprising as it was intriguing. I believe this camera is intended to be help at the user’s waistline, as the finder is viewed from the top, looking down. This thing is a beast, but seems like a lot of fun so far!

Yashica-Mat EM

The Yashica-Mat wasn’t the only all-mechanical camera in the bunch, as you can see– the next camera is a 1-A Autographic Kodak Junior. I’m not familiar with camera of this era at all, but I guess I’ve learned more about photography in the past couple years than I realized, because I’m not that daunted by it. I’m not at all certain I’ll be able to locate any sort of film for this thing, but cleaning it up will surely take me long enough to have time to find out.

1-A Autographic Kodak Junior

There was also this Kodak Hawk-Eye Model B #2 camera. It seems superficially alike to the 1-A Autographic, but is a bit smaller. Getting the dust off of these is going to be a big job!

Kodak Hawk-Eye Model B no.2

Here’s the last of the Kodaks– this one is a Kodak Retina I, which was apparently produced by a German Kodak manufacturer. It’s unlike any Kodak I’ve seen before, and is just plain different. It seems incredibly well-constructed, though, and looks like I should be able to just slap some film in and go out shooting!

Kodak Retina I

I don’t know much about this one, but it doesn’t seem nearly-complicated enough for me to worry– it’s an Imperial Quad 27c. The maker of this camera made a lot of cute, colorful cameras in the 1960s. This is not one of the better-looking models, but seems like it might be a kick anyhow.

Imperial Quad 27c

Oh! Here’s one that I’m also tremendously excited about– an Asahi/Pentax Honeywell Spotmatic. I guess they liked it so much, they named the thing four times, haha. When I was initially going through the package, I gravitated towards this camera first… maybe just because it looks most like cameras that I’m familiar with. Regardless, I had it sussed-out in a couple minutes, quickly figuring out the location of all the various adjustment knobs, etc. I know that’s probably not an amazing feat for experienced photographers, but I think it’s a big deal for me. I’ve always liked taking photos, but I never really owned anything but pocket cameras until relatively recently. Because of this, all the stuff I learned about apertures, f-stops, film speed, etc… was kinda abstract.

Asahi Pentax Honeywell Spotmatic

For now, my plan is to slowly work on cleaning these cameras, and getting them all in good working order without doing so much that I take away from the qualities they’ve absorbed over the years. After that, I’d like to find at least one roll of film for each, and make some interesting photographs! Like all my projects, I don’t have much of any money to throw at this, so it will probably be slow going. Wish me luck, and leave any helpful tips in the comments section!

BTW, I took all these photos this morning using my little Sony digital. I used the colored inserts for my daughter’s lamp shade as the backdrop. It’s the same trick I used in this post, but with a different color.

Inexplicable photos

July 10, 2008

I’ve seen some strange things in the past few days– a “missing iguana” sign for starters… always a bit worrisome to see something like this upon entering a restaurant!

Or how about some pre-made titles for your next science fair? I like the example exhibit: “How Were Dinosaur Tracks Made?” Umm… by dinos? Perfect for every kid too lazy to write “hypothesis” out long-hand!

When your phlegmatic sloth of a bum/child finishes off their science project, what better way to relax than with the “Sky Surfer Strike Force Alien Attack” movie? It’s 90 minutes of ACTION, yeah!

I <3 Tomorrowland!

April 29, 2008

Miss Information picked up a lovely set of vintage Tomorrowland photos last month, while browsing at one of my favorite junk stores. The set first appeared to be postcards, but that didn’t make a lot of sense to me upon closer inspection, as they are printed front and back. I’m guessing the postmark area means the purchaser might choose to send the whole set as a single piece of mail?

Anyways, I had some fun trying to figure out when the photos date from, since Miss Information happily pointed out the absence of everyone’s Tomorrowland fave. You guessed it, there’s no Space Mountain! Back in the old days, folks were happy with the People Mover and the motorboats.

Back to what I was saying about the photo dating– it’s been a bit problematic, as the photos seem to have been taken at somewhat different times, given some important details shown. Before I continue, I’d like to add that the folks behind Yesterland provide a wealth of information, without which I would have been hopelessly lost. Thanks, Yesterland!

The main discrepancy seems to be between the Skyway and the CircleVision Theatre. In the photos of the Skyway, the first-generation round buckets are shown, which were replaced in 1965 with a differently-shaped bucket. That would initially suggest the photos date from no later than 1965. However, the CircleVision Theatre did not begin playing “America the Beautiful” until 1967, when it was re-opened. Clearly, there’s no way these photos could have been taken at the same time.

There are also a few other interesting details! See the Alweg Monorail? When it first opened, the red and blue trains only had three cars each– but the ones pictured have four. The additional cars were added in mid-1961; shortly before the addition of a third, yellow, monorail later that year. With the monorails featured so prominently in the photoset, I suspect the yellow monorail didn’t yet exist, placing these photos very near the mid-year of 1961. The text, which touts “extended” 2.4 mile monorail, also support this date.

Enough Disney-geekery for now– here are the photos! (click to view full size, please)

Photo break

November 25, 2007

A few nice, quick shots taken this weekend. Enjoy!

Original photography by DaveX

Original photography by DaveX

Original photography by DaveX

MediaDefender Remix Contest Winners!

November 9, 2007

Well, I guess it’s time to finish the MediaDefender Remix Contest, and announce the winners. For those of you who are a little slow, I started a somewhat ill-defined competition for folks willing to use the “approved” MediaDefender techniques for destroying mp3s to remix popular tracks. To kick things off, I shared my re-working of Britney Spears’ “Gimmie More,” which I love more and more each time I hear it. I’m very happy to say that my remix was downloaded well over 3000 times, with a big boost from a BoingBoing post alerting more than 5000 people to visit STARTLING MONIKER.

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It’s been 50 days since then, and even though I consider you ALL winners, I’m not mailing free stuff to everyone. So here goes:

In first place, with a simply amazing 20-minute remix/sound collage, is %20. Seriously, you just have to hear this. I e-mailed to let him know about his win, and he tried to weasel out and accept an honorable mention. While I completely acknowledge his right to decline the prize, I have to put my foot down as blog owner and call it like I see it. %20– you win, but I’m passing your prize to the second place winner, Pimp Daddy Supreme!

Mr. PDS is a fellow vinyl junkie, and turned in a damn fine remix of Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous pile of steaming pidgin English ala JarJar Binks. This is a song that had to be destroyed for the good of all mankind, truly making Pimp Daddy Supreme a spiritual member of the Greatest Generation. Plus, let’s be straight– it couldn’t have been easy making this track sound like any more of a cut-up mess.

For his efforts, Pimp Daddy Supreme will be receiving a copy of SaraLunden, Kyrre Björkås, and Andreas Mjös’ new EP “Dubious;” the first release from Ukraine-based label Nexsound PQP!

In third place (or last, if you’re being negative) is PWN3D-3M41LZ, kicking poor Britney while she’s down. Even though he won’t be receiving anything cool from me in the mail, I have to hand it to PWN3D-3M41LZ– you’re among the elite who actually got off their ass and tried doing something– my hat’s off to you!


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