Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Geeks of the world unite!

Today is a Woot off.

Go ahead, lock yourself in the closet with the laptop and some refreshments. You deserve it.

WOOT

All those closeout electronics and refurbished media players are waiting for you to log in.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Big Dummy news...

For those of you that are interested... I'm guessing from the way many of you covet Cletus, that seems to be a large number of people.

Just posted on the Surly Blog:

18" Big Dummy framesets are going into stock at our distributor as I write this. More 18" framesets, 22" framesets, and 16" framesets will arrive next week. 20" and more 22" framesets will arrive near the end of August/beginning of September.

They cost more now. $1050 is retail. Life is hard. It still costs less than a Hummer or a Prius.

They'll go pretty fast. Again, life is hard. We're doing all we can.

You're doing a great job today. Everyone around you agrees that you are the hardest working s.o.b. in the place. So, nice work.


-Skip


Order while you can guys!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

See what the garbage fairy left for me...

What am I going to do with this???


One of the advantages of going everywhere by bike is that if you see something that looks interesting, you can easily stop and take a closer look. That's how I found this Beseler Enlarger. It was sitting on the side of the road.

Don't worry, I found the owner and he put it there on purpose. Didn't have time to mess with the hobby anymore and didn't want it taking up the space anymore. I think he was actually a bit surprised that I knew what it was. Yes, observant readers will notice that there are two enlargers in the picture. He gave me a second one after we talked.

I finally found something that could not fit on the Big Dummy. I had to borrow Sharons car and come back for it later. Fortunately it was still there.

Weird that it was me that even found it. Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to do about it. Small old historic homes don't exactly lend themselves to adding darkrooms when you don't have much extra space to begin with. However, there is the attic...

For those of you that are unfamiliar with this item, it's a Beseler Enlarger. A high end dark room tool that was used to make pictures from negatives long long ago. I actually remember using them once upon a time. Just never one this nice, and by nice I mean really expensive.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The results are in...









This camera has the capacity to take better pictures than I have the ability to compose. Of course it's easy when I focus on my favorite subject. She's a natural for the camera too!

Feels like a natural extension for me. Makes it very easy to shoot portraits. Yep, it's a keeper.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

What was I thinking?

I now have to divvy up my hobby budget a little further. Found an incredible deal on a new toy.


The Pentax 645
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This is a Medium Format camera that is way beyond my Ricohflex (which takes the most fantastic pictures). Everything is electronic except the focus, which is how I prefer it.

This is a big camera. It's a pretty good size and not something you'd just stick in your pocket, but the weight isn't what I thought it would be. A good field camera, which is what it's designed for.

What in the Wide Wide World of Sports was I thinking? I don't know, but if it takes pictures half as good as it should... then this is one incredible camera.

I'll post results as they come available.