Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thank's for Your Best Wishes!

Back in the saddle again!  Sort of.  I have restricted activities for three more weeks.  But of course if it snows for New Year's I'll find a way to get out the camera gear.

Looking forward to playing with my new old camera.  My darkroom should be done soon.  I'll post photos of it.  Warning:  It's really just a roughly converted basement bathroom!

Back to regular posts in the New Year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Looking forward to a Peaceful and Bright New Year!

Click Here for more Holiday Lights....... At the Denver Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Season's Greetings

Just a little interim note.........Season's Greetings

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hospital Hiatus: New Camera Find

So as you read this I will be in the hospital for my cancer surgery..........

And I leave for you a little Christmas "Gift" in advance.  My mother, who likes to hide things, has turned over to me her Aunt's Camera.  She remarked that next time she would bring me her mid-1930's camera.  Why the delay, it just how my mom is!

Back to our subject, lucky for me it had 5 exposed frames from the mid-1930's.  Hopefully I will be able to develop this.  A question for you all, what best approximates Kodak Pyro developers (listed as Eikonogen or Hydrochinon).  Maybe they still exist.

But on to the Camera, probably a pretty common one:  The Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic

This model was produced from 1913-1926.  i have no idea exactly when Aunt Lenora purchased it.  If you know of a way that I can trace the serial number let me know.

 The Camera is in fine shape, the case, not so great.

Here you can see the shutter (silver tab) release and focusing crystal.  Also note the back slot cover on the right ear.  This is the "autographic" window.  Using the attached stylus (visible to the right of the cover) you could write on this special photo paper the photo information, such as date, time place, exposure.

Here a somewhat unfocused close-up of the crystal and shutter release.

So especially let me know about potential developers.  As it turns out I can still get 127 film from Efke.  Also there are a few places that cut-down 120 film to fit.  But at $8.49, Efke is the cheapest, so I'll try it first.

I'll be back on line live Christmas weekend.....But look for my Christmas Eve Holiday posting.



Friday, December 17, 2010

Debris from Failed Tunnel (Holga)

Another view of Yankee Doodle Lake, showing the debris pile from the failed first attempt to tunnel through Rollins Pass.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Opinions regarding this camera?

Someone is offering me a mint condition:

Canon Rangefinder IIS E-P  with f1.8/50m lens

Wouldn't know what to offer them.  Any ideas?

Also is it worth having?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holga Goes Off Road

I usually throw a Holga in the Jeep, because after all it doesn't take up much space.  We'll take a look at a few familiar places through the 'eye' of a Holga.

First the Stamp Mill at Peru Creek, taken with the Holga Panorama Pinhole........

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Welcome New Blooger Friends!

Yes I notice you.  But I only do official Welcomes at increments of ten, so at 40 you get your formal greeting........

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Driving Near the Edge

Headed towards Mt McClellan along the old railway grade.

It's amazing what people used to do for fun, and where they were willing to live to mine gold and silver.

But the view from the top was spectacular, looking down into the Peru Creek Valley.