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 on: June 07, 2015, 01:38:57 PM 
Started by br1078lum - Last post by br1078lum
I don't have to go chasing storms.  Plenty of them know where I live.  And they always show up around the time I just have to go out to do something, like pay the monthly bills.

Coming out of the apartment, I look down the valley to see a storm coming out of Franklin County.  I figure there is plenty of time before it gets anywhere near Roanoke.

In The Next County by P F McFarland, on Flickr

The Nikon P7700 has this really neat flip-out screen that lets you aim the camera behind you (or at you, if you're into selfies).  This came in handy when I couldn't get it to focus on my rear view mirror.  This storm is really making tracks for the north county area.

Over My Shoulder by P F McFarland, on Flickr

Down at the storage lockers, I look back towards the hill I live on, and there it is!  Gonna be a soaker, too.

It’s Already Here by P F McFarland, on Flickr

I pulled off onto Valley Pointe Parkway to find a viewpoint without any wires overhead.  Above the Conway truck terminal turned out to be a good spot. 

This is a nine photo stitch to really show the size of this water fountain of a storm.  And it was now sitting right where I had to go.  Good thing I learned how to drive a submarine in the Navy.

Truck Wash by P F McFarland, on Flickr


 on: June 06, 2015, 08:51:44 PM 
Started by br1078lum - Last post by br1078lum
Checking out a recent acquisition.

First Frame by P F McFarland, on Flickr
General adjustments had to be made to most of the frames.

Under The Weather by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Six shot stitch in PSE 10 of the Poage Valley, and Lost Mountain.

What Was That? by P F McFarland, on Flickr
They both perked up when I fired the camera.  I didn’t think it was that loud.

Country Art by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Who knows, maybe it will sprout a Farmall.

Antique Depot by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Former general store, post office, and bus station in Copper Hill, VA.

Niagra Hydro-Electric Station by P F McFarland, on Flickr
On the Roanoke River in Roanoke County, VA, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

See all nineteen photos on Flickr at

Thanks, Ron


 on: June 02, 2015, 06:31:28 PM 
Started by titrisol - Last post by br1078lum
Makes me hungry looking at them.


 on: June 02, 2015, 06:28:47 PM 
Started by titrisol - Last post by br1078lum
Yeah, that was a good series.


 on: June 01, 2015, 07:53:56 PM 
Started by titrisol - Last post by Jon Stark
Love the second shot.  It is strangely compelling.

 on: May 31, 2015, 06:32:10 PM 
Started by titrisol - Last post by titrisol
A few from the farmers market

More on my flickr stream

 on: May 31, 2015, 06:29:39 PM 
Started by titrisol - Last post by titrisol
Trying to get my juices flowing.....
I decided to go with only 1 lense, the old Pentax SMC-A 50/1.7, to see a classic car show in Cary, NC
A few here

More in my flickr stream

 on: May 21, 2015, 07:53:56 AM 
Started by P C Headland - Last post by titrisol
Version 4.1 is available now.... I just donloaded it and it seems to have several improvements in the UI and in the noise reduction side
Also the RAW profiles have been updated to cover new cameras

 on: April 24, 2015, 06:14:41 PM 
Started by br1078lum - Last post by br1078lum
Found this one just the other day in an antique store.  And it didn’t have an antique price on it!

The second generation of Daiichi Optical Company’s (DOC) copy of the Zeiss Ikonta A, it has a 3.5/75 Neo-Hesper (Tessar type) lens in a Daiichi-Rapid shutter (exact copy of the Compur-rapid).  Improvements are a new top plate that incorporates the finder in a solid housing, accessory shoe, DOF calculator, winding knob, and shutter release with cable socket.

I put a roll of Fujicolor Pro 160 NS in it, added a Kodak 32mm push-on hood, and hit the road (south on US-11 to be exact).  I really guessed wrong as to what shutter speed to use, and went too slow at 1/100.  Should have used 1/250, and opened the aperture a slight bit.  Even though the 1 sec speed is fine, the higher ones could still be a bit slow.  So, after getting the scans back, I spent the afternoon fixing exposures and color.  The lens handles flare pretty well, and the controls are all in the right places.  Except for that left handed shutter release.  It’s not wrong, it’s just left.  Didn’t take much to get used to.

You can read about the Zenobia cameras here in better detail:

Now I have to see if I can find some 32mm push-on filters.

Zenobia C-II Front by br1078phot, on Flickr

Side-By-Side Zenobia-Ikomat 1 by br1078phot, on Flickr

Quiet Course by br1078phot, on Flickr

Church In Springtime by br1078phot, on Flickr

Plum Creek Makeover by br1078phot, on Flickr

Silent Cannon by br1078phot, on Flickr

Walking The Carolina Road by br1078phot, on Flickr

See more at:


 on: April 22, 2015, 06:18:25 PM 
Started by br1078lum - Last post by br1078lum
The Zeiss Contaflex Prima is an improved version of the earlier Alpha and Beta models (Alpha had no meter, while the Beta did).  It offers a built-in accessory shoe, and a rapid winder, along with the selenium meter.  Standard lens element is a 2.8/45 Pantar, with 4/30 and 4/75 Pantars available.

I know that the Pantar series of lens elements (only the front section interchanges, the middle and rear elements are permanently mounted in the camera) aren’t known for being the sharpest in the Zeiss stable, but I expected better results than what I got with these.  It could be that the mirror needs adjustment.  It also could be that the 2.8/45 I used from my Contina III does not match well with the Prima (the one that came on the Prima is damaged).  I was also using Kodak Gold 200 which, while having good color rendition, is not as good as any of their 100 speed offerings when it comes to resolution.  I’ll have to give the camera a good check-out before shooting it again.

But I like it.  It has a good weight to it, especially with the 30 and 75 attached.  And with the 1132 hood on the 75, it looks like a rocket motor.


Pink Pops by br1078phot, on Flickr


Lick Run by br1078phot, on Flickr


Entrance To The Zone by br1078phot, on Flickr

The Kit

Zeiss Contaflex Prima Group Photo by br1078phot, on Flickr

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