My communications/media department had a wonderful reunion this past Sunday in Cambridge, MA. It was held at The Porter Square Tavern, in historic Porter Square. About 50 fellow alum came to this event, to catch up, socialize, talk about that they are doing now, and to discuss funding of a scholarship in the name of a beloved professor, who is not in the best of health right now. I am keeping some of the details here a secret, because said professor has no idea about this. Google is a powerful tool. Word spreads fast. It was a spectacular event, and it should prove very successful, to eventually benefit internship students. As a former one myself, great to see that future generations will receive the assistance and jump-start that a scholarship provides. It was wonderful to see professors and fellow alum that I had not chatted with in years. It was like not skipping a beat. And to see what “newer” generations are now up to.
My Nikon F3 has been to Nikon USA in Melville, NY now, twice. The first time for replacement of the LCD light meter display (yes, Nikonians, you can still get parts for the camera). Upon receipt of the camera, on the very first roll, I noticed a case of shutter bounce or capping. A few images on an earlier entry here (Summer Stroll) showed this dark vertical band of underexposure on the right hand side of the frame. As I had also paid Nikon for a CLA (Clean, Lubricate, and Adjust), back the F3 went. This time, for shutter curtain adjustment, and speed verification. After shooting this roll of TriX indoors, and out, as well as a roll of Portra 400, the problem, thankfully, is now gone. After researching online, seems as though it is more noticeable at 1/250th a sec and faster. So far, so good!
The images poster here do have some development issues. The bottom of the old bottle of HC-110 was used for my typical 49-1 one shot formula. I should have shaken the bottle well. Also, the fixer may indeed be exhausted. Back to the chemical mixing tonight.
A side note- bring a film camera like the beautiful F3 to an event like this. Not only will you stand out from the others (AKA digital point and shooters), but you and your camera will be the hit of the party. A great conversation starter and ice breaker, for sure.