Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Vaulted rooms

July 10, 2008

I got a nice package yesterday from my uncle– a big box of vintage cameras! This is really nice, because I’ve been thinking a lot about photography lately, and looking at displays of all-too-expensive digital SLRs just wasn’t scratching that itch.

I spent some time yesterday looking each one up online, doing my best to not only identify the model, but to find some sort of documentation for each. I highly doubt I could have learned so much in such a short time without the net!

To me, the most exciting camera is the Yashica-Mat EM. I guess this may be the first camera I ever seriously examined that was entirely mechanical, which wasn’t so much surprising as it was intriguing. I believe this camera is intended to be help at the user’s waistline, as the finder is viewed from the top, looking down. This thing is a beast, but seems like a lot of fun so far!

Yashica-Mat EM

The Yashica-Mat wasn’t the only all-mechanical camera in the bunch, as you can see– the next camera is a 1-A Autographic Kodak Junior. I’m not familiar with camera of this era at all, but I guess I’ve learned more about photography in the past couple years than I realized, because I’m not that daunted by it. I’m not at all certain I’ll be able to locate any sort of film for this thing, but cleaning it up will surely take me long enough to have time to find out.

1-A Autographic Kodak Junior

There was also this Kodak Hawk-Eye Model B #2 camera. It seems superficially alike to the 1-A Autographic, but is a bit smaller. Getting the dust off of these is going to be a big job!

Kodak Hawk-Eye Model B no.2

Here’s the last of the Kodaks– this one is a Kodak Retina I, which was apparently produced by a German Kodak manufacturer. It’s unlike any Kodak I’ve seen before, and is just plain different. It seems incredibly well-constructed, though, and looks like I should be able to just slap some film in and go out shooting!

Kodak Retina I

I don’t know much about this one, but it doesn’t seem nearly-complicated enough for me to worry– it’s an Imperial Quad 27c. The maker of this camera made a lot of cute, colorful cameras in the 1960s. This is not one of the better-looking models, but seems like it might be a kick anyhow.

Imperial Quad 27c

Oh! Here’s one that I’m also tremendously excited about– an Asahi/Pentax Honeywell Spotmatic. I guess they liked it so much, they named the thing four times, haha. When I was initially going through the package, I gravitated towards this camera first… maybe just because it looks most like cameras that I’m familiar with. Regardless, I had it sussed-out in a couple minutes, quickly figuring out the location of all the various adjustment knobs, etc. I know that’s probably not an amazing feat for experienced photographers, but I think it’s a big deal for me. I’ve always liked taking photos, but I never really owned anything but pocket cameras until relatively recently. Because of this, all the stuff I learned about apertures, f-stops, film speed, etc… was kinda abstract.

Asahi Pentax Honeywell Spotmatic

For now, my plan is to slowly work on cleaning these cameras, and getting them all in good working order without doing so much that I take away from the qualities they’ve absorbed over the years. After that, I’d like to find at least one roll of film for each, and make some interesting photographs! Like all my projects, I don’t have much of any money to throw at this, so it will probably be slow going. Wish me luck, and leave any helpful tips in the comments section!

BTW, I took all these photos this morning using my little Sony digital. I used the colored inserts for my daughter’s lamp shade as the backdrop. It’s the same trick I used in this post, but with a different color.

Skypecasting!

June 25, 2008

If you’ve been keeping up with my liveblogged playlists, you’re already aware that I’ve been looking into adding Skypecasts to my ever-expanding repotoire of broadcasting options. After a few trial broadcasts, I’m convinced this could be a useful tool, despite the fact that it’s a bit more clumsy than I’d like.

As with any medium, Skypecasting has unique strengths and weaknesses. On the positive end, I can schedule a Skypecast for pretty much any time of day, and for any duration. Listeners can also join in, as a Skypecast is more like a big conference call than the one-way street that is normal radio. I’m looking forward to hearing you as much as I hope you enjoy hearing my broadcasts!

However, listeners have to install Skype in order to listen at all– it’s free, but I’m not sure how many people will be willing to do this.

The biggest drawback for me is how I have to set the audio options. As I vastly prefer having multiple sources from which to source music for my broadcasts, I have been using at least two instances of a music player program during the Skypecasts. However, this necessitates setting my computer’s stereo mix as the recording source– this means that I can’t use my microphone to speak with listeners without switching away from the music entirely. It’s also fairly clumsy, with me bopping back and forth in my PC’s recording settings control window. Anyone know a way around this? I wonder if there’s a plugin or little app that could make this easier.

So how many STARTLING MONIKER readers would check out a Skypecast? Discuss it all by yourself, with the single anemic comment that this post will likely engender…

*puts down crackpipe*

November 28, 2007

Somehow, I deleted the link to the really awesome “decay and pianos” themed “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast I am offering in the previous post… I’m not really sure how this happened, but it’s fixed now. Sorry for the confusion.

Get your fix of DaveX’s vintage radio broadcasting here.

Also, here’s a photo I made this morning. You will need to view it in full. Quick, I need Photoshop lessons!

Original photography by DaveX

DaveX apparently has abandonment issues

November 27, 2007

With downloads of my most recent “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast (11/24/07) quickly tapering off, I can only assume you all need some new listening material. Or you’re bogged down with my old shows. Or you hate me.

Anyways, despite your bewildering lack of interest in the link above, I’m going to take a chance and share *gasp* another radio show with you. One that’s not even my own!

Before you nominate me for “Most Selfless in a Dramatic Blog” let me make you aware that I have a vested interest in this other program– I’m on it! Yes, I’m referring to ~ORE~ Theatre Intangible, a program of experimental music and free improvisation hosted by Tony Youngblood.

As you may recall, I’ve been tapped to create an ongoing series of short experimental mixes for this incarnation of ~ORE~. This has resulted in my “It’s Too Damn Startling” mix series, the latest of which was broadcast during Tony’s 11/25/07 broadcast.

Original photography by Tony Youngblood

But wait, there’s more! My recent release, “Tenex,” also found it’s way into the broadcast– alongside the Evolution Control Committee, Gyorgy Ligeti, US Maple, John Cage, and an excerpt of some Nashville-based free improvisers from the previous week’s broadcast.I’d love for you to check this out. The show download is available here, with the complete playlist below. Enjoy! –DaveX

The Evolution Control Committee — 5000 BC
Louis Barron, Bebe Barron — Battle with Invisible Monster
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band — I Wanna Find a Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have to Go
US Maple — Mountain Top
The Evolution Control Committee — Toot
Davenport — Dear Skull
DNA — Not Moving
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks — Baby Doll
Mars — Puerto Rican Ghost
The Evolution Control Committee — Lunch
John Cage — First Construction (In Metal)
Gyorgy Ligeti — String Quartet 1-2, Metamorpho
Louis Barron, Bebe Barron — Robby Arranges Flowers
Karlheinz Stockhausen — Struktur IX
Pan Sonic — Groundfrost Being
Throbbing Gristle — Tanith
DaveX — Tenex
DaveX — It’s Too Damn Startling! #2
~ORE~ Theatre Intangible — Angry Beavers (episode 11/18/07, excerpt)

Photo break

November 25, 2007

A few nice, quick shots taken this weekend. Enjoy!

Original photography by DaveX

Original photography by DaveX

Original photography by DaveX