These two got popular on 500px. Many thanks to the folks there for voting!
And the other thanks goes to a friend who’s visit took us – and the camera – to Door County to capture these photos!
I’m back, sober!
This is a shot of a romantic family night: me, the lady and the little guy. Wish I could have a better DOF but did not want to kill the mode by setting up the tripod and go for a smaller aperture. This was as good as it could get shooting off hand.
It’s the third week in Michigan and there are three more to go, only being back for the weekends. Sometimes it is not too bad to be away, only to appreciate more for what you have.
Gosh I’m missing them big time!
This is chippy, as I used to call it. Sometimes I used to sit outside and see if I can make any good shots of the birds feeding on our or neighbor’s bird feeder. One day I noticed this guy as I was waiting. It was almost impossible to ignore it as it was so playful and curious. We worked on out trust and he was not scared to get real close. The telephoto however was not its favorite and he still was not getting closer than probably three feet when I was pointing it at it.
I spotted it more afterwards, or maybe I was more on the lookout for it. Saw it many many more times running around joyfully in the grass, making that bird-like calls, and making them pretty loud. We had our moments too, especially the time I was gonna share a secret with it, and the promise that its lips will be sealed!
But then there was trouble. Out of nowhere a rat found a secret pathway to one of our kitchen cabinets and chewed up on almost everything. Called the landlord, and the rat was trapped in a few hours. Next day the exterminator came in and made a few suggestions, specially about the opening under the garage door. He mentioned that it need to be fixed, but placed a snap trap just to make sure that another one will not get in.
What I saw two days later was heart breaking…
There were definitely more than one occasion that I was cursing myself for not having my camera on me. Well actually way more than many. This brought the thought that what about an “el chipo” to carry around all the time without worrying about losing or breaking it. The digital rangefinders were a bit pricey and the film rangefinders were never to my taste.Since I’m processing my own BW, a film SLR seemed to be the best bet for now.
So I looked pretty hard and came up with a Kalimar KX-5000 with a 50/1.8 lens on Ebay. Got it in mail and noticed that the film counter was not working and the plastic insert in the battery compartment was broken. The latter was fixed with super glue, but the first took a little bit longer to figure out and fix, as I had to lift the top cover. I must admit it was fun!
The rest was easy: load up film, jump on the street, then get back and process. I then understood that how much I missed the old school cameras, with winders, three LED light meters, no automatic modes and manual focus. The best part was that the results were pretty impressive!