Blue Blood in a Purple State
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18 May 2015 Leave a comment
The spring thunderstorms returned last week after a brief hiatus, so no photography for me this weekend. That’s okay, I had several boring errands that I’d been putting off, and the car was overdue for an oil change.
I found myself clicking around the backwoods of eBay while I binge-watched the 3rd season of House of Cards on Saturday afternoon. See, I think I neglected to mention this in my blog entry about my trip out to Tickfaw last weekend, but on my way back home I swung through Baton Rouge to stop at Circa 1857, one of my favorite antique stores. And lo and behold, I found one of my most-desired Kodak Brownies, a Target, for just $25. (Using metrics that are a complete mystery to almost everyone who collects cameras, the market value of this camera has been determined at $6. You will never, ever, EVER find one for that cheap, anywhere. I consider $25 to be a bargain.)
That got me thinking of another Brownie I’ve long been on the trail of, the Jiffy, a model which slightly preceded the Target, although later models of the Jiffy and earlier models of the Target were sold at the same time. So that’s how I came to be on eBay. Normally I prefer to buy my cameras in stores, partly so I can make sure the shutter works, but also because it feels more “earned” when I find my cameras IRL. I’m readier to part with money because what are the odds I’ll ever find one again? However, vintage cameras are gaining in popularity, making them rarer finds (especially in good condition) and driving up the prices in stores.
So anyway, long story short, I found one I liked, no one else bid on it and I got it for the starting bid of $19.99 and $5 shipping. The seller says the shutter works and they have 100% positive feedback so I suppose they’re trustworthy. Although it doesn’t matter so much, as I primarily want these cameras for their collectibility and Art Deco faceplates. But I like to know I could use all of the cameras I collect, even if I’m unlikely to in some cases.
Now I just need a Beau, and I will have the trifecta of Art Deco Brownies. That one’s gonna be hard though, that model was only made from 1930-1933–the colored ones (blue, green, rose) only until 1931.
19 Apr 2013 Leave a comment
This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, get all of my vintage cameras together and take some photos. (I took 3 photos from 3 positions: standing, sitting, kneeling.) I don’t keep them all in one place–I group all the rangefinders together in one place, my Kodaks in another, my Polaroids in another, some that are for sale I keep in the closet, and miscellaneous ones are on the top shelf of my desk–so it’s hard to get a sense of how many I actually have. This isn’t even all the vintage cameras I’ve EVER owned, since I started my Etsy shop last year, I’ve sold a few. A lot of these are for sale, too–in fact, most of them would be for sale at the right price. Although there are a few I wouldn’t sell at ANY price: my Arguses, my Land Camera, the WWI-era Zeiss-Ikon that Phil bought in Germany when he was in the Army. He gave it to me a few years ago.
A lot of people do film stash photos, but I don’t have tons of film on hand at any given time. Frankly I think it’s dumb to hoard more film than you can shoot in, say, a year. Refrigerated or no, unexposed film is a slowly degrading medium. I’m currently stockpiling about 20 rolls of Fuji Neopan 400, which I recently learned is being discontinued, but I won’t try to amass more than that. I’ll just have to switch to Ilford when it runs out. Sigh. Although at the moment I do have quite a bit of Fuji color 35mm, since my friend Trish sold me her stash!
12 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
Shot in my Yashica MG-1.
Ektachrome (the non-professional version was sold under the name Elite Chrome) was Kodak’s last slide film, until they ceased production this year. It was close to Kodachrome in look, and was often used when that look was desired but higher shutter speeds were needed, or it had to be developed in the field where access to the specialized Kodachrome equipment and chemicals weren’t available. I had one roll that I decided I should use before it expired more than it already was. Some of the NOLA shots looks weirdly sketched-in; I think that’s because I was shooting in overcast conditions. I don’t know why it should have given them that look, but I like it.