Argust 23rd, 2023
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Taken on an Argus A2F with Ilford B/W 400
are the two oldest fire stations still in service in Nashville,
TN. Both have been modernized and extended for modern fire
apparatus, but the architectural style remains on the original parts of
Pre-WWII Argoflex E, Argus Light Yellow filter,
1/100 sec at f/12.7, Arista.EDU Ultra 100, HC-110 (1:63) for 9 minutes
at 23 C. Scanned on an Epson 4990. Post with Corel
Paintshop Pro to straighten and crop, and punch up the image. An
image on the ground glass on this TLR is hard to see in bright
sun. I might make a chimney like on a Graflex RB and see if that
helps. Black foam core board ought to work.
Taken using my Argus 21 Markfinder. The film was Fuji C200.
first photo from the morning of Argust Day was taken from my boat while
I was out in the middle of the CT River sculling--that morning the
water reached its lowest level since the raging July floods and the
current was the mildest it had been in weeks.
The second photo
also reflects the very wet summer, but this time in my backyard garden
in western MA, with flowers heavy with rain drooping to the ground.
Argus C3; Ilford HP5+; developed with LegacyPro L110
time window got truncated a bit, but it all worked out. Weather was in
the low eighties, a mix of clouds and sun, not bad at all for Argust! I
took a drive up to Boyertown, in Berks County Pennsylvania, where a
former Reading Railroad branch is now the Colebrookdale Railroad, the
"Secret Valley Line." They run some Class III freight operations but
are becoming a tourist attraction. They have done a total redesign and
rehab of a former freight depot and rail yard in the center of the
town. The station and some smaller booths are newly designed and built
(to look age appropriate) as opposed to restorations. They seem to be
adding quite a bit of art and elegance, hope it leads to success. They
weren't running on Wednesday so I concentrated on infrastructure.
shooting was with my 1957 vintage C-3 on a 20 exposure roll of
Panatomic-X loaded off a 100-foot bulk roll. Incident metering at about
ISO 25 seemed to get decent results. Developed in HC-110, 1+63 9:30 at
70ºF for those who worry about such things. More from the day can be
found in my PBase galleries at https://pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust23rd2023
first picture is of the station taken, from the inner edge of the
parking lot. The second is a view of the south end of the station from
a sort of plaza next to the boarding platforms.
"Old Saint Paul's"
loaded a roll of Kodak 400 into an Argus CR-1 body, then I started
shooting images at home in High Ridge, and ended up in Old Town
neighborhood, Fenton, Missouri.
The next day I developed the filmstrip with my normal Caffenol chemistry using safe household ingredients.
Caffenol renders all results in monochrome. I added the sepia tone in software.
The rest of this set can be seen at www.pbase.com/edkowalski/argust23film
Color image captured with a Cintar DC-3515 digital camera, as backup in case something went wrong with the film.
The rest of this set can be seen at www.pbase.com/edkowalski/argust23digital
All images are ©2023 E.J.Kowalski.
friend gave me a broken C44 (belonged to his wife, a dear friend who
had passed) so I was able to repair it just in time (it was in pieces
the night before!). Anyway, the photos are taken at the historic
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg TN with the C44 and
expired (1990s) TMax 100.
Doug Robbins Attached are two
photos I took on Argust 23rd strolling around in downtown Lynchburg, VA with my
Argus A from 1939. Shot these using HP5.
was all set to journey out on an Argus odyssey, but then, my
grand-daughter needed to be picked up at school, & she needed to do
some home work. Well, I grabbed some photos, & these are the
I used a 1941 Argoflex 'E', with Ilford FP4+ b/w film, developed in HC-110e.
Image: 1/200, f/16, Cars waiting to pick up kids. 30' This
is at my grand-daughters school. It doesn't really cool down here
until the middle of October. I forget what the temperature was
this day, but it was over 100F. We wait in a long line, trying to
keep as cool as we can, & at the specified time, start to creep
forward & pick up the kids.
Right Image: 1/10, f/6.3,
Andi & homework. 6.2'. When she comes over to do homework, I
usually turn off all the radios & televisions, & I'm available
for her to ask questions. I used to be a Jr. High, & High
School Math teacher, & know a thing or two about history, civics,
science, etc. I just make sure she understands it before leaving
Left: Central Train Station, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Right: Luisenplatz Square from high up on a monument, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Camera: Argus C3 (late 1946)
Lens: f/3.5 50mm Argus Cintar
Film: Ilford XP2 Black&White negative film
Professional lab development and scan
Both were taken with my trusty 1938 Argus A, on fresh Kodak Ultramax 400, f11 @ 1/200.
story short, I ended up going on a surprise trip to St. Robert,
Missouri for my Sister's graduation from basic training. I was
originally the one staying behind to keep an eye on the home front, but
I ended up finding out mid day that I was going as soon as I got out of
work that day. I had very limited time to prepare, so I grabbed that
particular A because its one that I have restored, and I've run a few
rolls of film through it with good results.
It wasn't as hot as
it was at home I'm Maryland, but the heat index was well over 100
pretty much the whole week we were there. Walking outside at 9 pm into
90+ degrees was definitely not my favorite.
Picture 1 is a
Patton tank located at George M. Reed Roadside Park, a little park
pretty much right in the middle of Route 66 in St. Robert. The
eastbound side of Route 66 is visible in the background, with the
westbound lanes not far behind me on the other side of the park.
2 was right after the graduation ceremony, and right before one million
people walked directly in front of me. The two civilians on the left
side of the frame are in the process of walking directly into my shot,
this was the third time I had to move to get the picture so I left them
in it. Much like other places I've been, the few locals we talked to
were great, but the"tourists" not so much.
are pictures of the senior centre located about a block away from me,
It is due to be torn down at the end of the year, Taken on an Argoflex
40. Sepia added
Left is Argus Super 75 with Cinestill 50D Barrel Cactus blooms
Right is view from the middle of my "yard" South toward the ghost town of Ruby, and Mexico, Taken with Argus C44 100mm lens.
The first image is looking towards downtown Glasgow Montana with the local grain elevator in the background.
The second is my attempt at growing Missouri Foxtail cacti in front of my patio door.
I need to get a new scanner as this one only accomplishes 300dpi.
These were shot with my 1952 Argus C3 on HP5 400 film.