Planned Obsolescence

Was thinking today about the digital v. film debate.  I shoot both but have always thought of digital as an expanding arena of soon to be obsolete

cameras.  After all why shouldn’t they be.  Computer + Lens = digital camera.  So the innards are always getting better.  With Film cameras that doesn’t happen . There won’t be a better, ‘next year’ version of your film camera.  


Today was the introduction of the Leica Q2 which is a super high tech point and shoot with a fixed lens camera.  Looks lovely - it’s only $5000!!!

Today I saw a great deal on a black Leica Leicaflex SL film camera.  Other than the fact that you have to do a little bit of a work around to get the right voltage battery the thing is quite easy to use.  No upgrades, no sensor cleanings.  And in a pinch you can pound nails or repel an assailant with this heavy object.  $250

To each his own.





Weird Flame

Captured this morning while I was in Garden City, KS.  Looking East- Must have been a break in the cloud cover to cause this.  Very dramatic and only lasted about 4 minutes.  



Meade, Kansas

After being sick for several weeks I finally felt good enough to venture out to Meade, KS.  The weather was not good and it’s going to close in later today.  But….while there’s no snow I traveled too Meade, KS where the Dalton Gang hang out house is open to view.  There is a tunnel connecting their hide out with their mother’s house


The Dalton Gang was a group of outlaws in the American Old West during 1890–1892. It was also known as The Dalton Brothers because three of its members were brothers. The gang specialized in bank and train robberies. During an attempted bank robbery in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1892, two of the brothers and two other gang members were killed; Emmett survived and was captured, tried, and convicted. He was paroled after serving 14 years in prison.


The oldest brother Frank had been a Deputy U.S. Marshal, but was killed in 1887. In 1890, Gratton “Grat”, Bob, and Emmett turned to crime after not being paid as lawmen. Their middle brother William M. “Bill” Dalton also had a career as an outlaw, but he rode with the Wild Bunch. The gangs were related through their mother to the Younger brothers, who rode with Jesse James. The Daltons were active later and independently of the James-Younger Gang..





On the way to Meade I captured this patriotic image


More Damaged Film Stories

Another installment of Bad Film.   The whole planned two weeks in Kansas was a disaster.  Waking up in the middle of nite with severe pain, visit to the ER without a definitive answer.  This was all followed by getting the flu - this after having had the prescribed flu shot.


The film sat in the camera in the car during some very cold temps.  That usually is not enough to cause problems.  After a difficult 5 hour drive home with the flu I was shocked to find that the back of the camera had popped open just the slightest.  


After getting the film developed it was a combination of ruined frames with under-exposed frames.  This last finding was a surprise.  Anyway was was able to scan about 9 frames and salvage something.  The color shifts, etc can be mitigated by taking the image into Black and White which is what I did for some of the frames.





Old Farm House

We’re our looking for land East of Denver - They seem to like to make parcels of 35 acres which allows you to pretty much do what you want with the land short of criminal activities - no HOA, no restrictive covenants.  Anyway we were shown a rundown farm on 35 acres.  It was a perfect scene for a horror movie.  Place hadn’t been lived in for 5 years.  Here are the photos

Needless to say we’re not taking this offer.












Holiday Blues

It appears that a $3 spring has humbled and hobbled my 911.  I hate the sound of crunching gears especially when I know how to shift.  This has lead to a tear down of the transmission.  It appears any vacations of more than a 100 miles will be postponed.

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