American Iconography in a Soviet Lens

Above are a couple of images I took of the strange, unfocused and self-aggrandizing place that is the Russel Salvatore Heroes and Patriots Park in western New York State. The camera was a Soviet-era Agat 18K half-frame, a cheerful plastic product of the mid-1980s USSR camera industry.

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Denver After Dark, Jan 2016

Denver after Dark, January 2016. Shot with a Minolta SR-T 101.

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Just a little picture teaser…

Just a little picture teaser….

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The Hare and the Claire

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I dusted off the Lubitel 166 yesterday and took the girls on a exploration of the city core. A portion of James North has gentrified and artified and been in that stage long enough that it has begun to wear out and get shabby again.

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The Calumet Project

A month ago I acquired a Calumet 4×5 monorail camera with no lens or shutter for $75. I intend to get a quality shutter and lens for it, but in the meantime I decided to improvise. I followed the steps below:

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1.  Acquire a Kodak Folding Autographic Camera from the 1910s. Don’t pay more than $30 or $40 Canadian. They made about 2.5 million of these things, and despite what some antique dealers and eBay sellers would have you believe, they are not particularly rare.

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2. Open the camera. Unscrew the rear lens element and the ring that holds the shutter in place. They just unscrew by hand, though the ring/washer that holds the shutter in place may require use of a screwdriver to help turn it.

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3. Remove the shutter! Admire it!

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4. Remove the lens board from the large format camera.

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5. Place the Kodak shutter in the lens board. Place a 1″ washer over the back, then screw it in place with the ring that held the shutter in place.

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6. Made sure everything is centred and solid.

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7. Put it back on the Calumet!

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8. Test out of the focus. In my case, I found removing the rear element made larger and brighter photos. Leaving in place makes it easier to focus on close-at-hand objects, but I need to properly test this out.

We shall see! 😀

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One Rainy Summer

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Mushrooms at the Brantford Sculpture Garden in early July.

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The Mighty Hunter

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Ah! This is me. All 300 lbs of me. Stalking images one summer along the Welland Canal with my wife Desiree.

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