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Handycam

 The problem with taking a class that you're trying to document for a writeup is that it's hard to get good photos. Sure, you can pull your phone out of your pocket every so often, but that has limitations. Either you have to get up in the instructor's grille or you have to crop heavily to get decent shots. I tend to stash a DSLR somewhere along the sidelines. If we're running two relays on the line, I shoot pics while the other string is shooting bullets. If we only have one, I ask to be put a...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Sony, Dslr, Tam, Topeka, Nikon Coolpix, Gun School, Citizens Defense Research, Pickcher Takin


Automotif CLXXXII...

 Out picking up some shandies at the local 21st Amendment the other night, I was greeted by quite the sight in the parking lot when I emerged with my purchases. In comparison to the screaming orange McLaren, the Zed Drei...even with its top dropped...was as pedestrian as a Fairmont wagon with mismatched hubcaps.They say that Zoomers aren't interested in cars or driving anymore, that they just want to live in an entirely virtual world on their phones while being Ubered around in the back of gene...
Tags: Guns, Kids These Days, Mclaren, Nikon, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin


Your own personal museum.

Via a comment to a post at The Online Photographer comes a photo album of a gorgeous personal museum, centered around a stunning BMW motorcycle collection but featuring so much more.That's all at some dude's house. Notice the little sofas and loveseats scattered about? He can pour himself a pint or a couple fingers of bourbon and go contemplate that R75 sidecar rig in Afrika Korps livery or the 300SL Benz roadster in air-conditioned comfort.#LifeGoals. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Bikes, Tam, Neat-o, Teh Intarw3bz, Zoom zoom, Pickcher Takin


One-handed!

Nikon D3, 24-120mm f/4G ED VR @ 105mm, ISO 3200, 1/25 @ f/4 Holden will be very appreciative when this 'Rona crap is over and I start getting out of the house more so I'm not all the time all up in his grille with a camera.I was just tickled with this one because I'm holding the camera one-handed while holding my left hand up in the air and wiggling my fingers to hold his attention while I snapped the shot. Considering the shutter speed was 1/25th at a focal length of 105mm, and I was one...
Tags: Cats, Guns, Nikon, Holden, Tam, Rona, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #185...

Outtake from yesterday's photo session for an upcoming piece. I'll link it when it goes live... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, AR stuff, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin


Holden, the Northern Floofloaf

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro, ISO 3200, 1/25 @ f/2.8 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Holden, Tam, Canon EOS, Pickcher Takin, Northern Floofloaf


Automotif CLXXV...

So, yesterday morning I was on my way down to Roberts Camera. I had a hundred bucks in store credit to burn and they had a used Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens for just under five bills. I have a non-IS 70-200mm f/2.8L, thanks to a reader who made me a deal on a well-loved but quite functional example, but it's a big chunk of glass to haul around the zoo or the range. The f/4 version is noticeably more svelte and I thought it might be a worthwhile club to add to the bag, especially since the ...
Tags: Guns, Canon, Tam, Roberts, Central Avenue, Harley Earl, Zoom zoom, Roberts Camera, Automotif, Horton hears a Hoosier, Fall Creek, Pickcher Takin, College Ave, Fall Creek Place


Where do people get these ideas?

Someone on Quora, the internet's current arguing hotspot, asked the following question:Can a neighbor legally point a security camera at my property, land, garage or home? If so, how can I stop it?To which the answer should be "Duh."If I can see your house from a public street or my own property, I can stare at it until my eyes fall out or I get bored. If I get bored staring at it, then I can park a camera there to stare at it for me.If you don't like that, move somewhere where people can't see ...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Idjits, Mockery, Pickcher Takin


Late Bloomer

The last daylily bloom in the neighbor's bed just north of the porch catches the late afternoon light... It looks kind of lonely, what with most of the plants around it being all done blooming for the season. Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM It looks like a couple of the plants around it have a bloom or two left to go, but this was the only one blossoming yesterday.I am informed via Facebook that the about-to-blossom buds are edible and are an ingredient in hot and so...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Nature, Canon, Tam, Pickcher Takin


Automotif CLXXI...

So, here's that photo from the other day of the 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham shot with the Nikon D700. It was shot in RAW, 1/320th @ f/9, ISO 200, using the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D, and just run through a quick automated processing in photoshop, with a light crop and straightening. And here's the same Cutlass shot with the F5 on Kodak Ektar 100, in Program Mode, using the old 24-140mm f/3.5-5.6D "Streetsweeper". That's the uncorrected negative scan. I haven't messed with it in P-shop yet....
Tags: Guns, ISO, Nikon, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Pickcher Takin, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham, Kodak Ektar


It's alive!

There's a cliche'd little slogan that you can get on the Etsy-tier kitsch that's constantly hawked in the target-marketed background hum of social media: Which, I'll confess, makes me not much of a photographer. Most of my life is spent in Program mode with occasional forays into Aperture Priority when I need to force more subject separation than the camera's likely to give me without prodding.So the old Leica IIIb proved something of a challenge, since there was none of that to be found. Well...
Tags: Guns, Etsy, Tam, Pickcher Takin


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


Tenterhooks...

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


Oops.

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


Mo'cycle!

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