Sunday, May 29, 2005

Lensbaby Portraits

jen 1
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
I took this shot of Jen back in April, with my Lensbaby mounted on my Nikon FM2N. It's the first time I'd used that lens for shooting people, and it really adds a different aspect to such shots. I don't think I have yet seen any lensbaby nudes...any volunteers?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

more macro notes

Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
This morning, I tried out stacking 2 diopters on the front of my Fuji FinePix S7000. This is the result of a +1 and +4 diopter. The lens is not set at the macro setting, so by doing this I have pretty good working distance and Maxium 210 mm zoom (35mm equivalent). Note the blue cast to the flower at the upper left -- a common digital problem, and exaggerated by the diopters, I am sure.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

How many is too many?

While I was in Martinsville, VA, I had an opportunity to see part of Doug Wilcox's camera collection. This shot is only of the Kodaks. For those of you that have spouses that believe you have too many old cameras, show them this photo. Doug is a fine gentleman, and I was pleased to be able to browse his collection.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Sepia Scenes

Old Tobacco Warehouses 2
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
I don't often turn my images into sepia tones on the computer. My tastes runs more towards the Selenium toned - more purplish-blacks, less on the brown side. However, these tobacco warehouses in Danville, Virginia really looked great this way. Even more so, as a testament to the tobacco-induced brown coverings that coat the homes and lungs of smokers.
This sepia effect was done in iPhoto. However, had I shot this on film, I would have toned the prints in Kodak's Sepia toner.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Back When...Ann Arbor had an industry

Back When...
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
Last weekend I was in Martinsville, VA for the 4th annual Gathering of the Argus Camera Collectors Group. My daughter Marjorie was with me, and we had a great time. I'll post more images in a few days, but I had to post this photo I took of an old issue of the employee newletter, The Argus Eyes, which has this photo of the sign Argus used to have on US 23.