They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

And The Merry-Go-Round Starts Up Again

(Plays Carousel Music)

Around 11:45 the phone rang and it was the GVSU automated phone system letting Mrs. Dr. Phil know that Grand Valley was going to be closed Tuesday 7 January 2014 as well. This was not unexpected. And, as usual, we wait for Western to come to its senses. Also not unexpected.

Pictures or It Didn't Happen

We're busy working at home on this snow day. I just cleared out my voice mailbox clear back to May. (grin) No emergencies, new or old.

But I did haul out the Nikon D1X and the 12-24mm f4 DX AF-NIKKOR and set it for 12mm -- 18mm FX equivalent.

View northward out our sliding doors. Yeah, the back deck isn't very usable right now, but I'm not going to shovel it. The right hand window is darker due to the window screen. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

More conventional view out the left window. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

As I write this, the wind is gusting harder and at times you can barely see the trees in the next yard.

I also took some shots with my other 12mm lens, the old Sigma 12mm f8 FISHEYE. I've been using it as a fullframe fisheye lens on my DX cameras -- D1, D1X, D1H. But this time I left on the vignetting ring -- looks like a round lens hood -- part of the extension so the lens cap clears the bulbous front on the lens. Shot a couple of fullsize frames of 35mm BW400CN film on the Nikkormat FTn. The vignetting ring makes an ersatz circular fisheye, nowhere close to 180° like a 7.5mm or 8mm Fisheye-NIKKOR, but at a fraction of the cost. Funny Thing 1 -- the Nikkormat FTn is a old-style match needle manual exposure control. Except you can't see the meter needle in the finder because it's black outside the circular image. Funny Thing 2 -- Nikon was clever, and the Nikkormat, like the Nikon F meters, has an external meter display on the top deck of the camera. Setting exposure, easy.

Alas, it'll be a few days before I finish the first test roll on Wendy's Nikkormat.

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