Springtime in Naka-ku, Yokohama

Remembering back to our time living in Japan in the late 1970s. We lived in a small area of southern Yokohama near Sankei-en (gardens). The Naka Ward was home to a large US Navy family housing area and the ever popular Navy Exchange and Commissary. Avenue D, pictured below, was the main highway from Yokohama to the Navy base at Yokosuka. In our part of the housing area, these Sakura (below) had been planted as a joint project with the military families and the local community. After the long and dreary winter we looked forward to the blossoms and warmth … Continue reading Springtime in Naka-ku, Yokohama

Ready on the Flight Deck – USS Midway

On board the USS Midway (CV-41) in the East China Sea 1979. Preparing for early morning flight operations (FLT OPS). Planes to wash, jets to fuel, pilots to brief and missiles to load. 24/7 sometimes. The USS Midway (CV-41) Commissioned 1945… the hull was built from the plans of the next generation battleship. Decommissioned 1992… no other carrier served longer. Was the largest ship in the world from 1945 to 1955. Fantastic museum in San Diego now. One of the best Naval museums anywhere! Camera: Canon F-1 Continue reading Ready on the Flight Deck – USS Midway

Yashica Pentamatic Refreshed –

The beautiful, simple and clean lines of Yashica’s first SLR. If you’re new to the Yashica Pentamatic then you’re in luck as this is the best place to be for the most accurate information about the mysterious Pentamatic. First envisioned when Yashica acquired the Nicca Camera Company in the summer of 1958. Yashica needed the technology and manufacturing know-how that Nicca had – focal plane shutters and the ability to build small complicated 35mm SLRs. The timeline as best as we can tell looks like this – Yashica “invents” the Pentamatic in the summer of 1959. Yashica files for the … Continue reading Yashica Pentamatic Refreshed –

Cocoa Beach Firefighters – 1972

Cocoa Beach, Florida firefighters, May 1972 As part of my college ‘Photographic Documentation’ classes at Hydrospace Technical Institute (a mouthful), I decided to join the Cocoa Beach Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter trainee in the Spring of 1972. The highly trained professionals at the station agreed to train me and allowed me to document their activities for my class. Since Cocoa Beach is so close to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, the firefighters at Cocoa Beach had access to better personal gear (Lexan helmets and other high tech safety equipment) than other departments that were not expected … Continue reading Cocoa Beach Firefighters – 1972

Reflections – 1972

Self portrait at 18 Cocoa Beach, Florida March 1972 Camera:  Yashica TL Electro-X Lens:  Auto Yashinon 50mm f1.7 lens Film:  Kodak Plus X Pan Processing:  Self processed Scanner:  Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Part of a collection of negatives that I shot while at college in South Florida. These have never been printed and have only just recently been ‘found’ again. Wow, 45 years ago! Continue reading Reflections – 1972

Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 & Fujica GW690

Testing our Fujica GW690 medium format camera and Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 film. Captures the details, grays, shadows and textures nicely on this 130 year old brick wall on Centre Street. Processing:  The Darkroom Scanner:  Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film:  Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 Camera:  Fuji Photo Film Fujica GW690 ca.1978 Continue reading Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 & Fujica GW690

Earliest Pentamatic Lenses Found… Yeah!

Nerd heaven! After years of speculation and almost constant searching, we’ve been able to confirm that Tomioka Optical began making lenses for Yashica’s new Pentamatic 35mm SLR camera in the latter part of 1959. The two lenses pictured below confirm (via serial numbers) of an October 1959 start of production. Yashica had filed for a trademark of the name ‘Pentamatic’ in September 1959 (in Japan). Since their new camera used an exclusive mount for its lenses, Yashica designers had to have shared their design with Tomioka as early as the summer (August ?) of 1959. Using the rule of twos, … Continue reading Earliest Pentamatic Lenses Found… Yeah!