my tv choices to get me to the new Fall season


A lot of stuff from iTunesHomeland (Damian Lewis and Claire Danes and Mandy Patimkin), Justified (Timothy Olyphant) Life (  lasted two seasons with Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews   and Sara Shahi as his partner Reese as LAPD detectives); yes I am a Damian Lewis fan. Neither Justified or Homeland is readily available on cable in Canada, which has me baffled and annoyed.

I tried one episode of In Plain Sight with Mary McCormack who I liked on The West Wing and I am still weighing whether to go for the whole season.   These are all old, pretty darn finely created television series.

Homeland, Justified and Life have or had, one was cancelled, exceptional writing, strong main characters and detailed supporting characters, all well acted, and intriguing plots.   When TV drama is done well it can be exceptional entertainment.

Helvetica, a documentary about the typeface and typographic designers, some odd and intriguing people in this.

I am looking forward to the new tv season, especially NCIS, to find out the fate of everyone after the cliffhanger ending.

Also rereading two books by  Neil PostmanAmusing Ourselves to Death and Technopoly about the effect of technology on culture, society, politics, basically the whole shebang. His books are considered essential reading in the are of media ecology and the study of technology and its effects on people.

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.”

photos from the Orillia Fall Fair

Back today to try again to get to the Orillia Fall Fair to take some photographs. Isolated showers in the forecast, but less rain than Saturday.  Took along my Nikon D3100 with 18-55 lens and the Sony Cybershot H50 for more long reach shots. $7 admission fee and I parked at the north end near Gate 4.  I received a chocolate chip cookie from the wife of the MP Bruce Stanton.

The sky was overcast and I got there in time to walk to one end of the fair as the rain resumed.  I dove into the small exhibit building with the rabbits and a ton of fellow fairgoers to study the weather out the open doors.   It quit after a few minutes but kept threatening.  I  left early and by the time I arrived home the sun had broken through and the sky was pale blue with fluffy white, innocent clouds hanging benignly overhead.

Mike Connealy – perfect example of a focused blog

Photography and Vintage Cameras by Mike Connealy is a perfectly focused one subject blog.  You will find information and photos on vintage film cameras and photos, excellent photos made with the old gear. Many photos of the US southwest.

I “met” Mike a few years back on  He is a thoughtful gentleman. He and I did a little lobbying and helped get the vintage camera forum established on’s Classic Manual Camera Forum is friendly, active, informative and entertaining forum.

For a fun online experience check out both, you will have fun and learn something.

below, a Voigtlander Vitessa, 35mm film folding camera with 50mm lens

Vitessa, the tall plunger sticking up is the film advance lever, the lens retracts into the body and the “barn doors” close for a pocketable size.

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  by Josh Root on

Cameraquest article,  Leica IIIf RD ST Camera as art form

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

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