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Burning a hole.

Prosophos - Burning a Shutter Curtain Hole

Yes, I did it.

I managed to burn a hole in my M3 shutter curtain.

After all of these years… this is a first.  I had read about it but never really worried about it.

As far as I can tell, it was caused by not having the lens cap on while I was outside in intense sunlight (at the Blue Jays game).  My uncapped lens likely focused the rays of light onto a small area of the shutter cloth and — voila! — a hole was created.

This is what the hole was doing to all of my film images:

(iPhone shot of a scanned image on my computer screen)

Prosophos - Shutter Hole

Fortunately the curtain was repaired/patched courtesy of Alex at Setadel Studios (he had my camera back to me within 24 hrs — amazing service).

Now I have to reconsider my w(hole) modus operandi for shooting.  I have been using my lenses with protective hoods and filters but no lens caps.



Sometimes, you just have to hang on.



Technical:  1/30 sec.

Technical #2:  My Leica M3 is broken (curtain issue).  I thought the (now sold) 50/2 Jahre was flaring badly, but the same bright spot I was seeing in its images appears in the centre of most of my images with 35 Summicron ASPH.  Bummer!  Thank goodness I took two quick images of this scene and this (second) image was okay.  Thank you also to my friend Mark (If Time Stood Still) for help with the diagnosis.


8 years ago.

Rest in peace sweetheart.



Composition and Concentration.

…and catching.

Images from one roll of Tri-X.

Shot, developed, and scanned today.


Composition and Concentration 1

Composition and Concentration 2

Composition and Concentration 3

Composition and Concentration 4

Composition and Concentration 5

Composition and Concentration 6

Composition and Concentration 7

Composition and Concentration 8



Birth of the Cool, revisited.

Another, different cool, from three years ago:  Birth of the Cool.


Birth of the Cool, revisited

Happy 8th G! (earlier today).

A nice “birthday weekend” for us.

Time keeps marching on…


Happy 8th G! (earlier today)

The Finals 2015.

They placed 3rd in the tournament.


The Finals 2015 - 1

The Finals 2015 - 2

The road less traveled… is bumpy.

My M3 took a knock in my camera bag that threw the rangefinder off.

The images from this weekend are all out of focus.

The camera is being sent for adjustment.

Ahhh… rangefinders.


Undisclosed Lens #3 (test shot on digital).

If you have been following along, my last few posts contain photographs created with Undisclosed Lens #3.

So far, I’ve only shot with it on film.

I decided to examine central sharpness, wide open, on the Leica M9.

Here is the original test shot:

Undisclosed Lens #3 (test shot)

And here is the central crop of the above image, at 100%:

(focus was on the “T” of the word “Teas”)

Undisclosed Lens #3 (100% crop)

Once again, I’m quite impressed with this lens.



Flamenco Sketches, soft window light, and her ever present calmness.

(This image is from the same roll of film as Floral Interlude and the First Day of School (September 8, 2015) series.)



↑Leica M3, Undisclosed Lens #3, Kodak Tri-X 400, Plustek 8200i.

Floral Interlude.

From the same roll of film as the First Day of School (September 8, 2015) series.


Floral Interlude

First Day of School (September 8, 2015).

A bitter-sweet moment for us:  it’s the last time all three will be walking to school together.


First Day of School 2015 - 1

First Day of School 2015 - 2

First Day of School 2015 - 3

First Day of School 2015 - 4

First Day of School 2015 - 5

First Day of School 2015 - 6

First Day of School 2015 - 7

First Day of School 2015 - 8

First Day of School 2015 - 9

(She’s) Mocking Me.

This is from the roll of film I ruined.

There were many other images that “might have been”.

(those taken in the subway, for example.)

All gone.

I suppose I deserve to be mocked :)

On a positive note, Undisclosed Lens #3 looks to be a winner.


(She's) Mocking Me

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 4 (Sunday September 6, 2015).

I ruined the film.

(more on that later)

Yesterday, we went to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles at the SkyDome.

We hadn’t attended a game all season and for weeks had been saving the last-weekend-before-going-back-to-school surprise for our kids.

It was a hot, hot, hot day.  We had no shade.  We melted.

The Jays won – yay!

During the eighth inning, a pop-up fly ball off the bat of my son’s favourite player (Troy Tulowitzki) was hit our way.

I warned my youngest daughter beside me that it was coming at us quickly and then, at the last second, instinct took over and I stood up to catch it with my bare hand.

When I realized what I had done I shouted like a caveman.

After receiving celebratory high-fives from the friendly crowd around me, I turned to face my family so that I could triumphantly hand over the ball to my ecstatic kids, but instead I was greeted with tears.

It turns out that a rather large gentleman who had not moved all game — and who was separated from me by the seats occupied by the rest of my family — had at some point developed the curious notion that he had a chance at getting the same pop-up ball that now lay in my hands …by diving across my family for it.

He ended up on the pavement of course, but not before “body-slamming” (my wife’s description) my kids.

To his credit, he apologized.

However, the remaining last inning was spent consoling my eldest daughter who had taken the bulk of our seat-neighbour’s considerably forceful blunt impact.

Afterwards, we laughed.

So back to the film and the images on it…

I messed up.  Twice.  Once when assembling the reel and tank and then again when I was developing.

In my fatigue and hurry last night to get the film developed and hung to dry for scanning today, I committed two rookie mistakes and lost more than half of the role.  The surviving images (those that weren’t damaged) were manipulated heavily during scanning and post-processing to get anything to show up.

I lost some potentially very nice images.

On top of it all, I was testing Undisclosed Lens #3, so I sort-of jinxed its debut.

Enough of words!

Here are the (surviving) images from our fateful September 6, 2015:

Blue Jays Orioles 1

Blue Jays Orioles 2

Blue Jays Orioles 3

Blue Jays Orioles 4

Blue Jays Orioles 5

Blue Jays Orioles 6

Blue Jays Orioles 7

Blue Jays Orioles 8

Blue Jays Orioles 9

Blue Jays Orioles 10

And now one digital image, taken this morning…

(the cause of all the craziness yesterday)

Blue Jays Orioles 11 - game ball

There was even more craziness on the way home, but those images appear to be totally lost.

I’ll see if I can save any of them, but as you can tell the image quality was progressively deteriorating towards the end of the roll.





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