Cameras for sale

I haven’t watched it yet, and probably will not, but there’s a Netflix tv show everyone seems to be talking about in regards to organization and clutter.  I do not have much stuff as it is.  And I have some cameras that I use that “spark joy,” something that the host in this tv show apparently decides is a deciding factor in keeping material belongings.

The cameras I am selling spark joy.  Immense joy actually.  Yet, I am selling them.  I’m trying to be build whatever contingency funds I can have for continuing to enjoy film photography after I am laid off soon.  So these cameras are getting the chopping block. Please get in touch with me if you want to see more pictures and/or inspect the cameras. If you aren’t local, we can do a facetime or skype chat as well. Also, if you aren’t local, you will have to cover shipping.

IMAGE.JPG

The first is two Canonet QL-17 GIII cameras. One with a flash. I ran at least 20 rolls through each camera last year. The meter works perfectly. The rangefinder is great as well. Focusing is very smooth. It’s everything you could want in a rangefinder that’s not a Leica. They are $150 each. A bargain if you look on ebay. The flash, a Canolite D, is $20.

IMAGE.JPG

The next camera up for sale is Fuji 645zi. Basically it is a medium format point and shoot. I’ve used it as such .. as well as a decent landscape and found/still photography. It’s autofocus and meter and flash works flawlessly. The only catch is that the screen on the back is on it’s way out. You can still make out the ISO and film counter. You are going to use it as a point and shoot though. The auto setting is perfect in just about every setting. Really, that’s what this camera was made for. These, in this condition for for well over $500 on ebay. Mine is $400.

IMAGE.JPG

I’m also selling two Olympus Mju-II point and shoots. Both are well used and are perfect for when you want to bring a camera but don’t want to lug around a SLR. I’ve brought these to concerts and they performed way better than expected. These got for at least $150 on ebay. I’m selling them for $125 each. Or $200 for both.

RIP Google Plus

I’m not sure why, but at some point I uploaded some photos to google plus almost eight years ago.  Here are some of the street photography photos I was making at that time in Rochester, NY.  Then, my ability to make these photos were limited to breaks during work and group night walks with other photographers.

Sadly, many of these bus stops no longer exist.  Instead, we have a transit center where I am usually kicked out of by security.

Sadly, many of these bus stops no longer exist. Instead, we have a transit center where I am usually kicked out of by security.

Before the transit center, dramas would occasionally unfold on the sidewalks.

Before the transit center, dramas would occasionally unfold on the sidewalks.

The East End was more active back then.  Any given summer weekend had hundreds of people walking about as well as buskers.

The East End was more active back then. Any given summer weekend had hundreds of people walking about as well as buskers.

Bars were always generally packed and spilled out on the streets.

Bars were always generally packed and spilled out on the streets.

8 Miles

What do you do when it gets in the 60s in February in Rochester, NY? In my case, you use a personal day you have to spend by July 1st. With looming unemployment bearing down on me and a case of the winter blues, a good walk is what I knew I needed. I of course brought my camera. Normally I would fire whatever social media app I was using and send messages to some local people to see if they would like to join me. I’m not on social media anymore. I can’t say if it is a break or a complete farewell to Instagram or Twitter. I can say is that I do not miss either at the moment. Nothing has changed in my life other than that I do not feel the need to see what’s going on in the world. It’s not that I don’t care, I just prefer to get my news and personal relationships to be outside of an app. To me, the apps replaced making an effort and has made lazier and ignorant people even more lazier and ignorant (and amplified).

I woke up normally like any other day, had breakfast with my girlfriend and left the apartment when she left work. My first stop was to go to Java’s to get a coffee. On the way, I bumped into another local street photographer I had yet to meet (but knew on social media), Dan Witkowski. I wouldn’t bump into anyone else I know for the day. I did, though, meet a few interesting people/strangers who would like to talk about cameras, photography, haircuts or birds.

Near Java’s and Eastman School of Music

Near Java’s and Eastman School of Music

Who can resist morning light on some interesting architecture?

Who can resist morning light on some interesting architecture?

I asked if he needed help and got a few photos.

I asked if he needed help and got a few photos.

After finishing my coffee and middling around the East End, I made my way back to downtown to find business people and lawyers. The light was like Golden Hour all day.

After finishing my coffee and middling around the East End, I made my way back to downtown to find business people and lawyers. The light was like Golden Hour all day.

TARO is everywhere. I always get their tag when I see a new to me one.

TARO is everywhere. I always get their tag when I see a new to me one.

Rochester logo and sparks.

Rochester logo and sparks.

The Four Corners Building is ugly.

The Four Corners Building is ugly.

This guy watched me make photos for an hour. I’d loop a three block radius to make good use of the light. Once he was alone and without a client (think he’s a defense attorney), I got him watching me.

This guy watched me make photos for an hour. I’d loop a three block radius to make good use of the light. Once he was alone and without a client (think he’s a defense attorney), I got him watching me.

Rochester buses never wait a couple extra seconds for someone trying to get their bus. She missed her bus.

Rochester buses never wait a couple extra seconds for someone trying to get their bus. She missed her bus.

Having an apartment downtown is convenient to getting to work, which is also downtown. I also love how I can literally walk out the door and start making photos. As luck would have it, I was able to catch these two guys after lunch.

Having an apartment downtown is convenient to getting to work, which is also downtown. I also love how I can literally walk out the door and start making photos. As luck would have it, I was able to catch these two guys after lunch.

The next few shots are around Dinosaur BBQ and the old subway. The city decided best use of the space was to destroy the old subway and put up cookie cutter expensive condos while destroying decades of art and a free open air gallery and studio. I have a feeling the new walkway and condos will be heavily instagramed once finished.

The next few shots are around Dinosaur BBQ and the old subway. The city decided best use of the space was to destroy the old subway and put up cookie cutter expensive condos while destroying decades of art and a free open air gallery and studio. I have a feeling the new walkway and condos will be heavily instagramed once finished.

DSCF6372.jpg
DSCF6373.jpg
Bob Lonsberry, local talkshow guy, in the wild.

Bob Lonsberry, local talkshow guy, in the wild.

The store in the middle is now gone. Would make a nice gallery.

The store in the middle is now gone. Would make a nice gallery.

Color on Monroe Ave.

Color on Monroe Ave.

I walked approximately 8 miles overall. I came out the end of it feeling a little sore but with a clear head and some photos for portfolio and archive.

I walked approximately 8 miles overall. I came out the end of it feeling a little sore but with a clear head and some photos for portfolio and archive.

As long as you’re alive, you’re in play.

One of my favorite websites is Cardboard Gods. I used to be a card collector, now I collect moments through working a camera in various social, lighting, sporting, political and familial settings. A recent quote on a Cardboard Gods post was a good reminder: “As long as you’re alive, you’re in play.“

I recently found out (on my 43rd birthday) that I’m going to be laid off. The details, even now, are still sketchy. I’ll find out in a few weeks when my last day will be. I’ve been at my job/career for almost 18 years. I ask myself who will want to hire someone like me? The idea of interviewing with strangers sounds fun. It’s no different than walking and making candid photos of people in public. In a good interview, everyone exposes themselves (some more than others) to get a desired result. The same goes for truly candid street photography.

I’m not going to lie, I’d much rather find a new job with the comfort of not having to worry about keeping my current one. The pressure I will inevitably put on myself will be pretty high. The pressure has been getting the best of me the past few weeks. It’s been hard to get a full night’s sleep. To counter it, exercise, eating organic food as much as possible, and trying new things have kept my worry from getting worse.

When stressed, I often stare out the windows of my apartment watching strangers go about their days. I have a cheap camera with a cheap zoom lens and decided to try something new. Using some Kodak P3200 film, I photographed strangers from inside whenever the sense of dread and worry set in. I’m not going to lie to myself, the photos need some work and the results might look better with a better lens. Yet, not succumbing to the stress, making these photos and developing them in a local darkroom makes me at at least feel alive … and in play.


scan003.jpg
scan007.jpg
scan010.jpg
scan020.jpg
scan001.jpg
scan018.jpg
scan014.jpg
scan034.jpg
scan021.jpg
scan022.jpg
scan021.jpg


Five photos: Rochester dogs

While out walking I cannot help but take as many candid dog photos as possible.  Here's five photos shot while walking around with my Canon QL17 and some Kodak film.

scan142.jpg
portra097.jpg

Five photos: Rochester Red Wings Baseball

I've been documenting Rochester Red Wings baseball games I've been attending in 2017 and 2018.   It's a long term personal project so maybe in a few years I will make it into a book or exhibition of some sort.

Although I have made a few portraits, I've mostly made candid photos from my seats as I have yet to obtain a press pass to freely walk around the stadium and approach people.  Not having a press pass also limits the amount of games I can attend.  So, if anyone from the Red Wings reads this and is inspired to give me a press pass, contact me.   Or, if you would like your game documented (on Kodak film), buy me a ticket and I will photograph your day/night at the park. 

Certain themes have come about after about 300-400 frames.  One is the interactions of kids attending the games with the weather, players, stadium, food, other fans, and their parents.  Here's five quick low resolution scans.

scan169.jpg
portra220.jpg
portra113.jpg
portra129.jpg
portra202.jpg

Walking Rochester with Impossible Film

Packed away in storage I had a Polaroid Close-up that I bought in the late 90s.  After cleaning the rollers, I tried out a pack of Impossible Project black and white film from 2016.  I also decided to use the Tascam field recorder I have to experiment with sound recordings.  I have an exhibit coming up where I will have to give an artist talk.  The curator wants me to make some of these Walking Rochester videos for the event.  So .. practice, practice, practice!

The results are meh all around.  The sound is very choppy in some instances.  As for the film, it was definitely from the era when the Impossible Project was working out the kinks.  Apparently they have rebranded with Polaroid and have fresh and better stock.  Also, I am worried that the focusing on the camera is off.  It zone focuses but not too well.

After I get the Tascam working right, I will try with a fresh and not expired color pack and see what happens.

Rochester Businessmen

Recently, the Flower City Arts photo department had their annual garage sale.  I picked up a couple ridiculously cheap Canon QL17's, loaded them up with Kodak film and set off into the streets of downtown Rochester to photograph businessmen (mostly bankers and lawyers).  Here's five frames from my first roll of Tri-X.  Still getting used to rangefinder focusing as well as zone focusing on the fly.  I do not use the meter during the day as I always shoot at f11 or f16.  It's fairly easy to guess the shutter speed I need to use.

portra198.jpg
portra184.jpg
portra187.jpg
portra203.jpg

Compact camera at a Buffalo Bills game

Endzone shenanigans in Orchard Park during a Buffalo Bills game.  Shot with an Olympus Mju-II (2.50 thrift store find) and AgfaPhoto Vista 400 (2.50/roll).

 

IMG_5298.JPG
IMG_5300.JPG
IMG_5299.JPG
IMG_5301.JPG
IMG_5302.JPG
IMG_5303.JPG
IMG_5304.JPG

Walking Rochester

Every so often I bring a recorder to record what I photograph.  It's a fun challenging project to do in between all the photograph projects I obsess over.  

I have a couple on vimeo now.

 

Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Rochester, NY experienced a partial solar eclipse.   Although I really wanted to experience the eclipse, I wanted even more to document all the people downtown looking up into the sky.  Shot with two Nikon N80's, 24mm and 50mm lenses and Kodak Portra film.

March For Our Lives

At least 5,000 people attended the March For Our Lives march in Rochester, NY.  I'm impressed with the kids who organized and participated in this march.  As much as it was a rally call and a chance to be loud and to be heard, I noticed some somberness among those still in grade school.  Here's my edit. 

Five photos: Spring

The weather doesn't say spring but my eagerness for making photos is trumping the cold weather so I went outside walking to find hints of spring.  I found some nice light in downtown Rochester but there were no hints of spring.  There were leftovers of the St. Patrick's Day celebration from last Saturday.  Later on, I went to a large format photography class at Flower City Arts.   Once I figured out all the movements, focusing was a breeze.  A nice spring breeze.

Photo Mar 22, 4 13 50 PM.jpg
Photo Mar 22, 4 12 00 PM.jpg
Photo Mar 22, 4 16 05 PM.jpg
Photo Mar 22, 8 47 27 PM.jpg
Photo Mar 22, 8 56 43 PM.jpg

Five photos: Cars

Going through archives.  Apparently, while on foot, I took a lot of car photos last year.

DSCF8323.jpg
DSCF3091.jpg
DSCF2146.jpg
DSCF7294.jpg
DSCF7166.jpg

Five photos from St. Patrick's Day

Any day where there's people gathering in a general area is a photo holiday for me.  Here's five photos that generally do not represent the day, but are part of my gorwing archive.

DSCF3647.jpg
DSCF3686.jpg
DSCF3704.jpg
DSCF3713.jpg
DSCF3734.jpg

George Eastman Museum

I've been to the George Eastman Mansion and Museum so much in the past year that whenever I now go, I'm making candid photos of other visitors with cameras in between checking out the exhibits.  When I am caught, I often get looks of extreme confusion on why I would want pictures of people instead of anything else in the museum. 

Photo Feb 18, 1 16 46 PM.jpg
Photo Feb 18, 1 17 02 PM.jpg
Photo Feb 18, 1 18 00 PM.jpg
Photo Feb 18, 1 19 58 PM.jpg
Photo Feb 18, 1 23 11 PM.jpg
Photo Feb 18, 1 36 44 PM.jpg

February 2018

I was going to write something photography related but deleted it.  Instead, I'd like to say winter sucks.  I'm still trying to find the balance between wanting to make photos and not wanting to be outside in the cold to make them.

Same goes for external stresses.  They get the best of me so much that I leave little time and energy to make for myself to make photos.  There isn't a day that goes by where a specific stress is thought or talked about intensely.  On the positive side, I've been working on losing weight and trying to get stronger.  I've lost A LOT of weight and I can now do more than one push-up, lift weights, do burpees like a pro and not feel like a big lump with no energy.  

The rare moments when I get to make photos I do try to make the most of it.  Almost all of my photos are in and around my neighborhood in downtown Rochester.  I drive an hour away once a month to converse with other photographers who are wiser than I will ever be.  I also enrolled in a class at a local community darkroom to try something new and perhaps use it going forward.

I'm hoping that this search of balance gets easier in March and going forward.

DSCF3598.jpg
DSCF3549.jpg
DSCF3550.jpg
DSCF3554.jpg
DSCF3557.jpg
DSCF3573.jpg
DSCF3575.jpg
DSCF3586.jpg
DSCF3587.jpg
DSCF3591.jpg
DSCF3596.jpg
DSCF3597.jpg
DSCF3599.jpg
DSCF3602.jpg
DSCF3606.jpg
DSCF3608.jpg
DSCF3613.jpg
DSCF3617.jpg
DSCF3618.jpg

Rochester Amerks

I live across the street from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. So, my access to live hockey has increased tremendously. I've never been much of a hockey fan.  More like a casual observer. I do have fond childhood memories of watching Hockey Night in Canada with Don Cherry.  Playoff hockey is always fun to watch. The Rochester Americans are fun to watch too. I've been to games in the past but didn't like watching slow uninspired hockey. To my amateur eye, though, the games we've attended in the past year are anything but slow and uninspired.

My one gripe is that hockey tickets are expensive. Baseball, my favorite spectator sport, is cheaper. Having said that, hockey fans are fun to watch and listen to. C.J. Smith and Nick Baptiste are fun players to watch.  I'll continue to try to get cheaper tickets and sit at various seats in the stadium to get the whole hockey experience.

Last night is the closest we have sat to the ice.  I'd love to sit in the first row to photograph hits into the board and the passionate fans who pound on the glass. It would be even better to be able to wander around the stadium and photograph the fans like I am able to do during baseball games.  Anyone at the Rochester Amerks reading this who can make that happen?

 

DSCF3449-2.JPG
DSCF3452.JPG
DSCF3453.JPG
DSCF3456.JPG
DSCF3458.JPG
DSCF3459.JPG
DSCF3468.JPG
DSCF3471.JPG
DSCF3474.JPG
DSCF3481.JPG
DSCF3493.JPG
DSCF3501.JPG
DSCF3504.JPG
DSCF3508.JPG
DSCF3513.JPG

Halloween Shenanigans

One of my favorite photo holidays is Halloween.   I’ll spend every minute I can downtown looking for human expressions and gestures like I normally do ... but almost everyone is in costume!

I was excited all day to start making photos.  These are the photos as I took them.  Obviously there are ones I left out but they all appear in order. 

 

IMG_4078.JPG
IMG_4079.JPG
IMG_4080.JPG
IMG_4081.JPG
IMG_4082.JPG
IMG_4083.JPG
IMG_4084.JPG
IMG_4085.JPG
IMG_4086.JPG
IMG_4087.JPG
IMG_4088.JPG
IMG_4089.JPG
IMG_4090.JPG
IMG_4091.JPG
IMG_4092.JPG
IMG_4093.JPG
IMG_4094.JPG
IMG_4095.JPG
IMG_4096.JPG

Summer of film

Over 90% of the time I made a photo this summer, it was made on film.  I pared down my gear to a couple Nikon N80's (with 28mm and 50mm lenses) and an Olympus Mju-ii.  I really didn't have an agenda or anything in particular I wanted to photograph.  I had grand expectations to keep a film journal but that went by the wayside.  Many miles were walked and I carried a camera just everywhere, even on date nights with my girlfriend.  I'll continue to shoot film but now that the days are shorter and overcast I'll refocus to shooting indoors and with flash.  Eventually I will put everything together to make a photo zine or two.

SCAN016.jpg
SCAN142.jpg
SCAN106.jpg
SCAN061.jpg
SCAN017.jpg