Saturday, June 27, 2009

Strawberry Farm

Today's Pick

Strawberry Field

Billy Wants to Come In

Petting Couple

Feeding Billy

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More From Coney Island

Super Baldax, Fuji Neopan 400


Little Horsey Ride

Shoot the Clowns

Canon P with 35mm Jupiter 12 lens, Kodak BW 400CN

Concession Stand



Kodak Gold200

Coney Island Lager


A Visit to Coney Island

I visited Coney Island on a quiet day last week. The shops were just opening and the usual crowd hasn't come in yet. I brought three different cameras with me, one of them was a Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim, a point and shoot camera, courtesy of Mike Connealy. Mike has a review of this camera on his blog.
The camera's simple 22mm wide angle lens has fantastic depth of field.

Sweet Shoppe


F.D. 245

Burger Girl

Burger Boy

Wonder Wheel

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Summer's Simple Things

White Zinfandel

Empty Water Bottle

Lawn Chairs 4Sale

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Philippine Independence Day Celebration

Tired Performers

Drummer Boys

Parade Performers

After the Parade

Young Parade Watcher

Filipinos celebrating Philippine independence day on Madison Ave. New York City with a parade and street fair.
Canon P with Jupiter-12, 35mm f2.8 lens, Kodak BW 400CN

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sonata for our Heroes

"Sonata for our Heroes" a photographic group show in tribute to the unsung Filipino veterans of World War II at the Philippine Center, 5th Ave. New York City on June 7-19, 2009.

The exhibit featured works by members of Sinag/American Society of Philippine Photographers of Metro New York; FotoSeven, California; Camera Club of the Philippines; Rick Rocamora and Jeryc Garcia.
Poster design by Eddie Belen.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Feds & Zorki

Fed 1g with Fed 50 f 3.5 lens

I have four former Soviet Union cameras, a Fed 1g, two Fed 2 and a Zorki 4.
The Fed-1g is a Barnack style copy of the Leica IID made around 1954 in Kharkov, Ukraine. My camera came with a collapsible Elmar copied Fed50, a Tessar formula 50mm f3.5 lens. The camera is slightly smaller than the Leica II but not as elegantly finished and with a rather small rangefinder for focusing and separate viewfinder for composing, nevertheless, it is a fun camera to use. This model unfortunately doesn't have neck strap lugs so I attached a wrist strap on the tripod mount underneath so it will be easy to carry around.

Fed 1g sample shots:

Rocks Water & Sky

Closter Pond

The Mailbox

Fed 2E with Jupiter-12 35mm f2.8 lens and finder

The Fed 2 is an upgrade of the Fed 1 made in 1955-1970. It has a combined viewfinder and rangefinder with a wide base. My Fed 2s came with an Industar 26M and Industar 61LD 50 mm lenses. Later I bought a Jupiter 12, 35mm f2.8 lens and a Jupiter 9, 85mm f2 lens for them.

Fed 2 sample shots:

A Bronx Street

Three Wheeler


Zorki 4 with Jupiter 8, 50 mm f2 lens

The Zorki 4 is made in KMZ, Krasnogorsk (Moscow), Russia in 1956-1973.
It has a bigger and brighter combined viewfinder and rangefinder than the Fed 1 and Fed 2. It also comes with complete slow and fast shutter speeds that goes up to 1/1000 of a second.
While these Soviet cameras are not as refine as the Japanese and German rangefinders, they are tough and rugged cameras. I should use them more often but lately they had taken a back seat in favor of my other cameras. The lenses I got for them are very sharp however and all are being used more often with my Canon P and Leica IIF.

Zorki 4 sample shots:


A Landscape

Backyard Fence