Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A leap. And some help.

I seem to have lost my senses. Or what little sense I had left. I know I've wanted to move more into film. I also knew that, although less expensive, and lighter, and easier to deal with in general, 35mm film would only take me so far in my "seeing."

To that end, I picked up a 645. A used Mamiya AF, in this case. I can't afford Hasselblad, where I am not sure where I am going to be with MF film thing. Went looking for a Contax, but they seem to be hard to get; something about some famous photographer using it. Oh, and Ken Rockwell mentioned it was his preferred of the 645s, so I guess that makes it gold. So I "settled" on this. But Mamiya is no slouch.

The metering is iffy, literally. The only thing I see on the viewfinder display is the focus indicator. But I had planned to use a handheld meter, anyway, so not an issue. The focusing is slow. And NOISY!!! Sounds like a tank turret coming around to bring its weapon to bear on a squirrel.

The important thing here is AF; I have a Mamiya C330 TLR. Works pretty well, even in the hands of a klutz like me. But it's manual focus. Manual focus. In the hands of an old, blind guy. Even with the split-prism, spend too long focusing; the subject falls asleep. But the focus is quiet, and then you trip the shutter...ka-CHUNK! Hehe...

I know. Gear shouldn't matter. But I seem to be stuck. Not only on my butt, but also in my head. I "see" things the same way. Yes, more crutches. I is broken.

So. The thought is, get something that, in MY head, is purpose-built for, say, portrait work. (I know, you can use it for nature/landscape, too! Just don't tell that to my head; it's a S.E.C.R.E.T.). Maybe I'll start to "see" like a portrait photographer. Yeah, keep saying that, haha.

Adventures in camera-owning... onward.

Monday, October 29, 2012


...to the folks on the East Coast of the U.S., residents and visitors alike. Thoughts to those whose lives have been torn by deaths as a result of this storm. See you all safely on the other end.

Having dodged an albeit small bullet in the Pacific, awareness is heightened. Be safe, all.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Went to a birthday party

A very dear friend's son celebrated his 6th birthday with an all-day picnic. Lovely time. I'm happily exhausted.

It was at a beach park. Got there early enough to greet the sun. Only had a smartphone, so that is what I used. Without eyeballs, so the images were not up to par. But it was pretty amazing to watch, and a reminder of some rather important things. Appreciate what you have, and what is there.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Not right

Tired. But worked up. Body is dozing off, but the mind is racing. Chest hurts, like it's been working extra hard. Odd that I haven't felt the pounding. Have not seen the tunneling effect, but there is the tingle. Hmm, wonder if I missed a dose.

Felt like this before, but not as intense as before. I guess that's a good thing.

I should dose myself down and just wake up "whenevers," but I have a super-early wakeup scheduled. It's a special thing. Assuming I survive the day, I will certainly be toast. I hope.