Monday, May 15, 2017

Too old for Tuesday

"There's ageism in everything. I don't give a hoot. 
It isn't what other people think; 
it's what you think. 
But it's hard to come to terms with getting older. 
I admire people like Vivienne Westwood." 
Cyndi Lauper

"I've been running a full marathon every year 
for more than 20 years, 
and my record is getting worse. 
Getting older, 
getting worse. 
It's natural. "
Haruki Murakami

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monterey Analogue Sunset

“Sunset is a wonderful opportunity 
for us to appreciate 
all the great things 
the sun gives us!” 
Mehmet Murat ildan

Monday, May 8, 2017

If Pirsig Surfed

"We keep passing unseen 
through little moments 
of other people's lives. "
Robert M. Pirsig

Friday, May 5, 2017

When Apps Misbehave

Friends, I have 100's of old Kodachromes like these on Kodak Photo CDs which were cutting edge 20 years ago. After various upgraded versions of Photoshop and Mac OS changes, I'm unable to open the .pcd file format, which Kodak no longer supports. 

Can anybody recommend an App that they have used that works? The shot below is a bad scan by a lab - barely sharp and overly contrasty. The Kodak .pcd ones are 100 times better. 

Thanks in advance

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Somewhere else

“Everything in life 
is somewhere else, 
and you get there in a car.” 
E B White

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


“The caterpillar does all the work, 
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 
George Carlin

Monday, April 3, 2017

UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm

Another instalment in our series of vintage film cameras and lenses. These images and the ones in the post below were shot on the Sunshine Coast of Australia using a Nikonos V  35mm film camera from the mid-1980's.

The lens is the UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm introduced in July 1985. It should be used with the DF-12 viewfinder (the thing on top of the camera). Otherwise framing a shot is a bit "hit and miss". I usually use a diving mask as well. It goes without saying that being able to swim confidently in the ocean is mandatory for these kinds of shots. 

On both sides of the lens are knobs to allow adjustments for aperture and distance. Everything is manual, including film wind on. This camera does have an accurate light meter, though.

The 20mm Nikkor_UW is still an amazing collection of glass designed to work underwater only. I have read on the internet there are hacks to make it work on land -  like set it to F22 and Infinity or F22 and the closest focusing but neither have worked. So I use this lens only underwater. Here's what it looks like on land at F22.