our old antique trösser hand-crank coffee mill, doing what it does best – helping make the best damned cup of coffee. the grinds are perfect, and steep extremely well in a french press.
old school play time
Evan plays on the 50 year old pinball machine, as seen through my 40 year old Pentax Spotmatic, backed by my iPhone.
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
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
beyond 10 feet
my old Six-20 Brownie. I was messing around with lighting and taking close-up photos with my iPhone. Not great.
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.
25 years worth of old computers, going to a new home today – including my old Amiga 1000, and workhorse Power Mac 8600/300. there’s no turning back now… *sniff*
but, we DO have a basement again, and the pool table isn’t covered with piles of old hardware. worth it!