Be MORE American!

If you’ve every wondered how YOU could become more American than your friends or neighbors, here’s the solution.

Get yourself a big ole ass of a truck and hang the Stars and Stripes on it WITH a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag for good measure.   I will never understand this phenomenon.  In a much milder form are those folks who wear an American Flag Pin on their suit coat.  What is your point.  We’re all American’s here ( for the most part). But somehow you need to be a Super American?  Sheesh.

Shot on Double XX

Started off as a BW Cinema only film.  Now is available in 35 mm cassettes for still photography.  Here are a few shots, M7 35/1.4 ASPH.  A little graining on these scans.  When the film is sent back to me I will rescan and see if that’s what the problem is.

The Fence is a nationwide traveling photo exhibit.  Boom Box of Shame is how we hear about every Rockies loss - another today is headed our way

Japanese Whiskey Flight

Is really a Flight of Japanese Whiskey:

Suntory Toki 

is a blended whisky from Suntory’s three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. This is a round and sweet blend with a refreshing citrus character and a spicy finish.

‘Toki’ means ‘time’ in Japanese. Toki has a different composition to its sister blend, Suntory Hibiki, and its main components are Hakushu single malt and Chita grain whisky.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony 

is a blend of Japanese malt and grain whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Presented in the brand’s trademark 24-faceted bottle representing the Japanese seasons, this is light, approachable and moreish with enticing notes of orange peel and white chocolate.

Mars Iwai

“Here we have a full meal from the whisky’s kitchen. Fumes of briny peat, malt, and robust smoke emanate from its double doors. The palate serves up smoked meats, crushed almonds and peppercorns, along with a generous helping of creamy malt. You’ll want to chew on this for a bit.”

Mars had the boldest taste followed by Hibiki Harmony.  Suntory Toki was very light with little in the way of a “hug”. My favorite was the Hibiki Harmony

A beginner’s Blog

I started commonmanphotography blog as a place where newcomers could learn more about photography - especially digital photography.  It is at first mostly about equipment because this is where most of us start.  Ideally, you would start at technique, how to see, what is your vision?  The fact is that most of us start way down the line at the equipment questions.  So this is where the blog starts.

Nikon 35i

This is from Ken Rockwell’s review:

“The Nikon 35Ti was a rich guy’s vacation camera. The model name means 35(mm lens) and Titanium covers. It cost about a grand ($1,000) when it came out in 1993. 

The Nikon 35Ti is one of the very best non-SLR 35mm film cameras ever made, and has one of the best lenses ever put on a 35mm camera by anyone.

In 2009, the Nikon 35Ti remains a fantastic film camera, especially if you value technical image quality. The 35Ti has a real Nikon Matrix meter, and give great results even with picky Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. 

Because of the Matrix meter and extraordinary lens, the Nikon 35Ti is the best compact film camera ever made for landscape, nature and fine art photography.

For speed and ease-of-use by a pro photographer, especially for people photography, the Konica Hexar operates and focuses more quickly. The Hexar’s meter is as primitive as a Leica, meaning its only an old center-weighted meter. The old style meters, like Leicas and the Hexar, require constant babysitting and exposure compensation to yield perfect slide exposures. Because of this, the Hexar is best used with negative film. 

The Nikon 35Ti is best for careful photos of things. The Konica Hexar is best for people, action, news and sports.”

I’ve pretty much decided that this is the camera I’m taking to Japan in 6 weeks.  I’ve also realized that for best results use fresh film.  Duh?  I’ve gotten away with using out of date film but unless you want to do lots of post scanning processing it’s best to use the fresh stuff.  

Fairplay, Colorado

Once again spending the weekend camping here in Colorado.  What a great state to live in.  I am thankful that most tourists go to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes, Colorado and make that their Colorado experience.  Leaves the rest of the glorious state to us natives!!

Fairplay is right at 10,000 ft ASL.  From here there any number of places one can go including Alma at 11,000 ft and Breckenridge.   

Our trip to Breckenridge was simply to go to the distillery.  As is typical for most distilleries, they start with Vodka and Gin as there is no maturation time like Whiskey or Bourbon.  I favored the 86 proof straight bourbon.  It was $44 which is average.  They had a single barrel for $199 which is way too much to spend.  They also had Scandinavian Ocuvite which is horrible in my opinion.  Not sure why as I can imagine that it has limited demand.

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