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Argust 21st, 2021

All photographs this page 2021 by the respective photographers.

Please click images to view full resolution file as submitted by the photographer.

Edmund J. Kowalski


"The Pink Elephant"  has stood by its liquor store in Springdale, north end of Jefferson County, Missouri, for many decades.

"Bevo Mill" is a popular restaurant and iconic landmark where Morganford crosses Gravois in South St. Louis.

Bevo was a non-alcoholic beverage brewed by Anheiser Busch during Prohibition that helped keep the company alive through turbulent years.

Both images were captured with an Argus STL-1000, chrome top and front speed dial, coupled with a GAF f:1.9 / 50mm lens, on Kodak 400 color film rated @ ASA 200 and developed in Caffenol chemistry.

I was also shooting on Argus Day with an early variant Argus C-four, same film batch.

More images can be seen at https://pbase.com/edkowalski/argust21stl1000 and https://pbase.com/edkowalski/argust21c4

All images are 2021 E.J.Kowalski.

Dave Thomas


For Argust 21st, we loaded the C-3 with a 24-exposure roll of Ilford FP4 Plus. The previous day's forecast sounded rather iffy, but all in all the day was not too bad. Light varied from occasional sun to fairly threatening cloudy skies, especially toward the end of the afternoon.

Ye Olde Photographer began with a few shots of a bridge construction project near his house. Image #1 is a dam upstream of the bridge project.

Then he headed further up the way to the town of Macungie (PA), located along the former Reading Railroad East Penn Branch (now part of Norfolk-Southern). The town has a "train watching platform," on the site of the former passenger station. Unlike some previous outings, we actually saw two trains in a fairly short time. Image #2 is an eastbound freight at the Main Street crossing, seen from the platform.

With increasingly threatening skies we finished the afternoon at Riverfront Park in Pottstown.

The FP4 Plus was developed in Kodak HC110, Dilution H (1+63) for 14:00 at 69.5F and scanned on a PrimeFilmXE.

This year, in spite of the extremely manual C-3, we got through the whole roll without any double exposures or skipped frames -- a miracle in our time! The whole day appears online at https://pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust21st2021.

Steven Wagner


Argust Day 2021 started gray and overcast here in Raleigh, North Carolina. I loaded my  C3 with Fuji Supera 400 and went shooting.

Terri and I went to Dorothia Dix Park to start the day's shooting. The first picture is the buildings of Raleigh from the Flowers Field at the park.

By lunchtime, the clouds had parted and the Sun was out.  We went down to Fuquay-Varina and walked through downtown. The second picture is a series of stores tucked below Vance Street, just off of South Main. 

Reed George


I took these with my Argus A, which has not been out of the case for a few years, I think.  I wiped the lens lightly, loaded up a roll of Delta 400, and took it with me to Harpers Ferry, WV.  Developed in Ilford DDX for 8 minutes.  Scanned on Nikon 9000.  Edited in Lightroom.  It's great to be reminded of the basics, and the importance of composition.

Tim A.


My day had been planned out to visit target-rich historic Greenfield Village. Something came up and I instead woke up in a campground just off US-12 in Michigan's Irish Hills area. I took the cameras with me planning to return mid morning and shoot what I saw along the way. I had the STL-1000, an A-four, a Matchmatic, and an Argus Seventy Five. Unfortunately, the Matchmatic was a total failure, not sure what happened but everything is distorted. The A-four had problems as well, but I did turn one into a fun sepia. The Seventy Five and the 1000 bother performed very well.

Irish Hills was a tourist trap area when US-12 (Michigan Avenue) was the main route from Detroit to Chicago. Some of them still exist in various states, from completely abandoned to full use. From there I ended up at the Southern Michigan Railroad in Clinton, the Rentschler farm in Saline, and a nature path in a local park. I was unable to shoot all of the film on that day, but all of the photos in the album were made August 21st.

I decided to go color and try developing at home, having only done B&W before. These represent my first attempt.

Link to my Argus Day '21 album on Flickr:


Michael Kahn


Camera: Argus C3 (late 1946)
Lens: f/3.5 50mm Argus Cintar
Film: Kodak T-MAX 400 Black&White negative film
Professional lab development and scan

The photos were shot on 21 Argust 2021. They shows the inside and outside of the central station building (dating from 1912) in Darmstadt, Germany

Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goforlaunch/

Tom Hoglund

Just sending one pictures this year of some water lilies taken at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Taken with an Argus A2B (the one with the extinction meter on top) made in 1940. It was a pretty bright day, so I was using the maximum 1/200 second shutter speed and often shooting at f/18. Film was Fuji color ISO 200.

Brad Bull


For Argus Day 2021 I loaded my Super Seventy-five with Lomo Purple. The forecast was not promising but turned out pretty good. I shot through the whole roll wandering around my county.

The first submission is from one of three different cemeteries I visited near Shiloh, PA

The second submission is the sign of the defunct Record Club of America. Manchester, PA

Rich Reeder


Used an Argus Seventy-five # 5610, on Fujifilm Neopan Acros, ASA 100, developed in HC-110e. 
1st Image.  1/50, f/16, Sculpture at Falcon Field.  Orange filter.  Falcon Field is the local airport, & they're putting up new buildings, etc.  I discovered this 'sculpture' affair on this day, & thought I'd document it.
2nd Image.  1/50, f/16, Buckhorn Baths.  Orange filter.  A certain Ted and Alice Sliger, from Texas, established a residence here in 1935, then built a store & gas station for an income.  In 1939, Ted sunk a well for water, but struck an unknown hot spring reservoir, producing 127F water.  This prompted him to build a bath-house, advertising the hot mineral water.  Through the 1940's & 1950's, it served as such, but fell unto disrepair, especially after the passing of Alice Sliger in 2010.  There is a group that is trying to keep the buildings up for their historical significance, as sports teams, Hollywood personalities, etc., have been clients.

Melvyn Buckpitt


Images made on a C3 Matchmatic, using Ilford HP5+ 400, developed with FA-1027 and digitalised by a Nikon D750.

Images taken in Cambridge MA (Kendall Square and Harvard)

Dan Mouer


The left image was made with my very sweet and well-loved black SLT1000 with a 28mm f2.8 Super Takumar lens. The film is from one of 20 rolls of 30-40-year old Ilford HP 5 I recently inherited from an old friend/archaeology colleague. Film had been stored refrigerated and while I shot it at ISO 200, rather than 400, I think the true box speed would have been closer to correct.

The right image was made with the Argus C4 (Geiss Modified) with the 100 mm Lithagon lens. I shot a whole roll this year for Argus Day with this camera and lens on Portra 160, but almost none of the pictures were sufficiently well focused for use. I believe the problem might be in the 100 mm lens, or the way I calibrated it when I mounted it, or my 76-year-year-old eyeballs. Nonetheless, I got a few neat images and will publish them online on my Flickr pages.

I also shot another color roll with the V100. All three rolls will have selections on my Flickr page as soon as I can get them prepared and posted.

The color shot is centered on a Cosmos blossom in my veggie garden. I grow those to help attract pollinators. The b/w shot is at The rear Shiplock Park at the terminus of the James River and Kanawha Canal in my hometown  of Richmond, Virginia. This last lock on the canal locked ships up to the central market place in town or brought ships and canal transport boats down to the western most reach of Tidewater on the James River/Chesapeake Bay drainage.

Richard Chiriboga


Both photos were taken with an Argus CR2 using kodak 200 asa film.

Wesley Furr


On Argust Day, I arranged to meet up with a former co-worker/boss/friend to roam around town and shoot photos.  He's just getting back into shooting film, so he opted to use his Nikon, but hopefully we'll get him shooting an Argus by next year.  My son Robert came along with us as well.  He has gotten into photography, but this was his first time shooting film.

The left photo is of the sign for the local camera shop, which has been around for many years, and is also a store that carries a little bit of everything, and that's no exaggeration.  For lunch, we stopped at the downtown cuban restaurant, where I had a chance to really put my new lens to the test at its maximum aperture.

What lens is that, you ask?  One of the rarest Argus C3 lenses, an Enna Lithagon 53mm f/2.0.  Unfortunately, my copy has some issues.  F-stops don't line up with the range or click stops to numbers, so I was guessing a touch on exposures.  The focus also did not line up as it should have.  Turns out the C3 I've been using for years also isn't focused right with its stock lens, so I used some scotch tape on the focal plane and was able to get the 53mm to more or less focus properly.  In shooting a whole roll of film with that lens, I only had two shots that were noticeably focused incorrectly.  Overall, I am pleased with the quality of images from the lens, but it is unfortunate that it doesn't work exactly as it should.

These photos were shot on Ilford HP5+ ISO 400, and was only the 3rd roll of film I have ever developed, my son's roll the 2nd and a test roll was the 1st.  Developed in Ilfosol 3, scanned on a Nikon LS-2000.  I also shot a roll of Fuji 200, the first few frames using the 53mm lens, then switching back to the stock 50mm.  Other photos can be seen at http://www.megley.com/photos/argus/argust21

Robert Furr


Ilford HP5+ shot with Argus C4.

Bruce Maclellan


1. Topiary and cloth sculpture at the McGill Library, Burnaby BC

2. Feature at the childrens water playground , Confederation Park, Burnaby BC

Both taken by an Argus 40, using Ilford FP4. Developed using Blazinol (Rodinal) Semi stand.

Cheryl Chidester


First image - Sand Hill Crane (taken at Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton MI on the golf course - where Jack works).

The second image was taken in Bandamer Park in Ann Arbor near the rowing clubs' dock.

They were taken with a C4 200 speed film.

Perry Bain


Both of these photos were taken with my Argus SLR on Kodak Portra 400 film. The "toothbrush" photo was taken in New Bedford, MA with the 58mm Argus-Sekor lens. The Grafton Inn photo was taken in Grafton MA with the 35mm Argus-Sekor (finally found a working copy of this lens!). The 35mm lens shots showed some vignetting from the polarizer I used.

Dixon Miller


Spending August in New York again, I had no desire to venture outside this year on Saturday the 21st.  The heat and humidity were enough to keep me inside, so I opted instead to experiment with close-ups of some robot friends. These were shot with an Argus C44, equipped with a 50mm f/1.9 Steinheil-made Cintagon, which takes Series VI lens accessories. With the camera loaded with Kodak ColorPlus 200, I took time exposures using two Kodak Portra Lens close-up attachments.

8 seconds, f/22, Portra Lens 2+
10 seconds, f/22, Portra Lens 3+