Friday, November 17, 2006



Blogger micki said...

I still need a shorter title for Fridays. Any suggestions?

Camera - 1958 Minolta Autocord
Film - Kodak Portra VC 120 ISO 400 (expired)
Shutter Speed - 1/200
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
Lens - the lens on this camera is an f-3.5/75mm lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

1958 Minolta Autocord
First model to offer a fast shutter speed of 1/500 and the last model before the design that included a built in light meter.
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Ultra Color ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/350
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - MInolta 50mm macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

The skies opened up along the setting sun’s horizon line last night about twelve minutes before the sun went down, and they stayed like that for almost half an hour. On my way down to the end of the road to see if there was a good photo op, I was backing up to turn around and there in the sky behind me was a beautiful rainbow. It was the first one we’ve seen since we moved to VA five years ago. They are so pretty. It didn’t last long, but the girls and I enjoyed it while it did.

I guess I forgot to mention yesterday that the new-used camera I bought from e-bay was a Minolta AL-F rangefinder. I wanted to buy a rangefinder next year, but then learned that at one time Minolta had made rangefinders. I found a couple on e-bay and decided I couldn’t wait. So….I had to add to my Minolta collection. Got a great camera at a great price.

And speaking of my Minolta collection, today’s first shot is from my Minolta Autocord TLR. This is from the first roll of film I ran through that old gem. Got this shot all set up, and then realized I had forgotten the light meter. So I had to run up the little hill to my van to get the meter. As I’ve said before, I couldn’t be more pleased with the camera and the meter. Anyway, this church is the Antioch Baptist Church in Saluda. I missed my turn one day while out driving around to see what I could see, and went all the way to the northern part of the peninsula. While I was there, I drove right to the water’s edge at the Rappahannock River. Why not, right? I’d wanted to check out that public landing for awhile and was there anyway. Funny how things work out? I’ll post that shot some other day. Took today’s shot on my way back from the River. This was a difficult scan because of the bright church, however the camera and expired film did a good capture on the print. The side of the building facing the sun does have blown highlights, but all of the boards on the front of the church can be seen in the print. And with such a large negative, this would enlarge quite nicely, if I chose to do so. The details in the trees behind the church are amazing! I do need to have the camera cleaned, though, as you can see from the specks of who –knows-what in the sky area of the image. The second shot is of the Autocord itself. Very cool, no?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Very cool indeed you photo nerd you:-)

9:26 AM  
Blogger Don said...

That is a great looking church. The new-to-you camera did a fine job for you. The autocord comes from an era of twin-lens relfexes. It looks good too!

9:30 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Love the shot Micki...what a sweet camera...these TLR's are great. Need to take the Rolleicord out more often. Phil

9:44 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

I like 120 film- get a really nice detail, i like beautiful blue sky here, nice contrast to the white church..and the camera shot look really nice:-)

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Over the years those TLR's really hadn't changed much. My first camera was a 1939 Rolleiflex and it was wonderful. In school they used Yashika D's.

Very cool shots. That church is beautiful. I'm a sucker for white country churches.

It does look like it could use a bit of a cleaning. My Minolta XD-5 shook loose a lot of chunks when I dragged it out a few months ago after sitting on the shelf for so many years.

I'm not good at names, but maybe "Anything Goes Fridays"? Maybe not.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

The camera really looks the biz – one step away from having a black cloak over y’head! Great potential in the image, too, and the definition should be top-rate thru that classy lens.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

That is a very cool old camera. It sounds like you have quite a Minolta collection there.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous armee said...

you hoo, you got a new toy :) i am looking forward to see your shots with this camera. the white church and the blue sky have set a very pleasing mood. i like it :)

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Great shot of the church, the white pops out due to the cool blue. Have a great weekend and hope you have fun with the camera!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

The church is an excellent photo. I also really like that camera -- holy old school!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I love TLR's, I have an old Rolleicord and Yashica Matt. It's so natural to shoot from low or high and gives unusual angles with out having to lie down or stand on steps. I like the square format. Nice shot of the church.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Ron: said...

Wow! I love the church shot, and you can tell that there is infinitely more detail in the neg.. TLRs are a real beauty to use, and the Minolta is one of the best.. In the second shot it really looks like the camera is in great condition!

I was wondering when I would see some shots from it!!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Has a great historical feel about it.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A superb Camera, Micki! A fine weather in your place!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Absolutely cool Micki.
I didn't know this old camera. it looks like a Roleiflex camera.
Only a good photographer can use such camera. So, Micki you're a good one.
Have a nice week-end

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very cool, Micki. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this camera.

If you wanted to go really short with the title, you could maybe just go with "Fridays are for Specialty Images".

5:13 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Love it! Turn out well I think! Don't you just love those TLR's?

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

I'd call it "Freaky Friday" with that long bit in the subtitle.

I like the church, it's a really great shot. Expired film lends an interesting quality doesn't it?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Prismatico said...

nice camera!!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Prismatico said...

really nice camera shot!!! o.0

10:48 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

What a neat camera. Have never used that kind before.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Very cool ! And nice camera !Micki :)

1:25 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

A beautiful church! So white and prominent in that setting.

Sorry I haven't been around much Micki...I appreciate your continued comments and support. I have noticed.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

It's amazing what any camera can do in the hands of the right person. Love this shot, especially the play between the blue and white. Nice shot of the camera too!

6:04 AM  
Anonymous navin said...

These cameras were great. My dad has one (Yashica mat 124G). You can get really big blowups with these. I don't think it will be easy to find the film for these cameras now in Delhi...not many photographers would even know what this is

8:33 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

mmmmm...vintage :-)

8:55 AM  

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