Desktop Environment – 1970

    This is probably the first photo I ever snapped with my Yashica Electro M5 35mm camera back in 1970. Notable I suppose for historical rather than aesthetic purposes. Here’s my desktop back then. I didn’t do much real development work here of course. I would do that at the communal lab benches and ...

Gerrit

  Once in a great while a person comes into your life that leaves you far more enriched and enlightened than you may have thought possible. Gerrit Willemse was such a person for me. Gerrit had a long and distinguished career with Unilever Research and during that time was the project leader for a technical ...

The Scanner – Part Deux

So the scanner has arrived. It’s not made by Nikon or Canon – not even Panasonic. Its brand name is (wait for it) Jumbl. Jumbl is a company that markets different electronic gadgets that are no doubt made in China and co-branded for them. No matter. The darn thing works pretty well. You can scan ...

Slide Scanning

What I learned about photography I picked up from my Uncle Howard. He used the ugly little Kodak Signet 50 (pictured above) for 25+ years and was living proof that it is not the equipment that makes the photographer. He could make that old manual fixed lens viewfinder just talk. I’ll never make as good ...

March Break

  It was 30 years ago that we took our first family fly-drive holiday at March Break. Over the next 17 years it became an annual event – up until Sarah went to Guelph it was the three of us. After that we had 4 years of just Maria and me. Then Sarah rejoined us ...

The Diamond

  The place where two independent railway lines cross – with no possibility of interchange – is called “The Diamond.” There is such a Diamond in the small town of Navasota ,Texas – where the north-south Union Pacific line crosses the east-west Burlington Northern Santa Fe. And this unusual set of railway tracks attracted an ...