Fragment in an alley
A couple of shots from yesterday morning’s walkabout in the area of Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe.
Denver has some great photo meetup groups, including Front Range Photography. My life, and my photo skills, are all the better for having joined up.
Woke up at 5:40 this morning, stumbled around, got the coffee started, opened the shades on the lanai facing west. The moon looked interesting. Then turned on teevee and the weather lady said it’s a lunar eclipse, the “blood moon” and it’s peaked with a few minutes left. Grabbed a jacket and my camera, went out on the fire escape and got a few grainy handheld shots. My camera was in M, I was in jammies, not yet caffeinated, cold, and barely awake – and it was dark. Under the circs I’m happy we can tell it’s the moon. Graininess and all. Nikon D7100, Tamron 16-300 lens, 1/4 sec, f 6.3, ISO 5000, manual focus.
Daisy. Five-photo stack, f/8 at 250 ISO, 0.8 second exposure.
Glass beads, f/22 at 200 ISO, 4 second exposure.
Yesterday was fun – a macro photography class taught by Jeff Johnson. I don’t have a “real” macro lens, but my trusty old manual focus 50mm f/1.8 Nikon lens, plus an extension tube, kept me in the game.
The Brown Palace Hotel in the foreground. In the background: the Wells Fargo Center aka the Cash Register Building. Recently I’ve been shooting this scene with different cameras at different times, from about the same location.
This one is old style. Film. Shot with a Nikon EM + crummy old Tokina lens, on C-41, converted to grainy B&W in Photoshop.
And a bath, and a good brushout.
And, mostly, a hug. He gets lots of hugs.
I’ve been on eBay again, looking at old Nikon lenses to use with my D7100. I always browse the old film camera category, because people will sell an old SLR with its lens(es) in a single deal. I’ve acquired a few good old prime lenses for a bargain price that way, and in the past I donated the unwanted sad old cameras to Goodwill. But this time around I’m paying attention to the cameras too. I bought some film and I’m shooting with a few old SLRs – all Nikons so far – in the bundles I bought. A few days ago I took light rail downtown to my job on a day that started clear – see the first photo, above – and as predicted went all snowy. I took along a Nikon EM with a crummy old 35-70mm
Hanimex Tokina [oops, a mistake in the original edit] lens (don’t ask, long story, bad choice of lens), shooting Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400. When I went to lunch, the snow had started: By quitting time, I was happy to be riding light rail and not having to drive home. Or to bike home.
I love the innernets. Today I researched an old Promaster brand zoom lens – once bundled with Nikon “amateur” level SLR film cameras and now often found for sale, cheap. As often happens, I found a discussion on point, on a photography forum, with only a few conflicting details (it’s definitely manufactured by Tamron vs. it’s for sure a Tokina lens).
And then I found this, from a guy who started a discussion by asking about that lens. He thanked the others for the information and said, about the lens:
it will not be used for critical work, just for snapshots and holiday memories
Just snapshots and holiday memories.
Oh, dude. Really?
The photo above is a crop of a picture I took back in the 80’s or 90’s, of my aunt, clowning around at Christmastime with a row of stuffed animals on the hearth. She adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and loved making a big fuss over them at Christmas especially.
I won’t put her face on the Internet today. She’s now the prisoner of a vicious disease (Parkinson’s) and not in good physical or mental condition. So bad that she’s incapable of consenting to my posting an identifiable image. It’s beyond sad. The energetic, smiling woman in that picture is only a memory now.
I don’t remember what camera I used to take that photo. It was probably some decent point and shoot with 35mm film. I’m glad it came out pretty well.
But, if I’d had a top of the line, revered, camera and lens, to take that photo? It would have been worth it.