Meet Anscoflex. It kinda reminds me of a vintage refrigerator when the front shutter is down. It’s green, a little quirky, and smells like an old man’s closet. But I kinda like it. From what I’ve been able to find about it online, it was designed by the same man -Raymond Loewy- who designed the Studebaker Starliner Coupé, and the Shell logo among many, many other things. He was considered one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century.
I acquired this little camera recently. It was being thrown away, and I was able to rescue it. I’m not completely sure if it works yet, but I’m hoping that I can clean it up a bit and fix the shutter, which seems to be sticking. Anyone who has any ideas or tips on how to fix it please leave me a comment. It would be greatly appreciated. This will be my very first attempt at trying to restore anything so…. with any luck, maybe you’ll see a few photos taken with this little camera soon.
I know, I’ve been a bit of a slacker…
Things have gotten pretty busy at work now that the season is in full swing, so It may be a while until I get to make another post here or take any decent photos for that matter.
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you when the ground thaws! 😉
Well, sort of. At least my car has been repaired. My job has switched over to winter hours extremely early this year, so I’m back to the 10 hour days. That kinda cuts into my time for photography a bit, since I don’t get home before 9pm most days. Hopefully it will only be a temporary thing, and once the “Summer Sale” is over I can go back to normal hours for another month or so. I wasn’t expecting for my summer to be cut short already!
Here’s one shot from that roll of film that was waiting to be developed when my car decided it was done working for a bit…. I mistakenly shot this roll at ISO 400, but it was actually 800 speed film, so its a bit washed out. It also was crazy sunny that day, which probably didn’t help either. I did try to tweak it a little in PS. I kinda like it in this pic. One of those happy accidents I guess.
There’s another couple of new shots over in Traveling Gnome as well.
I almost had a bunch of pictures to post today, but instead, I’m about to have another nasty car bill.
I jumped into my car this afternoon, after finishing off a roll of film, to get it developed, and my car got me about a quarter mile down the road before it decided it had enough, and promptly stalled out. I tried to start it up again, and didn’t even get a sputter. So, after waiting on the side of the road for about an hour for a tow, and a ride back home, I am without a car, or a roll of freshly developed film.
Sucks. A lot.
And if one more person says “well, I guess its time for a new car…” I’m gonna SCREAM!
That’s all for now… Hopefully, the boy will be feeling up to a drive tomorrow and maybe I’ll get my film developed.
Oh! And I added another picture to the Traveling Gnome’s page, courtesy of Steve and his super cool new Verizon Dare phone. There’s a link over there on the right!
There’s something about this photo that I like. I think its the nifty pattern the fence bokeh makes in the background. And maybe the pop of color from the flowers against the gray of the fence. I wasn’t originally a bit fan of this one, but it has grown on me a bit.
I was all excited about having the day off, and was hoping to get out and do some shooting today, but alas it’s raining. So I’ll have to wait a bit to finish up that roll of film. But at least I got my oil changed, and I’ve been needing to do that for a while now. Guess I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon watching some TV with the katzen.
I’m also a bit torn on my upcoming dslr purchase. I’ve been saving for a Nikon D80, but I’ve been doing some research, and I’ve found the the D200 I can get used for a decent price. (for the body only, vs the D80 package). Its probably way more camera than I’ll ever need, BUT it will meter with my old manual Nikkor lenses. The D80 will work with those lenses as well, but it won’t meter. I’m not sure how much of a pain that will be for me, or if buying the D200 used is even a good idea. Although the site I saw it on, I have purchased from in the past, and they’ve been nothing short of fantastic, so I’m not terribly worried. Any comments or ideas are welcome. I need some major help with this decision.
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th! I had a quiet night at home with The Boy, and the katzen. It was a much needed rest.
Got out and about with my Lensbaby this past week. I haven’t dusted that little guy off in a while, and thought it was about time I started using it again. I forgot how fun it was.
Here’s one of the shots I got with my LB, and theres a few more over in my Flickr gallery. Hopefully I’ll get some more up soon, but first I have to go develop some film.
😀 I love the bright orange! This is a shot from the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Taken with my Nikon FM, and Nikkor 135mm f2.8, w/ circular polarizer.
side note… Target did it again!! Why do they scan my film upside down and backwards? Is it too much to ask to turn it over the right way? Maybe I’m just being picky… I don’t know. But they seem to process my film the best. Maybe its a sign I should consider a digital SLR. But, I love my little FM, and I’m not giving it up just yet.
I think its time I bought myself a film scanner. Anyone have any suggestions? (something not crazy expensive preferably….)
I’ve decided to give Twitter a try. I keep hearing about it, and its sounds cute! So I figure, why not. I added an rss feed of my tweets over on the right. Just in case anyone cares to check it out. lol
Oh, and here’s my picture for the day. Taken during a trip to the Stony Brook Gristmill with my Nikon FM, and a Nikkor 50mm f1.8. This one is my favorite from the trip.
Hopefully sometime soon I’m going to try and head out to the Arboretum for some photos. Just as soon as The Boy and I are off again…
I’m not sure where the spring went though. It went from 60 degrees to evil overnight. Really hot. The Giant thermometer up on the middle school sign read 106 degrees today. Thats hot. Not Paris Hilton style either.
Haven’t attempted to go outside much in the past few days, for fear of my camera melting, or me, so I’ve been shooting random things around my house.
I went over to Target today, to develop a roll of film, and I’m actually pretty happy about the processing. I don’t have any of those bizarre lines in my film that I got from Wal-mart, or the globby spots that I got from CVS, so even though its a bit of a trip to get there, I think I’m going to go there from now on.
However, all was not perfect…. The girl at Target who scanned my film onto the CD for me, scanned the film upside down and backwards. So now I have to flip everything around. I’m thinking that it may be why the scans are extra grainy this time around. But all-in-all, its the best I’ve found so far.
Decided to decorate my balcony, with some of those big cafe lights.
Been a pretty busy weekend for me, had a friend’s baby shower in Connecticut, my cat got some wonky foot infection, and my mother was over for most of the weekend.
It was nice to sit out on the balcony Monday night have some coffee, and finally relax. One day, I’ll actually be able to relax on a day off work.
Crazy, I know.