Men at Work

“Do you come from a land down under? 
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

-Men at Work

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Old Granary Burial Ground

A couple of images made at the gate of the Old Granary Burial Ground in Boston.  Located on Tremont street, this cemetery has many notables including Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere buried here.  The gate of this cemetery is done in the Egyptian Revival style, using motifs from ancient Egypt.  Both these images show the gate.

Old Granary Gate-1

Old Granary Gate-2

Park Street Church Steeple

Park Street Church, located at the intersection of Park Street and Tremont, in Boston, is a historic stop on the Freedom Trail.  The Church’s steeple, rising 217 feet high made it the tallest building in the US till 1846.  The church is located next to the historic Old Granary Burial Ground.

Park Street Church Steeple

Santa Cross Shoe Service

Santa Cross Shoe Service

A Thing of Beauty!

Recently I had an opportunity to acquire a Minolta Autocord Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) camera.  I was fortunate to find a single-owner, gently used one, in the original box, with many of the filters and accessories.


These lovely cameras were made between 1955 and 1966 and expose 120 film, giving a 6×6 negative.  Minolta made 24 different models of 6X6 TLRs, though all use 120 or 220 film and all have 75mm f/3.5 “taking” lenses – the “viewing” lens is a 75mm f/3.2 lens, for a slightly brighter image on the ground glass screen.  Some of the lenses were marked “Chiyoko Rokkor” and some “Minolta Rokkor”, though it is believed that they are the same lens.  This lens was legendary for it’s image quality.  The focusing lever, coupled to a focusing helicoid, is at the very bottom front of the camera.  It is so smooth, it’s a joy to use.  This version of the camera has focus markings to compensate for focus-shift while shooting infra-red film.

Minolta Autocord-2

This one is serial number 42xxxx, circa 1965, and is the Autocord Model I with a Citizen MVL shutter that does 1/500th of a sec.  Another interesting fact about this camera is that both the shutter speed and aperture settings are smoothly variable – you don’t have to go in discrete steps, allowing you to slightly tweak exposure between “hard” f-stops.  Mine just came back from a CLT (clean, lubricate, tune up) by a gent that is an expert on these cameras and is ready to go!  I’m planning to shoot both B&W and Color film through this beauty.

BTW, the images of this beauty above were shot with the Sigma DP3 Merrill, a Foveon sensor based camera that is astonishing me with the quality of monochrome images it generates.  I hope to write more about the Sigma soon.

A View of Atlanta

A view of the city made from the 27th floor of an office building in downtown Atlanta.  Nikon Df + Nikkor 28mm f/2.0 AI.

Atlanta - 1

Skyview Atlanta

A view of the Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel, as dawn breaks over the city.  Nikon Df + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 SE.

Skyview ATL - 1

A Night Stroll through Boston

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a quick walk in downtown Boston, around the Boston Commons area.  I had my trusty Nikon Df with me, mounted with the 50mm f/1.8G SE lens.  Here are a few image from that stroll.  I think they definitely illustrate the clean images the Df produces at high ISO settings.

Weighed DownBeantown Pub - 1 The Omni Parker HourseBoston Street - 1Never Turn Your Back on the Ripper

Young Artist Redux

I received a few messages on the one image I had previously posted here so I decided to share a few more images from that series.  All shot with the Nikon Df and the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens.

Young Artist - 2Young Artist - 3Young Artist - 4


A wonderful man, John.  Kind, loving, and compassionate.  Full of all sorts of engineering knowledge – especially mechanical engineering and radio engineering.   Always helpful.  Always there. We had a chance to enjoy a very special Armagnac together recently at my home.  Very glad to have him in my life.