Sunday, February 18, 2007

George and Greg

My father-in-law was an imposing figure of a man. Born in tough times, a tough place and tough circumstances, at age 65 he was still a big, strong man. My son was just learning to walk. I was learning to use a 35mm single lens reflex camera and to process my own black-and-white photographs. On this day in 1975, all those factors aligned so that this moment was captured.

My camera was a Konica Autoreflex T2 and the lens was a Hexanon 52mm f1.8. I’m certain of this because it was the only camera and lens that I owned at the time. The film was Kodak Plus X and was probably developed in D-76. The print was, well, not very good until, years later, I scanned the original negative and processed the scan in Photoshop.

The Konica Autoreflex T2 had a semi-automatic exposure mode. First the shutter speed was set and then the camera automatically selected the aperture to match that speed. I don’t recall whether I used my Konica’s auto-exposure for this particular shot. Probably not, because the window is badly overexposed; the automatic exposure probably would have done a better job on the window but at the expense of the main subject. I probably pointed the camera down at the floor, got an exposure reading and set it manually. I’d like to think so anyway – even if I missed the best exposure setting.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Other Sites and Blogs

Time to promote some sites and blogs that I'm tinkering with. is, or will become, the main site that Jean and I work through. For the most part, it is a photography website. is a genealogy blog for the Buck family. is an older "personal web page" that needs updating but contains both genealogy and photography that is not in any other website at this time.