Hey, Nice Camera!

This is my photography, all shot on film.

And the hits just keep on coming…

In related news, scanning will commence shortly.  

Bowie’s looking thinner than usual here.  I’m a little concerned.  

The music starts at 3:43 if you don’t want to listen to some Dick.  

Otto Petersen, the Voice of Vulgarity, Dies at 53

I rarely go to comedy shows.  I do enjoy a chuckle every now and again, but it’s rare that I’m in an audience in front of a stand up comedian.  The last time I saw any live comedy was last spring, and it was to see Otto and George.  I also had my Yashica-Mat with me, since I wanted to see if he’d consent to my taking his picture after the gig.  

I spoke to him quickly and nervously before the show, asking if I could take his picture afterwards.  We had previously exchanged light pleasantries via the internet — definitely not anything of any great depth.  He agreed to let me take his picture.  

I’ll just cut to the chase here instead of going on with the rest of the night.  Long story short, I chickened out after the show.  I didn’t take his picture.  I was too timid to approach him, or even continue to wait outside the venue (which I did for a little while).  So I didn’t take the picture and now he’s dead.  That’s what timidity gets you; no picture and a guy who a year and a half later lies down to take a nap on a Sunday afternoon and never wakes up.  

He was an old soul, a man born before his time.  As to what I mean by that, I’ll let him explain in his own words.  He was a fascinating guy with a great story.  

Since Monday, I’ve been wanting to post a clip of him performing, but haven’t been able to decide on one.  Even his clean set on Letterman is enough to lose me any number of followers.  Mind you, I don’t care about losing followers because of the violent and vulgar (and hilarious) imagery coming out of the mouth of a wooden dummy.  I guess it’s hard to pick just one great clip when there are so many great ones out there.

Or maybe just listen to this interview with him if you have the time.  I was in the audience.  Just put it on in the background while you’re working on your photos, or clicking on hearts, or whatever it is you do at the computer when you’re not working on photos or clicking on hearts.  Maybe I’m just trying to get across why I feel the world’s just a bit more bland and a lot less fun now that he’s gone.   

Take heed, teenage gals.  

  1. grelicks said: Let me get this straight… The great film-shooting, old-camera-loving “heynicecamera” is reading e-books?

I’ll let Walt Whitman answer this for me: 

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then . . . . I contradict myself;
I am large . . . . I contain multitudes.

Another week, another rock and roll death.  

Last weekend Dave Gregg of DOA dropped dead of a heart attack at 54 or 55 (depending on the source).  That’s him playing guitar.  After he left DOA he moved to NYC.  I met him a few times, or I know I met him once at the very least.  I thought he was a nice guy.  I’m sure I said nice things about DOA too, since they’re one of my favorite bands.  

I think it’s fitting that the freeze frame up there is Dave’s face.  

Shelfie Shaturday!

Shelfie Shaturday!

"O"
Hasselblad SWC, Ilford Delta 400
So what do you know, I posted a picture after all.  I took this the Friday after the hurricane.  This was the last day downtown was without power.  I’ve been meaning to finish up this photo for ages and either print a hard copy or send it to my friend here.  I also took pics with the Rolleiflex, but this one came out the “best,” even if the wide angle isn’t serving the photo too well since he’s getting lost in the mix.  
I’m also not entirely happy with my post-processing.  Maybe the unsharp mask was a bit too harsh.  I feel like it’s been ages that I’ve worked a scan in photoshop, but I just had to get this damn thing done.  O has been bugging me about it for over a year, and I’ve been flaking on it for over a year.  
Yes, that’s his name, “O.”  No, he wasn’t born with that name, but that’s what he goes by now (and yes, he legally changed it to that).  But why am I telling you all this when you can go to his own tumblr.  

"O"

Hasselblad SWC, Ilford Delta 400

So what do you know, I posted a picture after all.  I took this the Friday after the hurricane.  This was the last day downtown was without power.  I’ve been meaning to finish up this photo for ages and either print a hard copy or send it to my friend here.  I also took pics with the Rolleiflex, but this one came out the “best,” even if the wide angle isn’t serving the photo too well since he’s getting lost in the mix.  

I’m also not entirely happy with my post-processing.  Maybe the unsharp mask was a bit too harsh.  I feel like it’s been ages that I’ve worked a scan in photoshop, but I just had to get this damn thing done.  O has been bugging me about it for over a year, and I’ve been flaking on it for over a year.  

Yes, that’s his name, “O.”  No, he wasn’t born with that name, but that’s what he goes by now (and yes, he legally changed it to that).  But why am I telling you all this when you can go to his own tumblr.  

shortbusgus asked: I just had a couple of questions for you about older cameras (after seeing your posts of your collection thought you might know). I bought a couple at a flea market last weekend and want to make sure i don't do anything to harm them. First off what is the safest thing to use to clean them (dust and grime)? Secondly the leather (or what ever kind of material it is) is coming off in places, what is safe to use to "glue" it back down? Thank you so much for any help you can give. Keep up the work!

Well, I’m no restorer, but here goes.  

For exterior dirt, a damp paper towel never hurts (except for when it does hurt), maybe with some mild detergent in the mix as well.  As for the lenses, I use regular lens cleaner and microfiber cloth.  Sometimes I’ve shined up exterior metal bits with polish.  As for gluing down the leather, I’d say a mild application of rubber cement, but don’t take my word for it.  I might be completely wrong here.

When it comes to the junkier cameras I get (and plan to use), I’m more about getting the lens and shutter in order rather than exterior fixes.  I’ve used bookbinder’s tape to repair pinholes in bellows and it’s worked great.  It’s not so pretty aesthetically, but it gets the job done.  

Good luck and again, please don’t let me be your only source of info here!  

PSA

Due to events slightly beyond my control, I won’t be posting any new black and white film photography to this blog for at least three weeks, if not longer (most likely longer).  

And no, this isn’t some April Fool’s thing.  Hell, that would be a pretty lousy April Fool’s joke.  I mean, who cares, right?  I’m just saying that anything posted on this blog for the next 3-4 weeks may consist of reblogs, the weekly live music video, and whatever else I might find amusing — regardless if anybody else does.  

Stage lighting still hadn’t been invented in 1980.  

Batch 2 and Batch 3.  

That’s all I’ve been doing lately, sitting at home running batches.  

It begins.
I wonder what all that writing means…

It begins.

I wonder what all that writing means…

This is how I prefer to remember Dave Brockie.  

  1. deshaunicus said: K&M on Broadway.

I ALWAYS forget about them!  

I think it’s that I’m so entrenched in the Adorama/Calumet/B&H corridor that I never think of K&M,  because all of my photography needs are met by those three (now two) establishments.  

Though now I have to remember K&M if I have a photo emergency during Passover, or any of the other Jewish holidays as they are a moveable fast.