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Seven Degrees of Freedom

7°F.

That was the temperature for much of the day through about 2pm. Yes, it's colder and snowier elsewhere, but it's what West Michigan's got to work with. And though the forecasts were for more crap through about Sunday, the day surprised us. Brilliant sunshine in the morning, with blue skies between big white clouds and perfect white snow on everything. So I decided to go out and do some photography.

The last time I went out driving was Monday 29 December 2014 -- way back last year. Since I have a much delayed dentist appointment Friday, I did want to make sure the Blazer was running in the cold after over a week. Not that I expected any problems, but you know, you have to get out every now and then.

The plan was to go out at noon -- but the driveway was blocked as the neighbor across the street came bopping up with his lawn tractor snowplow. Yay.

When I did go out, it took almost twenty minutes to get down the driveway. Oh nothing wrong, I was just shooting the trees covered in snow and drenched with snow. Later I took photos around Allendale in both sun and near whiteout conditions. Alas I cannot show you those pics today, because I was using film.

The Nikon F3blue, now outfitted with its new MD-4 motor drive, Type R screen, DA-2 Action Finder, MR-3 auxiliary shutter release, AH-3 Tripod Adapter baseplate -- loaded with Ilford XP-2 B&W film (C-41 process) -- and the cheap-to-me Nikon 35-70mm f3.3-4.5 AI-S Zoom-NIKKOR. How cheap? I may have had paid $17 plus shipping for it. Its autofocus cousin, inherited from Wendy and Paul, I use with the digital Nikon D1. But the latter is a DX sensor, so the 35-70 acts as a 50-105mm effective focal length. 70mm in FX/film is just a tad short. I shoulda brought the 70-300mm f4-4.5D ED AF-NIKKOR.

The Nikon F4s, with MF-22 Data Back -- loaded with some ISO 400 Fuji color negative film -- and the 28-200mm f3.5-5.6D AF-NIKKOR, a really good lens for shooting from the front seat.

What I can show you is a couple of pictures back at the house I shot on the Nikon D100 with the 28-80mm f3.5-5.6G AF-NIKKOR. These are all through the open bathroom window, but through the screen. That softens the images a bit, but not too bad.


It's the Thirteenth Day of Christmas... usually we turn off the lights after the 6th, but leave them up for snow scooping in the dark, if needed. The lights are still on. The festive red bows were so pretty in the morning all caked in snow. This is about 2:30pm though and the temp was up to 12°F. (Click on photo for larger.)
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On the right side ofthe heat pump exterior unit, there's a red nameplate. Last night the snow all along the side had made a cap on it several inches high, but beginning to curl over from lack of support. Didn't get that. You can see in this shot the front walk and the steps leading down to the garden area. Uh, the sidewalk? The steps? Oh, never mind. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Last year I got some reasonable snow shots with the D100 in bright sun. This tight snow field is pretty tough for an early digital camera, but I like the gentle stark composition. Or it's a polar bear in a snow storm... (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)
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Both rolls of 35mm film are 36 exposure and the counters are in the mid-20s. So I don't know when they'll get finished, developed and scanned. Uh, and Nikon? I know it's WAY too late to bring this up, but WHY do the frame counters on the F3 and the F4 go in opposite directions? I'm having to make old-fashioned manual exposure notes, and several times I misread the numbers and had to go back and fix them. Some day I'll buy an F5 and an F6 -- both of those have memories and can download exposure info to a CF card. But this is not that day.

Besides, I love the F3, and I'm having a ball with the F4s and the ridiculous 7.1:1 zoom range on the 28-200mm lens.

Dr. Phil
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