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I relocated to Costa Rica with my 4×5 Series D RB Graflex. Despite its size, the RB merits packworthiness and has been on the road with me previously because it is none too traumatic to replace. Essentially they sell for a couple of hundred dollars on fee-bay, but they are seldom in the sort of condition to use long term. Most sit on shelves as they did with their many previous owners, in need of repairs, with hardly anyone left alive to properly fix them. I shoot and service mine for the most part-still not a master of all their mechanics, but I can patch up most boo-boos.
I thought I would be blessed with inspiration and atmosphere in which to produce a photography book in Costa Rica, but I am struggling to find my muse. So my RB sits on the aforementioned shelf, fighting off a weekly bout with fungus blooms on the outer leather as well as some of the inner wooden surfaces. This comes after being encased in a drybag with silica gel. I was wise enough to keep the lenses (yeah lenses plural – I found a source for custom RB Graflex lensboards) sealed tight in a Pelican case. Unfortunately the case is not large enough for the RB. I don’t want to bring the camera back home to spread its wealth to my other photographic toys, but I highly doubt anyone here in Costa Rica would possibly be interested in buying mine. If not sold here, I will have it on eBay in a matter of days of my return to civilization. So if you happen to buy a musty RB Graflex from me, it should be fine as long as you keep it in a sunny, dry, and warm environment. A week in a dank basement and you are looking at a wispy layer of fungal icing on your camera cake. On the other hand, what do you expect for $200?
Looks like the web is all a-flutter about a prototype from Fujifilm being shown at this year’s photokina.* The X100 has been called everything from a Sigma-killer, or a a Leica-lite, to a challenger to the Micro-Four-Thirds format. All of these predictions are not without merit, but people seem to quickly forget how quickly Fujifilm can screw up a damn good thing…
Lest we forget that we are talking about Fuji… the company that has a digital division produced under the name of Fujifilm. When it comes to professional-grade digital cameras with the Fujifilm name on it (excluding Hasselblad H-series cameras etc.), it is safe to assume that the X100 will be like its Fuji predecessors with these three characteristics:
Besides sharing my first and middle name, Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey is seemingly as camera bag-obsessed as I am. His collection exceeds my own, but I’m catching up!
Well, my inbox has been taking a beating as once again there are a new round of hackers trying to create Admin accounts. This happened to me and other WordPressers almost exactly one year ago. I posted about it last September, after a few weeks of new users popping up at a time when my page views were at their lowest. I made a list and it seemed to be helpful for others, so I will post a new list and add to them as they come into my website.
There appear to be a few Russian email addresses, not unusual in the world if hacking. I’ve also recently noticed a large influx of referrals from Russian casino website which may have something to with this latest set of attacks. What is the new surprise is that another WordPress-based site I visit regularly, Nikonrumors.com, is also referring these attacks. As before, you need to be concerned with these subscriber accounts as they are designed to be a proverbial foot in the door for hackers to convert them into administrator accounts. Of course, some of it is simply forum/blog registration spam. Either way you don’t want them on your site. You can read about many others who have caught these attacks in time, and some after it was too late, by searching for “WordPress hackers.” One way to help filter out these scumbags is to Google any suspicious email addresses. Some are so fishy that they don’t need to be looked up at all. So far we have these uninvited guests:
A minor site update for the few who are still paying attention.
Clearly I have been severely neglecting this website. The “Asides” note below is the sole reason beside my lack of traveling due to surgery repairing a knee injury (torn ACL, torn meniscus, fractured patella). In my downtime I have been formulating the next big thing that I have been none too subtly hinting at on this site. I’ve visited Costa Rica a few times before, the first was with my boarding school way back in 1994, but this visit last April was the first time I got to experience the lesser-known Caribbean coast. There I met some noteworthy characters down there including Tom Snyder and John Brickel, a pair better known through their own non-profit organization – Project Green Jungle.
The Nikonos was the underwater camera for decades. I owned a Nikonos II that was well known for being able to survive a flooding or two. I the days of film, more advanced divers and watersport photographers would invest in a housing for their SLRs, while the vacationer usually had a waterproof disposable camera or a basic waterproof underwater camera to choose from. But the mid range was dominated by Nikonos, and the sales of these cameras dwarfed the high- and low-end underwater/waterproof markets. Judging by the plethora of Nikonoses still in circulation on eBay, there is still a viable market to be addressed.
I was born into an analog world. Fortunately the peak of my photographic career overlapped with the advent of digital, so I have been gifted with a strong foundation in both worlds. So much so, that my personal workflow generally mixes the use of film and a computer for even the simplest of projects. I am very much of the mindset that there is a right tool for every job and it is my imperative to understand not only which is which, but how to utilize that tool as well. That being understood may lay a foundation for the rant to follow.