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Testing, Testing...

Sleepy HoldenFujifilm FinePix S2 Pro, Nikon 50mm f/1.4D Trying out a new-but-old camera on a favorite test subject today, I thought the photo looked familiar for some reason.I realized that it's because it rhymes, sort of, with one that Oleg took of Mittens so many years ago. They could almost be bookends. Mittens would have loved Holden, because Mittens loved everyone. As long as Holden wasn't too rambunctious with her, that is...and with Holden, that's a pretty big "if".It's hard to be...
Tags: Cats, Guns, Nikon, Mittens, Holden, Tam, Oleg, Pickcher Takin


Despite having had it for years, I'd never actually loaded film into the old Leica IIIb. It's a complex process and the penalty for screwing up means trashing the shutter curtain in an 81-year-old camera.During World War II and Korea, war correspondents did that at night in shell craters...under artillery fire. Wild. I reckon anything gets easier with practice.I think everything worked out, and after deliberately wasting a roll of Fuji 400 from the local CVS to make sure I was doing it right, I...
Tags: Guns, History, Korea, Cvs, Tam, Roberts, Pickcher Takin

More Macro

Canon EOS 5DS, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Playing with that inexpensive older Nikon macro lens was the push I needed to finally get off my butt and pick up a macro lens for my work cameras. Well, that and the serendipitous appearance of the minty used 100mm f/2.8L for a price I couldn't pass up at Roberts when I was there to drop off film yesterday morning. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nature, Nikon, Tam, Canon EOS, Roberts, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin

Go shoot something you love.

View this post on Instagram Happy #NationalCameraDay! Go shoot something today. #leicaiiib #leitzelmar5cm #canoneos5ds #canon100400 #filmcamerasA post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jun 29, 2020 at 9:25am PDT [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Pickcher Takin

Busy Little Bee

"Making Catnip Honey" Nikon D3, 105mm f/2.8 AF-D 1/160th @ f/6.3, ISO 400 My photography group's photo assignment for the week was "Macro, or close-up photographs of small scenes."I'd never done macro photography of live bugs before...heck, I haven't done much macro photography at all...but when I saw the bees on the catnip plant out front, I put my new-to-me 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor lens on the D3 and went out to try my hand at it. I think I managed a couple decent shots for a first try...
Tags: Guns, ISO, Nature, Tam, Neat-o, Shouldn't we talk about the weather, Pickcher Takin, Catnip Honey Nikon

All the Megapixels?

Only a dozen megapixels there. Many years ago, when the talk of the town was the D810, I remember several of my Nikon-shooting friends at first excited to grab one, and then a few months later lamenting their choice. For example, a friend of mine works for Getty and is responsible for shooting celebrities and events in New York. At 36 megapixels in 2013, he found himself with way too many images that were far too large, which complicated his media storage and seriously slowed down his wor...
Tags: New York, Guns, Writing, Getty, MacBook Air, Nikon, Gadgetry, Tam, Geekery, Pickcher Takin

Old bike, old imaging tech...

Here's that 1951 BSA again, this time on Kodak TMax 400, shot with the Nikon F4. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Kodak, Bikes, Nikon, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Seems Buggy

The third in the "Home Remedies" art project from https://t.co/2JYYri7SNH... pic.twitter.com/xedybGNRVw— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) June 26, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tamara K, But is it Art, Pickcher Takin

The Free-Fall Continues...

After a year spent walking back vague statements made by their CEO hinting that Olympus was thinking about exiting the commercial camera business, Olympus announced that they are, in fact, exiting the commercial camera business.Olympus said it improved cost structure, focused on high-profit cameras and lenses and took other steps to “cope with the extremely severe digital camera market.” Despite those efforts, however, the company said it “recorded operating losses for three consecutive fiscal y...
Tags: Guns, Sony, Olympus, Dslr, Fuji, Tam, Zuiko, Vaio, Money Makes The World Go 'round, Pickcher Takin

Been hittin' this bottle heavily...

The second in Bobbi's "Home Remedies" art project, shot with an old Nikon D3000 and the inexpensive-yet-excellent 35mm f/1.8mm DX lens. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nikon, Tam, Bobbi, But is it Art, Pickcher Takin

Take As Needed

View this post on Instagram Part of Roberta’s “Home Remedies” art project. #nikonphotography #nikond3000 #nikon35mm18 #availablelight #naturallightingphotography #robertscameraA post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jun 24, 2020 at 5:17am PDT [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Roberta, But is it Art, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Pickcher Takin


What's the most humiliating moment you've had at a camera store? I ask, because I just experienced mine.The other day I popped the finished roll of Ilford HP5 in its green & white canister out of the Nikon N80, where I'd been using it to experiment with the red filter, and a roll of Kodak T-Max out of the F4 where I'd been ditto with a yellow filter.As I'm getting ready to head out the door, I see another green & white canister with no leader sticking out, sitting there on the shelf. It had been...
Tags: Guns, Kodak, Nikon, Tam, Ilford, Roberts, Whining, Idjits, Holliday Park, Pickcher Takin

Front Porch Safari

Lightly cropped from the original I've been wanting to get shots of a chipmunk for a while, but the little critters are so wary and so fast. Normally just the act of turning your head to look at one will send it streaking into the nearest concealment at top speed. They're like quantum squirrels: The act of observing them alters their velocity and position.Yesterday's front porch safari with the 5DS and 100-400 glass finally paid off. It was raining and one settled in on the neighbor's fro...
Tags: Guns, Nature, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Automotif CLXIX...

Pulled the Zed Drei over to the shoulder of Illinois St. to grab a pic of this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham. This was the last year before they were downsized to the 108-in. wheelbase G-bodies that were the final hurrah of V8 rear wheel drive Cutlasses.1976 and '77 Cutlasses are distinguishable from the '73-'75 models by the rectangular headlights, which were actually illegal on vehicles in the US from 1940 until the mid 1970s.The clean white Cutlass being half in shadow and half in...
Tags: Guns, US, History, Illinois, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

"Cocking the hammer on her Glock with a click!..."

That's some sexy Nikon F5 product placement in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. When the movie came out in May of 1997, the F5 had been on the market for a year and was still the $3,000+ king of the camera hill. 3D color matrix metering, five autofocus points, built-in motor drive that could shoot at eight frames per second; the marketing slogan was "Imported From the Future".There's one problem with the scene above, where the camera reaches the end of the roll of film and suddenly starts rewindin...
Tags: Guns, Kodak, Nikon, Suzy, Tam, Fred, Vidjo, Flicks, Pickcher Takin

Automotif CLXVIII...

Sunbeam Alpine, Nikon F5, Ilford Pan F Plus . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin, Automotif CLXVIII, Sunbeam Alpine Nikon

Overheard in the Kitchen...

Me: "Dammit!" RX: "What's wrong?" Me: "There's not a cloud in the sky." RX: "That's the first time I've heard say that in a disappointed tone."See, I had plans to go to Holliday Park this morning fairly early with a wide-angle lens, a red filter, and a Nikon full of black & white film to take pictures of the ruins with a dramatic sky for a background. Looks like that's getting put off until tomorrow morning. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nikon, Tam, Holliday Park, Overheard, Pickcher Takin


There's a dude in the neighborhood who's been here at least as long as I have, and on nice days over these last dozen years the curb in front of his house has been graced by a succession of cool and eclectic bikes, mostly British or Italian.Yesterday I stopped and parked my bicycle to get shots of this 1951 BSA with the RX100 in my shirt pocket... I had the Nikon F4 along as well, loaded with Ilford HP5 black & white film, but it'll be a while before we can see those... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Bikes, Nikon, Tam, Ilford, Pickcher Takin

Automotif CLXVII...

1969 Chevy Camaro RS/Z28 parked out in front of the Safeway at 56th Street & Illinois Avenue. My headcanon says the original owner popped for the dealer-installed crossram dual-4bbl intake setup, but I didn't wait around for the driver to get back to see if they'd pop the hood. It motored off while I was coming back out of the store with my Ruffles and French onion dip.It's days like this I'm glad I bother to drag a real camera around with me. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Safeway, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin


Unlike Ilford's page explaining the use of colored filters with B&W film photography, Hoya's page actually gives photographic illustrations rather than just text.Come to think of it, it's weird that Ilford's page doesn't include illustrations, since they're basically in the "illustrating things" business.Anyway, this is triggered by the arrival of a Tiffen 77mm Red 25 filter here on my front porch. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Ilford, HOYA, Tiffen, Pickcher Takin

It works!

Roberts uploaded scans from my test roll in the F4 and there weren't any light leaks & exposures looked good. Slow shutter speed with the 50mm f/1.4 wide open & 200 speed film Looks like it's good to go! [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Roberts, Vidjo, Pickcher Takin


I wish I'd grabbed an F4 back when the film camera market was at its bottom, back around 2014 or so. Secondhand camera sellers like KEH were knee-deep in good condition used ones for not much over a hundred bucks. Now it's looking like even scuffed ones, like the...er, "well-loved" sample above from Roberts, are going for $200 and up.The reason I wanted one is because it's a neat camera to have if you like Nikon's pro cameras; it's the first Nikon pro body with autofocus and automated film hand...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, Nikon, Tam, Roberts, Meijer, Keh, CVS Walgreens, Pickcher Takin, MMM Nikon

War Correspondent

Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson, who was hit by a rubber bullet in Minneapolis on Friday night, had his camera smashed on Saturday by a protester wielding a crowbar pic.twitter.com/TXUjvmwwuO— Reuters (@Reuters) May 31, 2020 At least with a pro grade camera like a 1DX Mark II, he could have swung back at the dude with the crowbar and jacked him up pretty good.It's risky business getting out there to get the shot.Check this out. Rubber bullet fired by #LAPD gashes by camera instead of my face...
Tags: News, Guns, Minneapolis, La, Nikon, Lapd, Don McCullin, Reuters, Tam, Lucas Jackson, Life In The Monkey House, Pickcher Takin, Andy Saunders


"The year after I graduated from high school, Kodak commanded 90% of film sales and 85% of camera sales in the United States. When I was in Photo School, it had 145,000 employees worldwide and was described as "the bluest of the blue chips," blue chip being a term for a dependable investment. ...Kodak's peak year was 1996, believe it or not."Kodak, according to Wikipedia, doesn't even have six thousand employees worldwide anymore. And their film business, such as it is these days, is actually a ...
Tags: Apple, UK, Guns, Wikipedia, Kodak, History, United States, Rochester, Tam, Kodak Alaris, Geekery, Pickcher Takin, Kodak Pension Plan Kodak


Nikon F5, Ilford HP5 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Nikon, Holden, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Forever Altered

Picking up some rolls of film from the local shop can be fraught with memories sometimes... These negatives are precious to me now. This was Rannie's second-to-last trip to the vet. The silver halide particles on the negatives were forever altered by the photons that bounced off Miss Rannie Wu...just like I was.The negatives bear physical witness in a way no digital sensor can. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Tam, Pickcher Takin, Rannie, Rannie Wu

Tab Clearing...

Knitting a Purity SpiralFrightened and DisgustedIt's always fun to see Thorsten Overgaard get dragged [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, But is it Art, Pickcher Takin, Thorsten Overgaard


The biggest difference in local wildlife between back in Georgia and Tennessee and here was the squirrels.The local squirrel population in Broad Ripple when I moved here seemed to be entirely made up of humongous red fox squirrels, which hadn't been a common sight in the piney woods on the shores of Fort Loudon Lake. Sony a7 II, 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lately, though, gray squirrels like this little fella have been moving into the neighborhood. Last year there were only a couple spotted...
Tags: Guns, Georgia, Nature, Tennessee, Nikon, Tam, Oss, Broad Ripple, Horton hears a Hoosier, Pickcher Takin, Fort Loudon Lake Sony

Hey, look!

The latest issue of RECOIL: CONCEALMENT is on newsstands! I have a digital subscription on Kindle, but I snagged a dead tree copy from Walgreens yesterday because I have two pieces in this issue.The first is the regular "Crap Shoot" column, which is a look at guns in the $200-or-less price bracket for personal defense. I think I picked a winner, but you may want to read for yourself... Ruger P89 shot by available light with a ten-year-old Nikon D700*, using the secret technique of settin...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Walgreens, Nikon, Tam, Ruger, Rubbermaid, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Rimfires, Pickcher Takin

Camera Nerd Humor

My 5D Mark II saw a lot more use than my 1DS Mark II. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, T'hee, Geekery, Vidjo, Pickcher Takin

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