Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Body and Soul Salon - Charlottesville

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Using the “wayback” machine, this is the same beauty salon as in the prior post, but before the restoration of the Paramount. I remember initially being interested in taking this because of the contrast of the beauty parlor with the standard pistol target pasted on the brick wall in the background. These targets showed up in a number of walls in the area, and on the pillars of the Belmont Bridge. They were evidently very difficult to remove, and were painted over in addition to scraping.
This was taken on a 6X7 cm. Rapid Omega 100 camera, with a 58 mm lens (about the same as a 28mm wide angle on 35 mm as far as perspective goes), on Tri-X film.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stranger Than Science

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What are these people doing. Any guesses?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saigon Cafe Still Life

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We've been eating at the Saigon Cafe since the beginning of time. Vietnamese dishes, Chinese also, all the "hot tea" you can drink.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Night Photograph - Behind the Paramount Theatre

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I made some images recently using the Rapid 100 6X7 Cm camera, a Detail view of barber's signvintage item from the 1950’s. It has some wonderful features. The pressure plate, which keeps the film flat, presses down on the film immediately before the exposure. As you press the shutter button, you are also moving the pressure plate against the film. This gives one of the flattest film planes available on a film camera. The lenses (These pictures were taken with the 58mm Koni-Omegaron, equivalent roughly to a 28mm lens on a 35 millimeter camera) are still highly regarded. It’s one of my favorite cameras. It’s a range finder, which is combined with the view Detail view of barber's sign finder, and the focus is a very quick knob on the right side of the camera. You don’t have to reach around to the front to focus.
The photograph is of the building right behind the Paramount on the Charlottesville pedestrian mall. It had an old barber pole “light” on the right side. The old striped interior has fallen to the bottom of the tube. It is the “Jackson II Body and Soul Salon” and has been for many years. Shot on color negative (Fuji NPS 160), 90 second exposure (tripod mounted) at F-16.