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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Happy SUNday! California 2004

Specifically Disneyland, California Adventure. With Tim and Lindsay.

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Always a great time with the kids!

Have a great Sunday! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! Collecting

Part of the fun of collecting older film cameras is all of the neat “bits” that often come from finding the actual camera. There’s boxes, cases, instruction booklets, caps, auxiliary lenses, silica packs, brochures, ads and dozens of other silly stuff that adds depth to the find. I enjoy restoring and preserving the original boxes that the camera was sold with – often these items were simply tossed away after the camera was put into use. Boxes are actually harder to find and collect than the camera in many cases.

Here’s an example of a recent find – a nice Yashica 35 YL rangefinder set that I purchased from England.

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The image on the left is from the seller’s listing. The box has some obvious damage and serious staining but was overall still very solid. This camera set was made in November 1959 so it’s seen its share of shelf time and it shows. On the right is my first run in the process of restoring (preserving) the box. I gave it a good cleaning – yes, cleaning a paperboard box. I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and gently scrub away nearly 60 years worth of soot, dirt and DNA from the surfaces of the paper. I can’t stress enough how careful you need to be with the eraser. Just a little bit of moisture and the right amount of pressure will do the trick. Let the paper tell you when you’re about to go “too far”. Let the box dry (it’s not really wet) before moving on to the next steps.

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The next steps in the process of restoring a box are to carefully glue down any loose bits of the paper covering to prevent further damage and loss of details. In the image above, the box has been cleaned, loose paper secured and the bare edges where given a color coat with an alcohol marker in colors close to the original box colors. It’s a process of layering the color coats and blending them to achieve the desired results. I use these types of markers because of the wide variety of colors that are available and the fact that they apply a super thin layer of color without hiding details.

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The box is much brighter and in my opinion, appealing. There’s still some additional coloring to be done but I’m happy with the results. The deep gouge shown in the upper left picture will be filled in with a mixture of colored paper and glue. It’s a bit of work but enjoyable.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Back to the Future

A fun little econo car from Honda – the 1985 CRX HF – high-tech ’80s tech in a box

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This amazing Honda (shown here in October 1985 with Carol “stealing” my commuter car) got well over 50 mpg on the highway with a 1.5-liter gas engine and manual transmission. The “HF” model (high fuel) was the most difficult of the three models to find at a dealership as they were in high demand and produced in a somewhat limited way. The car with a full tank of gas and a driver still weighed in at just under 2,000 pounds – no airbags but it did have AC and a radio. Doc’s DeLorean had nothing on my CRX!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Copyright © 2015-2018 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
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Happy SUNday! – Minolta Maxxum

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This nice Minolta Maxxum 450si is available in our shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Everything is fully tested and ready to go.

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Minolta Maxxum 450si Panorama Date 35mm SLR
with Minolta AF Zoom 70-210mm f/4.5 Lens
and Sigma Aspherical 28-80mm f/3.5 Macro Zoom Lens
– Fully Tested – 100% working – Batteries Included!

Really nice camera set from Minolta. Super clean camera with
two lenses, the owner’s booklet and the original Minolta strap.

The lens optics are clean and issue free – the autofocus is
sharp and the autoexposure is spot on.

Great way to step into 35mm film photography!

Features include: Full-Auto Mode, Portrait Mode, Landscape, Close-up,
Sports, Night Portrait, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual Exposure,
Bulb, Fill-in Flash, Self-timer, Continuous Film Drive and Exposure Compensation.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy SUNday! – Chris