Daily Archives: 21 August 2011

New Camera Cause Trails To Call

Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
— Yousuf Karsh

Rain again today.

A paint job that was scheduled for Monday, was canceled completely, because the customers freaked out over the stock market and the economy. I never asked who they worked for, since the economy in Fairbanks is quite strong, but the worry up here in Alaska is that the problems in the Lower 48 will eventually mess with us up here. Still, backing out three days before the start of a job, is a tad inconsiderate.

So I suddenly have a week off. Which may not be such a bad thing in the grand scheme of my sanity.

I picked up the above Kodak a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been anxious to get it out on a trail anyway. It’s the last bellows camera made by Kodak, and a 120 shooter. One has to “cock” the shutter before pulling the trigger, which is an odd fact in a camera, that I simply find cool as hell. It’s almost as good as driving an old Rover.

Levers add character.

So I have a bunch of 120 film for the old Rollei, which has developed shutter issues of its own, and I have a week off, and a full tank of gas in the Beetle. All signs point to me wandering down a trail or two.

Now if we could only get a break from this rain.