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


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:


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.


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.


3. Remove the shutter! Admire it!


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


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.


6. Made sure everything is centred and solid.


7. Put it back on the Calumet!


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


Mushrooms at the Brantford Sculpture Garden in early July.

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The Mighty Hunter


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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