One Christmas, early in my marriage, I ended up spending Christmas at my in-laws house, which was in a different city from the one I lived in. Due to a mix-up caused by the logistical nightmare of bringing a newborn baby with all it’s day-to-day stuff and all the Christmas gifts to another city in a tiny car, I ended up at the in-laws house for several days with a single gift for myself, from my parents, Ansel Adams’ “Basic Techniques of Photography, Book II”.
The Voigtländer Vitomatic I is a 35mm viewfinder camera that was produced between 1957 and 1960. The lens is a 50mm Colors-Skopar 1:2.8. F-stops are 2.8 to 22. Shutter is a Prontor SLK-V with bulb, 1, 1/2nd, 1/4th, 1/8th, 1/15th, 1/350th, 1/60th, 1/125th, 1/250th and 1/300th sec. It has a selenium meter – it gives you a reading, you have to manually set the f-stop and shutter yourself.
The Vitomatic I is all metal and glass, and quite heavy. It has a wonderfully bright viewfinder window.
The Olympus Pen-S is a 35mm half-frame camera that takes 2 photos for every normal-sized every frame, which means you get 72 pictures on a 36 frame roll of film. The lens is a Zuiko 4-element f2.8 with 30mm focal length. Shutter is Bulb, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, and 1/250. F-stops are the standard stops from f2.8 to f22, inclusive.
My favourite time of year is the fall, autumn, with all it’s brisk colours, the crispness of the air, and the pervasive feeling of new beginnings. Fall is the start of the new school year, with new friends and professors, before you have fallen behind on your studies. Fall is when it is warm enough to walk outside without a coat yet cool enough that you can walk forever.
A Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 lens sat unused in my basement, on a dusty ledge, in a plastic bag. It is the last thing that I have from my grandfather on my father’s side. He liked to take photographs of flowers, rhubarb, and small toys in his backyard, so a small macro lens made sense. I decided to take the lens out for a spin of the docklands.