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raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 1516
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Stories are still too painful to recall. My father is still refusing to talk about it. I asked my mother to write some of her stories down but I think she became too involved and it started to affect her daily routines. She stopped.

I painted(oil on canvas) some of those memories down while in college. I think I will paint some more when my kids get a bit older and I get more time for myself. Will see


Back to MF lenses. Here is one with the 20mm UD.







kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3006
Country: United States

Some of you will remember me saying I was going to help a lady sell off her departed husbands camera collection... Well I met with her today. Most of the gear was just OK, all his "old" stuff was from the 90's. What was more interesting was the stories she had to tell. She and her husband were 3 countries shy of visiting 200! WOW!!! Anyway, I piled through all the stuff and was telling her what was what and looking up values of items as we went. She could have maybe received $300 for everything (and there was a lot, no single piece was worth more than $40~60, most things were a few dollars). She eventually told me that I reminded her of her husband (he and I have nearly identical hobbies) so she said, "You know what? My son doesn't want any of this stuff. You remind me so much of my departed husband, I think he would have wanted you to have these things." She gave it ALL to me. So, my kit has now added 4 lenses (Tokina 500mm f/8, Vivitar 70-210 and a 2x teleconverter...MF lenses, the Tokina is an AI lens, the Vivitar isn't. Also a 28-70 AF-D and 75-300 AF, both Nikon, now I can play in the AF thread and have a travel kit now). Also I got a monopod that should help with my back and neck. Filters-o-plenty. When Harold passed, he wanted to get into macro work... So I now have a set of Vivitar extension tubes. As far as film goes, I got three bodies. N90, N6006, and the prize, Nikkormat. These all need work, the foams are toast, the batteries are corroded, and there is some sort of oil or grease leaking out from the film door. Not sure what that is about.

As I was walking out the door, thanking her over and over, she said, "Hold on a sec, there is one more thing I would like to give you." We had talked about all their travels and that they had gone hunting for food while on safari. She gave me her husbands first gun, a single shot Winchester 410 shotgun, circa around 1913. Her son (who sounds like a jerk and has estranged himself from the family) didn't want it either. She figured that it would be in good hands with me. I didn't show it when she gave it to me, but I was very emotional with the gift. I loaded it into the car, drove a block, and started crying in the car. Never in my life have I had such a more meaningful gift. There are a few things I might eventually sell or gift, but the rest will be part of my life for a very long time.

Some of the ways she was looking at me and sharing her stories made me feel like she was talking to her husband and to a son she wished she had. I could have stayed and talked with her all day. Her husband was a professional amateur, he had probably 20,000 slides spanning from 1959-2013. I want to look at them all.

So, I will post some pictures of some of the new gear soon. What I think was totally ironic is that the Nikkormat originally came with a 50/1.4 and apparently the lens was damaged while on safari. I have the very same style of lens that is pretty much unusable, but pretty to look at. When I got home, I mounted it to the Nikkormat. Talk about awesome. I have always wanted one and I hope to one day get it working.

What an amazing day. Oh, and I have decided to name my camera. I am naming it in honor of a kindred spirit to all of us here... My camera will be known from know on as Harold.



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 1516
Country: N/A

WOW Kevin. What a story to tell!



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

Nikon D800 Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS Rollei Bay 4 red filter held in front, here are those results.







a.Rollei.brujo-29 by aRolleiBrujo, on Flickr


a.Rollei.brujo-9 by aRolleiBrujo, on Flickr










adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

A few from this evening, our flowers attract some little insects. These little butterflies (or moths) were willing subjects for my 135mm f3.5

Bert



rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4854
Country: China

designdog wrote:
RM all three are nice shots, particularly the first. My goal, and I believe it can be done, is to replicate film with my D800 and MF lenses.

I know that shooting film forces you into a certain mindset, etc. Have heard all of that before. Nothing to keep one from forcing that discipline into digital shooting, if it is so important. Or go out with a real small memory card!

If however one shoots film for that "film look" then I believe one can get to it with equipment, processing, and talent.

Anyway, really nice shots...


Thank you for the kind words and I am glad you liked my images.

I have *never* been able to shoot digital with a film mindset. Theoretically it is possible, but I cannot do it, no matter how hard I try. My SD card can hold 1000 images. I cannot shoot just 36. I loathe, loathe beyond words, chimping. Yet I do it when I shoot digital. It stresses me out to no end, but I cannot stop it. Film frees me from the tyranny of chimping. If for no other reason than that, I will shoot film. The viewfinder of my Nikon FM2 is wonderfully clear and free from distractions. A DSLR viewfinder is a menagerie of useless and distracting information for me.

Perhaps one day I will have the discipline that film forces on to me when I shoot digital. I'm not there now.





rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4854
Country: China

adh67 wrote:
A few from this evening, our flowers attract some little insects. These little butterflies (or moths) were willing subjects for my 135mm f3.5

Bert


Wow, those are beautiful butterfly shots. Were these taken without extension tubes?



rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4854
Country: China

rafaelcasd wrote:
White car, 15mm 3.5


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 1972 corvette coupe by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Beautiful Corvette shot! I love that car.



rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4854
Country: China

If memory serves correctly, these were taken with the 85m f/2 AIS lens.















adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

rattymouse wrote:
adh67 wrote:
A few from this evening, our flowers attract some little insects. These little butterflies (or moths) were willing subjects for my 135mm f3.5

Bert


Wow, those are beautiful butterfly shots. Were these taken without extension tubes?


They were taken with both PK12 and PK 13 attached.

Bert



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Here's a few more from the car show today using the 35mm 1.4







rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4854
Country: China

Some film porn.....








Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3020
Country: France

raboof wrote:
Thanks Custis. It was a rough road but we made it here and I am thankful. My English is still not good enough to write but I am hoping that my kids will pick up the rest of our stories and share them.

My father paid dearly for the war. Right after the war, they(the commies) took him away from us when I was 15 months old and after 13 years, he came back into our lives and we started it all over. We had two choices(thanks to our former President Reagan). Either stay, or leave the country. We decided to leave and here we are.



Chuong, your family story is very interesting and edifying (kind of a case study). Thanks for sharing it with us.
Try to convince your father to talk about his experience and ask someone to write it (I wrote the story of my 2 grandfathers and my great-grandfather WW1 experience as infantery soldiers). It is quite important to transmit history and cultural heritage to the future générations.

Emigrating is never a simple matter. There are many Vietnamese here in France.They are all well integrated and we are glad they chose France to live in.

btw nice shot of your daughter!



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
Total Posts: 812
Country: Germany

RM, those pictures of the Shanghai tower are special. I particularly like the first one but the third shot also has a lot of good things going for it.

Impressive selection of gear you posted there as well. That FM2 looks like new and the selection of lenses to go with it certainly serves almost all needs. I can understand you when you say 36 shots on a film make photography more substantial then being able to make 1000 shots and have the constant distraction from being able (and not being able to resist) to look through them and chimp out the bad ones, keep the good ones. Film makes you focus on the essentials of getting it right.

I agree 100% on the FM2 viewfinder. I have been saying this for years. For me the perfect digital camera is a Nikon FM2 with an FX sized 14 Mp CMOS instead of the film plane.

After a few years of being pampered AF would be nice but not mandatory. I have always been capable of picking off action shots focusing manually as just well.

@Georg, I never understood why you have to wear headgear when in a basket that will be raised over anything that could possibly drop on your head. It would make more sense to take a seat on that helmet in case you fall down though

@Ray, nice car shots. I really like that Chevy. Is that a ´56? I always have difficulties keeping these tri-star Chev´s apart

As an afterthought, RM, I think you should give Ilford FP4 a try if you can find a roll. I think you will like the rendition of greys and highlights in that film



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9494
Country: United States

Georg - I really like the flower shot. I've been studying the relationship between complimentary colors, and the red and green of this image demonstrates this rather well.

Ray - Love ALL the car images and the processing involved.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9494
Country: United States

rattymouse wrote:
The Shanghai Tower, under construction. This will be China's largest building at 2,000 plus feet tall when finished.

24mm and 85mm f/2 AIS lenses, Neopan Acros film.








I really like how this image marries the old with the new. Very nice perspective.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9494
Country: United States

raboof wrote:
Stories are still too painful to recall. My father is still refusing to talk about it. I asked my mother to write some of her stories down but I think she became too involved and it started to affect her daily routines. She stopped.

I painted(oil on canvas) some of those memories down while in college. I think I will paint some more when my kids get a bit older and I get more time for myself. Will see


Back to MF lenses. Here is one with the 20mm UD.







Chuong, thank you for sharing your story and this lovely image. I remember when I moved the family from Northern Virginia 200 miles to rural Virginia what a culture shock it was. It took me about a year to get used to it, now I feel it's home and always has been.

But I can't imagine what it was like for you! You seem like you've adapted well. Once again, thanks for sharing.

One more thought. If there's ANY way to get your parents to tell their stories then you MUST record it.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9494
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
Some of you will remember me saying I was going to help a lady sell off her departed husbands camera collection... Well I met with her today. Most of the gear was just OK, all his "old" stuff was from the 90's. What was more interesting was the stories she had to tell. She and her husband were 3 countries shy of visiting 200! WOW!!! Anyway, I piled through all the stuff and was telling her what was what and looking up values of items as we went. She could have maybe received $300 for everything (and there was a lot, no single piece was worth more than $40~60, most things were a few dollars). She eventually told me that I reminded her of her husband (he and I have nearly identical hobbies) so she said, "You know what? My son doesn't want any of this stuff. You remind me so much of my departed husband, I think he would have wanted you to have these things." She gave it ALL to me. So, my kit has now added 4 lenses (Tokina 500mm f/8, Vivitar 70-210 and a 2x teleconverter...MF lenses, the Tokina is an AI lens, the Vivitar isn't. Also a 28-70 AF-D and 75-300 AF, both Nikon, now I can play in the AF thread and have a travel kit now). Also I got a monopod that should help with my back and neck. Filters-o-plenty. When Harold passed, he wanted to get into macro work... So I now have a set of Vivitar extension tubes. As far as film goes, I got three bodies. N90, N6006, and the prize, Nikkormat. These all need work, the foams are toast, the batteries are corroded, and there is some sort of oil or grease leaking out from the film door. Not sure what that is about.

As I was walking out the door, thanking her over and over, she said, "Hold on a sec, there is one more thing I would like to give you." We had talked about all their travels and that they had gone hunting for food while on safari. She gave me her husbands first gun, a single shot Winchester 410 shotgun, circa around 1913. Her son (who sounds like a jerk and has estranged himself from the family) didn't want it either. She figured that it would be in good hands with me. I didn't show it when she gave it to me, but I was very emotional with the gift. I loaded it into the car, drove a block, and started crying in the car. Never in my life have I had such a more meaningful gift. There are a few things I might eventually sell or gift, but the rest will be part of my life for a very long time.

Some of the ways she was looking at me and sharing her stories made me feel like she was talking to her husband and to a son she wished she had. I could have stayed and talked with her all day. Her husband was a professional amateur, he had probably 20,000 slides spanning from 1959-2013. I want to look at them all.

So, I will post some pictures of some of the new gear soon. What I think was totally ironic is that the Nikkormat originally came with a 50/1.4 and apparently the lens was damaged while on safari. I have the very same style of lens that is pretty much unusable, but pretty to look at. When I got home, I mounted it to the Nikkormat. Talk about awesome. I have always wanted one and I hope to one day get it working.

What an amazing day. Oh, and I have decided to name my camera. I am naming it in honor of a kindred spirit to all of us here... My camera will be known from know on as Harold.


Seems as if the thread has some very interesting stories on the past few pages. Kevin, these kind of encounters don't come around very often, I'm glad you were able to participate in one.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2354
Country: United States

Chuong, a book I read a few months ago by Nelson DeMille had quite a harrowing description of of the treatment of those who had supported the South Vietnamese government. Glad you were able to get away from that environment.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2354
Country: United States

Ray, very nice car show pics with the 35 1.4!

Kevin, touching story of that woman, she understood who was going to take good care of the gear. And quite an amazing feat for them to travel to almost 200 countries!

There was a discussion a while ago on whether some of us like these old lenses pristine or more the "bargain" type. For me the 20 3.5UD is probably the most battered one, and it does make me wonder what kind of work or events or places it went through. The pristine ones are for posting lens images here and keeping the NMFAS fires burning



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