Winter departs… Spring will pass quickly… Summer stays & sizzles

We enjoy our all too short Winter… the sky is bright blue and often cloudless. The humidity is bearable for once. Spring – one of the nicest seasons – departs quickly as the Summer sun returns north of the equator. The unrelenting heat drives us to seek water and shade. Boats and beaches – sea breezes and cool drinks – air conditioning and thoughts of the mountains. But Summer is our favorite season – it has to be – it seems to never give up or go away.

It’s also a favorite time to enjoy photography. The colors are amazing and if you’re lucky, the day will end with a cooling thunderstorm – light show included!

Bring on the Summer!

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Supporting cast: Fujifilm FinePix XP100, Sony Cyber-shot W170, Samsung Galaxy S4

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your summer!

Chris

East China Sea Sunrise

Sunrise and showers as viewed from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) while conducting flight ops in the East China Sea in late 1979. Sometimes, the loneliness of life at sea can be rewarded – however briefly. Standing there in the predawn hours waiting for the tropical night to end – a dissipating rain shower on the horizon adds a bit of drama to the sunrise and the photographers night is done.

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The sun touches the clouds and the tropical shower has all but dissipated. A distant ship (part of our Task Group) can be seen on the horizon’s center.

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Flight Deck personnel clean their aircraft for the days activities. US Navy Sea King helicopter (on the right) from HC-1 and a F-4J Phantom jet awaits its next sortie.

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The cumulonimbus cloud drops its precipitation into the warm sea.

Camera: Canon F-1 (1978 version) with Canon FD 24mm f2.8 lens on Kodak Kodachrome.

Thanks for your visit.

Chris

Yashica Pentamatic S – Phase 1

A long neglected (not by us) Yashica Pentamatic S is getting a much needed restoration and some re-imagineering  by us as a top-level professional SLR.

A few peeks before the color coats get applied. Stripped of its hardware and sanded to slickness – 2000 grit sandpaper – she’s ready to shine again!

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We love the hints of brass that are showing through the factory silver finish after the wet sanding. The Pentamatic family of SLRs have one of the sharpest looking pentaprisms around. Without a clunky accessory shoe on the top of the finder, the Pentamatics have a clean, modern design. This one is from early in the production run in 1961. It’s number 237 off the assembly line at the Yashica campus in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture.

Stay with us as we will post updates along the way!

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Thanks, Chris and Carol Photography

 

Fireproof

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Rescue crewman’s fireproof helmet. USS Midway (CV-41), underway from Yokosuka, Japan in the South China Sea. 1978

No post production. As captured and composed.

Camera: Canon F-1 (1978 version)  Kodak Kodachrome 25  Canon FD 80-200mm f4 @ 4 sec

The Doors* new doors added 2.25.2017l

Everybody uses them – we hardly take notice until they fail – we all have our favorites. Here are some of ours. A short photo essay on doors (*and knobs and handles too)!

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Favorite Door – but it’s gone now.

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Forgotton Door

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Disney Door

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Official Doors

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EPCOT Door

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French Door… no really!

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Disney Door – Key and Heart

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Vintage Look Door Knob

 

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Century Old Door

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More Disney Door… A Doggie Door?

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“I’ve Seen It All” Door

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Disney Studio Door

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Crusty and Rusty

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Elegant Pull

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Hard Working Pull

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Reflections Door

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Vintage View Doors

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Home Door

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Happy Doors!!!

Thanks for your visit! Do you have a favorite? Let us know.

Supporting Cast: Sony Cyber-shot W170, Samsung Galaxy S4, Fujifilm FinePix S9900, Fuji Photo Fujipet

 

Backyard Habitat

A few images from this past autumn, winter and this early Florida spring.

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Frosty Mist

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Endless Patterns

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Bald Cypress

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Florida’s Redwoods

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Competing Greens

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River Birch Bark

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Rusted Bark

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Peaceful Place

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Whoops! Not quite in our backyard habitat.

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot W170, Samsung Galaxy S4, Canon F-1

Peaceful day to all…

Chris

People that knew my mom… 1939

An unusual topic, but since I had recently scanned these images from one of my mom’s photo albums I felt I should do something with them. I can’t bring myself to simply just throw pictures away – as a photographer it doesn’t seem right. But why was I using up valuable(?) storage space on my PC for strangers? Well for one they did know my mom and were her friends and were important in her life. So, why not share them with you all – like facebook only the 1939 version.

What strikes me the most is just how similar these images are from 78 years ago to the images you see posted on social media today. Young 20-somethings goofing around in front of a camera and having fun together. Photography is a universal language that we all speak and understand and the people captured in the images “live” forever on film and in our minds.

All images are taken in and around New York City – except for a few, my mom was the photographer and shooting with her Kodak.

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One of my favorites… she looks just so bored!

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My mom and her best friend (my mom on right). I just love this image!

 

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My mom second from left.

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5th Avenue Fashionistas! My mom is the lovely lady on the far right!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

 

Excellent Post by Dan James

I’ve shot far more photographs with 50mm lenses than any other focal length. But switching 50s more often than underwear can become an exhausting and hollow experience. Here’s why my 50s philandering days are done, and how I’ve settled on my ideal. It took me a while to realise, but after something like seven or […]

via The Fall Of The 50s Philanderer (Or How I Found The Perfect 50mm Lens) — 35hunter