Happy SUNday! – the colors of the garden

Our North Florida garden delights with its subtle hues and wonderful textures.

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Suburban hunter with its kill.

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A majestic bald cypress with its crown of rusty needles.

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An art project left to fend for itself.

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Cooper post cap weathers to a lovely patina.

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The colors of our Florida autumn.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Ricoh Five One Nine – 1958

The Ricoh 519 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made by Riken Optical Industries, Ltd. of Tokyo in 1958. The 35mm rangefinder field was extremely crowded in 1958 with Yashica entering the market with its first rangefinder at about the same time. Almost every major and relatively unknown Japanese camera maker had at least an entry in the marketplace. In general, the designs of cameras during this period could range from downright ugly to beautiful – I would place this Ricoh in the beautiful category. I love its lines and thoughtful engineering details. The build quality is exceptional – everything fits nicely and the finishes are extraordinary. Who wouldn’t love the extra attention to detail with the “519” written out in a script?

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Christmas cactus in all its glory!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Minolta XG-M 35mm SLR Set

I have this wonderful Minolta set available for purchase in my Etsy shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

The XG-M was introduced around 1981 and was Minolta’s best entry into the crowded aperture priority SLR market of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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This set includes the original Minolta MD 50mm f2 lens as well as a Minolta MD 28 f2.8 wide-angle lens and all that you see pictured above and below.

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It’s a great little camera set with a couple of really nice Minolta lenses. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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The power of Light

The drama of the lighting and the beauty of the blossoms –

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Christmas cactus blossoms

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Lighting is a mix of natural sunlight on a cloudy day and one studio light set at daylight (5600K) and located to the lower right of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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When lens hoods “attack”!

Here’s something you don’t see every day – if ever. What happens to a rubber lens hood (lens shade) when left on for two decades? You get this…

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When I saw this lens my first impression was that it had been in a fire. I had to pry it out of the leather camera bag it was in. Not very pretty at first glance.

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Step 2 – Peeling the “melted” hood away from the lens body. What a gooey mess!

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Success! No damage to the lens and I was able to unscrew what was left of the hood.

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The lens suffered no permanent damage and after a good cleaning looks new.

I imagine that over time the “rubber” deteriorated through some chemical process with the air. Hiding out in a dark leather camera bag probably didn’t help. Lesson learned – if you own one of these monsters go check your camera bag now and toss it before it “attacks”!!!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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