Richard says, “I’ve been hiking around this field for almost 20 years now (it used to be a corn field) and know it well. In a few places on the perimeter you can shoot it in a way that makes it look much larger than it actually is and this is one of those places.” Click image to see full author credits, image information and comments on Flickr.
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This wild or feral cat adopted a friend of mine in Oakland, no consultation or papers required. He makes himself pretty much at home. This “Mr. Cat” used to be skinny but I notice lately he’s starting to look quite prosperous. iPhone6, on Flickr.
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TREE REFLECTION by my friend Richard, on Flickr. Fujifilm X100T, January 13, 2015, Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. Richard says, “The garden was loaded with cormorants today, more than I’ve ever seen before and many other birds. Never got a shot at any and just as we were leaving I saw a nice tree reflection in a shaded pool. Not sure what kind of tree it is, might be a Ginkgo.”
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LEAVES IN FALL by my friend Swan, on Flickr. Sony ILCA-77M2, September 27, 2014, Anderson, Indiana. Swan says, “Leaves in fall before they all fell.”
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“Lichen” by my friend Gary Sharp, on Flickr. Hipstamatic 278, October 18, 2014, Oregon. Gary says, “Lichen on the Dellenback trail to the sand dunes.”
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“Scaffold along the High Line” by my friend Richard Wanderman, on Flickr. Ricoh GR, July 9, 2014. Richard says, “Along the High Line, New York. Gary and I walked the length of the High Line (he’d never seen it) and it was great.”
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FORT MONROE (2) by my friend Swan, on Flickr. Sony DSLR-A580, June 29, 2014. Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia. Freighters offshore.
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Apartment Rainstorm, by Alex, on Flickr. iPhone 5, February 26, 2014, Castro Valley, California. Apartment during a rainstorm. I never looked at this one closely before. I was pleased with the light, shadows and framing.
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Somehow Swan and I got into a correspondence about old cameras. I wrote:
When I was a kid of about 11 I begged and wheedled my parents for a camera. For Christmas I got an Ansco box camera. It was black and clunky, about the size of a modern PC speaker. It had a film winder (620 film?) and one control, a sliding-arm shutter you had to depress two inches to take the picture. It was embarrassing, though it took pretty good pictures in strong sunlight. Despite my best “upgrade now please” pleas over the next 6 years, it was the only camera I ever got.
I spent some time looking for reasonable-match photos of these basic old vintage cameras. It turns out both Ansco and Kodak produced tons of similar-looking camera models from the 1920’s to 1950’s, including a lot of different Brownies.
I found a couple of photos online that seem a fair match to my distant memories of the 1950’s. The particular Ansco model depicted in the image below shows a shutter button. I remember a sliding lever shutter, but after more than 50 years I could be wrong …
For sale on Etsy.com. Seller commented "This is a wonderful pinhole camera! Made in 1953 by Ansco of Binghamton, New York. Produces 6x9 prints, has a Meniscus lens and optical view finder." Click image to link to source.
My narrative continues: The next Christmas my younger brother got a camera too. It was a Kodak Brownie and it was SO cool. Half the size, good looking, and it took better pictures! I was always jealous. Continue reading
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