fumbling along learning new software

  • spent most of dialysis time this afternoon, trying to learn Google SketchUp 8, trying to do a line drawing architectural study out of my head.  Found my intuitive and its way of working, quite counter.  Tried making a drawing over in Powerpoint. Then dug into the drawing side of Corel Paint Shop Pro X4 and found that was elusive as well.


  • my effort out of Powerpoint
  • learned about shadow effects

draw building june 27 2012

old photographic adventure: Leica IIIf 35mm film rangefinder camera

Next weekend I intend to use my old film camera, a Leica IIIf, to photograph an encampment of  War of 1812 re-enactors who will be at Little Lake Park in Midland, Ontario for Canada Day.

The Leica IIIf is a 35mm film compact rangefinder camera with the Leica screwmount lens mount.  With a collapsible Elmar 5cm f3.5 lens, it is a very small, eminently pocketable camera.

It has no swing open back like many old film cameras. Instead it has a removable base plate and although this makes reloading slower and fussy, it results in an incredibly strong body.

Below is some internet resources and a series of my photos and you should pay attention in particular to the shot of the back that shows the two eye openings for the rangefinder and the viewfinder.  You use the rangefinder to align the split image.  You use the viewfinder to frame the image, it shows the full 50mm view.

Internet resources:

some stuff about loading the Leica IIIf, as always its amazing what you can find out about a 60 year old camera on the internet

http://photo.net/columns/joshroot/filmtown/2009/january/leica-IIIf-fuji-provia-100f  by Josh Root on photo.net






Cameraquest article,  Leica IIIf RD ST Camera as art form http://www.cameraquest.com/3frdst.htm

Leica IIIf with Elmar 5 cm f3.5 lens extended into shooting position

Leica IIIf fitted with a Leitz Hektor 13.5cm (135mm) telephoto lens

front view of Leica IIIf with 5cm Elmar lens collapsed and lens cap mounted

Top view of Leica IIIf with Elmar 5 cm lens collapsed

Leica IIIf rear view showing location and size of eye openings for Rangefinder and separate viewfinder

Leica IIIf side view showing Elmar 5 cm lens extended into shooting position

how to trim the film leader for loading in a Leica IIIf

Screwmount Lens size comparison: l. to r. Jupiter 8 5cm f2.0 lens (non-collapsible), Elmar 5cm f3.5 (collapsed), Cosina Voigtlander 5 cm f3.5 (collapsed) – a bit misleading, the CV has its lens flare hood attached

former Soviet Union Leica copy, Fed 2 with Jupiter 8 5cm f2.0 lens

glass roof, my photo made with Leica IIIf and Elmar 5 cm lens

Greek Orthodox Church near Barrie, Ontario, Canada, my photo taken with Leica IIIf and Elmar lens

site of dismantled CPR trestle at Hogg Bay, near Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada, my photo taken with Leica IIIf and Elmar 5cm f3.5 lens

some old aircraft photos 2

a variety of aircraft from World War One to the 1960s, my photos taken at a couple of locations:

Base Borden Museum, Angus, Ontario, Canada

Warplanes Heritage Museum, Hamilton Airport, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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some old aircraft photos

most of these from my visit to the Abbotsford, BC airshow back in 1989, camera that day was a 35mm film camera, a Nikon slr, Nikon F-801 with a Nikkor 28-135mm lens and Fuji 400 ISO colour print film.

Rockwell B-1 Lancer bomber behind a World War One fighterplane,  Sopwith Pup,  a Military Airlift Command C-5 transport plane, the CG104 Starfighter is a static display at the Hamilton, Ontario Warbirds Heritage Museum at Hamilton Airport.

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old poem – old habits

old habits

We sat in the art house cinema
where we used to go after your divorce

you used to go there with him often
over your years – everybody loves old movies don’t they

but that night he came in with his new woman
and sat on the other side of the mostly deserted cinema

he saw you and you saw him and suddenly
we were in a whole new movie of our own

you started to shake and we talked over what to do
but they got up and left before we could

we watched twenty minutes of the film
then left by the exit down by the screen

walked back along  between the buildings
you waited as I looked carefully

to see that the coast was clear
and we made it to my car

after I got home you called me on the phone
and we talked about everything else

in the universe till dawn cracked an egg over
both our new days and after you hung up

I thought about how she looked like your
identical twin and wondered if his hands shook