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October 31, 1951 (63)
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Orange County, CA
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Peasant
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as in Forest Gump, Old film cameras are like a box of chocolate. You never know what you will get........

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Old negatives

by OptiKen on 07-13-2015 at 05:58 PM
A friend at work 'inherited' a number of rolls of 116, 122, and 120 negatives with a few 127s thrown in from his grandfather.
He tried to scan them on his all-in-one machine at home but after a few hours gave up and asked if I could put them on a CD for him.
I love going through old negatives and had a great time 'discovering' the pictures with cars from the 20's and 30's....women in flapper outfits....beach scenes from the 20's, etc. During the course of the over 200 negatives I was

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Digital is looking pretty good today.....Part 2

by OptiKen on 02-12-2015 at 02:05 PM
I had an idea for a Valentine's picture that I wanted to try and then give to my daughter and her fiance.
I have a 5X7 B&W picture of them I shot and printed in a frame that I put in the background to be shot slightly out of focus.
Focused in the foreground I artfully placed (to the best of my artful ability) a blue and white china cup and saucer filled with all colors of conversation hearts with a few 'good phrases' ones scattered around it that I could focus on as well as a single

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Fun.....like crack

by OptiKen on 01-01-2015 at 04:31 PM
It suddenly dawned on me.
NOW I get it.

You opened your arms and knowledge to me asking for nothing in return. You gave me advice when I asked for it, praise when I probably didn't deserve it, and a place to store some of my most precious possessions. Always, asking nothing in return. One kind and generous APUGer even donated over a dozen rolls of Kodachrome K-64 to me.
I felt welcomed.
I felt loved.
Oh, I subscribed and donated occasionally, but that wasn't

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Digital is looking pretty good today............

by OptiKen on 12-15-2014 at 11:51 AM
The wife is out visiting family for the weekend (nephew is getting married), so it's my time to shoot. I can leave the bathroom/darkroom a mess all weekend while I work and take off for a few hours shooting each day without feeling a bit guilty at leaving her to clean house while I play. (Hey...it's her choice...she could always come with me.)
Saturday I took off to visit the hills and creek close by and spent a couple of hours hiking the area looking for shots. Had a good time, BUT.....

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Ok, Stop it! ... Just Stop it!

by OptiKen on 12-10-2014 at 03:14 PM
Daily....no, several times a day...I check out the APUG forum to see what's new, get answers to my infinite questions, and check out the galleries.
Somehow it just always costs me money.

Someone mentions trying out different colored filters on B&W film or papers and suddenly I'm googling where to buy some.
Someone else shows a picture and expresses surprise at how well and sharp the lens is on an old Kodak (..fill in the blank) and then I'm searching eBay to try

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