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This moment of tranquilo brought to you by Canon and Oh God I Needed This. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Canon, Blog Stuff, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Won't Get Fooled Again...

Although it happened over a year ago, I remember it like it was yesterday... I was headed home from Indy Arms Company and pulled up at the traffic light at the intersection of 54th and Keystone. I was westbound, and 54th Street makes a little dogleg across Keystone Avenue, so the two sides of 54th don't get a green light at the same time; westbound gets the green light first, and after it turns red, then eastbound traffic gets to go. The light was yellow already as I rolled up, so I stopped...
Tags: Guns, History, Sony, Keystone, Dodge, Plymouth, Fiat Chrysler, Tam, Marko, Dodge Challenger, Cuda, Zoom zoom, Indy Arms Company, Pickcher Takin, Keystone Avenue, Plymouth Barracuda Marko

Automotif CCXX...

I've been trying to get a shot of this guy for a while. The best I've done so far is this one, which was snapped on the way home from the Indy 500. It's a center crop from a shot taken across 62nd Street, which is five lanes wide at that point, using my RX100 pocket cam, which only has a 105mm equivalent zoom. El Cutlassino Yes, I know it's not actually an Oldsmobile, but I'm willing to play along with dude's whimsy.Now in my headcanon there's an alternate universe with a '70 Hurst/...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin

Spinning Discs and Submarines

This was Kodak's top-of-the-line Disc camera in 1982. The 8000 added a few features over its cheaper stablemates... Yes, I know it's an Akula. I didn't have a tiny Typhoon. The cheaper Disc cameras could shoot pretty quickly, at least in a world where motor drive was kind of a novelty. A quick shooter could probably get two shutter presses a second just by poking the button. The 8000 added a selector switch on the front. Leave it in semiauto "●" mode and it worked like a regular shutt...
Tags: Books, Guns, US, Kodak, History, Cia, Ships, Tam, Clancy, My G-g-g-generation, Pickcher Takin, Kodak Disc

It's Holden!

I couldn't help it.  Holden was laying there with the light from the window on him, and my Nikon D3000 with the 35mm f/1.8 was right there in arm's reach... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Nikon, Holden, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Zoom Hate

I think some of the residual hate toward zoom lenses comes from the fact that some early ones were truly awful, and even the good modern ones are usually slower than their fixed focal length equivalents. An f/2.8 zoom is pretty fast, after all. But sometimes you need one to get the shot. zOoM wItH yOuR fEeT https://t.co/qcnfx0sg3X— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) May 26, 2021 It's not like you can hop in the cage with the tiger, after all... ...and nobody wants to schlep a half-dozen different p...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Tamara K, Pickcher Takin

“Why is movie blurry?”

I'm seeing lots of chatter about the cinematography of Zack Snyder's latest effort. Some people seem confused by the blurry backgrounds...First and foremost, some scenes have a blurry, dreamlike quality to them because of Zack Snyder’s use of the Canon 50mm f/.0.95 lens, nicknamed the Canon Dream Lens, a relatively obscure piece of equipment developed in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. Snyder, who also acted as cinematographer on Army of the Dead, specifically utilized the full-frame Rangefinder l...
Tags: Japan, Guns, Canon, Tam, Snyder, Zack Snyder, Neat-o, Flicks, Pickcher Takin, Army of the Dead, Taxonomy of Modern Dangers, Canon Dream Lens


When I got back into film photography back at the end of 2013, it was mostly by accident; the result of buying a Leica R4 on a lark just because it was so cheap that I could afford what was once an unattainable object of desire just to put on my desk as a fidget spinner. Seriously, it was something like ninety bucks at KEH, a tenth of what it had cost new in the Eighties. Film cameras... even Leicas, other than the rarer variants of the classic M-series... had fallen into the Trough of No...
Tags: Guns, Kids These Days, Nikon, Leica, Tam, Veblen, Keh, Vidjo, Money Makes The World Go 'round, My G-g-g-generation, Pickcher Takin, Yamil, Boomer ang, Oleg Kevin

Photo Phreakout

By now you've no doubt seen the photo of the Bidens and the Carters that was Tweeted by the Carter Center:We’re pleased to share this wonderful photo from the @POTUS and @FLOTUS visit to see the Carters in Plains, Ga.! Thank you President and Mrs. Biden! pic.twitter.com/QcA33iUev4— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) May 4, 2021 Well, like everything else, people felt compelled to talk out their asses on the internet about it, and I've heard everything from "green screen" to "deepfake" to "Photo...
Tags: News, Guns, Tam, Jimmy, Bidens, Carters, Carter Center, Rosalynn, Conspiranoia, Pickcher Takin, Mrs Biden

Tab Clearing...

The last gasoline-engined V-series Cadillac?A really cool photo essay about sheep ranching on the Russian steppe.The Glock carbine was a rumor when I was still a moderator on GlockTalk twenty years ago. It's still a rumor today, albeit a more concrete one.Adrianople: Twilight of the Legions. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, History, Tam, Rifles, G-Lock, Zoom zoom, Wome, Pickcher Takin

Tiny Tank

I need to go searching for some cool tutorials on photographing miniatures, like this 1:72 scale T-72 tank.   [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tanks, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Size Matters

I was having lunch yesterday when the 1953 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan rolled by again... I say "again", because I snagged a picture of this same car last November... Now, it's really not fair comparing the two photos directly. They were taken at about the same time of day and with similar lighting conditions, yes, but the older one was taken from further away and cropped out of a shot taken with the long kit zoom on a Nikon 1 J4 at an equivalent focal length of about 270mm. The n...
Tags: Guns, ISO, Nikon, Tam, Zoom zoom, Pickcher Takin

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #200...

Almost twenty years I've had this thing now. Carried it for a bunch of them. It was a lot shinier back then. It came with the "idiot mark" and a flattened spot in the checkering where the original owner had shot it while wearing a ring, but it was to see a lot more wear than that. The bottom pic was shot with an old Sony Mavica on a floppy disc, on the range top of the first apartment I lived in in Knoxville. It doesn't feel that long ago.  The camera I shot the top pic with, an EOS 5...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Knoxville, Boomsticks, 19ByGod11, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n, Pickcher Takin, Sony Mavica

Much Learning Occurred.

This was such a well-rounded two-day class. It can be a bit of a drink from the firehose, but there's a lot of material that's not covered by yet another five-round drill from the seven yard line. Identifying and interacting with suspicious-looking (or -acting) strangers. Deselection, avoiding getting entangled in unwanted conversations. How to carry...and when and how to use...pepper spray. There's basic trauma self-care stuff, things like telling the difference between arterial and venous...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Gun School, Pickcher Takin

Duplication of Effort

The situation in Minnesota the other day, where an officer apparently drew a gun before lethal force was really justified and then seems to have mistaken it for a Taser reminded me of a force-on-force encounter in ECQC a few years ago. In that encounter, the student with the sims gun, who we'll call "M", was accosted by the instigator, "J". I can't remember what the details of the shouting match were, probably something vehicle-related. ("Why were you speeding down the street?" or "That's my p...
Tags: Minnesota, Guns, Taser, Albuquerque, Tam, Preparedness, Gun School, ECQC, Pickcher Takin

The original meaning of "flash gun".

"Bandit's Roost" by Jacob Riis Jacob Riis explored the warrens of the Manhattan's Lower East Side, documenting the tenements filled with recent immigrants in the late 19th Century. He became famous from his photographs, which served as the basis for his book How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. If you have some notion to use your time machine to return to live in the Gilded Age, a few minutes perusing the photographs will probably cool your ardor; you can pr...
Tags: New York, Guns, History, Manhattan, Tam, Bandit, Lower East Side, Riis, Boomsticks, Columbus Park, Pickcher Takin, Jacob Riis Jacob Riis, Adolf Miethe, Johannes Gaedicke

Tab Clearing...

How to Set and Achieve Goals.Buying enough camera (can actually apply to lots of other things, too.)Sex and Guns: Safer, not safe. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, A walk on the slippery rocks, Safety first - Accidents last, Pickcher Takin

Eaters of the Dead

When I headed downtown to drop the TacCon film off at Roberts Camera, Bobbi asked if I'd do her a favor. She said she had a roll of medium format black & white film that she wanted to get developed. When I looked at it, it turned out to be a roll of Ilford XP2. "You're in luck!" I told her, "This is a special type of B&W that gets developed in color chemistry, and they do color processing on-site in their minilab!" Downtown Indy, Christmas Eve 2014, Leica R4, Ilford XP2 Only wh...
Tags: Guns, California, Tennessee, Canon, Leica, Tam, Canon EOS, Carmel, Bobbi, A walk on the slippery rocks, Roberts Camera, My G-g-g-generation, Pickcher Takin, Noritsu, Canon EOS 1N Agfapan

Meaningful Moments

As I mentioned earlier, while I was at TacCon, I had a personal side quest... Massad Ayoob and Chuck Haggard I had thirty exposures left on my last roll of (now discontinued) Fujicolor Pro 400h, a color negative film meant for portrait work, and I meant to use them to capture images of my friends there. Having a finite number of exposures, and an actual fiscal cost associated with each press of the shutter button, made me think carefully about when and why I pulled the camera out...
Tags: Guns, Canon, Fuji, Blog Stuff, Tam, Roberts, A walk on the slippery rocks, Massad Ayoob, Chuck Haggard, Pickcher Takin, Tactical Conference 2021, Sarah Jon Hauptman, Mississippi John Johnston

Saved by the Bag

When we arrived back at John's place at 0mygawd30 in the morning on Tuesday, I went to move my car in the driveway in case anyone needed to go someplace in the morning before I came up for air. Problem was, the keys to the Zed Drei were in my suitcase in the cargo compartment of the SUV. So we opened the tailgate with the remote switch... (You know how airline pilots have a canned warning about how the luggage in the overhead bins may have shifted during flight? Yeah, this is going to be li...
Tags: Guns, John, Canon, Tam, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin, Think Tank Airport Advantage

Focus and Composition

I've just spent the weekend wandering around at TacCon with a camera... well, not a camera, but rather a pair of cameras. A way to avoid losing time switching lenses and maybe getting dirt on the sensor is to have two bodies ready to go.  I wanted a camera handy that was set up for whatever shot might pop up by surprise... I wandered TacCon with the Canon 5DS wearing the 24-105mm f/4L and Canon 5D Mark II with the 70-200mm f/2.8L around my neck. I had a couple other lenses in the bag over ...
Tags: Guns, Canon, Tam, Pickcher Takin, Tactical Conference 2021

Analog v. Digital

No, I'm not talking about analog versus digital the way you think. In the Eighties, digital dashboards were all the rage in cars. In a Cadillac Allanté or Aston Martin Lagonda, the digital dash let you know it was sophisticated and modern. In a Chevy Corvette or Dodge Daytona Turbo Z, the digital dash let you know it was on the technological cutting edge and performance-oriented. In a Toyota Cressida or Subaru XT, the digital dash let you know it was Japanese. It was about this time that Mi...
Tags: Guns, Digital, History, Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, Dslr, Canon, Konica Minolta, Tam, Minolta, Canon EOS Rebel, Aston Martin Lagonda, Zoom zoom, Zeiss Touit, Birnam Wood

Do Not Look Into Laser With Remaining Eye

The TODAY show in the next room was just prattling away about the wonders of self-driving automobiles. These will almost certainly be a thing in my lifetime... Well, actually they're kind of a thing right now, it's just they're at that really awkward stage of development, where they're almost there but not quite ready for prime time. (Google has you selecting traffic lights and buses and bicycles in Capchas as fast as they can, though!) I can't see a self-driving car without thinking of tha...
Tags: Google, Guns, Lidar, Vegas, Gadgetry, Tam, Zoom zoom, Pickcher Takin, Capchas

Because I can't resist a dumb joke...

I ran both battery packs for the D1X through the full "refresh" cycle on the charger and took it down to the canal in Broad Ripple proper yesterday morning.It's pretty cool that it still runs like a top, since digital cameras are a lot more ephemeral by nature than a purely mechanical old film camera. The D1X debuted twenty years ago with serial number 5100000, and the serial on mine is just inside the first five hundred made, so it's probably seen some stuff in its day.The old 80-400mm f/4.5-5...
Tags: Guns, Nature, Nikon, Tam, T'hee, Broad Ripple and Environs, Pickcher Takin


I had some issues today, trying to accept a challenge from longtime blog friend Gewehr98. He'd mentioned that an old Nikon D1X still took great photos, and wouldn't it be cool to take one out for a spin with a good fast zoom? Okay, the old Nikkor AF 35-70mm f/2.8 D is a fast zoom, and is about a 52-105mm equivalent on the crop sensor D1X, which is right in the range where I do most of my shooting. I mounted it on the D1X, popped a Peak Design Slide strap on it, and pedaled off to lunch... ...
Tags: Guns, Nikon, Gadgetry, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Never more anticipated...

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nature, Tam, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Pickcher Takin

Automotif CCIV...

Nikon 1 V2, 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 When you drive over to the local BBQ joint and, while you're waiting on your takeout, you glance in the rearview mirror and notice lighting that makes you glad you brought a camera...I saw this light and had to hop out of the car to take a shot.If that's the regular lighting over there, I'll be returning some evening to make use of that building as a backdrop. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nikon, Tam, Nikkor, Zoom zoom, Broad Ripple and Environs, Automotif, Pickcher Takin


View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jennifer Lynn Hast (@injennifershead) Jennifer has an amazing eye for photography that makes me envious. If you aren't following her on Instagram, you're wrong and you should fix that. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Pickcher Takin, Jennifer Lynn Hast @injennifershead Jennifer

"Rangefinder Style"

So, in my attempts to get better at street photography, I've been messing with what are called "rangefinder style" mirrorless cameras. Basically, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have sorted themselves out into two major types: "SLR style", which have an electronic viewfinder mounted in a hump at the top, where the prism housing of a single-lens reflex camera would be, and "rangefinder style", which either put the electronic viewfinder in the upper corner of the flat-topped camera body, l...
Tags: Guns, Sony, Canon, Fuji, Tamron, Tam, Pickcher Takin, Hasselblad Lunar, Zeiss Sonnar T

Half-Assed Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

I love my Peak Design 10L Everyday Sling. Heck, I love pretty much every Peak Design product I've used. Their design is great and you can tell that the people who design the gear are people who use the gear and know what it needs. They're basically the Magpul of the photography gear world, right down to the Wish-tier knockoffs and lo-bujit imitators. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, T'hee, Vidjo, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin

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