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This category is where things I’m not sure where else to categorize them will land. Or, if I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to think through something properly before posting, it will default to this category and I’ll deal with it later. Sloppy I suppose, but that’s how things some time roll.

Pure Film

By |March 11th, 2016|6 Things I Love About the F6, Film Emulsions, Film Processing, From the Past, General Information, Hybrid Workflow, Longevity, Uncategorized, Vintage Nikon|

A few weeks ago I did something I've been meaning to do for years: began developing my own black and white film again. After a 30+ year hiatus, the time had finally come. Developer, Stop and Fixer in amber flasks, ready for action. Up until last year I'd been [...]

Servicing the Nikon F6

By |November 13th, 2015|General Information, Longevity, Nikon Service, Service and Repair|

Even though the shutter is rated to an astounding 150,000 actuations (over 4,100 rolls of film), after 7 years of moderate use I decided it was time to send in the Nikon F6 for servicing, while I felt I stood a reasonably good chance of still getting parts. While in the shop it made sense to have the non-Ai modification to the lens mount made to allow those old, beautiful non-Ai lenses to be used by the camera. This post chronicles the process from a Nikon Professional Services (NPS) member's point of view.

Mirror-Up Shooting: It’s For Real

By |July 23rd, 2015|6 Things I Love About the F6, From the Past, General Information, Mirror-Up, Technical Features, Uncategorized, Vintage Nikon|

Recently I read a blog post from someone claiming Mirror-Up shooting was a hoax. A waste of time, something camera manufacturers dreamed up as way to add a new feature to the camera and charge more for it. A "Emperor's New Clothes" hoodwink, if you will. Well, take a look [...]

The 440

By |July 15th, 2015|4042n, Destinations, Film Emulsions, General Information, Road Trippin', Uncategorized|

A few weeks ago I needed to get out - as in far away from the computer - in a big way. The weather wasn't good along the Front Range and checking the iPhone confirmed pretty much any place within easy driving distance was experiencing the same. It looked like [...]

Memphis in the Meantime

By |July 30th, 2014|Custom Settings Menu (CSM), Destinations, General Information, Technical Features|

Memphis has been the subject of many a discussion between my son and I for a few years now. We love road trips and just being in the car together so when ever we're hunting for a just barely out of reach, crazy destination to spontaneously shoot off to in the middle of the night (from Colorado) - Memphis has been a part of that discussion.

Hope, Boundaries and Good Intuition

By |July 7th, 2014|General Information, Photography Theory & Philosophy|

John Szarkowski writes in the introduction to William Eggleston's opus, Guide, "It's not easy for the photographer to compete with the clever originality of mindless, mechanized cameras, but the photographer can add intelligence. By means of photography one can in a minute reject as unsatisfactory ninety-nine configurations of facts and elect as right the hundredth. The choice is based on tradition and intuition–knowledge and ego–as it is in any art, but the ease of execution and the richness of the possibilities in photography both serve to put a premium on good intuition."

Honesty

By |November 27th, 2012|4042n, Destinations, Film Emulsions, General Information, Places|

An honest image means no trespassing. It means closing gates behind you and honoring the mandate to stay on the trail - and missing the shot you want because you did. An honest image begins an hour before sun up and ends an hour after sun down. It means a last tilt of the thermos of tepid, too-strong coffee for something to drink at the end of the day. An honest image means washboard roads, AM talk radio, bugs in the radiator and chipped windscreens. It means nearly running out of fuel and paying too much a gallon at the nearly closed, sporting good-convenient store-fast-food chain-delicatessen-truck stop-fuel mart that smells like burnt coffee and is out of TP.

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