Piper Cherokee 235

Piper Cherokee 235

Piper Cherokee 235   This Piper Cherokee 235 is the plane I flew to Alaska and back some years ago.  The 235 with a fixed pitch propeller cruises at around 133 knots while burning about 12 gallons of gas per hour.  I have been preparing a series of posts depicting my Alaska flying adventure to be published soon.  This image was captured using a film point & shoot camera, scanned using an Epson V600 scanner, and restored in post.

Minolta IX-Date VE TIS2000

Minolta IX-Date VE TIS2000The Minolta Vectis 2000 is small compact zoom camera using APS, the advanced photo system, with built-in flash.  The camera body was designed as its own case. The little camera has typical features of a compact camera of its time: autofocus, meter-controlled exposure, date imprinting, automatic flash mode with or without red eye reduction, night portrait mode, landscape mode, focus by pressing the shutter-release-button halfway, and a self-timer.

 

Minolta Vectis 2000 Specifications

  • Lens: 1:5.4 -1:6.6 / 22.5-45mm zoom
  • Autofocus: infrared
  • Films: APS films of 25 ASA up to 3200 ASA
  • Exposure: dual-segment metering through meter window, range EV 4-17 (ASA 200)
  • Shutter: lens shutter with speeds 8 sec down to 1/500 sec.
  • Viewfinder: magnification 0.32x – 0.57x, field of view 85% at 3m
  • Flash: 5.1 meters with ISO 400 film and lens at wide angle
  • Weight: 5.1 oz.  (145g)  without the CR-2 battery
  • Dimensions: 4″ x 2″ , 2″ x 1.1″  (102 x 55 x 28.5 mm)

 

Mary’s Christmas Tree

Mary's Christmas Tree 1989

Mary’s Christmas Tree  Mom loved Christmas.  It was by far her best time of year.  Trimming the tree was a special event in itself usually accompanied by high expectations, a good bit of work, some frustrations, and finally delight.  Also, notice her love for dolls even at Christmas time.  I’ve posted several photographs of mom in the past; instead this year, a photo of her favorite Christmas tree. Fond memories of a mom who could not do too much for others!

 

Winter Morning

Winter Morning

A Winter Morning, just after sunrise, seemed like a good time to try more film photos.  The Kodak Signet 30, a 35mm film camera with a 44mm f2.8 lens and FujiColor Pro 400H film makes a very nice image even after converting the color to black & white in post.  This digital image was produced at the time the film was developed.  Since this image was delivered as a JPG, it did not need much post processing.

These older cameras like the Kodak Signet 30 really make the photographer think about what he is about to do as he prepares to make a photograph.  It does not have a light meter or rangefinder.  So, the photographer must use his best guess of the distance while making the depth of field large enough and the shutter speed fast enough to keep the subject sharp.  And, the photog must determine aperture and shutter speed for the best exposure.

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween seemed like a good subject to try some of my first film photos in a long time.  The Petri Color 35, a 35mm film camera with a 44mm f2.8 lens and FujiColor Pro 400H film makes a very nice image with soft skin colors against a vibrant background.  This digital image was produced at the time the film was developed.  Since this image was delivered as a JPG, it did not need much post processing.

These older cameras like the Petri Color 35 really make the photographer think about what he is about to do as he prepares to make a photograph.  It does have a light meter, but no rangefinder.  So, the photographer must use his best guess of the distance while making the depth of field large enough and the shutter speed fast enough to keep the subject sharp.

Red Barn

Red Barn

Red Barn  This old Red Barn has been well maintained or restored.  It’s only a few miles from where I live and seemed like a good subject to try my first film photos in a long time.  The Petri Color 35, a 35mm film camera with a 44mm f2.8 lens, makes a very nice image.  This digital image was produced at the time the film was developed.  Actually, prints were optional from the processor, but I took them just to see if there were are differences between the prints and the JPGs.  These older cameras like the Petri Color 35 really make the photographer think about what he is about to do as he prepares to make a photograph.  It does have a light meter, but no rangefinder.  So, the photographer must use his best guess of the distance while making the depth of field large enough and the shutter speed fast enough to keep the subject sharp.  Since the images were delivered as JPGs, they did not need much post processing.  Besides, too much processing in post could destroy the “film” look to the image.

Mississippi River Crossing

Mississippi River Crossing

Mississippi River Crossing  This image was captured on first day of my flying to Alaska adventure some years ago.  Flying northwest in early afternoon, the sun shone bright in the windshield.  Adding to the very hot, sunny, hazy weather, the windshield caused reflections.  For this post, a 4 x 6  print, from a Nikon Zoom Touch 500 camera, was scanned and restored.  It serves as a preview of a new post series coming in July highlighting my flying to Alaska adventure.