Collecting Cameras

Minolta’s SR-T series cameras are great. If you find a working one, pick it up. The SR-T 202 I used to own had a busted light meter but it was still a pleasure to shoot. See my updated review here.

Minolta SR-T 202

Updated review: Minolta SR-T 202

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Chevy crest
Canon PowerShot S95

My little Canon S95 is still a great camera, nine years after it was manufactured. It may be showing its age, though. Native colors aren’t as vivid and everything is a little hazy now. So I shoot in Positive color mode, which is supposed to mimic color slide film. And then in Photoshop I use the Auto Tone correction and boost contrast a little. But that’s not an onerous amount of processing. And look at the result!

This Chevy crest is from a 1957 Bel Air, one of the most over-photographed automobiles of all time. Yet even on a cliche subject, when you move in close you can find something interesting.

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Old Cars

single frame: Chevy crest


Film Photography

One Nine Five

Some subjects draw me in every time I pass by with a camera. This scene on Main Street in Zionsville has become one of those subjects. I am sure I have at least one more photo from here, but I can’t find it now. Enjoy these five.

One Nine Five

Nikon Nikomat FTn, 50mm f/2 Nikkor H-C, Fujicolor 200, 2019

One Nine Five *EXPLORED*

Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Kodak Tri-X 400, 2018

One Nine Five

Olympus Trip 35, Kodak Color Plus, 2019

Around Zionsville

Pentax Spotmatic F, 35mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar, Kodak Ektar 100, 2018

Around Zionsville

Pentax Spotmatic F, 35mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar, Kodak Ektar 100, 2018


Recommended reading

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers! Tomorrow, I mean. Except that it’s Father’s Day at my house today because this is the day my sons could come over. Here’s some light reading to tide the rest of you over to tomorrow.

💻 Suzanne Lucas is an expat in Switzerland and sometimes she writes about how life works there. This time she wrote about how pharmacies and doctors’ offices work. It’s interesting stuff. Read Swiss Saturday: The Pharmacy

Morris Minor

💻 Susie Trexler visited the building in Springfield, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law and brought us pictures. Painted signs on the building’s exterior were recently restored. Read Lincoln’s Law Office: Bringing Ghost Signs Back to Life

💻 Lies, says N. S. Palmer, are different from bullshit. Read Truth, Lies, and Bullsh-t

📷 It’s a camera from the former East Germany — quirky, but well built and a surprisingly good performer. Theo Panagopolous reviews the Prakti. Read Prakti – Early prakticalities

📷 Have you ever seen any of your work stolen on the Internet? Johnny Martyr has some good advice about what to do when it happens. Read Battling Copyright Infringement

Faith, Vintage Television

Channel 16, Father Hesburgh, and the Prayer for Peace

Kids today don’t know how good they have it, with Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network delivering animation to their living rooms 24x7x365. During my 1970s-80s childhood, we got cartoons on Saturday mornings and for an hour after school, and that was it. My brother and I liked animation so much that we’d rise early on Saturday morning to not miss a single show.

We started on Channel 16 because they aired the Japanese anime Battle of the Planets right after sign on. Channel 16, WNDU-TV, was our local NBC station. We had no idea how unusual it was that it was owned by the University of Notre Dame. All we knew was that during sign-on they played a recording of University President Father Theodore Hesburgh reading of the Prayer for Peace of St. Francis of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

I heard that recording so often that even today I can recite most of this prayer from memory. I haven’t heard that recording in 30 years until someone recently uploaded a 1985 sign-off that included it. Here it is!

I wasn’t raised in the faith. What I saw of Christians as a kid tended to repel me. (Here’s a story about how.) But hearing Father Hesburgh read this gentle prayer on those Saturday mornings gave me hope that perhaps somewhere people lived their faith in these ways. That’d be a faith worth following. When I sought God, I looked for him in people this quiet and humble.

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Camera Reviews

If you have a meter that reads EVs rather than just aperture and shutter speed, then you might really enjoy the Kodak Retina IIc. I did. My updated review is here.

Kodak Retina IIc

Updated review: Kodak Retina IIc