Portrait of Mei

Mei Under the Tree
[25 December 2017]

This old lady. She and Connor are almost besties now, although she still won’t climb up and sleep with him in his bed like she will with me. She was pretty displeased when we first brought Connor home. so seeing them play together now makes me smile.

(She also didn’t much care for moving to this house almost five years ago — in fact, she hid behind the toilet on moving day and wouldn’t come out until we were upstairs in bed that night.)

Mei will be 14 years old this Spring. Sometimes she moves a little slower down the stairs than she used to, and sometimes I take note of her now-bony haunches. Other times, though, she tears ass through the house like she’s always done.

I suspect we still have many good years left with Mei Kitty, but I tend not to take the cuddles and the playtime for granted anymore.

Minolta 110 Zoom SLR Mark II Test Roll

Minolta 110 SLR Mark II

Ever since I discovered that 110 SLRs existed, and that there were multiple models by multiple manufacturers, I made it my mission to collect them. I love my Pentax 110 SLR, so why not catch ’em all?

The film advance on the Mark II had been stuck since I got it at a yard sale back in the Summer of 2016. I finally got it working in early February 2017 by cleaning the battery contacts with a pencil eraser and loading fresh LR44 batteries. I actually had to polish the batteries on my jeans and avoid getting any fingerprints on the poles for the camera to recognize the batteries, though, which was a new one on me.

Once I had the camera working, I loaded up the Mark II with Lomo “Tiger” 200 speed film and headed out to the local metropark to start photographing.

Park Bench
[10 Feb 2017 | f/3.5, -1 EV]
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Thrift Score: Camera Finds

Three film cameras from Goodwill

We hit up the Goodwill today before dinner, just for something to do, and I came away with three cameras:

  1. Kalimar 3D 35mm camera, with box and manual… and unused envelope for getting 3D prints with your developing.
  2. Ultronic panoramic 35mm focus free with a half-exposed roll of found film. (I might have passed on this one if not for the found film.)
  3. Canon Sure Shot 80 tele. I don’t usually go for point-and-shoot zooms, but I follow a couple of film photography bloggers who have an affinity for some of these, so I figured I’d take a chance on romance. If nothing else, I donate it back and recoup my $3 on my taxes.

I was proud of myself for leaving a broken rangefinder at the thrift for someone else. I have enough broken rangefinders at home already.

As soon as I got home, I loaded two AA batteries and a roll of ISO 400 into the 3D camera. Can’t wait to see what comes out of that!

Cross-Country

My son will sometimes pretend he’s The Flash, or Sonic the Hedgehog. He loves to run.

So, when I learned that our school district was hosting an Elementary Cross-Country Series, I knew I had to sign him up.

Unfortunately, we had to miss the first meet of the three-meet series because that was the day Connor had his annual checkup and flu shot — firstly, I couldn’t justify both coming in late to work for his appointment and leaving early for his cross-country meet; and secondly, he was hobbling around all day on his flu shot leg, so having his first-ever race on a bum leg would not have been a good experience.

I brought my “good” camera with me to capture Connor’s first-ever actual race, the second meet of the series.

0926-XC-2

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