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Summishica + Velvia 50 = :-0

I was happy with some of the images I got on Kodak with this lens/camera combo; the ones of the Japanese Maple leaves were my favorites, and I loved how the two red peony photos came out.


The finer grain and richer colors of the Velvia took me to another place. You have to remember that, when I was taking these pictures, I had no idea how they would turn out. Because the TL-Super meters through the lens (TL standing for, "through lens," natch) I was pretty confident that they would be metered okay, and I could see through the prism that at least something was going to be in focus, but beyond that it was really a wing and a prayer. You can judge for yourself how things developed:

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A Few More in Kodak 400 Ultramax from the Summishica

These are actually my faves from that roll:

The Unholy Marriage of a Screw-Mount Leica Summicron 50 & a Yashica TL-Super, Captured on Kodak Ultramax 400

Hey, Blogger still works! These are 12 photos I took in my backyard as a test roll to see how a classic screw-mount Leica lens would work with a classic SLR body.
Pretty darn well, as far as I'm concerned! It wasn't really possible to focus past a foot or so, but for close work I found I could adjust a little for depth of field by extending the body of the Summicron in and out.
I was happy enough with the Kodak 400, but in the following post I'll share some of the hallucinatory fever dream that emerged in the next roll, some lightly expired Fuji velvia 50.

Early September

Strange Day--
Cloudy, but not the usual flat-gray-blanket-cloudy;
Bits-and-pieces cloudy,
But just a handful of moments where the sun peaked through.
One of those warm-and-cool-at-the-same-time days,
A day that feels more like Wisconsin September
Than California September.

A crow flew behind the pines
As I walked past the parking garage.
No feathers were ever so black
As these, so black
Against the bright cloud
That they could have been nothing at all.
An impossible hole in the sky.
I'm sure, now, as I think about it,
That if it had not flown so fast
I could have seen the bright points of the stars
Gleaming far away behind those feathers.

Team Colors

Three of you squeeze into a seat for a cozy two,
Cocooned by your chatter from the texting commuters
(And the occasional cycling enthusiast)
On your way to tonight's game.
Even the backs of your heads look young,
And you in the window seat are so careful
To rest your arm not across the one-and-a-half shoulders
As you huddle together now
On your way to the game.

A Simple, Five-Step Trick

Here's a trick to try out
The next time you have a free minute:Step One:
Stand where you find yourself.Step Two:
Take a good look around.Step Three:
Take a deep breath and slowly let it out.Step Four:
Using whatever form of locomotion you prefer (legs, wheelchair, etc.), and while remaining perfectly still (this is the tricky part), push against the world until it begins to move past you.Step Five:
Stop pushing when you find yourself where you need to be.And have a care to be considerate of others.

NaPoWriMo! All over my phone!

I decided to take the plunge into National Poetry Writing Month, prompted by my friend Aidan's facebook update. So I'm already three poems behind, sadly, but I can catch up... Here's the poem I wrote on Aidan's link:Thanks for this, Aidan!
I've a deep fear of poems
(My own, not others')But, in every life
There comes a time when we say,
"Ah, eff it, why not."