Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I've been passing Jake's Reptile shop for a long while and have been meaning to take some shots of his tyrannosaurus statue. So I stopped by this morning just in time to meet the shop's proprietor opening up the back gate to place his tyrannosaurus rex out front. Jake was kind enough to place the statue in a position of my desiring for this shot.
Coincidentally, this building was part of a business that I worked at when I was in my teens. When Jake open the gate, he revealed one of the original fleet trucks from that business, a circa 1960-63 Ford Falcon Ranchero. I used to drive those trucks all over the county.
If you're cruising down Beach Blvd., [a.k.a. Highway 39], perhaps you'd like to stop into the Reptile Outlet. Their website is here.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I attended a camera show and sale today in Buena Park. A fantastic offering of both old and new equipment for collectors and enthusiasts. However, there was a sideshow going on in the corner of the room that stole the day. Yes, the models were working it hard, but I think their audience was the real spectacle.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Although this image looks like it came from the 1950s, it was in fact taken earlier this week. Shot with a Brownie Reflex [Synchro Model twin-lens reflex camera] on long expired Efke R100 127 film and developed with a caffenol process, the end result of this photograph is instant vintage.
The Brownie Reflex was produced by the Eastman Kodak Company between 1940 and 1952. Because millions of these cameras were made, I couldn't tell you the exact year my camera was made [no visible serial number]. Although I did give the camera a decent cleaning before taking it out for testing, there is obviously a lot of dust in the [exposure] lens housing. I'm amazed that the camera is still in working condition.
To find out more about Kodak Brownies [and this model in particular] you can go here.
The 127 film I used is manufactured by Efke, a film manufacturer in Samobor, Croatia. Although the roll I used was something that I had sitting in a drawer for the past eight to nine years, Efke still produces 127 format film as well as 35 and 120 roll film and sheet film as well. So if you've got an old 127 format camera sitting around, yes you can still buy film for it. If you're interested in getting some yourself, you can check it out here or find a list of sources here.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Today, 21 September 2012, in a spectacular display of flight, NASA sent the space shuttle, Endeavor (OV-105), off on a tour of California, via piggy-back on a Boeing 747, before arriving at its final touch-down destination at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). From Sacramento to San Francisco, Huntington Beach to Los Angeles and many points between, millions of people flocked to the streets to witness this once in a lifetime sight — the shuttle Endeavor in its last flight before permanent retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.
Next month, starting on 12 October, the Endeavor will be transferred to ground transport and make the final 12 mile leg of its journey through the streets of Los Angeles from LAX to the California Science Center.
The Endeavor was the fifth and final space shuttle to be manufactured and used in NASA's Space Shuttle program. The program was employed from 1981 to 2011. With the Endeavor's touch down today at LAX, it closes the final chapter in the shuttles' flight program.
I am fortunate to live in an area that was in the direct flight path for the Endeavor's airshow. As a matter of fact, looking at the pictures I took above, I could have hoped to get a better profile view of the shuttle and 747, but I dare not complain; little did I suspect that the flying duo would travel [almost] directly overhead of my vantage point. I had loaded my longest lens for the event and realized, during the occurrence, that perhaps the 300mm end of the lens' 100mm-300mm range was perhaps too much for the proximity I was photographing from.
It was an amazing day. Being able to observe this historical event, the closing of this stage in the space program, was truly a thrill for this luddite. I have followed the space program from the Mercury Missions to the Apollo Missions and now to this era. As a species, we have come a long way, but there's still more out there to explore. Here's to the future of space exploration and the furtherance of the science that will get us there. With our feet firmly planted on the ground, who knows how far we can reach.
Side note: In the third picture from the top, you can see a tiny spec in the sky above the shuttle [about two thirds to the right, top of frame]. That is a balloon; most likely an escapee from nearby Disneyland.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Photo by Allison Shipp
A big thanks to Allison for sending this picture over. She took this shot of me at the Orange Street Fair while I was taking her picture. Allison [and beau] are in the Beautiful People post — set one, digital shots — second image down from top.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
A month or so back, I spooled up a roll of 35mm film into a [Kodak] Brownie Starflash camera. The Starflash was designed to hold 127 film, so the roll of 35mm wasn't exactly a snug fit. None-the-less, I taped-up the back to block any light-leakage and started carrying the camera around with me for the next few weeks.
Advancing the film became a bit of a guessing game. The camera's advance knob would click into place, but not on a consistent basis. I assumed that I may have a few overlapping frame edges and continued on with that hypothesis.
Aside from spooling a smaller film format into a camera that called for a larger film size, the objective of this venture was to expose a roll of film that was to be destined to be developed with caffenol. Caffenol is a home brew developing solution that uses instant coffee, citric acid [vitamin-C] and soda ash [sodium carbonate] as its main ingredients.
Having never employed the caffenol method before, my results were a little less than stellar; not due to the developer, but more due to my miscalculation of adjusting the development time to the warm temperature in my kitchen. After seeing the developed film, it was obvious that I had overdeveloped the film.
What else was obvious was that my concerns about the advance knob issue were more acute than I had anticipated. Although there were a few gaps between some frames, most of the frames overlapped and double exposures were abundant throughout. There were a few frames that I hoped to see intact, but the accidental results turned out to be somewhat serendipitous; the entire roll of film ended up being a continuous collage of images.
With the help of my Epson scanner and some digital extraction, I was able to pull some images from the overdeveloped film. The images shown above are cropped from a longer sequence of double exposures.
If the bottom two frames look familiar, you're right. They're additional shots from the previously posted Orange Street Fair. The top frame was taken on another day at Laguna Beach.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Orange, California. Annual street fair. The fair is a good excuse to get out among a large crowd of folks, eat, drink and wear funny hats — if you're so moved to don some head covering. Loads of fun, friendly people and a chance to carry a beer through streets that normally forbid such activity.
I strolled about the streets with cameras in hand [digital and film cameras]. This set of images was shot with my Lumina G3, but I also went through a few rolls of film with a Yashica point and shoot camera. Perhaps there'll be a second set of Orange Fair pics once I get those developed.
For more information on the annual event, go here.