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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

And these are just the ones I remember:

Pentax Spotmatic => Canon Program => Canon AE-1 => Nikon FM => Canonet => Yashica TLR => Rollei TLR => Pentax 645 => Pentax 67 => Contax SLR => Wista 4 x 5 => Mamiya 6 => Toyo 4 x 5 => Hexar Classic => Leica m3 => Contax G2 => Leica M6 => Elan II => Elan 7 => Canon A75 => Canon D300

This is the chronology of a camera bug that began around 1965.  The only pattern that I can discern is that I began life with an SLR and seem to have gravitated back to them.  What do I still have?  The Hexar Classic and the 2 Elans and of course the D300 (soon to be replaced with the D20).

Do I miss any of these cameras?  Any emotional attachment?  Maybe the two early Canon SLRs.  I remember taking lots of pictures with them that I wish I had somewhere.  I think I was more attached to the situations and people where the cameras were used rather than the cameras themselves.

Worst camera (for me) of the bunch was probably the Pentax 645.  Worst in the sense that I took a lot of pictures with it, and never liked a single one.  Favorite from the cameras that I don't really use anymore: has to be the Hexar. 

Yes, the Pentax 67 - the Texas SLR - when people in New York saw you approaching with that piece of metal, they stepped aside. 

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Medium Format?

So with all that said - what's going on in the medium format world?  I haven't been following developments there at all.  Since we're getting to the point where it's all about the sensor - what will the justification be for buying a Hass or a Mamiya 7?  Don't the medium format companies need to jump in with both feet.

9:44:18 PM    


Lunch Break

9:02:01 PM    


Roosevelt Island

Very overcast today - with the end of Frances storm in the area.  I have shot this scene a number of times and never been satisfied with it: too static.  This morning, I tried a new approach.  I spun myself around a few times until I was a dizzy, (no kidding) and then looked at the scene and took this shot.  I may have been unduly influenced by the Rimbaud 'disordering of the senses' poetry I was wading through.

I wanted to give it a sense of being improvised, just ever so slightly off.  The coloring (or lack of same) was something I was after though - since it was a fairly gloomy grayish day.

2:56:29 PM    

The week after:

Item 1

"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice," Mr. Cheney told a crowd of 350 people in Des Moines, "because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."  - Dick Cheny (a.k.a. Dr. Strangelove)

But there is the naked strategy:  We can protect you against terror - the other guy can't.

Item 2 From the NY Times (today)

Many of those arrested and their families, including many people who said they were not protesting at all but simply stumbled into a police net, say they were held for at least 24 hours, often with little food and no access to lawyers, confined in a pier with a dirty floor greased with chemicals.

Wendy Stefanelli, 35, who works as a stylist for "Sex and the City" and other shows, said that she was arrested when she tried to stop a police officer from beating a protester, but that she was not demonstrating herself. She spent several hours with other arrested people on a bus, where one man with Crohn's disease suffered from a burst colostomy bag.

"He was throwing up all over the back of the bus," she said in an e-mail message. "The entire bus begged the officers present to please get medical attention to this man. They completely ignored us."

Mr. Bloomberg has consistently denied that the conditions at the pier were poor, adding that it was clean and that people were provided food inside. "It's not Club Med, don't make any mistake about it, and it's not supposed to be Club Med," he said last week. "And I don't think there's anyone in the city that wants to make it Club Med. Which I used to go to all the time and I always found great! This is not supposed to be great."

Mr. Bloomberg also suggested that he would offer to hold both the Democratic and Republican Conventions in New York City in 2008 and is trying to bring the Olympics here as well.  Perhaps he can swing it so that we have all three at the same time.

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What a wonderful shot. The Bronx pictures were fabulous. Just online looking for information on Woodlawn. My wife tho is a photography teacher but i feel she could learn a thing or two from you. Thank you for your work.  The room was very small then still is. You however are not. a new fan in bandera tx

Bandera Texas!  I love the sound of that.  I picture a bunch of former Bronxites taking over a town filled with cowboys.

7:51:05 AM