Classic Vintage Film Cameras

I’ve always enjoyed my position in history in terms of technology. In middle school I enjoyed the dawn of the home video games, we had a Pong and then later a Magnavox Odyssey², which my Dad liked over the Atari system because it came with a keyboard and perhaps had more educational opportunities.

The Magnavox Odyssey² and its two hard-wired controllers
The Magnavox Odyssey² and its two hard-wired controllers

I graduated High School in 1984, just when personal computers were becoming mainstream.  The report card system still used punch cards!  In my first year at Boston University, I did have a class that required sending stat problems to the mainframe computer for batch processing.  By my sophomore year you could rent time on an Apple computer to work on papers. By the time I graduated just about everyone had their own home computer or laptop.

During this time I also used film cameras, developed my own negatives and had a closet darkroom set up.  In High School I had and Olympus OM-10 35mm film camera and then after that fell in the lake I got an Olympus OM-G.

My first online purchase was an old 4×5 Graflex Crown Graphic press camera that shot Polaroid Type 45 Positive/Negative film with and developed in a bucket.

Old Press Camera
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When digital cameras rolled around, I wasn’t an early adopter.  I was busy with a career in the Computer Magazine Publishing Industry which was seeing an upheaval.  Instead when my son was born I bought a Sony video camera and took a lot of video and had a small digital point and shoot camera.  It wasn’t until years later that I had time to get back into photography and purchased a Panasonic Lumix G Series mirrorless camera and started to take serious photographs. Later I added a series of Fujifilm small cameras and a full frame Canon 6D DSLR to my equipment.  My most recent addition has been a GoPro Hero5 Black action camera. The world of digital technology is always exciting and I’m glad I lived in the pre-digital, vinyl record, cassette tape analog world growing up to really appreciate what we have now.

Open All Night – Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Coffee at the Diner

“Draw one – a cup of mud”

“Draw one in the dark”

“Pair of drawers”

“Blonde and sweet”

Diner Coffee – How ever you order your coffee at the diner, you’ll know the diner waitress will always be back for a frequent top off of hot joe.

Coffee at the diner
Coffee at the diner “Open All Night” by Edward M. Fielding

Diner Memories – I recently sold this photograph of a traditional diner cup of coffee in a classic diner to to a buyer from Hendersonville, TN..  The New England area still has a lot of classic diners in use, many of them from the Worchester Diner Company such as one in the photo.

Shot at the Four Aces Diner in Lebanon, New Hampshire in the original 1952 Worcester Diner Car number 837.  If you are in the area, you have to try their Red Flannel Hash – so good!

We love diners and breakfast all day, so when ever we are traveling around and spot a diner, we’ll stop in for a Western omelette or eggs over easy.  Luckily we’ve been able to find them all over the country.  I have a full section in my portfolio just of diner photographs.

Diner Neon Clock
Recently sold a 14.000″ x 10.500″ print of Time To Eat to a buyer from Cleveland Heights, OH.

New Hampshire is simply classic diner fan heaven with so many classic diners spread around the state!  Here is a check list of diners to experience the next time you are traveling around New Hampshire:

104 Diner
752 NH Route 104
New Hampton, NH 03256Airport Diner
2280 Brown Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103

The Bacon Barn
4 Sanborn Rd
Londonderry, NH 03053

Coffee Pot Restaurant
30 Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561

Cross Roads Diner
94 New Rochester Road
Dover, NH 03820

DaddyPops Tumble Inn Diner
1 Main Street
Claremont, NH 03743

The D.W. Diner
416 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054

Donna’s Place
28 Lowell Road
Hudson, NH 03051

Fast Eddie’s Diner
320 Lafayette Road
Hampton, NH 03842

Four Aces Diner
23 Bridge Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784

Four Seasons Diner
1328 Hooksett Road
Hooksett, NH 03106

Friends Diner
85 Allenstown Road
Allenstown, NH 03275

George’s Diner
10 Plymouth Street
Meredith, NH 03253

Gilley’s Diner
175 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Hollis Market Place Diner
4 Ash Street
Hollis, NH

Joey’s Diner
1 Craftsman Lane
Amherst, NH 03031

The Lebanon Diner
24 Hanover Street
Lebanon, NH 03766

Lindy’s Diner
19 Gilbo Avenue

Keene, NH 03461

Littleton Diner
170 W Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561

MaryAnn’s Diner
29 East Broadway
Derry, NH 03038

Marcus P’s Diner Plus
50 Main Street
Greenville, NH 03048

Margie’s Dream Diner
172 Hayward Street
Manchester, NH 03103Miss Wakefield Diner
7 Windy Hollow Road
Wakefield, NH 03872

Moe Joe Country Diner
649 E Industrial Park Drive
Manchester, NH 03109

Murphy’s Diner
516 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Norton’s Classic Cafe
233 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Union Diner
1331 Union Avenue
Laconia, NH 03246

Peterborough Diner
10 Depot Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

Pink Cadillac Diner
17 Farmington Road
Rochester, NH 03867

Plain Jane’s Diner
897 Old Route 25
Rumney, NH

Poor Boy’s Diner
136 Rockingham Road
Londonderry, NH 03053

Red Arrow Diner – Manchester
61 Lowell Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Red Arrow Diner – Milford
63 Union Square
Milford, NH

Remember When Diner
1 Wildwood Lane
Rochester, NH 03867

Roundabout Diner
580 U.S. 1 Bypass
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Steves Diner
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Exeter, NH 03833

South Side Diner
127 Rockingham Road
Derry, NH 03038

Sunny Day Diner
Route 3
Lincoln, NH 03251

Suzie’s Diner
76 Lowell Road
Hudson, NH 03051

Tilt’n Diner
61 Laconia Road
Tilton, NH 03276

Trackside Cafe
66 Lincoln Street
Exeter, NH 03833

Breakfast Served All Day by Edward M. Fielding
Breakfast Served All Day by Edward M. Fielding

We’ve haven’t even hit all of the diners in the state of New Hampshire but we’ve certainly been to our fair share in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine as well as more far reaching spots in Montana, Florida and even diners in Canada.

My wife Wendy and I even “starred” in a TV commercial filmed  in a diner on Prince Edward Island for the Atlantic Lottery.  There I am at 27 seconds getting my 12% piece of the pie!  Yum!

My Dad’s Super 8 Footage from Vietnam

Vintage Vietnam Kodak Super 8 Footage

Like many men, my father was quite the gadget guy in his youth. He had a reel to reel tape player, big console stereo system and liked to shoot home movies on Kodak Super 8 film.

He paid for college by joining the ROTC and later provided for his young family by joining the Army. Surviving two tours of Vietnam he made a 22 year career out of the service, then later retired and went back to his first plan of being a history teacher.

While in Vietnam he recorded a lot of audio letters back to the family as well as shot film on his Kodak Super 8 camera. I’ve inherited a few boxes of slides, photos, negatives and footage.

Unfortunately it’s rather expensive getting this stuff converted to digital as well as time consuming looking through the edited and unedited reels. But I did managed to get the following footage transferred to digital. Maybe if it make enough advertising money I can afford to get some more of this material transferred.

The Old Red Truck

I can faithfully say that I’ve never seen an old vintage red truck that I didn’t like. I don’t think my car can physically drive past an old red truck. Call it an obsession or some thing primal but I just love the look of old red farm trucks, especially found the wild.

Old Red Farm Truck Framed
Framed print of the old red truck by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-red-ford-pickup-edward-fielding.html

It can be a completely restored, freshly waxed, just pulled out of the garage beauty or an aged, weathered and rusty old relic in a field. I just love the look of these vintage old workhorses.

If I had the money, my next prop purchase would be an old red farm truck that I could drive around and place in the country landscapes that surround my area.  Forget about the prop guns, skulls, baskets, suitcases etc that I use, I’d be happy to transport them all around in my old red truck.

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Of course I know nothing about cars so that might be a problem.  Although I do understand that these old cars are much simpler than today’s computer driven vehicles so maybe it wouldn’t be such a problem to maintain it.

Even better would be to meet someone who owns a great old truck and would enjoy driving around the area parking it in the perfect spots for me to photograph.  Anyone out there in the Upper Valley who owns a great old vehicle and meets this description? 😉

Red Neck Moving Day
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Photographing Vintage Cars in the Wilds of New England

Meanwhile I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled and find them “in the wild” as I call it.  Not in a car show but out in the open in their natural environments.

Sounds crazy right?  Finding a beautiful old vintage car parked in the perfect spot ready to be photographed?  Well luck favors the prepared and I’ve been lucky on a number of occasions.  Partly because I’m out photographing a lot and partly because there are lot of great old cars still knocking about in New England at least when the weather is good.  Something about Yankee thrift I suppose which as kept these old cars in top condition and stored away from the elements.

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Limited Edition Release “Vintage Typewriter” on Saatchi Art

Now available on Saatchi Art – a new limited edition release of “Vintage Typewriter” by Edward M. Fielding

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Photography-Vintage-Typewriter-by-EMF-Limited-Edition-1-of-100/693319/3354652/view

New Limited Edition Release Vintage Typewriter

New Limited Edition Release Vintage Typewriter http://tinyurl.com/h4uu7tz

  • Photography: Black & White and Digital on Paper.
  • Limited Edition – signed and numbered by the artist. 17″ x 21″ with a 2 inch margin.
  • A still life of an old, vintage, antique typewriter by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. A simple reminder of yesterday’s technology and how far we’ve come.
  • Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 2″ border for framing.
  • Keywords: sepia, toned, typewriter, vintage, still life, antique, keyboard, object, old

Records – Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf

Classic Vinyl Records

Artwork featuring classic vinyl records.

Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf Framed Print
Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf Framed Print

…an analoguesoundstorage medium in the form of a flat polyvinyl chloride (previously shellac) disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove.
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Bob Seger – Old Time Rock n Roll – The Distance Tour 1983

Did you know? At the lowest point of record sales, a Vinyl revival began in the mid 2000s. Worldwide sales of vinyl records have since increased every year since 2006. In 2015 music sales of vinyl records were back at the level of 1988.

 

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ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS:  Canvas Print by Edward Fielding CANVAS PRINT Framed Print by Edward Fielding FRAMED PRINT Print by Edward Fielding PRINT  Poster by Edward Fielding POSTER  Metal Print by Edward Fielding METAL PRINT  Acrylic Print by Edward Fielding ACRYLIC PRINT Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf Wood Print by Edward Fielding WOOD PRINT Greeting Card by Edward Fielding GREETING CARD  IPhone Case by Edward Fielding PHONE CASE  Throw Pillow by Edward Fielding THROW PILLOW The Shelf Duvet Cover  DUVET COVER  Shower Curtain by Edward Fielding SHOWER CURTAIN Tote Bag by Edward Fielding TOTE BAG Round Beach Towel by Edward Fielding ROUND BEACH TOWEL Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf Carry-all Pouch by Edward Fielding CARRY-ALL POUCH  Beach Towel by Edward Fielding BATH TOWEL  Weekender Tote Bag by Edward Fielding WEEKENDER TOTE BAG  Portable Battery Charger by Edward Fielding PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER Men’s T-Shirt (Regular Fit) by Edward Fielding APPAREL  Coffee Mug by Edward Fielding

 

Someone Remembered – Christmas gift in the old truck

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A red Christmas present sitting inside an old rusty truck. Quechee, Vermont. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding
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Someone Remembered takes place in a field in Vermont where an old farm truck took its last breaths and died. Back in the day before we had modern conveniences such as transfer stations, recycling or even dumps. Old cars and farm machinery simply ended where their usefulness ended.

I’ve photographed this old truck in the past and it’s a favorite spot of mine. It’s in the database so to speak – a swirling folder of locations I keep in my head. Since working with book publishers these last few years creating book cover images, I’ve been working on introducing more and more storytelling in my images. Creating images that feel like a frame out of a movie or page out of a book rather than simple documentation of an object or scene.

Rather any simple documentation of a subject I want the image to create story-lines in the viewer’s head. Close up shots of this truck in the past suggested to me that maybe the truck was in an accident, maybe the driver was drunk and hit a tree or it was some tragic suicide. Maybe the truck is haunted?

Who remembers Walgreen Drugs?

Walgreen Drugs – fine art photograph

Vintage Walgreen Drugs Store Neon Sign
Vintage Walgreen Drugs Store Neon Sign

Walgreen Drug Vintage Neon Sign

I spent some time in Universal Studios in the back lot photographing the vintage signs, faux old buildings and cars.  You have to move fast.  You really have to plan out a strategy.  Buy your ticket in advance, get to the front gate early in the morning and make a beeline to the back lot before the crowds.

You really only have minutes to find, compose and shoot the shots you want to capture before the throngs of people are in the way.

Vintage Walgreen Drug neon sign is available as prints and products here: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/vintage-walgreen-drugs-store-neon-sign-edward-fielding.html

About Walgreen Drugs

“Walgreens” began in 1901, with a drug store on the corner of Bowen Ave and Cottage Grove in Chicago, owned by Galesburgnative Charles R. Walgreen, Sr. By 1913, Walgreens had grown to four stores on Chicago’s South Side. It opened its fifth in 1915, and four more in 1916. By 1919, there were 20 stores in the chain. As a result of alcohol prohibition, the 1920s was a successful time for Walgreens. Although alcohol was illegal, prescription whiskey was available and sold by Walgreens.

In 1922, the company introduced a malted milkshake, which led to its establishing ice cream manufacturing plants.

More from Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

A few more memories and blasts from the past from Orlando’s Universal Studios amusement park including a 1950s Mel’s Diner and vintage classic cars.
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A classic vintage Chevrolet sedan on the streets of old New York City.

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At Mel’s classic Drive in.

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Duff Beer – “Can’t Get Enough of That Wonderful Duff” – Photographed at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, in Krustyland, part of the Simpson’s themed area.

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Harry Potter’s school for wizards, Hogswarts Castle in Hogsmeade. Fine art photography and digital wizardry by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com

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Chief Clancy Wiggum is a fictional character from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. He is the chief of police in the show’s setting of Springfield. He is the father of Ralph Wiggum and the husband of Sarah Wiggum.

OMG my first film single lens reflex camera

OLYMPUS OM SERIES Film Camera

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Back in high school I saved up my money to purchase my very first SLR film camera – the Olympus OM-10.  Remember when cameras were advertised on TV?  Back in the early 80s, New Wave music ruled the airwaves and Olympus was pushing the OM-10 on TV using celebrities. Blondie had hit after hit and super model Cheryl Tiegs played the dumb blond who doesn’t know a lens opening from a broadway opening in this commercial:

The OM-10 was sold as a simple to use, amateur camera. Basically a point and shoot SLR. The original configuration didn’t even come with manual settings as a standard. In order to play around with manual control you would have to purchase and accessory doohickey.

Drooling nerds given the chance to be in the same room with a supermodel just couldn’t take a bad picture with this camera!  Everyone could be a high end fashion model if just given the chance and handed the OM-10.

My OM-10 was a trusty camera that produced good results as I was learning the craft.  I took it off to college and tried my hand at shooting slides for stock agencies.  I’d have to have the slides developed, mark them with my name, put them in plastic sheets and send them off to the stock agency to be never seen again.

I was going along fine until one early spring day at home on break from college I wandered too far on to the lake and fell through some thin ice with camera.  Thankfully I was rescued by some workers that were home working on the house but my camera was toast.

Later I replaced it with Olympus’s upgrade to the OM-10, the OM-G.  The OM-G was a nice refinement of the original OM-10.  It was still a compact, easy to use, affordable SLR but now manual controls were built into the camera.  The controls were simplified and over all the camera became sleeker.

I don’t remember what happened to my original OM-G.  I must have sold it off at a tag sale at some point as digital cameras became the next great thing.  But now my son is in high school and he signed up for a photography course – traditional with film and darkroom processing.  So went on Ebay to see what I could find and lo and behold there was the OM-G with a 50mm 1.8 lens for $68.

So once again, history repeats and we have an OMG in the household!

The Olympus OM System (O = Olympus, M = Maitani) was a line of 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, lenses and accessories sold by Olympus between 1972 and 2002 (some accessories were sold until early 2003).

The system was introduced by Olympus in 1972, more than a decade after Nikon, Canon, and other manufacturers had established their own SLR ranges.

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10 Amazing Vintage Tractors

A selection of ten great old vintage tractor photographs and artwork from the portfolio of Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com


Tractor artwork for fans of old farm equipment and great country decor.  The tractor artwork is available as canvas prints, metal, framed and matted artwork and more!

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This old red tractor can be found on display at the Quechee Village in just outside of Woodstock, Vermont.

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Early morning fog over a great older John Deere, green and yellow tractor in Etna, New Hampshire.  Many of these classic old tractors are still in use after so many years of service.

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A collection of old retired tractors line up outside a farm in the Keene, New Hampshire area.

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This old tractor comes to visit a meadow near my home twice a summer to cut the hay. Who knows how long this old work horse has been in service. These machines sit outside in the weather half the time but they seem to live forever.
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So, out back lie iron hunks of metal
That once was the heart of the farm.
Tractors and old trucks in their former glory
Just waiting to be restored and remind us of their story.

Part of a poem by Cindy Ladage –

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Amazing detail on this old tractor and the rustic barn its housed in when not in use haying fields in the Lyme, New Hampshire area.

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A cute old vintage Ford tractor still in use on a hay field in Etna, New Hampshire.  Love the blue and white color scheme and the rounded art deco styling.

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A collection of old vintage tractors on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Acrylic painting effect from an original photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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Antique tractors can indeed still perform on a modern day farm, but different tractors may be needed for different farming purposes. Before buyers run out and purchase an antique tractor, there are a few things that they should consider and a few questions that they may need to ask themselves first.

There are four basic tractor front-end types that are built for various farming needs.The tricycle front end tractor is mainly dubbed as a row-crop tractor because it is narrow and works well between rows of crop. It is generally used for cultivating. The name of the tractor describes its physical characteristics as it is designed with two spaced back wheels and one front wheel. Some tricycle tractors actually have two front wheels, but they are situated so close together that the tractor still has a tricycle-like appearance.

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Farmall was a model name and later a brand name for tractors manufactured by the American company International Harvester (IH). The Farmall name was usually presented as McCormick-Deering Farmall and later McCormick Farmall in the evolving brand architecture of IH.

Farmalls were general-purpose tractors. Their origins were as row-crop tractors, a category that they helped establish and in which they long held a large market share. During the decades of Farmall production (1920s to 1970s), most Farmalls were built for row-crop work, but many orchard, fairway, and other variants were also built. Most Farmalls were all-purpose tractors that were affordable for small to medium-sized family farms and could do enough of the tasks needed on the farm that the need for hired hands was reduced and the need for horses or mules was eliminated. Thus Farmall was a prominent brand in the 20th-century trend toward the mechanization of agriculture in the US.

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An old John Deere tractor outside a historic old barn in downtown, metropolis, Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover, home to Dartmouth College.

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Close up of an great old tractor showing years of service and work.

145 more great vintage tractor photographs and artwork here!