“You don’t have to be dead to leave a legacy.”
― Onyi Anyado
Whenever the grandchildren visit, or any kids for that matter, this is the beach on Lake Superior that I prefer to take them for swimming. Little Girl’s Point is much more convenient, as it is only a few miles down the road from Rauhallinen Farm, but this stretch of public beach between the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon is sandy, rather than rocky. The waves are usually big enough such that the boys can belly surf on a raft or tube. This year a nice breeze and no bugs. Perfect to relax and get lost in your thoughts. I brought the Rolleicord Vb with an orange filter on the taking lens, which boosted contrast and darkened the sky sufficiently. While the Hasselblad 501CM with four lenses remains my choice for fine art work, the Cord is fun to carry for outings , or any other location in which a very light weight and able TLR fits the bill. Unlike other Rollei’s, the Cords have a shutter that has to be manually cocked, just like a view camera lens, in addition to manually setting the shutter speed and aperture. These small inconveniences promote slowing down, which helps connect the photographer with the steps involved in making the image. No autofocus, no LCD, no autowind, no auto anything-pure photography. The Schneider f/3.5 Xenar is a four element Tessar design which I have found to be indistinguishable from the more expensive 3.5 Planar in most circumstances, if stopped down to f11. Unfortunately, their fine qualities have not gone unnoticed by collectors and users, with the result that to get near mint version, you may pay up to $700. However, when you look at prices for a Rolleiflex 3.5F, you will end up paying $1200 or more.