Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Canonet G-III QL17, Workhorse Rangefinder Camera

Gone missing for a couple of decades or more, I recently located my old Canonet G-III QL17.  This camera came to me as a young man, as a much welcomed hand me down.  With all the manual settings and functions you would expect in a quality camera of the era (1972), this rangefinder camera came in a smaller and lighter package than a SLR of the period, and delivered superior results in its own right.  

With an ultra quiet shutter release, and an excellent 40 mm f/1.7 lens, moreover, it was a ton of fun to shoot, and looked great.  Known to be solidly built, the camera I have is one of the originals built in Japan, thought to be of higher quality than the later models which were made in Taiwan.  I always thought this camera was incredibly cool, and all this is confirmed with a host of current testimonials and reviews.  I was fortunate enough to have taken many wonderful images with this camera.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Can Words Add Beauty?

The poetry of the Atlantic.

Dada, Anyone?

An odd image to be sure, but what would one expect when Dadaism is invoked?

Rusty Manhole Cover

Behold, rusty manhole cover, just yards from the open Atlantic Ocean. 

In other news, this blog, "Hope and Fury", recently passed the 10,000 hits mark, and, also recently passed the 300 posts mark, both milestones.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Personal Treasure

I have been going through some old photo images lately, and especially, viewing and sorting old slides that I had taken through the years.  Many images are in good condition, but, unfortunately, some were badly water damaged.  One of the carousel trays that suffered the worst damage was a tray of images that I took while traveling across country as a teenager.  This was the trip where I learned how to use a fully manual SLR camera, a Nikon F, and later, to develop and mount my own slides.  

Today, I managed to locate two images that were not loaded in the ill-fated tray, and are in pristine condition, on account of being separately stored.  One image is shown above, to my recollection, this was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park.  Suffice it to say, that I am quite happy to have found these particular slides.  The above image brings me joy, as if a part of my story has been found, and I am once again standing on that ground and pressing the shutter release button, gazing at profound natural beauty.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lens Flare 02

Lens flare, yes, it can be a pleasing surprise, as in the case of this Acadia National Park sunset.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fisker (Good) Karma

I love waking up early in the morning and learning/experiencing something new.  With coffee in hand, I walked by the above, the Fisker Karma, an electric hybrid automobile designed and produced in Finland.  Sporting dealer plates, I can only think it was parked on the streets of West Hartford, Connecticut, to elevate the Fisker brand and generate a buzz.  It worked.  I am not exactly a sports car fanatic, so perhaps I am not the best one to ask, but the car seemed highly sculpted, and nicely so. 

For more on the Fisker Karma, click here, and here.