Monday, August 08, 2005

Dragonfly soaking up the rays.

Here is a little something I thew together last night. I shot that dragonfly at work with a Nikon FE an d a 210mm Macro I think... Anyway, I thought I'd try it squared, cropped, and on a black matte to see how it would look. Please comment, let me know what you think! Anyway, that's all for now... --Justin

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Here is a pic of my FED-3b that I bought on eBay for 25.00 + shipping from Ukraine. It's got the Industar 61 L/D lens on it, which is a very sharp & slightly radioactive 52mm/2.8 lens made as a Soviet replacement for the German made Leitz Tessar type lenses. The Soviets banned camera imports from Germany (understandably) during World War II and started producing their own natively made derivatives. After the war, Soviet Camera makers had become well established, and started coming out with their own designs. The FED-3 is a result of this newfound industry's strides into the world of Lieca type rangefinder cameras. I think it's a pretty good cam, with the one outstanding exception being it's rediculously dim, small viewfinder, which has sharp ridges around it which scratch your glasses. It's a good thing it features diopter correction, so they aren't needed anyway. I like the blue color, it's pretty unique for a Sov-cam to have this bright a shade of blue. It almost looks modern. I have even been asked questions like "Is that digital?". Pretty good for being nearly a 40 year old design.

Dad and Cam

I shot this pic of my Dad with the FED-3b and it's Industar 61 L/D lens @ f/2.8. He was playing with his Canon S2 IS Digicam. It was just after sunset. I'll post pics of the FED-3b later

Another great photo shoot.

Last night my Dad and I went for a ride in the Hudson Valley of New York where we live, and were looking for some good views to photograph. We ended up coming across this field on the side of the road where you could see across the Hudson river and all the way to the Catskill Mountains. We had just experienced a cold front, so that caused some great cloud formations as the clouds blew over the mountains from the west and fanned out after they cleared the peaks. The sun shown through the clouds, changing them from grey to pink to orange and then finally to purple as it went down. I shot almost two rolls of Fuji Velvia slidefilm on the views, so I'll be posting the shots to my Flickr account ( whenever I get them developed, scannend and published. We also climbed a steep hill near the Rip Van Winkle bridge after sunset and took some shots with long exposure times and a tripod of the traffic crossing the streetlight-laden suspension bridge with the ominous mountains lurking in the background. Should be interesting to see how they come out.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Kicking off the new Photoblog - The future of this thing.

Ok, it's been awhile since I've said anything on here. A long, long time... So, what's new? I've been really getting a lot more into photography, and have been using Flickr more than anything else, hence the lack of updates here. The reason I'm posting this now is simple. I love flickr, but I figure it's about time to set up a photoblog so that I have more control over my pictures and how much I can say about them. I'll still upload to Flickr, but I think I'll post many of my shots here so that I can write more than just a very brief paragraph about them. Anyhoo, here's a pic I took of a girl named Gabrielle to kick off the new photoblogging idea. Enjoy.