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Thursday, 04 September 2008


That photograph sure looks familiar, i could swear that there is a 1970s Friedlander that looks just like it, and I mean that as the highest complement

Mark would probably happy to know that 3x4 film is still available under the Efke brand. Only 100 ISO available, but at least you don't have to reach for the cutter.


I have a couple of 4 x5 Speed Graphics somewhere in the blackhole of my basement, they were fun cameras to use, I keep hoping that a 4 x 5 graflock digital back will appear that is cheaper than a car so I can start using them again.

Although the really fun camera is my 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 Graflex onto which some master craftsman grafted a 4 x 5 graflock back, now that and a digital back would be great fun.

I then be able to scare women, children & Homeland Security all at once.

(in the process of surviving the RNC convention, police buses, horse police, and $#!@# wearing blue plush elephant hats)

Ah, that takes me back to 1959, when the high school physics teacher introduced me to photography by inviting me to join the camera club. All our indoor photos when I joined the club were shot on a 3-1/4 by 4-1/4 Graflex using direct flash. As I recall, the potato-masher flash unit was a Honeywell strobe powered by a heavy lead-acid battery on a shoulder strap. The Braun flash that soon supplemented it had a lighter weight plastic battery case, but it was still lead-acid, and both of them had to be plugged in to recharge overnight. The state of charge was indicated by colored beads floating in an indicator tube.

It's a good thing the camera did not require batteries.

I'll just comment on the photo: I am filled with a deep sense of calm looking at this scene; it must be a joy to live there.

quirky formalism.


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