January 25, 2022

Who Could Want This?

The Digi Swap website. There's a video near the top of that page. Just watch it.

The idea is you take your old film SLR, remove its back, attach a chunk of machined aluminum that Digi Swap sells you, and to that machined aluminum thing you attach your iPhone on which you have installed the Digi Swap app. You set the ISO on the iPhone, but shutter speed and aperture are controlled on the SLR. You press the shutter release on the SLR to take a photo. Just to be perverse, I suppose, you then have to use the SLR's film advance lever before you can take another photo. Most of my film SLRs have automatic film advance, so I guess I'm just never going to get to enjoy all the wondrous benefits of this device, none of which I can think of right now.

It's not available for sale yet. There is no price estimate. I imagine the machined aluminum device will have to be customized to fit different SLRs. They say they are developing devices to fit medium format cameras as well as 35mm. They don't mention Android, so they may not be planning to expand beyond iPhones.

In a world where all film production ceased and all digital interchangeable lens cameras disappeared, you would still only need this device if you wanted to use some lenses that just couldn't be digitally faked on an iPhone. Extreme telephoto or wide-angle lenses come to mind, but maybe there are others.

Here's a brief article about it (with reader comments) on DPRview.com.

Digi Swap will be at the Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2022 (CP+) in Japan, if you want to see a demo, February 24 - 27.

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January 23, 2022

Four Grave Photos

All of these were shot on Kodachrome in October 1990. I was probably preparing for the Tour De Graves or participating in the actual tour. The Tour De Graves was a bicycle ride that visited most (if not all) of the city-owned cemeteries in Boston. That proved to be too long a ride for some of the people who turned out for it, so in subsequent years it was shortened to exclude the cemeteries that are further out from the center of the city. These photos (or some of these) might be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, but I have been unable to determine for sure which cemetery any of these are in.
Family Plots

Stone Spheres

Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Memorial

William Solomon

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January 22, 2022

Four Old Kodachromes

Provincetown as seen from the Pilgrim Monument (1)
Provincetown viewed from atop the Pilgrim Monument
, Kodachrome, 1991.

Bunker Hill Monument (1)
The Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown
, Kodachrome, 2002.

Christ Church - Old North Church (1)
Old North Church
, Kodachrome, 2002.

It's downhill from here
Riding to a bike rally in way-upstate New York I crossed over this divide
, Kodachrome, 1992.

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January 19, 2022

Zakim Bridge - 2002

These were all shot on Kodachrome on one day in October 2002 when the new Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston was opened for pedestrians to tour.
Zakim Bridge (44)

Zakim Bridge (35A)

Zakim Bridge (38A)

Zakim Bridge (43A)

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January 16, 2022

On Broadway

Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour Group
Not my photo
. This came in a recent email from the Museum of Neon Arts. Somebody shot this at the conclusion of the Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour. I'm the one in the white sweatshirt wearing a pink cap. Left of me (on my right) is Edmon Rodman who led the tour. I think we lost three or four from the group at the mid-point of the tour, the Grand Central Market.

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January 14, 2022

Two Pairs

Saguaro (8)
Kodachrome, 1988

Cactus Needles (1)
Cactus needles
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Longfellow Bridge (8)
Longfellow Bridge
, Agfa Scala film, circa 2001.

Mass General and Mass Eye & Ear (2)
Storrow Drive and medical buildings along the Charles River
, Agfa Scala film, circa 2001.

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January 13, 2022

Two and Two

These first two were shot at Hoover Dam in 2001 using Kodachrome.
They Died To Make The Desert Bloom

Hoover Dam (10)

San Francisco Rooftops (4)
San Francisco
, Agfa Scala film, 2002.

Flowers (7)
Also Agfa Scala film, but no record of the date or place

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January 12, 2022

Four More On Ilford Delta 3200 Film

All of these were shot on Ilford Delta 3200 film.
Desert Hot Springs Fireworks (1)
Fireworks in Desert Hot Springs on July 2, 2021

342 N. Palm Canyon Drive (1)
342 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs

History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija (6)
"History Of Suspended Time" by Gonzalo Lebrija

Our Lady of Solitude Church (2)
Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs

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January 9, 2022

Four On Ilford Delta 3200

These first two photos are from the cactus and succulent show at the L.A. County Arboretum that took place way back in August. These were displayed indoors without bright lighting, so I used Ilford Delta 3200 film, no filter.
L.A. County Arboretum Cactus & Succulent Show (4)

L.A. County Arboretum Cactus & Succulent Show (1)

The next two photos I shot at the George Zander Candlelight Vigil and March on Friday evening of Palm Springs Pride week. Also Ilford Delta 3200, unfiltered.
George Zander Candlelight Vigil and March (4)

George Zander Candlelight Vigil and March (2)

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January 6, 2022

Four Photos In The Coachella Valley

Apple Store on El Paseo (1)
Shot on Ilford Delta 3200 film

Cereus peruvianus flower with bee (1)
Bee in a bloom on my Cereus peruvianus
. Kentmere Pan 400 film.

Parking Garage Palm Springs
A parking garage in Palm Springs
, also shot on Kentmere Pan 400.

Palm Springs' Downtown Park Fountain (3)
Fountain in Downtown Park in Palm Springs
. Kentmere Pan 400 film.

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January 5, 2022

Four On Kentmere Pan 400

All these photos taken in Desert Hot Springs were shot on Kentmere Pan 400 film. Kentmere is Ilford's cheaper brand. I used a red filter with these.

Cactus Drive
On Cactus Drive

Dollar General Construction (17)
Dollar General construction a few months ago

The Former El Reposo Spa
El Reposo Spa
, a former spa on Fifth Street. It's obvious they've been under a little pressure from code enforcement over the last couple of years to finally clean up the place. Not long ago they removed the plywood that had been covering these windows into the hot mineral water pool room, which I'm sure is no longer in use. I would think the room could get really overheated on sunny days.

Boarded Up On Fifth Street
This is the mobile home park between Fifth and Sixth Streets
which is also finally getting seriously cleaned up.

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January 4, 2022

The New Long Canyon Trailhead

I went to explore the new Long Canyon trail not long ago. The actual trailhead isn't right there where the MWD dirt road intersects paved Long Canyon Road. Nor is it at the other end of the MWD road, where the aqueduct lies. Instead, it's about halfway between the two. The parking areas are obvious, but if you miss them there is this sign.
Long Canyon Trailhead

BTW, that was shot on Rollei Infrared film with an infrared filter, as are all of these photos.

The trail proceeds not on the MWD road, but to the right, in the wash between the great stacks of tailings from the aqueduct.

Long Canyon Trail (1)

Long Canyon Trail (4)

Colorado River Aqueduct at Long Canyon (3)

Colorado River Aqueduct at Long Canyon (6)

Colorado River Aqueduct at Long Canyon (2)
A lot of bees around the eastern "hatch" for the aqueduct
. I concluded they must have a hive down below the hatch. If they were simply gathering water, then I should have found just as many bees around the western hatch, but I saw none.

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January 1, 2022

Four More Infrared Photos

These were all shot in November using Rollei Infrared 400 film with an infrared filter.

Mobile Home and Tamarisks
A double-wide on Sixth Street in Desert Hot Springs

Palm Springs Infrared View (2)
Palm Springs viewed from Painted Hills Road

Albert Frey's Cree House From Above (1)
Also from Painted Hills Road, but turning more towards Cathedral City.
Albert Frey's Cree House is visible in the lower right.

Little San Bernardino Hills Above Desert Hot Springs (2)
Desert Hot Springs
. The road running away from us is Mission Lakes Boulevard.

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December 31, 2021

Four From Palm Springs Pride

All of these were shot on Let It Snow! film with a dark red filter.


Pride On Palm Canyon Drive

Posing At Pride (1)

Leather Teddy Bear

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December 29, 2021

Venice Beach Live Cam

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December 28, 2021

Four More On Let It Snow! Film

All of these were shot with Film Photography Project's Let It Snow! film which is sensitive into the infrared zone. I used a dark red filter.
Palm Springs Bike Rack (1)
A Palm Springs bike rack

Palm Springs' Downtown Park Fountain (1)
The fountain in the new Downtown Park in Palm Springs

History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija (5)
Another shot of "History of Suspended Time" by Gonzalo Lebrija
, this time with Palm Springs Pride happening in the background.

The mural at Delicia's on Pierson Boulevard in Desert Hot Springs

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Canon Announces No New DSLR Models . . . Ever

"Canon CEO, President and Chairman, Fujio Mitarai, confirmed the EOS-1D X Mark III will be the company’s last flagship DSLR camera." IOW, they will not be advancing the line. All their creative energy will be going into mirrorless cameras. So it's not the end of Canon DSLRs, at least not yet.

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December 26, 2021

A Kodachrome and Three Agfa Scalas

Beacon Hill Viewed From Longfellow Bridge
A view towards Beacon Hill
shot from the tower on the Longfellow Bridge that is on the downstream Cambridge side. Agfa Scala film, probably around 2001.

Longfellow Bridge & Back Bay
View from the same spot across the bridge at the matching tower on the upstream side
with the two Hancocks and the Prudential in the Back Bay as background.

Echo of the Waves
"Echo of the Waves" by Susumu Shingu
at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Kodachrome, 1991. Checking Google Streetview, this sculpture is no longer standing there. This page in the Smithsonian's Art Inventory Catalog makes no mention of its removal. I can find no information about its removal.

Cereus peruvianus (1)
My Cereus peruvianus cactus
forming a flower bud while living on my windowsill in Boston. Agfa scala film, around 20 years ago.

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December 22, 2021

Jewish Lights Over Broadway

The Museum of Neon Arts seems to be able to schedule a tour (or two) during each COVID low point. This past Sunday they offered "Jewish Lights Over Broadway." The route was simple. We met at the Eastern Building which is almost at 9th and Broadway. From there we walked up to 4th and Broadway (the Bradbury Building), turned around and came back down on the opposite side of Broadway. Along the way the tour leader shared his incredibly detailed knowledge on the history of the buildings, the neon, and the people who built it all, many of whom were/are Jewish. I'd be willing to do this tour any time of the year, although if you tried it in the summer you'd have to wait until well after 9 o'clock to insure solid darkness to appreciate all the neon. But at this particular time of year it appealed to me even more because it looked like a social event during the holiday season that was NOT likely to include traditional Christmasy stuff. And Hanukkah has passed, so I wouldn't even have to hear a dreidel song.

Eastern Columbia Lofts (7480)
The entrance to the Eastern Columbia Lofts

Villa Moreliana (7509)
At the Grand Central Market

United Artists Theatre (7486)

Orpheum Theatre (7552)
The neon wasn't turned on, but it was still up there

Neon Display at Grand Central Market (7515)
Also at the Grand Central Market
. The MONA had some connection to the creation of this display.

Globe Theatre (7530)

Broadway Bar (7546)

Apple Tower Theatre (7534)

The complete set of photos is here.

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December 21, 2021

Three Kodachromes and a Digital

Autumn Color on the Esplanade
On the Charles River Esplanade
, Kodachrome, 2001. IIRC, I shot this on 9/11/2001. I worked in downtown Boston as a federal employee. We were sent home early, it was a beautiful day, and I wasn't sure the subway would be entirely safe, so I walked home, getting this photo on the way.

Saguaro (4)
Kodachrome, 1988

Ford "Toy" Convertible
Kodachrome, 2002

"Shoshone" (5690)
"Shoshone," by Mark Di Suvero
at the base of FourFortyFour South Flower in Los Angeles. That's the Bonaventure hotel in the near background. This is a digital shot that I took two days ago.

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