Nice to relax on a Friday night listening to This American Life with Ira Glass on WBEZ out of Chicago-my favorite NPR station. Grapefruit and Apples drying in the dehydrator and a second batch of venison jerky curing in the refrigerator. The first batch is on the way to Dr. Eric in San Rafael, California, who being the hunter that was responsible for having the meat, deserved the first bag. A nice dinner of Eggplant Parmsean tonight, something I have not made in a few years-a quick and low-carb healthy Italian meal. Enough left over for an encore performance tomorrow evening or Sunday.
The shot above was taken on a friend's property in rural Wisconsin that is home to many abandoned farm buildings, this one included. I have come to chuckle in reviewing all the cameras that I have bought and sold, including owning three different Hasselblads and helping a friend get another. Today, I enjoy using this classic Isolette that was made when I was two years old more than any of thoses Blads. The camera is an engineering miracle of sorts, in addition to having a very lovely four element Tessar style lens with real character when shooting black and white film. It takes especially lovely portraits producing skin tones that are both well detailed and soft-an enigma of sorts. It requires separte focusing with a rangefinder and then transferring that distance to the lens, in addition to setting the appropriate aperture and shutter speed-basically as time consuming as a view camera. When you hit the front cover release and the black bellows extend, showing the lens and shutter, it is really something of days gone past to admire (and make good use of). Have a fine weekend-I plan on doing so too.