My Old Press Camera

Vintage Press Camera

My very first “online” purchase was made on AOL.  Remember “you’ve got mail”?  Back in the very early days of online, before the full blown Internet experience, we had bulletin boards and AOL.

I used to dial up the Boston University library with my dial in modem.  Call the specific phone number and listen to the squeaks and buzzes of the modem in order to search the stacks for a book, all with nothing more than text scrolling.

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Then AOL came along and added some graphics to the experience and provided their own bulletin board type features.  One of the more popular ones was used camera dealers selling used camera equipment.

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I got it in my mind that I wanted to get into large format cameras.  The most inexpensive way was to purchase an old 4×5 film press camera.  The kind Weegee used to cover accidents and crime scenes.  The kind you see in the period movies with all of the flash bulbs going off.

Eventually I picked up a enlarger type set up that allowed one to turn the camera into an enlarger.  And later switched from sheet film to a Polaroid Type 55 back.   It was an expensive setup.  Each shot cost about $5 but the Polaroid Type 55 film was great.  It produced a black and white negative that was processed in water as well as a positive.

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The only thing was you had to over expose the positive in order to get a great negative but the negative has amazing dynamic range.  The other negative was that I didn’t have a quality 4×5 darkroom setup, so most of my shots never really were seen beyond some contact prints.

I still hang on to the old Graflex camera hoping some day sensors will become cheap enough that I can use it again – digitally.

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Graflex was a manufacturer that gave its brand name to several models of camera.  Graflex was known for the quintessential press camera, the Speed Graphic which was manufactured for over 60 years, and was used by most of the photojournalists in the first half of the 20th century.

Can you imagine a modern camera being manufactured and sold for 60 years?  They are lucky these days to get six months out of a new camera before it is considered old!

 

Digital Canvas Art Frames Are Hot This Christmas

Technology advancements in display technology has reached the point of affordablity and quality to make digital canvas art frames not only affordable but they look great.  Either to display your own artwork or to stream artwork from amazing artists from around the world.

Our choice is the Meural Digial Canvas.  A major step up from the cheap, little photo displays you put on the kitchen counter, this a fine art display worthy of the living room.

The Meural canvas is a smart art frame that gives you access to tens of thousands of works and it’s easy to upload your own. You control with our app, online dashboard, or the wave of your hand. With true art technology, a proprietary blend of hardware, firmware, and software images are rendered as textured as an original. Each frame is made from fsc-certified, sustainably sourced American hardwood.

Specs:

  • A smart art frame that renders images lifelike and textured
  • Get access to the mural art library, tens of thousands of works both iconic and unexpected
  • It’s easy to upload your own art and photography
  • Control with the wave of your hand, the app, or the online dashboard
  • Each frame is made from fsc-certified, sustainable sourced American hardwood

Something for railfans! Train Photography on Fleece Blankets

Train themed fleece blankets!

 

Shown above – Vintage Steam Train Fleece Blanket

Great gift idea this holiday season!  These train photography fleece blankets are hot!

Our luxuriously soft blankets are available in two different sizes and feature your incredible artwork on the top surface. The bottom surface is white. The blankets are 100% polyester and available in two different styles: plush fleece and sherpa fleece. Plush fleece blankets are soft and fluffy on both sides, whereas sherpa blankets are smooth like a soft sweater on the artwork side (i.e. shorter threads) which provides for a sharper image.

Choose from hundreds of train, locomotive, railroad, tracks and bridges images in the collection of train related photography.

https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/train

New! Fleece Blankets!

I wasn’t sure how these would go over but they have become quite the hot seller since they were introduced just a few days ago.  These fleece blankets are perfect for the colder weather and make great gifts.

Turn down the theromostat and crank up the warm by snuggling under one of the warm fleece blankets printed with artwork from the Edward Fielding portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Warm fleece car blanket
Recently sold a Plush Fleece Blanket (50″ x 60″) of Classic Chrysler 1940s Sedan to a buyer from Newton, IL.  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/classic-chrysler-1940s-sedan-edward-fielding.html

Our luxuriously soft blankets are available in two different sizes and feature your incredible artwork on the top surface. The bottom surface is white. The blankets are 100% polyester and available in two different styles: plush fleece and sherpa fleece. Plush fleece blankets are soft and fluffy on both sides, whereas sherpa blankets are smooth like a soft sweater on the artwork side (i.e. shorter threads) which provides for a sharper image.

 

 

sold a Plush Fleece Blanket (50" x 60") of Pho Dog Grapher to a buyer from Linden, - Belgium.
Recently sold a Plush Fleece Blanket (50″ x 60″) of Pho Dog Grapher to a buyer from Linden, – Belgium.  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/pho-dog-grapher-edward-fielding.html
Recently sold fleece blanket
Recently sold a Plush Fleece Blanket (60″ x 80″) of Vw Beetle Graphic to a buyer from Melbourne, FL.  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/vw-beetle-graphic-edward-fielding.html

The Printer Built For Professional Photographers

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

You have high end photography equipment, the latest megapixel camera, lenes with red lines, you might as well get a printer to match your capture quality. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Photographic Inkjet Printer prints up to 17 x 22-Inches with a tubular ink delivery system, this generates faster print speeds and reduces the possibility of clogging.

Professional photographers openly share what they need, want, and even don’t want in a printer. Like stunning black and white prints with deep blacks and detailed gradations. A wide color gamut that accurately reproduces even the most difficult colors. Canon listened to feedback and ntroduced the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. A 17″ wide format professional printer with an 11-Color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system that does it all. Arguably one of the best printers ever engineered. Distinguished by a bold red line.

17″ Wide Format Professional Printer

ANTI-CLOGGING TECHNOLOGY: The FINE print head institutes a tubular ink delivery system, this generates faster print speeds and reduces the possibility of clogging.

AIR FEEDING SYSTEM: The Canon Air Feeding System prevents each page from skewing for accurate ink placement, regardless of paper type. A series of openings located on top of the platen vacuum-grip the paper as it feeds through the printer.

LUCIA PRO INK SYSTEM: The LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system satisfies the demands of the most critical photographer or graphic artist. Denser droplet placement provides a broader color gamut for superb glossiness/anti-bronzing.

WIDE COLOR GAMUT: This 11-color and Chroma Optimizer ink system helps to achieve an improvement in color-reproduction, image clarity, and enhanced darker areas. It faithfully reproduces colors and dark areas crucial for printing works of art.

BLACK DENSITY AND DARK SHADOW AREAS: Deep blacks, which make the image crisp, and precise gradation can be attained across all media types.

Isn’t it time you upgraded to the all new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000? This is the printer for professionals who want sharp, bright, fast and obsessively beautiful prints they can share with the world.

New! Spiral Notebooks

New Spiral Notebooks from Edward M. Fielding


New spiral notebooks!  Over 5,000 designs and photographs available to customize the cover of your new favorite notebooks such as “Inky Pug” as shown below.

See all of the amazing designs and photographs available here: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

The spiral notebooks are 6″ x 8″ and include 120 pages lined on both sides as well as a pocket in the back cover for pens or notes.  Makes a great gift!

New! Spiral Notebooks
Spiral Notebooks featuring cute pug dogs – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/watercolor+artwork/pug
Westie Spiral Notebook
Westie Spiral Notebooks – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/portrait-of-a-westie-dog-8×10-ratio-edward-fielding.html
Inside of the spiral notebooks.
Inside of the spiral notebooks.  Notice the convenient pocket for pens, coupons, notes and more!
Back of the spiral notebooks.
Back of the spiral notebooks features sturdy card stock.
New! Spiral notebooks featuring scenes of Vermont
New! Spiral notebooks featuring scenes of Vermont are available.  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont
Old Car Coffee Mug
We also have ceramic coffee mugs in two sizes!  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/car

Check out some of our popular themes!

Spiral Notebooks Pinterest Image
Spiral Notebooks Pinterest Image

New! Deluxe Spiral Notebooks featuring Scenes of Vermont

You asked for them and here they are – Deluxe Spiral Notebooks featuring scenes of Vermont by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. Our spiral notebooks are 6″ x 8″ in size and include 120 pages which are lined on both sides.  The spiral notebooks of Vermont can be found on https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont  on the right hand column under “Stationery”. Click on the down arrow to pull up the menu for Greeting Cards and Spiral Notebooks.

New! Spiral notebooks featuring scenes of Vermont
New! Spiral notebooks featuring scenes of Vermont

The artwork (choose from hundreds of fine art photographs of Vermont by artist Edward M. Fielding) is printed on the front cover and is made of thick paper stock.

Back of the spiral notebooks.
Back of the spiral notebooks.

The back cover is medium gray in color. The inside of the back cover includes a pocket for storing extra paper and pens.

Inside of the spiral notebooks.
Inside of the spiral notebooks.

What can you do with our new Vermont spiral notebooks? Daydream about a trip to Vermont of course. Or plan out your ski trips, craft beer adventure, local food tours, keep a diary of the best fall foliage spots, check off towns along RT 100, write notes and ideas for your novel set in Vermont, rate your favorite cheese and maple syrup farm stands, count down the days to your next visit to Ben and Jerry’s, jot down your tasting notes about Heady Topper and more!

Whether you want to get more done every day—have you heard of bullet journaling?—or are trying to be more organized at work, school, or home, a notebook you cherish can be the difference between a happy hum of productivity and, well, watching another episode This is Us or Strange Days.

Spiral notebooks
New! Spiral Notebooks from fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding

See all of the spiral notebooks of Vermont designs here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont

Artists often use large notebooks, which include wide spaces of blank paper appropriate for drawing. Lawyers use rather large notebooks known as legal pads that contain lined paper (often yellow) and are appropriate for use on tables and desks. These horizontal lines or “rules” are sometimes classified according to their space apart with “wide rule” the farthest, “college rule” closer, “legal rule” slightly closer and “narrow rule” closest, allowing more lines of text per page. When sewn into a pasteboard backing, these may be called composition books, or in smaller signatures may be called “blue books” or exam books and used for essay exams.

In contrast, journalists prefer small, hand-held notebooks for portability (reporters’ notebooks), and sometimes use shorthand when taking notes. Scientists and other researchers use lab notebooks to document their experiments. The pages in lab notebooks are sometimes graph paper to plot data. Police officers are required to write notes on what they observe, using a police notebook. Land surveyors commonly record field notes in durable, hard-bound notebooks called “field books.”

Coloring enthusiasts use coloring notebooks for stress relief. The pages in coloring notebooks contain different adult coloring pages. Students take notes in notebooks, and studies suggest that the act of writing (as opposed to typing) improves learning.

Trapp Family Lodge Stone Chapel notebook
Trapp Family Lodge Stone Chapel notebook

Canon L Series Lenses – What makes them special?

Should I buy a Canon L Series Lens

Canon L Series lenses – Ahhh that off white barrel and red circle that screams “professional” and of course “expensive”.  Is the extra expense of Canon’s L Series lenses worth the extra $500+ dollars to the average photographer?

Certainly the professional who can write off camera equipment expenses can afford the very best lenses on the market but does the average photographer need the extra dust and water-resistant rubber seals? Perhaps not.

What makes Canon L Series Lenses Special?

Canon’s series of L lenses (Canon Luxury Lenses) are a professional line of SLR photography lenses made by Canon. Canon has sold zoom and prime L-series lenses for the discontinued FD lens mount and for the current EF lens mount used on all Canon EOS cameras.

Most L series lenses share a number of common characteristics not found in Canon’s line of lower-end lenses. L lenses tend to be more durable, incorporating dust and water-resistant rubber seals on some models. L lenses also contain optics of higher quality, with many lenses containing aspherically ground, fluorite or ultra-low dispersion glass elements. Their front elements do not rotate for the proper operation of some filters, such as circular polarizers. L lenses are often “fast”, with maximum apertures commonly f/2.8 or f/4 and never exceeding f/5.6. Standard prime lenses have a much higher maximum aperture, with both of Canon’s current 50mm and 85mm L lenses which open to f/1.2. All current L-series lenses have ultrasonic autofocus motors (USM) and extra communication pins, except for the specialist tilt-shift lenses which do not provide autofocus.

Price Comparison between standard series lens and Canon L Series Lens – 50mm

Canon offers several 50mm lens which range in price from just over $100 to over $1,200 for the Canon L Series version of the 50mm lens.

What do you get for your extra $1,000 or so?  Larger glass, the L series goes to a full open aperture of f/1.2 for very shallow depth of field and superiour boken.  Bigger glass costs more to manufacture.  Also you get the superiour weather sealing, lens coating and better construction.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens is a peerless standard lens for Canon digital SLR cameras. The lens is suitable for any shooting situation, with a lens coating and construction type that are optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. The lens also offers an ultra-large aperture that produces a narrow depth of field and the type of soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere. The high-performance, weather-resistant lens delivers all the superb image resolution and contrast you expect in a Canon L Series lens.

The Least Expensive Canon L Series Lenses

The least expensive way to explore the world of Canon L series lens is with the wide angle zoom, the 17-40 mm L.  Professionals swear by the 16-35 L zoom (either in the f/4 version or the more expensive f/2.8 version) but the 17-40 mm L can be found for under $800.

 

Here are a few photographs I’ve taken using the Canon L Series 17-40mm lens:
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Another option for tip toeing into the Canon L Series lenses without breaking the bank is the 24-105mm zoom which often comes as the kit lens for camera’s such as the Canon 6D.  You can get new one for around $1,000 or a used one for $700 or so.

Touted by some as a great walk around focal length, I got mine with my Canon 6D but never liked it.  I don’t know if I got a bad copy or just didn’t like the focal range.  Color reproduction was good but the sharpness always seemed off at the long end of the range.  After using primes like the 35mm, 50mm and 85mm, I’m just used to very sharp images.

Another option is the celebrated 70-200mm L series lenses.  There are the legendary lenses that professional wedding and portrait photographers buy into the Canon system to obtain.  There are plenty of working photographers who use nothing but these zoom lenses as the core of their business.

Why are they so celebrated?  For the ability to blow out the backgrounds and obtain beautiful boken, especially with the f/2.8 version.

Top Toys for Future Engineers and Scientists – Marble Run Toys

Marble Run Toys – I teach middle school kids programming, coding and robotics and I’m often asked what a great Christmas present would be for a smart kid.  Got a curious kid who likes physical and exploring science through toys? Check out these great marble run games for all ages.  Marble run toys encourage imagination and creativity while teaching the laws of physics intuitively.  Here are some of the top toys featuring marble runs for budding scientists and engineers.

Space Rails – for older kids

  • Marble roller coaster track with three screw conveyor elevators to carry SpaceRail marble to the top
  • Includes multiple different tracks for the marbles to travel, multiple consecutive loops, seesaw drops, drop-through steps, a weighted lever, two vertical corkscrews, and multiple curves, spirals and drops.
  • Estimated build time: 25-35 hours
  • Contains: 70,000 mm track line, Two steel .5 in. marbles, Three Screw Conveyor Elevators, Arms and holders to place SpaceRail track, Connecting freestanding bases to fit entire marble run, and English instruction manual
  • Recommended for ages 15 and up

Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run Construction – Vertigo – Quality Time Playing Together Wooden Safe Play – Smart Play for Smart Families

  • Praised by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top toys to teach kids code and STEM principles
  • German Engineering Design Inspired by Da Vinci circles with Endless Creative Building Possibilites for Spatial Thinking Minds
  • Each of the Seven Different Color Blocks has a different Function – Fun practice for logical and engineering thinking
  • “Spiel Gut” (Good Toy) Award and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
  • Thousands of Happy Playing Hours – An Heirloom Toy Worth of Every Penny

Fat Brain Toys 168 pc Bamboo Builder Marble Run

  • Strong, sturdy marble run sets made of bamboo and other sustainable materials; open-ended construction creativity; includes 30 marbles, instruction book, rope marble catchers
  • Endless building possibilities; Follow instructions to get started; Combine with other Bamboo Builder Marble Runs to create the ultimate marble-run metropolis
  • Perfect for ages 4 to 10; Features hand-crafted, carbonized tracks, colorful bamboo cylinders, sustainable wood powder spirals – Safe for kids, friendly to the environment; BPA-Free
  • Creative construction hones fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, early engineering skills; Inspires creativity, critical thinking, three-dimensional thinking; Teaches problem-solving and innovation
  • Easy-to-open packaging doubles as storage box; made in China

Award Winning Educational Chaos Tower DIY Building Kit With Expansion Kit

  • AWARD WINNING FUN AND MORE: The Rube Goldberg Styled Chaos Tower has been awarded by Parent’s Choice, Teacher’s Choice and voted Toy-of-the-Year. The expansion kit is combined with this sweet deal.
  • RUN, RUN, RUN: A bigger, better Chaos Tower includes over 600 pieces of endless fun and possibilities of new chaotic designs with chutes, slides, catch baskets, trampolines, marbles, spirals, a blue vortex bell and more.
  • DON’T LOSE YOUR MARBLES: Whether timing the quickest run or just enjoying your creation, keep an eye on your marbles. You don’t want to miss a second of this perpetual action.
  • BACK TO BASICS: The Tower does not include anything technical, an AC adaptor is included for this to be plugged in, or includes an area for batteries to make portable and show everyone this pandemonium. (Batteries not included)
  • INFINITE CHAOS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Family time just got more exciting with all the continuous creations everyone can take part in. The expansion kit will allow even more fun for all wanting to experience the exciting Chaos Tower.