an old micro ampmeter I rescued from the garbage. I’m not sure why – there’s something awesome about the wooden box, the clasp, the old knobs and dials. It’s apparently from 1966, and has been well used, but looks like it would work if given a little love.

2010/03/18: Find something that’s so old it’s almost timeless and make a photograph of it. #ds123

the analog family portrait

the cameras in my analog collection – there are a few miscellaneous other bits (flashes, lenses, etc…) but this is the good stuff. they just don’t make stuff like this anymore.

2010/01/23: We’re all collectors of something. Find an interesting way to display and make a photo of a collection today. #ds69

finder of light

my old handheld General Electric Exposure Meter Type PR-1, circa 1951. It still works perfectly, although it doesn’t do well in very low light situations.

It’s really just a slide ruler built around a light meter. You can set different ASA values (or frames per second if shooting (video) film)), then look up corresponding values for aperture and shutter speed to set the camera for proper exposure. It often does a better job of picking exposure combinations than the exposure meter built into my 60-year-newer Canon XT.

2009/12/29: The contrast between an object and its shadow can make for an interesting photo. Explore the “dark side” of shadows today. #ds44

spotmatic @f/16

2009-12-16 - spotmatic

I finished off my first roll of film in my old Pentax Spotmatic SLR (my Dad picked it up at a rummage sale). It’ll be awhile before I can develop it, and the suspense is killing me. I still don’t have a battery in the camera, so I had to use a hand-held GE exposure meter to estimate exposure and aperture.

This camera makes such an awesome sound when the shutter is released. I’m loving everything about the camera – the craftmanship, build quality, the sick 50mm f/1.4 lens with pentaprism focus assist. Amazing. Especially considering the thing is older than I am.

2009/12/16: We live in a world of noise: squeaks, honks, laughter, etc. Make a photo of a noise maker you hear today. #ds31

trade winds

2009-07-25 trade winds

My folks needed this vintage 1962 Williams Trade Winds pinball machine moved out of their basement (they got it in 1979 from my uncle who ran an arcade supply company in Edmonton, and I spent many hours playing on it as a kid).

It went straight into ours. The Boy™ is fascinated with it – and I am blown away by the analog electronic design of the thing. It’s a work of art, inside and out.