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#74558 Hello fellow camera holders!

Posted by krag96 on Today, 07:58 AM

Nice work, welcome aboard!

#74534 This place might not look like much now...

Posted by krag96 on 02 August 2021 - 08:40 PM

But there was a time not long ago when a little old French lady owned it and you could get a fantastic steak supper there that began with hot baguettes, salad of your choice, soup, a steak that was bigger than the plate it was on, three vegetables, and desert, (if you could still get it in you) for around $25.00 USD, and that included a beer.  I miss that lady!




This building is 123 years old and boasts a new bronze plaque, the old one stated that Charles Dickens stayed here, (in the former hotel on this spot) during his tour of America.




After your meal it was a good idea to take a walk in the park across the street before driving home.






Having just gone a month shooting with my 20-35mm Nikkor f2.8 D, that's what I chose for these also.

#74493 Your best photo of the week ending August 1 2021

Posted by krag96 on 31 July 2021 - 03:00 PM

Photos taken from Peters Mountain at the Appalachian Trail


D700  Nikkor 80-200 f2.8  D  AF  ED


1/60  f22  M  250  135mm


It amazes me how green things are here this time of year, then we do get good rain this year.  I had to check the photos against scenery, and it is that green. 




1/60  f22  M  250  135mm


Small town of Matamoris below, the snaking Susquehanna river, and the ''Old Indian Trail'' to the left, along the river now a major highway, U.S. Rt 15.



#74488 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 31 July 2021 - 11:08 AM

July 31


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8 


Just a goof-off day and a few photos of the morning and early afternoon


1/4000  f14  M  800


Started out the day playing around with my Bell-o-shade.  No filters, just the shade.  Supposed to work from 35mm-135mm lens varying its length to match the focal length.  35mm the bellows needs to be compressed to 2''.  I still got the bellows shadow around the edges.  Maybe this big lens with it's 77mm filter size?


I did get a nice sun star...




1/125  f16  M  100


At the local Farmers Market.  Just one shot, I had my buddy on his leash in one hand and soon had a dozen ears of corn to manage...




1/125  f16  M  100


It's not about getting it all in.  I'll do a write-up on my thoughts later on using a 20-35mm lens for a month, (35mm primary)


From the top of Peter's Mountain with the Appalachian Trail just behind me a few feet.  I also had a D700 with a Nikkor 80-200mm  f2.8AF D ED lens which was the proper tool for the job at hand.  Here's some of the better views in 35mm looking North.


The atmospheric conditions wasn't the best for these shots, but acceptable.  The water in the center is the Susquehanna River.  Way too much of the mountain vegetation in the foreground.







The best shot with a 35mm focal length




This taken with the D700 at 200mm from right behind me, a foot bridge on the trail crossing the busy road on the mountain.  It's a dangerous place to cross because of the sharp turn in the road on top. 




Here's the same bridge taken at 35mm



#74472 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 30 July 2021 - 05:30 PM

Goonhilly, this afternoon. 
Sigma FP & Funleader 18mm f8 Caplens 
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anyone know how to turn this round to the correct orientation?
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It can be done in post processing, Affinity anyway, or imgur.




I just copied it, added it to imgur and edited it.

#74469 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 30 July 2021 - 02:58 PM

July 30


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8   D


Taylor's School  Museum


1/60  f20  M  100


The local Historical Society bought and restored an old one room country school and turned it into a museum, (open by appointment only).




1/125  f14  M  100




1/125  f14  M  100


I'm not sure, but I think there should be another out-house there...





1/100  f20  M  100




1/250  f14  M  100



#74455 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 29 July 2021 - 07:08 PM

July 29


Rainy day here, but it cleared off before dusk and I had nothing but a Colt .45


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8  D  35mm


1/640  f7.1  M  800


Colt Bisley Model revolver made in 1898, caliber .45 Colt.




1/640  f7.1  M  800


The Bisley was Colt's attempt to capture the British target shooters market in the mid 1890's.  It failed, and it's said there were more Bisleys on the open range than the target range.  Production stopped during WWI.




1/500  f8  M  800


If you think the Bisley looks like the classic Colt Single Action Army, (cavalry/western revolver) you're not far off as many of the parts will interchange.




Only two famous men carried Bisley Models in the course of their business, Bill Miner-Canadian train robber carried one in .41 Colt, and Pancho Villa Mexican bandit and revolutionary, his was chambered for the .44 Winchester cartridge. 




Just because sepia was popular at the time.




I'm surprised at how well the 35mm did here.  I would have normally shot this with my Tamron 90mm Macro.

#74435 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 28 July 2021 - 02:06 PM



D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8  D 


35mm  1/250  f4  M  100


I had been meaning to photograph these derelict buildings In Berrysburg for a while now, I find them interesting.  This one, a former appliance store as the oval sticker on the right door indicates they sold and serviced, ''Hoover'' vacuum cleaners. and other decals survive on the door and window to the right.




1/500  f4  M  100


This building was a church.




1/500  f4  M  100








#74424 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 27 July 2021 - 07:25 PM

July 27 


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8 



Oppressive heat and high humidity made for a good day to stay in the air conditioning, but did I?  Oh no, I changed oil in the truck, lubed it, and gave it a good look under the hood.  Then it was time for refreshment!  Please excuse the dirt on the truck hood, it drives on dirt roads sometimes. 


35mm 1/80  f5.6  M  500






1/180  f5.6  M  500






1/320   f2.8  M  500


Time to put the camera down!




The rest defines, ''Ahhhh!''  The truck hood slants a bit, but I assure you, not a drop was spilled. 

#74401 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 26 July 2021 - 08:28 PM

My afternoon went from 15MPH in a school zone to ''Wonder how fast it'll go'' on the Autobahn.  So, I threw a bunch of junk on a bench and photo'd it.  Okay, prepare for an education. 


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8  (would have been better with my Tamron 90mm Macro) 


1/50  f5.6  M  500  35mm  +1.0


Original Civil War musket tools and parts.  Yes, they're rusty, the way I got them.  I clean them as I use them.




A friend and co-conspirator in the firearms business who specializes in relining worn or pitted barrels sent my 1863 Springfield barrel back with a fresh liner, and a broken rear sight screw.  It was rusted fast and broke upon removal.  Only the U.S. Government could have thought up a screw like those used on the Springfield Riflemuskets, M-1855 through M-1864 rear sights.  He didn't have a replacement, so out came my junk box of musket parts.  I had one, polished and oiled it and put the sight on and replaced the original cone with a modern one.  Ready to shoot?  Nope, the trigger is way too heavy for target shooting.  In this rusty mess is a tumbler, (just above the stone at 6:00 and a sear, off the upper left corner of the stone.  I'll stone and polish them getting a nice target trigger. 


The ''Y'' shape tool at 12:00 is a British Sergent's tool, it's like a Swiss Army Knife with nine tools in one compact package.  The ''T'' shape tool is for removing cones at the breech of about any musket.  The double ring on the right is a 1855 Sharp-shooter sight, it will fit an 1855 short rifle, Fayetteville Rifle, or 1863 Remington short rifle, ( I'll post a picture of a CSA Fayetteville Rifle below, it's mine, but an old picture).  To the left are a sear spring, mainspring, mainspring vice, and two bags of cones, some for Springfields, and some for Enfields, a modern dial caliper upper.  


Old photo of my 1862 Confederate Fayetteville short rifle, ( a mix of original and new parts).  When the Confederates raided and burned Harpers Ferry Arsenal in 1861 they took the machinery needed to make rifles and riflemuskets.  The riflemusket machines went to Richmond, VA, the rifle machines went to Fayetteville, NC.  The Fayetteville Rifles are a copy of the U.S. 1855 Rifle minus the tape priming unit in the lock and the patch box in the right side of the stock which had a fitted cut out to hole the ''sharp-shooter'' sight.  The sight still fits the Fayetteville, but must be carried in a pocket or attached on the rifle, clamped on the barrel forward of the front sight. 




Now you have more information you'll never use.

#74392 1938 Revolver Camera

Posted by krag96 on 26 July 2021 - 08:24 AM

Seems there were some very ingenus folks around 80+ years ago.  Pull the trigger-snap a photo!  Morbid?  Odd?  No-one seems to know much about it, not even who made it or why.  It originated in New York, apparently snapped at least six photos with an unloaded gun, (a Colt Police Positive Special .38 Special revolver).  Gun and camera currently resides at The National Archives of the Netherlands. 




From my personal experience with firearms, I'll say it probably wasn't very successful, with live ammunition at least.  There would be movement of the gun from the trigger pull and recoil of the cartridge firing, plus a certain amount of smoke and debris from both the barrel in front of the camera, and the barrel/cylinder gap behind it.  Nor would I expect the camera in that time period  to last long with such use. 


Here's a link to the article.   Colt camera revolver

#74386 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 25 July 2021 - 06:51 PM

I got lazy today, didn't go anywhere, didn't feel very inspired.  This is all I got, a small part of the ammunition reloading operation, (recycling brass!)


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8 D


1/50  2.8  M  2000


Some dies



1/50  2.8  M 2000



Powder measure with scale and dies



1/100  f2.8  M  1000  +2.0



Automatic press


#74374 Your best photo of the week ending July 25 2021

Posted by krag96 on 25 July 2021 - 09:01 AM

Part of a set I did at another country church this week, cemetery with the Appalachain Mountains in the back ground.  Stare at the clouds and they appear to move.


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8    20mm  1/250  f13  M  100



#74355 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 24 July 2021 - 01:45 PM

An exceptionally nice day here yielded some nice shots.  Yet another country church and grave yard.


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8 D 


1/400  f13  M  100  35mm




1/250  f13  M  100  20mm




1/250  f13  M100   20mm


The mountain in the distance is part of the Appalachain Mountain chain.  This particular mountain is part of the Appalachain Mountain Trail, a hiking trail that starts in Maine and ends in Georgia covering some 2,200 miles through 14 states.  A few short miles from this church is a road over the mountain with a spectacular view on a clear day, (I'll do that later while packing more lenses). 




1/320  f8  M  100  35mm


One of the more interesting graves in the area, that of John File, born April 7, 1749  and died April 23, 1864, lived 115 years and 16 days.  The bronze plaque on the lower left shows him to be a Revolutionary War Veteran, one of the few who lived to see the nation they created torn apart by the Civil War, 1861-1865. 



#74340 Single lens in July

Posted by krag96 on 23 July 2021 - 03:49 PM

July 23


D750  Nikkor 20-35mm


This set taken from a bridge over a small creek in the next valley.


35mm  1/40  f8  M  100




1/30  f8  M  100


Other side of bridge




1/200  f8   M400


Wider view