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The plan here is to scan in some of my older pictures.  Some will include pictures taken with my Sears Tower camera.  It's still working!

Last updated 05/23/09

Here's a picture of the old camera, vintage 1960.

MY FIRST CAMERA, A SEARS TOWER 35MM RANGEFINDER COVER OPENED COVER COMPLETELY REMOVED.  I NEVER USED IT THIS WAY

The story behind this camera is this:  during my last year at Berkshire Christian College I had formed a barbershop style quartet.  We were going to be traveling across the US representing the college in a recruitment effort.  I knew I would probably never be seeing as much of the US so I decided to take up photography.  This is the original camera that I bought.  Much of what I know of photography was learned then.  My two mentors were Jim Loghry and Ray Stevens (just to set the record straight).  I spent many hours in the darkroom developing B&W negs and printing them to paper so probably achieved the same training as I would have received in your average first year college photography course.

Many wonderful memories were to be had from my new-found hobby.  Down through the years I have maintained contact with one of the members of the quartet and have just recently learned that Jim and his lovely wife, Miriam are still in the area.

So I offer a part of my life here on these pages.  I'll add to them as time permits.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

I'll be adding pictures of many years ago soon.

My Quartet Trip in 1960

Just a word about these pictures:  many of them were taken using the old Ektachrome (ASA 32) film.  Over the decades they lost a lot of their quailty as the dyes began to fade.  Add to that dust and actually some fingerprints (showing up as blue in color).  I had a fair amount of success using Adobe Photoshop with some Applied Science Fiction plug-ins.  The dust was handled quite well by a free utility put out by Polaroid called "Polaroid Dust and Scratch Remover (PolDSR)."  This dust remover utility is an amazing tool -- one that I just could not do without with these old slides.

ENTRANCE TO BERKSHIRE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE (BCC) BCC FACULTY AND STAFF MINNEAPOLIS GARDEN IN MINNEAPOLIS
WE THOUGHT THE TRIP WAS OVER HERE, THE WHEEL THINGIE BROKE ADVENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN UPPER MIDWEST (YUP, WE GOT THE TRAILER FIXED) GETTING READY FOR THE LONG HAUL TO THE SOUTHWEST ON THE ROAD

Take a look at the next 7 photos.  They are remarkable in that they were taken on the same mountain -- Mt. Taylor, NM - near Grants, NM. The first three are taken on the side that gets most of the rain - the clouds literally get hung up on the side of the mountain. However, the next three are desert-like because little rain falls on that side.  By the way, when I stepped off the road to take a photo of the desert side I was yelled at because I could have been bitten by a rattlesnake!  Talk about an ignorant New Englander!!

MT TAYLOR, NEW MEXICO (THE RAINY SIDE) MOUNT TAYLOR CACTUS IN BLOOM
I THOUGHT THIS WAS UNUSUAL, HAVING A FLOWER LIKE THIS IN THE SOUTHWEST.  ANYONE KNOW WHAT IT IS?

See below:  I think this is a nice picture of the Polks.  The young guy is Charlie the bass in our quartet.  He died in a helicopter accident while in military service.  The older guy was his dad.  I'll get his name when I get a chance.

The next picture to the right shows the road we used to get off the mountain!!

The next two pictures were taken during our stay at Clovis, NM but I do not know who these gals were, just that they were very nice.

SOUTHWESTERN BELLES THIS IS OUR LEAD SINGER, DAVE  

 More photos to follow