Argust 21st, 2021
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Edmund J. Kowalski
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.
was a non-alcoholic beverage brewed by Anheiser Busch during
Prohibition that helped keep the company alive through turbulent years.
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
All images are ©2021 E.J.Kowalski.
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.
Olde Photographer began with a few shots of a bridge construction
project near his house. Image #1 is a dam upstream of the bridge
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
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 69.5ºF and scanned on a PrimeFilmXE.
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
Day 2021 started gray and overcast here in Raleigh, North Carolina. I
loaded my C3 with Fuji Supera 400 and went shooting.
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
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.
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:https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWxbDvj
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
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/
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.
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
Used an Argus Seventy-five # 5610, on Fujifilm Neopan Acros, ASA 100, developed in HC-110e.
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.
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 127°F 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Both photos were taken with an Argus CR2 using kodak 200 asa film.
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
Ilford HP5+ shot with Argus C4.
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.
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.
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.