Category Archives: The Story

Front Door Gift from my Neighbors

While I was at the Mayo Clinic last Fall, some of my neighbors decided that I needed a more accessible Front Entrance:

At first I thought how wonderful my neighbors are! But I felt that perhaps my mom-in-law and my neighbor from across the street (whose husband designed and organized the Project) might need it more that me, But with recent snows that we had I learned to appreciate my hsnd rsils. Sometimes other people know what you need before you recognize what you need!

THE SAGUAROS PART II

First, my banner image which is Digital IR. And an alternate view that I decided not to use:

Tell me if you agree with my choice………..

Above, two camera angles of the same Cacti…….

And an interesting rock formation……with a Saguaro, of course.

A Door Near Cathedral Rocks, Arizona

The Old Mill House at the Crescent Moon Ranch Park in Arizona, more famous for the Cathedral Red Rocks.

If you look closely you can see the door, especially in the larger image.

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK: IR

Continuing my IR studies, I’m including here my Nikon-1 images here. The Nikon-1 has bee converted to a full spectrum camera and I ‘selected’ the IR spectral range using a filter. First some striking Joshua Trees:

Next Week we’ll actually look at some of the Saguaros………..

COMO DOORS

Sharin sone B&W images fron a stormy dat in Sith Park, Yes there is a real Sotyh Park, but it’s the name of a valley noy a town.

There IS a Ghost Town (not totally deserted) named Como. It used to be a major hub of the Rail Road, Well start with the Old School House, now the Civic Center:

And also the local Church, I believe it is Methodist. Around here that’s always a good guess:

You can see to the left the home of one of the current residents, Most of the inhabitant live in older cottages from the RR days. Visit the links below for more ty[ical views of Como and the Annual Festival.

COMO IN COLOR

https://myvintagecamerasblog.com/2020/10/08/como-doors/

http://myvintagecameras.blogspot.com/search?q=COMO

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Frugal Film Project: Pre-1940 Camera Options

IFor the 4th Quarter of 2020 I tested the Agfa Billy Clack No. 51, a 645 medium format camera from 1934/. The cost on EBay was $35. The Photos were quite successful, leading me to try my other less than $50 Pre-1940’s cameras:

Pre-1940’s CamerasYearCostFormat
Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera1933Free620
Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20 Camera1928-32$14620
AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 German strut folding1934$35120
AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 German strut folding1934$40120
AGFA Isolette 6X6 German Strut folding1937$35120

So these are the primary cameras I will be using for The Frugal Film Project.

AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 is the January 2021 Camera I will Start with. Using Ektar 100 Film to capture the end of the Holiday Saeson.

The rest of the Cameras givin in no particular use order. I’ll just have to see what the conditions are and what’s going n that’s of Photographic interest. In other wirds, I’ll let the circumstance pick the camera and the film.

AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 I’ve had a lot of success with. So it may make more than on appearance in the project.

AGFA Isolette 6X6 shows some promise. I will probably reserve it for the faster B&W film, the Tri-X 400.

And now for the Kodak Cameras……….

Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera. This camera needs a bit of a work out. It uses 620 format film (similar to 120 film). I’ve only put one roll of film through it. There’s no formal unboxing. M mom simply gave it to me Christmas 2019 in a cloth bag.

NEEDS PHOTO

Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20, The non-Art Deco version of Mom’s camera. I have not yet tested this camera. So we shall see…….

There are also some Post-1940 cameras, such as my Grandfather’s Argus Brick, which will likely be a part of this year;s Frugal Film. We’ll introduce those cameras as I apply thm.

Wrapping up Frugal Film 2020: Kodak Tri-X 400 Film & Agfa Billy Clack No. 51

Wrapping up the Q4 2020 postings. I have the Photo selections for the 4th Quarter below.. Click here he 2020 Posting Summary.

Frugal Film October 2020: Out of Focus

Frugal Film November 2020: Curves

Frugal Film December 2020: Salt River, Arizona