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Patterns in the snow

Posted in 35mm, photography, SLR, Uncategorized, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2017 by msogavt

Not entirely of natures making.

Three-point turn

Making a three-point turn.


Not quite perfect grid

Winter textures

Posted in 35mm, photography, SLR, Uncategorized, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2017 by msogavt

Seeing textures in the snow and ice.

Lake Champlain ice floe

The lake never froze this winter, but on cold days, you cold see ice build up along the shore. This was after a cold spell when there was ice left in the eddies.

River into lake Burlington bike path

Lake Champlain shore where a crappy little stream runs out of the Barge Canal, a Superfund site (the bad stuff is settled on the bottom and not in the water, or so they say). Love the layers of shades and textures.

Snow on beach, Lake Champlain

Snow on the beach looks almost like sand dunes.


Posted in 35mm, photography, SLR with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2013 by msogavt
Morning Fog, Burlington, Oct. 12, 2013

Morning Fog, Burlington, Oct. 12, 2013


Moon setting over the Adirondacks,Oct. 20, 2013

A couple of frames from my benighted roll of HP5.

Nikon EM

Posted in photography, SLR with tags , , , , , , , on July 16, 2011 by msogavt

Nikon EM

I”ve been on a run of using SLR cameras lately, taking a break from my rangefinders. The EM is a low-cost Nikon with aperture priority AE and not much else. When it comes to shutter speed, you have a choice between auto and 1/90 and that’s about it. Still, it’s well-built with the controls where you would expect to find it. I’m more use to shooting Canons, so it took a while to get used to differences, including which way you turn the lens to mount it.

It’s great to see what the lens is seeing, especially when I can see the depth of field of each shot before I press the shutter. I welcome the weight and balance that an SLR gives you compared to a rangefinder, and the TTL metering information right in the viewfinder felt like a luxury.

But an SLR takes up more room than most of my rangefinders, so I’m less likely to carry it around unless I set out to take pictures. I also had trouble seeing pictures with this camera, much more so than with most of my rangefinders. No sure why.

July 18: One thing I forgot to mention. This camera has a wicket mirror slap. You can practically feel the body jump in you hands when you trip the shutter. I wonder how much use the EM would be even at 1/60.

June 12 - Clogs on deck

June 12 - Clogs and flowers

An afternoon in Saratoga Springs with a Canon FL 35mm f2.5

Posted in photography, SLR with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2010 by msogavt


""Spit and Spat" fountain, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

For some reason, I really like this shot of “Spit and Spat,” a fountain in the Italian Gardens in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  The sky was overcast and it was the middle of the day so the light was less than optimal, but still captured a nice reflection on the water. I also like the point of view, which is a little different from most of the photos I find of this fountain.

I was in Saratoga as the driver for my wife who had some business there one Sunday in September. I had about 4 hours to kill, and walked about town testing out the Canon FL 35mm f2.5 I had just purchased.

This is what the beast looks like

I had the lens mounted on my trusty F-1, but found that the FL mount doesn’t engage the aperture readout on the light meter, which meant I had to go hand-held.  In fact, the aperture control doesn’t work at all unless I put a wedge in to hold the lever on the mount side in place. So, FL lenses mount on FD cameras, but that’s about it. At least for this model.

The other down side is that this lens weighs a ton. Combined that with the already hefty F-1 and you’ve got a package that can be quite a burden for a walkabout. Still, I like the 35mm focal length and the lens is more than sharp enough. I might have to get one of these in the FD mount.

Going back to an SLR for anything but shooting sports (kids) was a departure from my current stint trying out rangefinders. There’s a definite advantage to seeing through the lens, but one, I think, off set by the bulk and weight of a single-lens reflex system. I would not want to carry around something like this on a trip like my recent one to Japan.  A lighter lens and body (such as my T-70 with a newer FD lens) might make a difference, but for portability rangefinders have it hands down.

A few more samples. I was using an expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 I had picked up at a tag sale. Worked fine for me.

Congress Park

Post Office

Antique store

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