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phillybits, Coming up fast.


Montysano, Sipsey Wilderness, northwest Alabama. Shot on medium format film with a Minolta Autocord camera.


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Really like the first one, even though I don’t recognize the pseudonym.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    Since this is an open thread, I’d like to complain *again* about the tremendous amount of boilerplate fundraising/action e-mails I’m getting from progressive groups and politicians. Someone needs to coordinate all this crapflood of e-mail before I unsubscribe to them all. Signal/Noise, people!

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    R-Jud says:

    Mmmm, black and white. Makes me want to dig out my old SLR and go take pictures. Unfortunately, it’s been dark here for almost half an hour now.

    And this is nice: Rupert Murdoch doesn’t think President Obama is a racist. Rupe is also mulling over blocking Google searches from accessing NewsCorp websites once he switches to a paid content platform. Great idea!

  4. 4
    The Saff says:

    @R-Jud: Good article by Michael Wolff in the November issue of Vanity Fair.

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    Captain Goto says:

    A Minolta Autocord! Holy Crap!!!

    My big sister used one of those, as a yearbook photographer…**forty freaking years ago!!!**

    Scheiss, I’m old…

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    twiffer says:

    @R-Jud: so, the logic is…we’ll build our subscriber base by making ourselves harder to find? brilliant! after all, removing your websites from the indices of the most popular search engine in the world is a fantastic way to attract new readers.

    here’s an idea: if the problem is that search engines are bypassing your subscription block then FIX YOUR DAMN CODE!

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    twiffer says:

    also, damn fine photography.

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    evolutionary says:

    Nice Pictures!

    Re John’s desire for apples with flavor. Look for ‘Northern Spy’ or ‘McCoun’ (pronunced Mac-Cow-an by the Scots and Mc-Coon by most Americans). These two are my favorites!

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    ellaesther says:

    These photo threads really serve to prove that the notion that digital photography has made us all professional-grade photographers is sheer silliness.

    Lovely. Thanks again.

  10. 10
    ellaesther says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Also: This.

    I just delete without paying attention anymore. Surely there’s a better way. Though I can’t imagine what it might be.

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    R-Jud says:

    @twiffer: Rupert Murdoch: He fails at Internets.

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    twiffer says:

    @evolutionary: macouns are the best out-of-hand apples. mutzus (aka crispins) are also a good eating apple, if you prefer green.

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    Captain Goto says:

    Re: apples—
    of the ones I can find in the store, I really dig those good old Rome apples.
    Sweet, and with a texture that’s almost…creamy?
    It seems like I can only find them in the stores around Pgh. maybe eight months out of the year.

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    Kilkee says:

    Beautiful pictures, which are further fanning the flames that led me, just last week, to lay out just under $1000 for a Pentax 6X7 with 45, 90, and 200mm lenses. Can’t wait to get out there with that behemoth.

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    lutton says:

    Hi all:

    Phillybits is a buddy of mine up here in–you guessed it–Philadelphia. He does some political blogging, but lately has been much more focused (ha!) on his photography:

    His brother is Brendan Calling:

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    lutton says:

    dang it the site eated my post…

    Anyway, basically it said, Phillybits is a buddy of mine up here in Philly. Does some political blogging but more focus (ha!) on photography right now.

    His brother is Brendan of Brendan Calling:

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    Phillybits says:

    Thanks for the post Tim!

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    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    God damn, both of those are reawakening the itch for medium format or 4×5 gear. Then I remind myself that a) I can’t afford it, b) I don’t have time for it, c) I don’t have a space that can serve as a darkroom anymore, and d) I suck as a photographer.

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    Xenos says:

    Pictures like this get me onto Ebay, looking for cheap medium format cameras. Just watched a Mamiya RB67 with a 180 mm lens go for $ 227.50 Not the greatest camera ever, but at a price like that? Wow.

    They have come out with 40 megapixel digital backs for just $40,000, so I might just spring for one or two.

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    Warren Terra says:

    I haven’t bothered to comment on these photo threads before, but I feel that I should chime in and say that the pictures you’re receiving and posting are pretty darn awesome.

    The ability to click through and see other pics the photographers uploaded to Flickr (or, I suppose, to other services) is an especially nice part.

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    fred says:

    Beautiful once again. Great feature. And thank you for the place names.

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    @arguingwithsignposts: Yes, these. I delete them en masse now.

    Wow. I love B & W photos, and these two are magnificent.

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    @asiangrrlMN: Yes, THIS! Damn damn damn. I am now going to have to triple-check before I submit. Er, press the submit button.

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    twiffer says:

    @Captain Goto: romes are good for making baked apples, but i find them too hard for much else.

    but, i also live less than 5 miles from about 6 orchards, so i’ve got options. fall is a happy time.

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    Kilkee says:

    @Grumpy Code Monkey: I had all of those thoughts. Then I bought a Pentax 6X7. I doubt I’ll regret it. I suspect that if I get even a few pictures from it of the sort I imagine I might, that will be enough. And as pointed out below, the prices on Ebay for medium format cameras now are incredible for those of us who remember when a Hasselblad could only be dreamed of by a non-professional, and cost a year’s salary. Thanks for the digital revolution, these babies are becoming highly affordable.

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    Both of these are excellent Black and White photos/ Reminds me of the beloved Minolta slr camera I used in college for the two photography classes I took. Mostly with B and W film. And then developing them myself in photo lab. Those were the days, now it is so much easier.

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