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Byron: Thank you for a very interesting and very enjoyable post. I think the image of the little fellow is one of the best Childs portraits I've ever seen- well done Cheers Wilbert - ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2001 6:50 AM Subject: [Leica] Millbrae notes > [Not a lot of Leica content, but I have just finished running 9 rolls > of film and I'm inspired to write something before I go to sleep:] > > I was at the Millbrae mudflats today, just east of the San Francisco > airport, looking for interesting views of mud at low tide with airplanes > in the far distance. I had my view camera with me, and it was a pleasant > afternoon so of course I got a lot of questions from perfect strangers > about what the heck I was doing there. > > One thing I love about photography is the people I've gotten to meet: > strangers on the street (as above) but of course anyone I've met through > the LUG, plus the regulars who I see at the pro photo store in our area > (Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto). > > Back to Millbrae: I was approached by a Hungarian man and his 8yr old > son. He was there to let his boy catch views of airplanes landing and > taking off, but he was fascinated by the 4x5 and wanted to know everything > about it, from the lens design, focusing, running film at home, etc. We > also ended up talking about raising children bilingual in the US, and > whatever else caught our fancy. > > Just then a dyed-in-the-wool planespotter came up, and started telling > us about all the planes that had landed there so far that day. Good > grief! He was also curious about my camera, and was astounded to hear > that I could develop my film at home. I guess this ranks there with all > the comments I've heard about my Rolleiflex: "Can you still get film > for that camera? Does it take good pictures?" By now, I've learned to > smile inwardly. The same goes, for that matter, for comments about my M2. > > At the same time, two cute young women who were sitting on a park bench > about 20ft away would call out to us every so often: "Hey, what kind of > airplane just landed?" > > Of course after answering that question 5-6 times I couldn't help but be > curious, so I walked up to them and made some smalltalk about airplanes > and what they were doing there watching them. It seems that one of > them is a transport pilot who is just learning to fly jets, and she was > familiarizing herself with all the different types of airplanes using SFO. > The other girl was a flight instructor at San Carlos airport. You never > know who you are going to meet: as a birthday present from my wife, > I recently got an hour's flying lesson at San Carlos airport! I haven't > redeemed it yet, but it was a very pleasant coincidence to run into one > of the instructors. > > Anyway, while all of this was going on I was shooting 6x12's of the > mud and the airplanes. I even discovered a decisive moment: as the big > 747's taxi out of the new international terminal, there is a fleeting > split-second when they turn left towards the long runway. At that point > they catch the setting sun on their fuselage and I think make quite an > interesting spectacle. Needless to say, I didn't capture that on film > today! I was too busy talking -- there is a cost for everything. > > This whole field trip was a lot more fun than I expected it would be, > and I will definitely go back tomorrow if the weather is good and try > to catch a 747 at about 4pm with the sun glinting off the fuselage. > I figure I have about 1/10 of a second or so to do this. Should I bring > an SLR to do this, or tough it out with a 4x5? :-) > > Well, the film is hanging up to dry, and what is most remarkable to me is > a roll of Tri-X cam out of my M2 (with 50 summicron): it's my standard > fare of moving children shots (I have shot hundreds of rolls of film of > my son by this point. e.g.,: > > http://www.rakitzis.com/00-10-16/chinup.jpg > > is a recent winner.) and I was struck by how sharp, sharp, sharp the > pictures look. I am talking about wet negatives as they get hung to > dry, but I am often convinced that I can see amazing results even at > that point. > > I guess the Leica bug has gone to my head, but I'll let you all know > how these latest shots look once enlarged. > > Regards, > > Byron.